Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Isaiah 30:8-10

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet
    and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
    as a witness forever.
For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;
who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
    prophesy illusions”

I thought these verses coincided with much of what I see in the world today.  I guess it’s always been like this.

Israel is seeking salvation from Egypt, which would upset anyone who knows their history with Egypt.  Here is a people who were previously enslaved by the Egyptians and now they are willing to buy protection from the Egyptians.  They are willing to potentially give up their freedom in order to have the perception of being safe. Continue reading

Falling Into Temptation

Falling Into Temptation

I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it.  I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.

King Solomon writes:

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”

St. Paul agrees when he writes:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today. Continue reading

Take Refuge In The Lord

Take Refuge In The Lord

Psalm 118:8-9

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes.

You have heard some variations of the quote, “In God we trust, all others we verify”, or “all others we monitor”, or “all others bring data”.  This is what David is saying in these two verses but in a more eloquent and poetic manner. Continue reading

PAYMENT DUE!

PAYMENT DUE!

It’s tax day tomorrow so I thought I would run this post again.

Over the weekend I did the one thing that is pretty much guaranteed to put me in a bad mood.  I did my income tax returns.

When I see how much I give the government in income tax it pisses me off, not to mention sales tax, real estate tax, per capita tax and so on and so on.

Don’t give me that crap about paying my fair share.   That horseshit is served up to the masses by the politician we make rich, and I mean rich.  They prosper off of the sweat of yours and my brow.

At one point I was prompted by the tax program to enter the whopping $47 I made in interest and I could watch as Washington immediately took $10 to $15.  It pisses me off and it should piss you off. Continue reading

Muzzle The Ox

Muzzle The Ox

Deuteronomy 25:4

You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn.

Here is the commentary of biblical scholar Matthew Henry in regards to this verse.

“This is a charge to husbandmen.  It teaches us to make much of the animals that serve us.  But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our better part, our souls.”

“Be kind to all who are employed..” Continue reading

Robbed Of The Honor They Deserved

Robbed Of The Honor They Deserved

War is inevitable.

It has been with us throughout time and will continue to the end.

It may very well cause the end.

It has and will always be barbaric.  It just gets less messy for those who have to deliver the fatal blow or maybe I should say those who command those delivering the fatal blow.

It affects countless lives.

It affects those directly involved and it affect those not directly involved.

I have been fortunate to have never known or felt the horrors of war.  I make no pretense to understanding the affects of war on those who have experienced it firsthand. Continue reading

Falling Into Temptation

Falling Into Temptation

I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it.  I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.

King Solomon writes:

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”

St. Paul agrees when he writes:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today. Continue reading