for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
neither is it in them to do good.”
The theme of these verses seems to be a common one throughout the Old Testament. False idols, and the destruction of a nation that turns to them is reported throughout the Bible, especially in the books of the prophets.
I have written a number of times about false gods and idolatry, and this will be another piece on that subject. I’m sure there will be a few more times I will write about this, since I am currently reading the book of Jeremiah and still have fifteen more books to go in the Old Testatment. Continue reading
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
Isaiah is speaking of the Messiah. If you read further into chapter 11, specifically verses 6 through 9, you will read about the peace that the Messiah will bring to the world. What I wanted to write about is what Isaiah is saying in verses 3 through 5, and how they apply to the present, especially with all the technology and how easy it is to manipulate the truth. Continue reading
This is a follow up to my previous post about how my lunch hour is a sacred time.
You have those who ignore or are ignorant to the fact that you cherish that brief hour of each day that you have to yourself. They look at your lunch hour as their social time. Or in the case of management you’re at your desk and can work so get it done before they go on their lunch hour(s).
There was another time in my life that I should have made sacred that I allowed work and others to intrude upon. It was my vacation time.
Yes I admit it, I allowed them to intrude. Continue reading
Programmed drums, I don’t use them very much when I write and record. There primary use for me is a click track.
Back in the eighties when drum machines first started to take off I was concerned about my profession as were a number of drummers. At first these drum machines were nothing more than a glorified metronome with simulated drum sounds.
Then they were able to take samples of actual drums that sounded great and came up with a flawless, tireless, attitude less, always on time drummer.
But it was also a soulless drummer. Continue reading
Way back in 2013 I bought my wife an iPad for Christmas.
It was about 4 or 5 years before that Christmas that I bought her first laptop.
At first she really didn’t seem too thrilled with the technology but once she discovered Facebook, using the laptop became a mainstay in her daily activity.
The laptop is getting old. The fan whirs like a helicopter and programs load slower every day. I’m sure it’s full of malware and spyware and who knows what but it’s only used for Facebook and some other random web surfing.
So in November of 2013 I figured this laptop is going to crap out any day now. I thought she would love an iPad. She could Facebook from anywhere in the house and maybe eventually discover some of the other cool things you can do with it.
But alas the iPad sat idle. Continue reading