Promises and Pie Crust

Promises and Pie Crust

Matthew 5:37

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Matthew Chapter 5 is Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus simply spells out how to live a righteous and Godly life.  I have already written a post about this historic oracle and will have more to write in the future.

Today’s post will cover the simple truth Christ has given us in this one verse.

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. Continue reading

Tear Your Heart

Tear Your Heart

Joel 2:13

and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.

“….and rend your hearts and not your garments.”

That was the line that caught my attention, so I made a note to write about it.  I was familiar with the word render, which means in the verb form: “to provide or give”, but rend, was throwing me a bit of a curve.  I thought it had to do with tearing since, “rend your heart” was followed by “and not your garments”.  I took the time to look up the definition just to be sure.  And that is what it means, to tear into two or more pieces. Continue reading

Don’t Confuse Simple With Easy

Don’t Confuse Simple With Easy

In another post I wrote about Matthew 6:1-18 and how I was struck by the simplicity of Christ’s teachings,  how all the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount boil down to keeping it simple.  Life is simply your relationship with God.

It is a simple philosophy but don’t confuse simple with easy.

Realizing your relationship with God is an ever vigilant lifetime endeavor.  It’s tough and takes work and self discipline.  Not because God made it hard, but because we make it hard with all our worries, cares and sins.

Get it right and everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, which you will always have to deal with, will fall into place. Continue reading

My Relationship With Music

My Relationship With Music

I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God.  Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.

I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God.  Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God.  Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.

When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art.  Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading

Advertising Your Spirituality

Advertising Your Spirituality

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.

Read Matthew 6:1-18 Continue reading

Guard That Mouth!

Guard That Mouth!

Psalm 141:3

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!

This is sound advice and a theme that appears numerous times in the Bible.  Prophets from the Old and New Testament speak of guarding the words the come out of your mouth.  I have written a number of posts on this subject and I thought I would touch on it again. Continue reading

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

The Innocence of Pinocchio – Life Got In The Way

Matthew 18:3

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

On a Sunday night of a rather busy and tiring weekend, after my wife and I had finished some pizza and wine, I decided I had enough of the day.  My wife was engaged in her social media while I just vegged out in front of the TV, aimlessly wondering the channels.

I searched the usual channels but as is normally the case, nothing of any interest was on.  I decided to start at the beginning and work my way through every channel at my disposal.

I quickly skimmed through the major networks followed by some of the local stations.  Next up on the dial were the kid channels.  As I passed through this section of programming, there it was, a piece of my childhood, Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. Continue reading