1 Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
These verses are about the inner beauty of a person, and many of us were raised being taught to not judge a book by its cover. Obviously that saying is true, otherwise it wouldn’t have lasted so long. Continue reading
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
When I read this, I had to write myself a note. I knew this verse was one I wanted to write about, as writing helps me understand. I have read different opinions about this verse, but as I start writing my thoughts, I’m still not sure I fully understand the implications of it. Continue reading
1 Corinthians 15:35-38
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
In these verses Paul is answering the question many nonbelievers and believers ask about the resurrection. It is a very difficult concept for humans to wrap their heads around, especially when asked from a worldly point of view. Even though I have faith and belief in Christ and the resurrection, I still have a hard time understanding what it is or what it will be. Continue reading
1 Corinthians 2:10 -11
…these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
God is within each of us. We do not have to search the world for God, we only have to look no further than our hearts. That is where God dwells within each and every individual.
Paul confirms this in the verses above. Continue reading
Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
making you desolate because of your sins.
You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
You shall sow, but not reap;
you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
Micah is explaining to Israel the consequences of their actions. They have abandoned God and forsaken righteousness for the pleasures and treasures of the world. Israel did in ancient times as we do today. We abandon the spirit to please the flesh. For the want of simple worldly things, we bypass righteousness and the work involved, and we do what we rationalize as necessary to make our existence comfortable and easy. Continue reading
(I wrote this post four years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to all.)
This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.
Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.
I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.
I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year. The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.
I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about. It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.
But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive. I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food. (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck) Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.
I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
I have written before about these ideas that Paul, Christ and the prophets have been preaching for thousands of years. It is a common theme throughout religion, for religious beliefs are in the spirit, not in the flesh, the world. Continue reading
Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word
Through the words of Isaiah, God is reminding us about what matters most in our lives, and that is having God in your heart.
This is one of the issues I have with the large corporate churches. They tell us that their lavish buildings and furnishings are for the glory of God. They tell us that the amount of money that flows through the organization is for doing the work of the Lord. I’m not quite sure what their excuse is for the lavish life style they lead. Perhaps they feel it is their just reward, the universe balancing out for them, rewarding them for being such a good person. I don’t begrudge anyone for making any amount of money, no matter how obscene it might seem, but just be honest about it. Continue reading