The Power We Give Them In Our Minds

The Power We Give Them In Our Minds

If you read some of my previous posts such as, Hokum for Profit and So Much Hokum, you will know how I feel about today’s so called “psychics”.

During my current read of the Bible I came across these verses.

Deuteronomy 18:10-14

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.

Now the first part of verse 10, “anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering”, that’s something we all can agree on, it’s not OK to sacrifice your kids.

What I wanted to write about today was the second half of verse 10 and verses 11 through 12: Continue reading

Finding Your Promised Land

Finding Your Promised Land

Deuteronomy 12:5-7

But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.

Moses is addressing the tribes of Israel as they are about to cross over the river Jordan and begin their trek into the promised land.  Moses is instructing them to be aware and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord in finding their spot to settle and worship God.

The first verse of these verses is what intrigued me the most: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose… Continue reading

The Importance Of Humility

The Importance Of Humility

Deuteronomy 8:17:18

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.

Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading

If Moses Couldn’t Do It

If Moses Couldn’t Do It

Exodus 17:1-7

All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Numbers 14:1-4

Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

I am intrigued by the story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and their dissatisfaction with the Lord and all that was done for them.

The Jews suffered under the bondage of the Egyptians.  They cried out to be delivered.  The Lord hears their cries and sends them Moses.

This is what the Lord and Moses do. Continue reading

Don’t Wait For Moses, Deliver Yourself

Don’t Wait For Moses, Deliver Yourself

Reading the Bible has been teaching me life lessons.

That is its purpose.  No matter what you do or don’t believe there is much knowledge and wisdom to be gained from this book.

I was thinking about the Israelites and how Moses brought them out of the bondage of Egypt.

Just about everyone over the age of 50 has seen Cecil B DeMille’s classic movie “The Ten Commandments”.  I believe it’s still on TV around Easter and Passover. Continue reading

Stop Trying To Beat Moses

Stop Trying To Beat Moses

When I was a manager there were several days where I became frustrated with getting my team to do what needed to be done.

I like to think that it wasn’t due to a lack of communication or training but it very well could have been.

I held regular training sessions in both group and individual settings.  I would give instructions and ask the person who I was instructing to repeat them back to me thinking this would help them understand my instructions and show me that they had a good grasp of the task at hand.

I would try to make sure I was communicating my expectations and give a detailed time frame steering clear of subjective terms like, soon or now or whenever you have some time.  I would give a specific date and or time to have the work completed. Continue reading