Showing posts from May, 2019

I can be wrong

I can be wrong: I was having lunch with a friend of mine, Howard Katz, who told me three important things in his life:  I can be wrong I can be wrong even when I believe I am absolutely right. I need mentors who love me to tell me when I am wrong regardless of how right I think I am. Now, none of that is earth shaking news…but we do not tend to live that way.  We may give head knowledge to it, but do not practice this. Most of us don’t appreciate being told when we are wrong, especially when we ‘know’ we are right. The biggest thing that will keep us from growing and developing spiritually, intellectually, socially, financially is conceding that we are wrong.   Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) To answer before listening—that is folly and shame. Proverbs 1:5-6 (NLT) 5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance, by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and th

Spirituality and Sexuality

There is a PG rated story (actually lots of them in the Bible)  that I read the other day that really hit me.  In Numbers twenty-five the Moabites were at war with the Israelites.  The weapon of war that the Moabites used was sexuality. What hit me about it was this:  we are in a very highly sexualized culture.  Sex sells everything.  Sex is very important.  Sexuality of any and all description is flaunted in our culture.  This story in Numbers twenty-five would fit into our culture. The Moabites used sex to literally seduce the Israelite army.  The Israelites attended a Moabite public worship event and ended up having sexual relations with the Moabite women.  This was wrong.  God is upset at their blatant disrespect of their own sexuality and God issues this command: “Seize all the ring leaders and execute them before the Lord…(Number 25:4)”. What happened next is really mind blowing. Numbers 25:6-9 (NLT) "Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman