Set Your Heart

Set Your Heart

Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”

I like the message in this verse.

People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted?  Why hasn’t God taken care of me?  How could God let this happen to me?

They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.”

The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”.  It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. Continue reading

Humble and Contrite

Humble and Contrite

Isaiah 66:1-2

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

Humble Old Soldier

Humble Old Soldier

(On this Memorial Day I thought I would re-post this one.  Thanks to all those who served and sacrificed so we are all free to worry about what bathroom we should use.)

World War I may have been referred to as “The Great War” and why not.  Over 16 million deaths were a result of that war.

But World War II surpassed that number with over 60 million deaths.  That’s over three percent of the entire population of the world in 1939, the year World War II started.

Most of my early images of World War II came from the old Hollywood propaganda films made in the 1940’s, the films that I loved as a kid.  They were shown on the television late in the afternoon when I got home from school.

And as with most young boys war movies fascinated me.  There were good guys, bad guys and faraway places.    There were machine guns, grenades, tanks, bazookas, P51 Mustangs, all very exciting to a kid. Continue reading

Set Your Heart

Set Your Heart

Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”

I like the message in this verse.

People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted?  Why hasn’t God taken care of me?  How could God let this happen to me?

They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.”

The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”.  It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. Continue reading

Humble Old Soldier

Humble Old Soldier

(On this Memorial Day I thought I would re-post this one.  Thanks to all those who served and sacrificed so we are all free to worry about what bathroom we should use.)

World War I may have been referred to as “The Great War” and why not.  Over 16 million deaths were a result of that war.

But World War II surpassed that number with over 60 million deaths.  That’s over three percent of the entire population of the world in 1939, the year World War II started.

Most of my early images of World War II came from the old Hollywood propaganda films made in the 1940’s, the films that I loved as a kid.  They were shown on the television late in the afternoon when I got home from school.

And as with most young boys war movies fascinated me.  There were good guys, bad guys and faraway places.    There were machine guns, grenades, tanks, bazookas, P51 Mustangs, all very exciting to a kid. Continue reading

They Will Exalt Themselves

They Will Exalt Themselves

I am writing this post in the midst of a presidential election year.

It is an election year that has been and promises to be a real circus. But then again aren’t they all.

As with every presidential election cycle or really any election cycle there is a plethora of promises to change everything and make it all better.  And just as in all previous election cycles there are plenty of potential voters out there ready to lap up the lies and I’m talking lies all around, for and from everyone. Continue reading