The Meekness Of Wisdom

The Meekness Of Wisdom

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.   But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James, who is believed to be the half brother of Christ, wrote these words over 1900 years ago.

I find these words to ring true today, and I thought I would share how true they are for those who profess to serve us each day in the political world.  The point I wanted to make with these prophetic words is to those who delude themselves into believing that our “representatives” and “leaders”, no matter which side, are there for some altruistic desire to make this world a better place for you and me.

That belief, that sentiment, is pure bullshit! 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

The Meekness Of Wisdom

The Meekness Of Wisdom

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.   But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James, who is believed to be the half brother of Christ, wrote these words over 1900 years ago.

I find these words to ring true today, and I thought I would share how true they are for those who profess to serve us each day in the political world.  The point I wanted to make with these prophetic words is to those who delude themselves into believing that our “representatives” and “leaders”, no matter which side, are there for some altruistic desire to make this world a better place for you and me.

That belief, that sentiment, is pure bullshit! 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

She Said This! Well He Said That!

She Said This! Well He Said That!

I thought I would write about the corruption of politics in this country and I am sure it’s the same everywhere.

I’ll try not tip my hand as to which side I lean towards in this year’s presidential election cycle.  And I know like most of you, I have had just about enough of the whole mess.

Watching the point counter point, the horrible mudslinging ads, and the ego filled self-indulgence has made me tired of the whole process.

It has become infantile and through social media a lot of responsible citizens have joined the candidates in the political cesspool.

One side is caught in a lie.  The other side points out that lie. Continue reading

All Fluff And No Substance

All Fluff And No Substance

As we near the fifteenth and final season of this popularity contest I thought I would share this piece.

One night last winter I was watching American Idol with my wife.

Normally I don’t watch American Idol or any of those talent contest shows.   I just don’t care for them.  But this night I was just too tired to care or to go into another room and watch something else.   I had spent most of the day shoveling snow.

This week they were narrowing down the sixteen contestants and on this night the top eight girls had to sing. Continue reading

Grope In Darkness, Stagger Like Drunkards

Grope In Darkness, Stagger Like Drunkards

Every morning I start the day with my routine, the three S’s.   While taking care of the first S I read my Bible.  I’m multi tasking.

I’m not a guy who wears his religion on his sleeve.

Although my religion was given to me by my parents, when it comes to my religion I don’t have the same perspective as my parents.

It’s mine and only mine and I don’t expect it to be yours.  Live and let live.

I do find The Bible a tremendous source of wisdom and knowledge and I have read through it cover to cover a number of times.

On this current read through I am at the point where I am getting to some of my favorite books like Job, Proverbs and Psalms.

These books not only teach but inspire. Continue reading