Scorched Earth

I have been hearing the phrase “scorched earth” since 1991 when the Iraqi forces set fire to the oil wells in Kuwaiti.  Black smoke filled the skies leaving an apocalyptic feel to the observer.

According to Wikipedia.org, this phrase is defined as:

“A scorched-earth policy is a military strategy that aims to destroy anything that might be useful to the enemy while it is advancing through or withdrawing from a location. Any assets that could be used by the enemy may be targeted, for example food sources, water supplies, transportation, communications, industrial resources, and even the locale’s people themselves.” Continue reading

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“More Than Kind”

Kindness_300In Wayne Watson’s song “The Class of ‘95”, he writes, “God has surely been most faithful.  He’s been so much more than kind.”  I have said that God has been kind to me, especially since 2006 when I discovered I had oral cancer for the first time.

I appreciate kindness and I especially appreciate God’s kindness to me.  Kindness has been defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, Continue reading

Humble Before The Lord

 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10 ESV

man_prayingLast night, I went to church despondent.  Yesterday, I had a CT scan in the afternoon.  It wasn’t the first time that I have gone through the machine, but this time was different.  I was very nervous about how the result would turn out.

A CT scan is interesting in that, it can see inside of you and identify things that cannot be seen from outside.  It is a shadow of what the Lord can see in us at all times.  But a CT scan is limited to just organs and body parts.  The Lord sees our bad attitudes and motives and our sin.

My pastor was preaching from Judges 8:22-35 about Gideon and his attitude.  As part of his introduction, he spoke about Hebrews 12:1-2 regarding the sin which so easily besets us.  The word “beset” is used in the KJV.  In comparison, the ESV says, “clings so closely”.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

I was mentally stopped for a few minutes thinking about the sin Continue reading