Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

James 1:13-15

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

What is James talking about in these verses?  He is talking about personal responsibility.

He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing.  We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings.  We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices.  And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading

Where The Vultures Gather

Where The Vultures Gather

Luke 17:37

And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

I like what Christ is saying to his disciples, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

Now if you go back and read verses twenty through thirty seven in Chapter 17 of the Book of Luke, you will see that the obvious reference for verse thirty seven is about when and where will the Kingdom of God come to man, when will the rapture take place.

Christ addresses both his disciples and the Pharisees to be aware of the false prophets, those who say as in verse 23 “And they will say to you, ‘Look, there’ or ‘look, here’.  Do not go out or follow them.”

But Christ also tells them to be aware.  The rapture will come at any time, like it did for the world with Noah, or like it did for the inhabitants of Sodom.

So where will it come? Continue reading

Give Your Best

Give Your Best

Malachi 1:13-14

But you say, ‘What a weariness this is”, and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD.  Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

I’m just about all the way through the Old Testament on this go round with the Bible.

This verse spoke to me beyond the literal interpretation.

Animal sacrifices are obviously an antiquated idea.

They existed in Biblical times to drive home the seriousness of sin.  Through these sacrifices you atoned or paid for your sin.

The price was steep.  You sacrificed your best. You sacrificed your unblemished, your males who could produce quality off spring, the males that could grow your flock and enrich your wealth.

You give your best to God because God comes first.  By not giving your best you anger God and hurt yourself. Continue reading

Prides Destruction

Prides Destruction

Daniel 5

I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.

I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas.  When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.

Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note.  I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.

Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading

The Fall – A Loss Of Innocence

The Fall – A Loss Of Innocence

Genesis 3 deals with what is simply known as “The Fall”.

I am sure most everyone knows this story.  The story of how God gave man the Garden of Eden. A paradise which contained everything man would need to fulfill his spiritual and physical needs.

Genesis 2:15-17

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

God had given man all that he needed, just as Solomon realized thousands of years later, God had given man everything from the moment of creation.  In the Garden of Eden man had all he needed to eat and drink and be happy in his toil.

But vanity took its toll on Eve as the serpent enticed her with covetousness, enticed her to seek and want that which she did not have, that which she did not need. Continue reading

The LOVE Of Money

The LOVE Of Money

1 Timothy 6:10

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.

I think this verse is one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.

I know as a child and a teenager I often misquoted this verse and I remember my grandmother correcting me.

Most people paraphrase this verse especially when trying to make a compelling case against corporations, profits and capitalism.

They will leave out the one key word.  They will say “Money is the root of all evil”.  But if you read above, you will notice they omitted “love”. Continue reading

Take A Vow Of Silence

Take A Vow Of Silence

Psalms 12:2 – “Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.

They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives.  The double heart that they speak with is constant.

You never trust a word they say.  They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.

I guess every office has one.  You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.

They are extreme. Continue reading