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What are YOU Looking At?

June 21, 2011

The other day I was feeling a little blue.  There was no particular reason.  I am healthy,  life is going reasonably well, everything is fine, but I was feeling a little down.

Then I turned my thoughts back to the goodness of God.  I thought about His love for me, His plan for me and about the wonders of His grace, power and nature.  As I thought about God, my mood picked up and the rest of the day went well.

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”  Hebrews 12:1-2

What are you looking at?

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1000 Dead Civilians?

April 4, 2011

Last week I heard that our primary reason for the use of military force in Libya was to protect civilian life.

Saturday, I read about 1000 civilians that had died in the Ivory Coast due to internal conflict.

Should we have been involved there as well?

If we are trying to protect civilian life there are many places in the world experiencing turmoil.

We cannot be everywhere.  How will we decide who gets our support?

Our interjection of force into a nation’s internal conflict is not the way to go.

Feathered Fireworks

September 22, 2010

There is a piece of art for sale on Ebay called Feathered Fireworks.  It is a painting that is the result of a chicken having its feet dipped in paint, and then allowing the chicken to roam around the canvas which was lying on the ground.  It is being auctioned for a charity.  It was over $500 Tuesday night.

I have previously said that art is an attempt by an artist to communicate through a chosen medium.  I may have to broaden my definition since I really don’t think the chicken is trying to tell us anything, and I hope that the artist isn’t letting a chicken do the talking!

Oil, Water and Blood

June 3, 2010

Once again our Wednesday night Bible study has provided inspiration for my Thursday morning blog.

Once again it wasn’t my own words, or thoughts, that provoked this commentary.

We were discussing the story of Noah and the flood.  Actually, just the introductory verses in Genesis chapter six, were God had decided to pour out judgement against the evil that was in the world.  We were discussing the reality of judgement, and someone brought up the prophecy in Revelation about the coming judgement.  Specifically, Revelations 8:8&9 which reads :

“Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.  And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”

He commented that the disaster in the Gulf is how this prophecy could be fulfilled.  It could be said that oil is the blood of an industrial society.  A series of off-shore earthquakes in the right places could create a means by which this judgement could unfold.

I am not saying that the current disaster in the Gulf is an act of judgement.  I am saying that perhaps we should read it as a warning.  It is a terrible tragedy and disaster of unforeseen proportions. Only time will tell truly how much damage has been done.  My heart goes out to the countless individuals whose lives will be forever changed.  I pray that God will help them stop the leak and clean up, but there is irrevocable damage that has been done.

We should learn something from this horrible catastrophe.

Men, Angels, & Aliens

May 27, 2010

Our Wednesday night Bible study can be an interesting time of discussion.  Last night we were going over Genesis 6:1-4 which reads:

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful: and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh: yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.  Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (NKJ) 

I presented that there were two basic theories over the identity of  the “sons of God” and the “mighty men”.

One theory is that they are simply humans.  After all, Adam is called the “son of God”, so why shouldn’t his descendants be called the “sons of God”?  In this case the “mighty men” are  simply the race of men before the flood.  They had long life spans and so could rightly be called “mighty men”.

A second option is that “sons of God” refers to angels.  If this were the case, any children born would be half angel, half human.  This could result in humans with extraordinary powers; truly “mighty men”  It could even provide a historical basis for the existence of Greek mythology.  It was further pointed out that since these sexual unions were not condoned by God, that the angels were fallen angels, or demons.  That would explain the rampant evil of the time.

It was then suggested that perhaps the “sons of God” were aliens.  Since the Bible never says that there isn’t life anywhere else, it is not unbiblical to suggest the possibility of life on other planets. This too, would result in “mighty men”. 

It’s good to keep an open mind.

The point, of course, is that evil was rampant, and the judgement of God came upon the earth.  What is the correct interpretation of these verses?  I do not claim to know; but the reality of a worldwide judgement against evil is the final end.

React!

May 26, 2010

Sometimes we choose to act.

Sometimes we simply react.

I have found that some of my more regrettable actions have come about, not as a result of a poor choice, but rather as an impulsive action taken without premeditation.  Sometimes, I have immediately recognized my error, but it is too late, the action is done, or the words have been said.

How do you prevent impulsive words or actions?

You can’t…not always.

So instead we  try to train ourselves by repetition to say and do the right thing.  As often as possible, to think before we speak or act.  This will create a habit of doing the right thing and, hopefully, will keep us out of trouble.

In addition, and even more importantly, we can seek to maintain a relationship with God which will allow us to remain filled with the Holy Spirit, so that our reactions are not caused by the “flesh”, but by the Spirit.  If we are Spirit-led, we will do the right thing, even in reaction to unforeseen circumstances.

Choices and Value

May 25, 2010

Most of us have limited resources.  What we choose to do with those resources reflects our values.  How do we spend our time? Our money? Our energy?  Are we investing in things that will ultimately make a difference? Do we think about others? Do we think about the Kingdom of God?  Or is it all about our own enjoyment, comfort, or status; our own lives?

Our choices define us.

Are we making the right ones?

Summer Session

May 19, 2010

For the next three weeks, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 to  4:00,  I will be teaching a summer course.  It is Survey of World Religions.  Basically, each day will cover a primary religion, with several days containing multiple religions.  It is a fast-paced introduction to the religions of the world.

This class actually works quite well in the min-session format.  This year is the second year that I have taught this course in the May session.  The only adjustment that I had to make was to shorten the research paper requirement by a few pages.  The class is off to a good start, and I hope that all will go well.

Two days down, twelve to go.

Want To

May 18, 2010

On my preceeding post, I presented that there are many, many things that require my attention on a daily basis.  There is not time enough for everything, so I am trying a different way of ordering my life. 

However, life is not just about what I need to do, and what I should do,  there should also be some room for what I WANT to do.  

Balance.

Choices.

I have found that I miss blogging.  I enjoy the opportunity to write out  my thoughts.   So I suppose that it is appropriate to make some choices about what I want to do with my time.

Need to or Should do?

May 6, 2010

I am a very good money manager.  I understand budgeting, planning and the difference between needs and wants. 

I am not as good at managing my time. 

For almost two years I have posted a new article Monday through Thursday pretty consistently.  That may now change.

I am going to try to apply the same reasoning to my time management that I do to my money management.  Need versus Want: that expresses my understanding of money issues.  It is translated into: Need To, Should Do and Want To when it comes to time matters.

I am going to do what I need to do first each day.

Then I will do as many of the things that I should do that I can find the time or energy to accomplish.

I will fit in the things I want to do when possible.

Writing new articles is something that I should do, as I feel that it is an extension of my ministry, but it is not something that I have to do, so there will be some days that it does not happen. 

We’ll see how it goes.