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Don't Idolize! - Exodus 20:4, 23

God was emphatic about this point. It is one of the Ten Commandments and is repeated near the end of the chapter in verse 23. God is jealous in a justified way. His perfection demands complete worship, and there can be no substitutes. No imitations. For God to require anything is for him to demonstrate his grace and mercy. Knowing anything about God means that he has communicated to us. This act allows us to realize that he is awesome and wonderful. He is perfect.  When we allow something to encroach on his glory, we are diverting our attention from his glory. We are, in essence, saying that God is not enough. He is not sufficient to meet our most profound need to worship.  Americans see ridiculous people who worship stones or statues and shake our heads. It makes no sense to bow to a rock. And yet we Idolize other things. Just drop your cell phone in the toilet and see if you don't stick your hand immediately into the residue to pluck it out.  That panicked action shows that you I
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Happy New Month!

The end of the year usually brings mixed emotions. We look back to see what we may have done right and wrong and look forward to ways to improve in the future. This time of the year is an excellent opportunity for reflection and planning. Or so we think.  Often, we make resolutions that we don't intend to keep. Diet, more exercise, a better savings plan, or learning a new language are the attainable goals. Bible reading and prayer apps are often hot items. We will be better next year!  Why don't these plans work? I believe that they are good ideas and that we should be trying to be better each year. We'd be better served if we decided to have New Year's resolutions every month.  With me, I look at the New Year as a time to improve. However, I often bite off more than I can chew by planning to make a drastic, though honorable, year-long change. I understand the goal and the need for improvement, but, I too, remember a few years ago what a friend told me. We were in Septe

Nonchalant - Genesis 2:1

 Genesis 2:1 seems so nonchalant in its wording. "Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them."  Back in 2003/2004, the Hubble telescope took a look at a tiny spot in the universe over 11.3 days. The extra extended exposure of that minuscule portion of the heavens astounded scientists. Science-speak since has recorded the following babble. "Subsequent deep imagery from Hubble, including the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, has revealed the most distant galaxies ever observed. Because of the time it has taken their light to reach us, we see some of these galaxies as they were just half a billion years after the Big Bang." Moses was no scientist, and he didn't need to be. He got the skinny from the Creator. God breathed out creation as if it were easy. That light from, unknown but to God, galaxies that reached the weak Hubble telescope in the early 2000s didn't need light-years to arrive at that point in the universe. Like Adam, who needed

Eschatology in Psalm 11

  Did David, the King of Israel and the Great Psalmist, ever think eschatologically? Psalm 11 seems to indicate that he did. Can you spot his eschatological statement? Psalm 11:1 【For the director of music. Of David.】 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain. 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" 4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. 5 The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. 6 On the wicked, he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face . If we personalize this short hymn, it becomes intimate. For when we hide i

Life goes On

 IN the next 24hrs GOD Will Surprise You Financially. If you believe, type: YES. I saw this silliness in a Facebook feed just moments before my mission contacted me to tell me that my account is in the RED! I laughed out loud!  Those posts are made to help us see how ridiculous we are when we click on them or send an AMEN! I hope that you don't. So many somehow believe that God is a gene type that will spring from the bottle when we press our praying hands emoji together and send us just enough money to prove that he has everything under control.  Job was a just man that proved that Facebook can be wrong now and again. He did all things well and lost everything. He was left muttering and sputtering along with his cheesy friends for most of his epic poem book.  Life happens, and we don't know why God does much of what he does. A friend of ours is in stage four cancer, and everything seems to be going wrong. What is up what that? Another friend's little girl has been sufferin

All Hell Broke Loose! - Job 2

We don't use the word Hell , do we? Maybe we should use it more. I believe that that was what Job saw happening in his life in chapter two of his story. He had lost his health, and you know that you don't have anything if you don't have health. So in chapter two, he lost all of his earthly possessions, including his family. And all of this happened because God called Satan's attention to his sound and faithful servant. Wait? What?  As mentioned in my last blog post, just because we are God's children does not mean we will not suffer total disaster in life. I know that you have read Job's tale of whoa and have talked about the friends who came to comfort /accuse him. Job could have avoided this whole episode if God had left him alone in his little corner of the world. The Devil hadn't found that corner in his wanderings.  You may remember that scholars believe that Job walked this terrestrial ball around the time that Abraham did.  He had no Bible nor even di

The Hedge - Job 1:10

Satan seemed to ask God a relevant question in Job 1 when he says, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?" Satan was saying that Job feared God because God was protecting everything. If Job didn't fear God, God would remove that hedge and all would come tumbling down. The word "hedge" used in Job 1:10 is used only once more in the Old Testament than in Hosea 2:6. In both places, it is used to describe a thorny and impenetrable wall.  In Brazil, you will often see what is called a "Cerca Viva" or Living Fence. You do NOT want to come close to that obstacle because it is loaded with inch-long thorns that will penetrate your flesh and then break off. The wound takes weeks to heal and leaves scars that last a lifetime. So, with this picture in mind, go back to Satan's words and let's try to understand more of what he was saying.  When Satan made his accusation of God's protec