Fake Easter Eggs Contain a Lesson

Two years ago I wrote a post for the Pharma AntiCounterfeiting News entitled ‘A New Color for Fake Easter Eggs.’ As Easter nears, I would like to revisit this topic. Ask any child what a fake Easter egg is and they will reply that it is a plastic shell filled with candy. These eggs are lots of fun for the …

Why Blog?

Why blog? The main reason and core reason to blog is the same as keeping a journal. It is a way of sharpening my understanding and expression of life experience. By keeping it in a public way, it forces me to try and write coherently because there is the possibility that someone might stumble upon it and read it. This …

View of Others? Changing It Requires Raising the Dead

In thinking about my view of others, I find it appropriate and divinely serendipitous that today’s writing in Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest coincides with my reading of Mark 9 and occurs the week before Easter. What I think and believe about people creates my view of others. In relationships and life, believing is seeing. My view of myself …

We Might Be Pharisees If…

The Jews knew the Pharisees as the strictly religious people of Jesus’s day. Consequently, readers of the Bible interchange Pharisee with self-righteous. To think as a Pharisee generally requires a social group to reinforce self-righteous beliefs. As a recovering legalist, I know how easy it is to slide into self-righteous attitudes. Without an on-going relationship with God, I slide into a self-righteous …

Forgive in Advance

This section about forgive in advance is from Chapter 3: Forgive of Food in God’s Place. “As you grow, I want you to embrace a way of thinking about yourself and others that enables you to jump over and go beyond much of what we have been talking about. Forgive in advance. If you forgive in advance, you need less …

A Clue to What You Need to Do

I need a clue. What is my mission for the day? What clue do I need to direct me to my cross today? What’s the first thing I thought of this morning? What’s the thing I dread? The thought eating at me? Did someone hurt me yesterday, or last week? Am I still thinking about it? Take it to God …

Celebration of Obscurity

A celebration of obscurity counters the message of my culture. My culture labels me irrelevant and obscure, and one ignored by greatness. The love of God, my wife, my children bless me in abundance? Any disturbance caused by Ecclesiastes in that ‘even those who are yet to come, will not be remembered by those who follow,’ will pass on to anchored …

The Lure of Legalism

The lure of legalism comes from the desire to be right which can be greater than the desire to believe. Being right means personal and public control. Belief means surrender and submission to something greater. Jesus warned the disciples about the the lure of legalism from the Pharisees and Sadducees because of this control aspect. Kent commenting on my last post gave great …