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Heart of Wisdom

Throughout the centuries since its compilation, the Psalms have been a refuge for millions in good and bad times. There are eight identified authors and thirty-seven psalms which are anonymous but their unity and striking information clearly reveal their inspiration under the hand of one Author, the Holy Spirit. In the midst of a discourse by Moses, the author of only one psalm, he explains the reason for him saying, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12) Why did Moses pen these words? He has expressed in Psalm 90 an understanding of the relationship between man's sin and God's wrath. God's wrath is brought forth because of man's sin. Moses has captured the essence of the story of Genesis 3. The disobedience of man has from that point forward brought the wrath of God upon him and therefore shortened man's life span to 70 or 80 years. And still men disregard this truth. Life is fleeting because man continue…

Serving Other gods

After Joshua had conquered the Promise Land and had divided out the portions to all the tribes of Israel there was a national meeting at Shechem. He challenged the people to "chose this day whom they would serve." He reviewed the fact that there were three other sets of gods that they could serve. One, the gods of the Sumerian and Babylonian culture whom their ancestors, Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor had served. (Joshua 24:2) Then, two, the gods of Egypt who were worshiped while Israel spent over 400 years living inside its boundaries. And, three, the gods of the Amorites and the six other people groups living in the Promise Land that waged war against Israel. This was the choice before the people of Israel at Shechem, those gods or The God. The people said, "Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods." (Joshua 24:16)  And then the people review what God had done for them in taking them out of Egypt, protecting them on their wilderness jou…

Growing Money

What fertilizer do you need to put on money to see it grow? The lottery winner is said to blow their winnings in one to two years. Think of that. They are given a large amount of money because they put $1 or $5 or more on the line to buy a ticket for a chance to win. But when they win, do they consider this a precious gift or do they see it as an avenue to buy all the things they selfishly want. The latter is normally what happens. There is no plan, no saving, it's just spend, spend, spend. Solomon spoke to this phenomenon when he said, "Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” (Proverbs 13:11)  What a concept! Growing your “nest egg” is not a matter of a once in a life time win but is about consistency, regularity, discipline, and deferred gratification. Gathering it like this, slowly, is not seen as the end, for if it is, you have become a “miser.” It is rather the means to the end of a dream you have, what it allows you to do…

Making A Wrong Right

Have you ever made a big mistake, one that created unintended consequences, and then made a way out with your own excuses? It doesn’t feel good, will leave a lasting impression, and should be a lesson well learned, never to be done again. Joshua had such a situation. The Gibeonites came to him and the leaders of Israel pretending to be from far away but were really close neighbors to the Israelites as they camped on the west side of the Jordan River. They pulled the ruse off without a hitch until three days later when the truth came out that Gibeon was a city just a stone's throw away. But the damage had been done. Joshua and Israel's leaders had "made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath." (Joshua 9:15) The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders but they stood strong to their word even though they had been deceived. But they wanted to fix their problem and so they made these Gibeonites "woodcutters…