Vanity of Vanities

Vanity of Vanities

I thought today, since I am writing about the book of Ecclesiastes, I would start from the beginning.  The very first verse tells us in a sort of cryptic way about the author of this book.  They refer to themselves as the Preacher.  Most people believe that person to be King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:1

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

If you take this verse at it’s face value, the son of David and King in Jerusalem was Solomon.  Some say that “son” may refer to the lineage of King David, but I’ll keep it simple and stick with Solomon as the Preacher.  Who wrote the book isn’t as important as the lessons being taught in this book.  King Solomon starts teaching from the first verses. Continue reading

Fear Of A Gift Wasted

Fear Of A Gift Wasted

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Okay, so I’m beating this to death, but I feel this phrase, “the fear of the Lord” is very important.  At least it is to me and my life.

I previously wrote how this phrase turns up numerous times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.  And I have written how this phrase is misconstrued.  Most concepts of “the fear of the Lord” are, a being of human form, floating above in the clouds, looking down, just waiting for us to screw up.  But if you read any of my previous posts on this phrase you know that’s not what it’s about. Continue reading

How TV Influenced My Life, Music, Romance

How TV Influenced My Life, Music, Romance

How TV Influenced my life, music, romance.

I wrote that note probably a month or two before pulling it out of my book to sit down and write about it.

When I wrote the note I was thinking about the influence television had on me.  For instance, without the Beatles being on the Ed Sullivan Show would music had been such a huge influence in my life?  Probably so but then the question would be what type of music?

The Beatles took me down the road to rock and roll.

What if my early big influential act would have been Hank Williams?  How would that have shaped my musical and life journey?

Through the years I discovered and still discover new influences from all genres and eras but the Beatles were the ones who started me down this path. Continue reading

Fear: Anxious Concern

Fear: Anxious Concern

Psalm 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

In previous posts I wrote about the phrase “fear of the Lord” and after reading this verse I thought I would touch on it again today.

Let’s look at the definition of “fear”: Continue reading

Wasting Our Years

Wasting Our Years

Psalm 90:9-12

For all our days pass away under your wrath;

we bring our years to an end like a sigh.

The years of our life are seventy,

or even by reason of strength eighty;

yet their span[a] is but toil and trouble;

they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Who considers the power of your anger,

and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days

that we may get a heart of wisdom.

I had already written a piece about Psalm 90:10-12 but after reading these verses again I felt like I had a bit more to say.  Forgive me if I repeat myself. Continue reading

How To Deal With Good And Evil

How To Deal With Good And Evil

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.  If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.  But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,  loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

These six verses are what follows the verses I wrote about in my previous post It Is In Our Hearts.  In verse 11 through 14 Moses tells the people of Israel that the word of God is very near.  It is in your heart and in your mouth.

In verses 15 through 20 Moses continues by letting the Israelites know how simple life really is. Continue reading

We’ve Lost Our Simplicity

We’ve Lost Our Simplicity

If you read some of my posts you may know that every morning I read a few chapters of my Bible and I have been doing this for a number of years.  I’ve read it cover to cover a number of times.  Sometimes I read it in order from page 1 to the end and sometimes I skip around from book to book.

The other day while reading my Bible I got to thinking about how big of a role God played in people’s lives when these books were written and then as the years go by (thousands of them) God has a smaller and smaller role.

I think about the book of Psalms.   The whole book is King David talking to God either through poetry or songs. Continue reading