Iron On Iron

Iron On Iron

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

Today I’ll depart from the New Testament and go back to the Old Testament.

One day while on my way to a gig, as I was driving through a section of town on the same road I use at least once a week, I noticed a banner.  It was strung to a fence that was protecting an old hotel that was being refurbished.  Part of the sign had the general contractor’s name, phone number, website, logo, etc.  That was on the left side of the sign.  On the right side was the verse from Proverbs that I referenced at the beginning of this piece.

Now maybe I noticed the verse because I was stopped at a red light, but I don’t believe that was the first time the light stopped me at that intersection.  I know they hadn’t just put up the sign because I remembered the contractor’s name and logo on the sign.  Something on that day made me look at the sign and read the verse. Continue reading

The Individual II

The Individual II

Matthew 7:4-5

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Many who read these verses would say that Christ is telling us to not judge others and their actions.  I agree.   But I had a different train of thought when reading these verses today, and it’s the same thought I’ve had throughout the New Testament and the Bible.  It’s the teaching and emphasis of the individual and the individual’s self responsibility. Continue reading

The Simplicity of Life

The Simplicity of Life

My earlier post was about King Solomon telling us it’s not about what others think of you.  It’s about the simplicity of life and the relationship between you and God.  If you understand your relationship with God the rest will fall into place.

So right after I wrote my last post I read the following verse from the New Testament. Continue reading

Kingdom In Your Midst

Kingdom In Your Midst

Luke 17:20-21

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

I thought I would write some more about the Gospel of Luke.

Luke is becoming my favorite book of the New Testament and one of my favorites of the whole Bible.

I have written how God is talking to us and showing us things everyday but we fail to see them because we are caught up in our daily activities and ourselves.

This is what Christ is saying to the Pharisees, the leaders of the temple, the ones who are to be in tune with God.  Here in your midst stands the Son of God and you are caught up in yourself, your power, your prestige and earthly matters.  The very presence of God, unbeknownst to you, is causing you great fear and anxiety, so much so that you are seeking to rid yourself of this presence.

I think Christ is not only speaking to the Pharisees but to us. Continue reading

Vanity And Striving After Wind

Vanity And Striving After Wind

In a recent post I wrote about 1 Timothy 6:10, where St. Paul tells us that the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil.  Again, as I did in that post, I must stress that Paul says the LOVE of money.

So today I thought I would follow up with a post that deals with the three verses which precede 1 Timothy 6:10. Continue reading