Saturday, August 31, 2013
A girl asked her mother, “Mommy, who were the other people?” "What other people?" "You know Adam and Eve were the first people, so who did their children marry?"
Now here is a great question. First the Bible does not tell us who they were or where they came from only that they were there. This is one of those many missing details the bible does not tell us about. There are a lot of theories but no proofs.
A Few Theories:
1. On the eighth day after creation – remember God rested on the seventh day – God got back to work creating and made more people in various parts of the earth.
2. Adam and Eve had more children than we are told and there was necessary incest going on.
3. They just showed up and no one knows from where.
I like number one best ---- Remember how many thousands of years that story was passed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next so some confusion is bound to slip in.
Friday, August 30, 2013
The forty-plus writers of the Bible give us their witness of their growing relationship with God. Their life stories were a lot like ours. Life was a hard struggle then as it is now. Even with advanced technology, our basic struggles are the same. We face the same temptations to sin against God and against other people, just as they did. Some of them obeyed God and were blessed, and some of them turned away from God and paid the price of their folly. We can learn from their successes and mistakes that God is quick to forgive those who repent and love. If you find that life is just too much, turn to your Bible, and you will find that someone before you has faced the same problem and has given you a witness for overcoming that problem with power and faith.
It is ironic that in the age of super fast computers, when our access to knowledge and information exceeds any previous age, that confusion is rampant. It is not the new and improved that we need to seek but the oldest source of wisdom and strength, God’s Word. The words and witness of the prophets of the Old Testament and the saints of the New Testament tell us that faith is more powerful than doubt, that hope is more potent than despair, and that only God’s love can conquer those forces within us.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Milton Friedman describes four ways we spend money.
1. Spend your own money on yourself.
2. Spend your own money on someone else.
3. Spend somebody else’s money on yourself.
4. Spend somebody else’s money on someone else.
One way or another, this is the way money gets spent. When you are in control of your own money you have a high incentive to pay attention to price and value. When you spend somebody else’s money you have less incentive to pay attention to price and value.
We often see government money as someone else’s money but that is an illusion. Government money is our money and we best start paying attention to price and value.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
polyandry – Is a very rare form of marriage where a woman has more than one husband. I discovered this new item on the BBC News and wondered how that will work out.
"Two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to "marry" the same woman.
The woman had been having affairs with both men for more than four years and apparently refused to choose between them.
The agreement sets out a rota for Sylvester Mwendwa and Elijah Kimani to stay in her house and states they will both help raise any children she bears.
Mr Mwendwa told the BBC he loved the woman and said the contract would "set boundaries" and "keep the peace".
One woman heard of this and said, "I have a hard enough time training one husband, much less two."
Monday, August 26, 2013
Arnica: Mouthwash for inflammation prevents bruising and swelling in skin injuries.
Catnip: For colic, fever, toothache, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, aids sleep and digestion.
Chamomile: Eczema, stomach ache, fevers, aids sleep, promotes healthy skin and hair.
Coriander: Coughs, chest pains, fever, headache, dysentery, stomach ache.
Dill: Colic, gas, bad breath, abdominal cramps, used as a diuretic and for circulation.
Feverfew: Migraines, bruises, burns, hypertension, and alcohol withdrawal.
Lovage: Kedney stones, jaundice, gout, boils aids appetite and circulation.
Mint: Digestive ailments, cold and sinus symptoms, skin inflammations.
Parsley: Aids digestion and circulation, sweetens breath, and eases muscle spasms.
Rosemary: Dandruff, dermatitis, headaches, calms nerves, aids circulation.
Sage: Indigestion, gas, anxiety, insect bites, mouth infections.
Sorrel: Nausea, mouth ulcers, scurvy, sore throats, urinary infections.
Tyme: Dandruff, coughs, gum diseases, used as an astringent.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Many Christians call Sunday the Lord’s Day. Often it is refereed to as the Sabbath when clearly Saturday is the Sabbath in the bible. So why call Sunday, The Lord’s Day?
In the very early days of the church the followers of Jesus were all Hebrews. As such they followed the tenants of Jewish worship. For the Hebrew people of Jesus day Sabbath began at sundown on Friday and lasted until sundown on Saturday. Most worship was done in the home or synagogue on Saturday.
For Hebrew Disciples of Jesus they would fulfill their worship as Jews on the Saturday Sabbath. Then at dawn on the first day of the week they would gather to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and referred to it as “The Lord’s Day. At this worship the Gospel was preached, prayers were said, new believers baptized and communion celebrated. As Sunday was a work day then they would go off to work.
Later when Gentiles, that is non-Jews, joined the growing ranks of the Disciples of Christ they would for go the Hebrew worship and only attend the Sunday gathering at dawn to celebrate the resurrection. As the percentage of gentile Christians increased First Day or “Lord’s Day” worship became the most common form of Christian worship practice. Later Christians would begin calling Sunday the Sabbath even though that was not strictly true. Many Christian governments enacted “Blue Laws” to force complyanance even on non-Christians.
Today most Christians but not all practice Christian Worship on the first day of the week to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. I do every Sunday for to me it is indeed The Lord’s Day.