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Rest? Ain't Nobody God Time for That!

One thing that is glaringly obvious to anyone who studies history or reads the Bible is that humans haven't changed just a whole lot.

Sure, cultures change, values shift, technology improves, but humans really haven't "improved" so to speak. Individually and collectively, we still face the very same challenges for thousands of years.

A little food/money is good. A lot is better.

Some power and authority is fine. But I need more.

If I work enough, I can get what I want. I want more, so I must work more.

He has something that I don't. That's a problem.

One of the most fascinating commands that God gave the Israelites, in my opinion, is the Sabbath. They had a mandatory day off every week. They could work six days, but they had to refrain from all work on the Sabbath. Compulsory rest time? Sign me up!

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to God's commands is that God never commands something that he has not done or is not willing to do. In other words, Go…

Stupid Questions DO Exist!

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If you've ever sat in on a high school history class, you will know for a fact that there are, indeed, stupid questions.

For instance, in my junior year American History class the teacher told us to read a section of the first chapter in our text books. We would read and then discuss the material more in depth. About three minutes into it one of my female classmates raised her hand. The teacher called on her.
"Um, I thought this was American history. What do the British have to do with American history?"
Stunned silence. Did she really just ask that? She can't be serious, can she?
There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots. Can I get an "Amen?"
The questions we ask matter. In fact, I firmly believe that a person's understanding of a subject can be determined no by the answers they give but by the questions they ask. Jesus, for instance, was in the Temple as a twelve-year-old boy conversing with the Rabbis. Those gathered aro…

I Swear to God!

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We don't talk a lot about vows and oaths in our society. The closest we come to "oath-taking" is when a witness is sworn in before taking the stand. They swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth - "so help you God." Then they are considered "under oath."

But then you hear people caught in a lie say things like, "I swear to God!" So if you swear on the Bible, you are bound by that oath, but if you swear to God then it doesn't really mean anything... Hmm...

I don't know about you, but if someone has to add I swear, I promise, or I'm not gonna lie, then that really makes me wonder how honest of a person they are. If they don't add in those phrases am I to assume they are "gonna lie."

The other time we think of vows and such is in the context of a wedding ceremony. The bride and the groom exchange their vows to each other in the sight of witnesses and then seal those vows with a ring. Yet how s…

Noise

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My mouth gets me into trouble. Guys, can you relate? I have a knack for saying exactly the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time, especially when talking to my wife. The saying rings all too true for me: "It is better to close your mouth and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."

Many times I find myself thinking What I should have said was...nothing.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of people are uncomfortable with silence? There always has to be music going or television playing. They fill every sound gap with more and more words until it just sounds like static. Some people just don't like silence so they prevent it at all costs.

Other people talk a lot when they know they've done something wrong. They get caught up in a lie so they add more and more details to the story to make it sound believable. But they end up over-describing to the point that the story sounds obviously contrived.

Some people are nervous talkers. Whenever they're anxious…

1 Resolution, Many Goals

Here's how I finally did on my goal for 2012. I set off to read at least 24 books, or 2 a month. I got to 25 1/2 books.King's Cross, by Timothy KellerForgotten God, by Francis ChanErasing Hell, by Francis ChanCatch-22, by Joseph HellerOf Mice and Men, by John SteinbeckMiracles, by C.S. LewisThe Princess Bride, by William GoldmanAmusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil PostmanThe Hunger Games, by Susanne CollinsCatching Fire   "   "Mockingjay    "    "Technopoly, by Neil PostmanDirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas AdamsLong, Dark Tea Time of the Soul    "   "Shattered, by Dean KoontzBeautiful Outlaw, by John EldredgeThe Practice of the Presence of God, by brother LawrenceTimeline, by Michael CrichtonKingdom Come, by John Mark Hicks and Bobby ValentineEnder's Game, by Orson Scott CardSpeaker for the Dead  "   "Xenocide, "  "Children of the Mind,   "   "Fear Nothing, by Dean KoontzSurprised by Hope, by …