Does anyone know everything about you? Your spouse would be the one who comes closest, but everything? I doubt it. Sometimes we are afraid to let people know us completely. After all, if they knew our sinful, selfish, and corrupt side we may be rejected. We naturally reveal our best actions and intentions and not the one’s generated by our fallen nature.
Have you heard of the “Burning Man” before now? Hard not to with the recent flooding at Black Rock City. Heavy rains flooded the 400 square mile desert, stranding some 70k attendees who paid anywhere from $575 to over one thousand dollars for the week-long festival. It originated on June 21, 1986 in San Francisco on Baker Beach and has grown ever since.
It is interesting to note that Jesus’ first recorded miracle was changing water into wine at a wedding celebration. Jewish weddings were elaborate events with a great deal of excitement celebrating the promises and union of a man and a woman who pledge their lives to each other and promises to each other, and their faithfulness to God
Distress, we all experience it at some point in life and probably more than once. Distress is defined as; “Great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering.” It appears to be the norm now days with all that is happening in our government, economy, health system and international turmoil.
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
He wrote: “I’ve gone for 30 years now, and in that time…
“What this world needs more of is love. If people would just be more loving. There is too much hate in our world, a little love would go a long way.” Do you hear comments like this? This begs the question, what is love? Is it giving someone your approval?
Is AI, artificial insemination, artificial intelligence, or a city in ancient Canaan? All three. The dangerous one is Artificial Intelligence. We use it to get directions on our smart phones, or when texting and words are suggested prior to typing them. Very helpful. However, in the minds of some, AI is capable of rewriting the bible, among other things.
Wouldn’t it be great to simply teach children the right things in life and know that they will adhere to them especially when they are on their own?
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” This is often taken as a fool proof way of keeping children in the Christian faith.
We know education is important for all ages, especially young children as they are developing their worldview, learning right from wrong and why. We also saw that the bible has a lot to say about teaching, training, learning and so on. All of us are teachers by communicating our values through how we live each day. We learn more by what is caught than by what is taught. What we truly believe will show through our actions.
When the nation of Judah fell to King Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC many of its citizens were deported to Babylon. Daniel was one such person at a young age. He and others were chosen due to several factors (1:3-4) to serve in the king’s palace. However, Daniel had to spend three years learning and studying the Babylonian language and culture.