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Aliens again? Numbers 15

Yep.Aliens show up again in Numbers 15. And what we discover is that the Law of God applies to the aliens just like it applies to everyone else: Numbers 15:29-30 reminds us of this reality. As Olly Perkins once said, “The law’s the law, and we all got to face up to it sometime.” (Reference this excellent film)Now, we have already looked at the involvement of aliens in worship in Israel, when the issue came up in Leviticus. I will summarize here: the Law applied to all in the land, and all were eligible to sacrifice for atonement for sin. Further, there were defined steps to move from alien to participant in the covenant.Numbers 15 restates some of these laws, but especially makes clear that there was to be no different law for aliens, sojourners, and sons of Israel. The Law was to be the Law, applied evenly and equally to all. Why does this matter to us, now? First, it should matter in our personal lives. Everyone we encounter, whether stranger, alien, or familiar face should be treat…

August 28 2013

Proverbs 28:8 should be seen as a shot across the bow of our entire economic system. C.S. Lewis noted this in Mere Christianity as well (I think, it may have been a different writing): why do we base our system on something that Scripture fully rejects? Profiteering on interest and usury? Even in this modern era, we might do well to note that the three major monotheistic religions of the world all speak against usury in their sacred writings. Hinduism and Buddhism are so diverse, I’m not really sure what their opinion is…but clearly, the God of Scripture, the One True God, is against it. Is it any wonder our system is collapsing?Proverbs 28:18 reflects that trouble will come on all, but the righteous will find deliverance. The crooked, the wicked? It will all fall apart for that person.Proverbs 28:28 tells us something we should see: people react to the character of the leaders of a nation. Wicked leaders lead to people locking down, hiding out. Righteous people take refuge and hunker…

Book: God in my Everything

First, let me share this book trailer for God in My Everything: Now, on to the book:God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu claims to present a possibility for deeper spirituality even in the busyness of life. It is endorsed by a good number of folks, and echoes the clear screaming many modern people are doing for a clear view of God among the chaos of everyday life.Shigematu’s overall point in God in My Everything is that the chaos is often of our making, and so to clearly view God, perhaps we should start by clearing the chaos. He works autobiographically through his experience visiting a monastery and working in a major corporation. It’s worth reading, because he does not tread the “look at what I gave up” path and instead highlights the similarities in his ministry vocations throughout the years.The difficulty with books like God in My Everything is that, too often, the author’s substitute for how you have been living is to live as he says. You need only substitute my exact practice…

Restraint

Clarity abounds when fewer words are used. So, if you wish to be clear, show some restraint instead of showing off your verbosity. Gather a vocabulary capable of expressing yourself, and be succinct.After all, most of the time you’re not being paid by the word. Your goal is clarity, and it can be done with brevity.

August 27 2013: Proverbs 27

General wisdom throughout the whole chapter, reflecting various applications in life.Proverbs 27:8 reminds us that we have a place that we belong, and would do well to stay close to it. This is not completely against moving, but think about the societal degradation that comes from a no-roots culture. Don’t know one? Turn on your TV, American, and you’ll see one. It’s us. A person far from home is vulnerable and must become self-sufficient.This verse also evoked an image in my mind of the Ugly Duckling Fable. You have a swan that is out of the nest and learns the wrong thing: she learned duck things. She thought she was a duck—and she was a swan! Those who are too far out learn the wrong things.Proverbs 27:18 reminds us to be faithful in our work. There’s more depth there, regarding watching over the business entrusted to you by a boss or superior. That’s worth remembering, work well and honor will come.

Book Recommendation: God’s Wisdom in Proverbs

I have two things to post today. I’ll get to Proverbs 28 in another post.Right now, I want to point you to a book. It’s called God’s Wisdom in Proverbs and it looks like this: This is not a verse-by-verse commentary on Proverbs, but rather a look at selected passages to help explain the book length concepts for Proverbs. Phillips examines a wide range of Proverbs, takes down some misconceptions, and applies good hermeneutics to the task.It is from reading God’s Wisdom in Proverbs that I first heard the explanation of Proverbs as “living skillfully in fear of God” (I think that’s the quote, my copy is currently loaned out). That has become my functional definition for this blog as well.If you want to study Proverbs as a cohesive book rather than a hodge-podge of nifty statements, start with a good, literal translation. (Or Hebrew, if you’re Randy Cox.) Then, add in God’s Wisdom in Proverbs. You will not regret it.(The pic links to the publisher’s website, Amazon also carries this one.)

In the Dark: John 3

In the dark is where secrets are kept. In the dark is where confusion reigns. In the dark is where our pasts lie buried. In the dark is where our future sits shrouded.In the dark is where we hold conversations we are afraid of starting. In the dark is where we hold conversations we are afraid of finishing. In the dark is where we hold conversations that we are afraid of in the light.In the dark is where we speak to those we are afraid will reject us. In the dark is where we speak to those we think about rejecting. In the dark is where we speak to those we will be rejected for speaking to.In the dark is where we do not understand. In the dark is where we are challenged to grow. In the dark is where our own wits will not save us. In the dark is where our fame fails us. In the dark is where our obscurity is insignificant.In the dark is where we are born from. In the dark is where we often live. In the dark is where Nicodemus came to Jesus. In the dark is where his spirit was. In the dark…

Nerd Notes on John 3

I wanted to let the post stand on its own.
Nerd Note 1: There are no quotation marks in Greek, though there are discourse markers that indicate probable points of quotation. This is one reason I’ve stopped being a fan of red-letter Bibles. They make absolute something that is not absolute in the text. We do not, for certain, know if Jesus said John 3:16 or if that is John’s commentary on what Jesus said and did.
Note this: given the belief that all Scripture is God-breathed, it’s not that critical. If Jesus said it directly, great. If John wrote it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, then God said it through John. It should bear the same weight for us.
Nerd Note 2: John 3:24 gives us a clear reason to see the Gospel as written in hindsight. Even if John had kept notes and then compiled them, we see him reflecting on timelines and events.
Nerd Note 3: Much is made of “you must be born again.” It is possible to render that phrase as “you must be born from above.” Either way, it’s …

Book: Timothy, A Little Fish with a Big Purpose

Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose by Brad Riley and illustrated by Krystahl Goodale, is published by Vox Dei. It is a children’s book of a mere 28 pages, and my copy is a paperback. It’s a children’s story about a fish, a coin, and miracle.Timothy is a great little story. You have a cute little fish who is swimming back and forth between his mom and his grandma. He ends up being the little fish in Matthew 17, who has the tax money for Peter and Jesus. The overall point: being faithful in small obedience leads to being used for amazing things.Taking the story apart even further, there is also the underlying message that we do not always know how God uses our obedience. There could be a side item about catch-and-release fishing, but I doubt this is within the authorial intent.Riley’s use of Timothy’s heritage of Lois and Eunice for the fish family in the story is a nice added touch. While I would love to see a fish with a good father as well, I understand why Riley’s Timothy is …

August 26, 2013: Doug

Proverbs 26:8 Ever seen a person awarded what they did not deserve? It happens, and sometimes it’s done to try and urge that individual to live up to the honor. This hardly ever works. Guess what? Solomon warned against such nonsense—it is as useful to tie a stone into a sling as it is to honor a fool.So, when you honor someone and then that honor comes back to bite you? You did it. You placed them on that pedestal, empowered them in that manner, and then it backfired. This raises the question: what were you thinking? We do this all the time: we put people who are questionable at best on a pedestal. Then we are stunned at their flame-outs. Folks, think. And don’t be a fool. (More evidence? See “Celebrities, nearly any”)Proverbs 26:18 needs Proverbs 26:19 to complete the thought. The overall thrust here is important: your hoax? Not funny. Property destruction, injury, and death follow that nonsense. So stop it. Seriously, it’s not in good fun if it harms another, and you don’t get to d…

Sermon Wrap-up for August 25

Morning Sermon:Click here for audio: Outline: August 25 AM Acts 6 55A Good Preacher Can't Fix Everything 1. Good preachers are available by the dozen 2. Problems still arise 3. Ideas can come from those who cannot implement them 4. Work together to solve problems 5. Be bathed in prayer so that it is not necessary to have extended prayer over issues---stop praying over your problems and pray over your life!! Our response: 1. If all your prayer life consists of is praying over problems, then let it grow--began each day with prayer 2. If you are sitting on the fence while there are God-honoring solutions to your problems because you are waiting for a "sign" then stop it and get to work 3. Be part of the solution: don't insist someone else solve it. Evening Sermon: Click Here for the Audio Outline: August 25 PM Acts 7 A Good Deacon is a Dead Deacon 1. Stephen: Deacon 2. Stephen: Witness 3. Stephen: Dead to this World 4. Let us all follow in his footsteps. Any questions? …

Three Years In

Right about three years ago, Ann and I moved here to Almyra, Arkansas, for me to serve the church here as pastor. We were a little uncertain about moving here into the middle of rice country. After all, there are three main crops in Arkansas County: rice, ducks, and mosquitoes. The rice is planted, the ducks eat the leftovers from it, and the mosquitoes thrive on the population!We have, though, come to enjoy the distance we live from city lights and we have adapted to the distance we live from the grocery store. I like that I see the sun rise and set at the horizon, not behind buildings. I enjoy being able to see lots of stars.In the time I’ve been here, I’ve been privileged to go back to school, work on projects I like, and make some amazing friends both in Almyra and around the state. This group of folks are wonderful friends and support to us.What is weird for me is this: if you average out my lifetime, I average no more than 18-20 months in any given space. Going back to birth. Re…

You Asked for It: Numbers 14

When we last left our beloved Israelites, they were hearing a committee report that was less than positive regarding the invasion of the Promised Land. Ten of the twelve spies return the recommendation that the people return to the wilderness and not attempt the conquest.The people agree. They determine to return to Egypt, rejecting the leadership of Moses, Joshua, and Caleb and planning to appoint a new leader. This is ultimately a rejection of God’s leadership of the people. Their declaration is this: we will go back. Or we will die in the desert. But we will not go into the Land.There then occurs an interchange where God expresses to Moses that He would destroy all the people and raise up a complete nation out of Moses. I think one could safely extend that into a nation raised out of Moses, Joshua, Caleb, and their families, but this is not explicit in the text.Instead, however, God assigns the judgment that so often seems to happen: He allows the people to have what they want. He …

Book: Judges for You

Today’s Book is brought to you by Cross-Focused Reviews and The Good Book Company. Which brings to mind a question: I wonder if anyone’s ever started “The Bad Book Company?” seems like a bad call. Anyway.Judges. This segment of Old Testament history is sandwiched between the success of Joshua and the romance of Ruth, and it’s not exactly the happiest book of the Bible. In all honesty, even Job gets a happy ending when God restored his wealth and family.Other than Lamentations, I cannot really place a book that comes out as grim as Judges.The end-result being that many Christians avoid too much time in Judges, except in seeking a few hero stories like Gideon and Samson without delving too deeply into the milieu. Since Christians are hesitant to dig in here, it is unsurprising that many others are hesitant to dig in. On to that plane comes Timothy Keller’s Judges for You. This is published by The Good Book Company, and is available in hardback and ebook.Judges for You is a study in the …

August 21 2013: Proverbs 21

Do you know what it means if I post on Proverbs 2 days in a row? That it’s going to be a week before I post again.Proverbs 21: the NASB subtitles the chapter “On Life and Conduct” which is, well, the whole book of Proverbs. Thank you for trying, though.Proverbs 21:8 speaks of the way of the guilty and the conduct of the pure. I see here an important reminder that the ways and means which we use to accomplish our goals are important. If you get where you’re going but get there badly, you have not walked with wisdom.Proverbs 21:18 gave me some pause. As a Christian, I hold firmly that the Righteous Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for wicked me (Mark 10:45). However, that is not contrary to this passage. Instead, this is perhaps reflective of the justice that runs throughout time: eventually, it is the wicked who are destroyed and the righteous who continue. Especially in a kingdom seeking to live based on God’s Wisdom.Proverbs 21:28 is a bit of a mess in translation. Apparently, some tak…

August 20 2013: Proverbs 20

I’ve said before, I think, that this is an intermittent project. I’d love another writer or two to flesh out the Proverbs blog, but I don’t have time to recruit. If you want to do it, drop me an email or leave a comment with your qualifications. Like if you are a Christian and have read Proverbs seriously. And we’ll talk.Proverbs 20 is a continuation of the general wisdom section of the book. Overall, we see a recurrent theme: wisdom, skillful living in fear of YHWH, applies to all aspects of life.Proverbs 20:8 speaks to the role of kings in life. They are there to sift evil out of the kingdom. The purpose of earthly government is to deal with justice issues. Now, modern-day folks like to add a lot to the term “justice:” to some, not having as good of medical insurance as the next guy is injustice. That’s not what we are dealing with here: here it is about the definite wrongs perpetrated by others.If a king is not striving to secure justice for the people, if a government is about its…

Clean this mess up! John 2

One of the difficulties with John’s Gospel is that John has a lot to say. His pre-Passion Week chapters usually contain at least two important and distinct events, and those events are also loaded with meaning.John 2 continues this pattern. There are two important events recorded in this chapter. These do not appear to be dependent on each other, except that Jesus is involved in both. Both are, however, problematic in their own way and perhaps as important for the symbolism as they are for the actual event.The first is the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Working backwards, John 2:11 is the key verse on this event. John identifies the transformation of water into wine as the beginning of the signs Jesus used to identify Himself, specifically as “manifesting His glory.” Now, I think the historicity of the event is necessary for the sign to have any meaning, but the meaning is large here.Why? You have a celebration that people think is good enough. You have an inadequa…

Sermon Wrap-Up for August 18

Good morning!Here are the links for Sunday, August 18, at Almyra Baptist Church:Morning Audio is linked hereMorning Video is here: Evening Audio is hereEvening Video is here: Morning Outline:August 18 AM Text: Ruth 2:8-23
Date: August 18 AM
Location: Almyra FBC How much is an ephah? About a tenth of a cor, silly. (Actually, about 5 gallons, roughly.) About $2.70 worth of barley
Application Action: Spend $2.70 doing something for someone who can never repay you.What can we do with 2.70? How long can we live? What could you buy? Not a gallon of milk. Or gas. Not even a cheeseburger meal from McDonald's. This morning, we're going to look at 2.70 and see that even a small amount matters. Now, to get into that, we need to take a look at our text this morning, Ruth 2:8-23 and start from that point.
Let's consider the story... work through Ruth and her diligence
Address God at the back of the story  (Consider citing C.S. Lewis: "He seems to be at the back of all the stories,…

Random Friday Thoughts

I should really write a more cohesive post today, but here are just a few random thoughts:1. I wish I had taken a few classes in culinary arts. While I know I am doing something I love, I also would love to know more about cooking from a creative and world-cuisine level. Not Iron Chef-level, mind you, as I have no appetite for trout ice cream. Still, something more than just open-a-can cooking.2. I think it is in bad taste to mock any President of the United States as a rodeo clown. Even ones that make a mockery of the dignity of the office themselves. They don’t need any help—and guess what? It’s been done to most Presidents in the last three decades. And I don’t think it should be illegal. It’s just not something I like.3. I find it remarkable the number of people who want to justify their own preferred universal policies and laws by citing one specific case or specific individual who has a rare situation. Guess what? You cannot structure a society based on general rules that fit ev…

Spies Like Us: Numbers 13

That’s right, one of the greatest espionage thrillers of the 1980s has its basis in the Bible. The classic Dan Akroyd/Chevy Chase film Spies Like Us was indeed inspired by Numbers 13. After, no one qualifies as spies like us better than the dozen men of Numbers 13.Here’s the story to this point: the people of Israel have come out of bondage in Egypt. They have received the Law of God at Mount Sinai. They are now at the point of entering life in obedience and dependence on God in the Promised Land. Life that comes with a glorious mixture of freedom and responsibility, worship and work. Before they go into that life, they are told to take a look at what it will take to finalize the acquisition.So, at God’s command a dozen spies are sent out. One is sent from each tribe, except for the Levites. No representative is sent from the Levites—instead we see here the twelve landed tribes sending spies. I do not know that any real meaning should attributed to this, but I find it interesting. It …

The Beginning Revisited: John 1

We finished Romans, which means we need to do two things. The first is to recommend that you re-read Romans and grab yourself a good commentary or study tool for the book. I have not finished all of C. Marvin Pate’s Teach-the-Text Commentary on Romans, but I have no qualms about commending it to you as a study help. I’ll be digging into that whole series later.The second item is to determine where to go next. I had leapt from Mark to Romans, and now need to go somewhere else. I should have kept the New Testament side of Through the Whole Bible in canonical order, but I didn’t. So, we did a Gospel, now a Pauline Epistle, and we’re going back to a Gospel. We’re going to process John. Actually, I think I’m going to do the Johannine corpus, so we’ll move through John, 1,2,3 John, and Revelation. That’s right. If Revelation doesn’t happen before too much longer, you’ll have to endure a blog on it.If you were to pull up the trailer for the upcoming movie Thor: The Dark World, you would hear…

Book: The Hero’s Lot by Patrick W. Carr

Back in April, I pointed you to a new book series by a math teacher named Patrick W. Carr. That book was called A Cast of Stones, and the series is The Staff and the Sword. I enjoyed that entry into the world of Illustra and could not wait to go back.Then I made the unfortunate mistake of agreeing to review, in a timely manner, the next book. The Hero’s Lot continues the saga of Errol and the Kingdom of Illustra and takes the reader into his backstory while moving toward the future of the kingdom that finds itself in need of a king.We pick up not too long after the conclusion of A Cast of Stones as the survivors of those events are nursing their wounds and plotting their next move. From the beginning, A Hero’s Lot reveals that there are subplots and more intrigue afoot than the reader might have found in the first entry of the series. Not only do the bad guys have secrets, but the good guys have secrets. And there are still a few people that you don’t know which group they fall into!T…

Sermon Wrap-Up for August 11

Morning Sermon:Audio LinkVideo Embed: Evening Sermon Audio LinkEvening Video: Morning Sermon Outline:Central Idea: Prayer and Praise are the Rhythms of Life
Theological Idea: The Power of God shown in prayer and praiseWord for the Sermon: PRAISEIntroduction:P: PrayR: RejoiceA: AskI:Integrity //ElijahS: SinsE: ExperienceApplication Action: Make a commitment toseek opportunities to praise no matter what.

August 9 2013

Here we are, back to the text of Proverbs. I hope you’ve kept reading even though we haven’t looked at the last couple of chapters in the blog.The focus in chapter 9 is the invitation of Wisdom. I think there is some value here in realizing that wisdom is a choice—no one will force you gather wisdom. You can go through life foolish and suffer the consequences. So you can choose.Focal verses:Proverbs 9:8 reflects a truth that all you need is a blog comment stream to prove as absolutely true. Some people cannot be corrected, no matter what the situation. And in turn, they vent all the frustration back at you for correcting them. Others will take in correction and see how it applies.Proverbs 9:18 gives the outcome of rejecting wisdom’s invitation. That outcome is death. It’s hard for many of us in pluralistic societies to accept the truth as presented in Proverbs. We are not fond of the idea that there are really only two choices: wisdom with life or folly with death. This is, however, t…

Book: One Year to Better Preaching

When I first started preaching, I was a terrible preacher. Then, with practice, training, and no shortage of ego, I became a great preacher. After this, I went to seminary, took preaching courses and went from great to lousy and back again. In the time since then, I have come to edge of something worse than lousy: complacent. I am the preacher that I am. Perhaps I can improve my pastoring, my Bible knowledge, even my evangelistic methods, but I’ll never be a better preacher than I am today. Daniel Overdorf’s book, One Year to Better Preaching: 52 Exercises to Hone Your Skills, has been the perfect kick-in-the-pants for me to move past that attitude. This book highlights how almost any preacher can, spread across a year, improve the sermons that he presents.This is not a book for a seminary or college preaching course—Saving Eutychusor Preaching God’s Word are more suited for the classroom. I would, personally, recommend both of these for a semester-long course. Yet we preaching pastor…

Who’s in Charge Here? Numbers 12

Many apologies for giving you double-Romans and skipping Numbers. Well, as many as are appropriate.The leadership crisis. It hits many organizations, and never hits at a good time. Either things begin to go well and someone else wants a piece of it, or things go so poorly that replacements begin to offer themselves.At times, this crisis is not only expected but necessary. Not every leader has achieved his position in a God-honoring manner. Not every leader has used her position in a God-honoring manner. These types of crises require a different action plan: no matter the success level, abusive or unethical leaders must cede their leadership role and accept any other relevant consequences for their actions. That should be non-negotiable in any organization of honor and doubly so for any organization of Christians. I find it beyond reprehensible that this even needs said.However, this is not the case in Numbers 12. Here we have a case where jealousy leads to a near-rebellion against the…

Book: The NIV Leadership Bible

Today’s book is the The NIV Leadership Bible, published by Zondervan Publishers and provided by Booksneeze. I will admit to having to get over a bit of an automatic defense against the NIV Leadership Bible. While I have a fondness for fact-assisting study Bibles, like the Archaeological Study Bible or even my NASB Study Bible, when I start seeing specific application Bibles, I get nervous. There are too many things that can go wrong—including readers not separating the study notes from the text of Scripture itself. Further, I often think that publishers take snippets from other books or material that’s not enough for a book and then pair it into a “Study Bible” just to turn a buck. The NIV Leadership Bible comes right along the edge of that final concern. Most of the leadership insights are not original to the work, but are edited from other works on leadership. Further, in some places the insights are shoehorned into Bible passages that are not a good fit. It is as if the goal was to…

Given a Shout-Out! Romans 16

We finish Romans today with a look at Romans 16. Any look at these verses will be incomplete, because there are at least 25 names plus a few households greeted. Without addressing all of these, we will miss something. However, there are a few notable names to consider:1. Romans 16:1: Phoebe. She is a “servant” of the church at Cenchrea. Or perhaps a “deacon” of that church, depending on whether or not Paul envisions that label as a title. It’s hard to see why Phoebe would be highlighted if she did not hold a church leadership role, so there is precious little reason to deny her the same title that is given to others. Further, this is the second mention of Cenchrea in Scripture: it’s a port city near Corinth and where Paul cut his hair in relation to a vow (Acts 18:18).The main thing I see is this: Phoebe is first on his mind at this point. Perhaps she is headed to Rome, which seems likely. She has helped and supported the work of Paul and the expansion of the Gospel. I would love to s…

August 6 2013: Proverbs 6

`Carrying on with Proverbs:Proverbs 6 starts much of the “general wisdom” section of Proverbs. While there are portions here that warn against the forbidden woman that Proverbs 5 focuses on, these references fade a bit and are placed alongside other issues.I do find it valuable to recognize just how important Proverbs shows sexual ethics to be. If “wisdom” in Proverbs is properly defined as skill for living in fear of YHWH (I think that’s how Philips does it in God’s Wisdom in Proverbs, but my copy’s loaned out), then there it is necessary to base our sexual ethics in reverence to God if we are to be wise.Moving into our focal verses:Proverbs 6:8 is one of those verses that requires grasping the section, not just the verse. The advice is in the section on seeing what the ant does, and following the example. Gather by increments, so that you have when you need it.That applies in both material wealth and other areas. Think about skills and knowledge: ever crammed for a test? Then forgot…

August 5 2013

Slowly, we’re going to get back on this horse and look at Proverbs more frequently.Today is August 5, so we’ll look at Proverbs 5. Now, I know that it’s important that we look at Proverbs as a unified book, and not just pick it apart verse-by-verse as if there is no cohesion. However, there are still nuggets to draw out.I see Proverbs similar to a gold mine: the value of the whole is substantially greater than any individual nugget, but there are individual nuggets that can be pulled out without destroying the unity and usefulness of the whole.Plus, a verse-by-verse look is going to highlight every verse, but we won’t neglect the overall context.Proverbs 5 is, overall, a warning against adultery. The opening sections hit hard on the dangers of the forbidden woman. The concept is possibly either foreign women or women that are forbidden because they are not your wife. Given that Israel’s religious call was to avoid entanglements with those who did not fear and revere YHWH, the Covenant…

Sermon Wrap-up for August 4

Note: 3 years ago this weekend, I preached for the good folks at Almyra for the first time. Most of the folks who came then, still come now. For that I am very grateful. It may be that they’re still waiting to hear a good sermon, but I’m afraid to ask.We’ll do audio links for morning and evening, then videos, then the outlines.Morning Audio on James 5:12 is hereEvening Audio on Romans 12:1-2 is here(Clicking the above links will open a separate window/tab that has the media player in it.)Morning Video: Evening Video: Morning Outline:Central Idea: Fidelity to Our Word
Theological Idea: God is faithful to His Word And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.(Declaration of Independence) On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentall…

The Sped-Up Life

I’m sitting here at my computer, watching the clock spin around and around. Well, perhaps not quite that fast, but it’s still spinning like there’s no tomorrow. Or at least that everything has to be done today.But does it?One area of life that I think many of us are stumbling on in life is just that. We are unable to separate out the items that truly have to be done today from those that can wait. Our world has become so instant that we want everything at the speed of light.What do I mean?Remember waiting until all the way after an event to see the pictures? Especially if you only took 12 on a 24-shot roll? I can remember wishing Mom had a 35mm instead of that blasted 110, because then we could have used the 1-hour developing. Of course, once I had a 35mm and found out the price difference, I still didn’t do 1-hour!Now, my kids move so fast after I have them say “cheese” that sometimes the picture hasn’t taken. Why have they moved? Because they want to see the picture on the viewscree…