For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Moses is giving the Israelites the commandments of God before they make their trip into the Promised Land, a trip which Moses will not make.
These verses hold a special meaning for me. Continue reading
You see a lot of people who claim to be very “spiritual” people. Most of these people like to advertise just how “spiritual” they are.
Spirituality isn’t painted on the side of a van, bus, trailer, car or house.
Spirituality is painted in your heart. It’s painted there for you and God to see and that’s all that matters.
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Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word
Through the words of Isaiah, God is reminding us about what matters most in our lives, and that is having God in your heart.
This is one of the issues I have with the large corporate churches. They tell us that their lavish buildings and furnishings are for the glory of God. They tell us that the amount of money that flows through the organization is for doing the work of the Lord. I’m not quite sure what their excuse is for the lavish life style they lead. Perhaps they feel it is their just reward, the universe balancing out for them, rewarding them for being such a good person. I don’t begrudge anyone for making any amount of money, no matter how obscene it might seem, but just be honest about it. Continue reading
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
What is King David saying in these two verses? He’s saying, “Might doesn’t make right,” But he is also telling me that you can store up all the wealth and power, be strong enough in men and materials to defeat any enemy, but all this will not bring you salvation. Salvation, not great victories, not success over others, but your personal salvation. The salvation of your soul, your being.
What is salvation? Continue reading
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Unless the Lord builds the house.
What is the house that King David is talking about? It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings. To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading
1 Chronicles 16:9
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
This is a verse from King David’s song of thanks. The Arc of the Covenant was being returned to the City Of David and being placed in the tent that David had pitched. I guess this was the song of thanks that David had written for the priests in charge of music to perform.
When I read verse 9 these thoughts came into my head and I made a note to write about it later. Continue reading
New Revised Standard Version:
Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters
English Standard Version:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
Christian Standard Bible Version:
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people
New International Version:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
I thought today I would write in reference to the holiday we are celebrating, Labor Day. Continue reading