Is Lifeway Trying to Distort God’s Word?

Lifeway published a new Bible called The Christian Standard Bible that neutralized some gender words.

That’s right, changed man to person, etc . . .  (for instance, see Luke 9: 23).

But God has strictly charged that no words will be taken away nor added to the Holy Scriptures (Revelation 22: 18-19).

Granted, there are a few mistranslations in scripture but the context of thought is right and discerned parenthetically.

Pronouns regarding the man and woman should not be changed because the essence of God’s presence and guidance over each sex would be lost.

God ordained that man be given authority over the woman, and regardless of how a person wants to interpret it, it holds true today. It’s not a suggestion; it’s a borne fact that proves itself time after time.

The ordainment is confirmed in Numbers 30 where the man has the responsibility to void or accept a woman’s words.

Oh, a man may not be around the flow of feminine language around the knitting club but at some time a man confirms or denies decisions made there.

And of course, the man is not without the woman. She responds hopefully with her God given inspiration to each rebuttal until prayerfully there’s an agreement.

But the idea here is there is a separation of parties, and the man has a great responsibility solely before God to get it all right. A woman probably wouldn’t want any part of that responsibility with God Almighty.

Miriam got a notion to go directly to God when the leader Moses was late coming back to camp one day, but she got promptly afflicted with leprosy, and brother Aaron had to step in and beg Moses to talk to God about getting her healed (Numbers 12).

As a result of this incident, the whole community suffered because Miriam was sent out of camp for seven days, and everyone had to wait to resume the journey to the promise land.

The Christina Standard Bible will not clear things up for a “person” but more likely lead one astray and confuse the issue of gender separation, which God has definitively made — man and woman – physically, spiritually, and provides guidance and responsibilities for each sex.





Christian Retail Store Giant Lifeway Refuses Self-published Works

That’s the answer I got from one of their representatives, and I would suggest any self-published Christian author not waste their time to send them anything because you will be rejected.

It doesn’t matter how good your book is, or how well it sells locally; Lifeway is not in the business of promoting God’s word through an individual taking advantage of inexpensive print on demand and self-publishing services.

It’s a good thing Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the other scribes did not have rely on a bookstore chain to get the word of God out, so there’s a good reason to keep on writing and outsell Lifeway in the local marketplaces.

Now comes the worst part about my e-mail communication with Lifeway. (And oh yes, I had submitted them a hard copy of the book months earlier.)

I believe automatic responses are being given by Lifeway representatives, at least in my case.

First, after I got a particular e-mail address from a local Lifeway store manager, the reply as to why they would not accept my book came back quickly.

I countered their argument, and that reply came back quick also.

I don’t believe anyone could have typed that fast. So I was dealing with some kind of automated response even though a man’s name was listed in the e-mail.

Finally, “it” failed to respond to my third e-mail, when I asked the addressee if it was real or not, and to add up a couple numbers.

Beware Christian authors.



Laws originate from the Bible

Elby said, “Damn the Bible!”

But then just a couple of hours earlier argued for a reduction of radiation by law in her vicinity with authorities.

That’s what many people do: argue against themselves! Not knowing where laws originate!

(In this case being afflicted by another party, in violation of Exodus 22: crimes against humanity.)

“The Bible makes a person docile!” she exclaimed.

“Oh you’re talking about the New Testament which suggests humility before God to find Jesus as Savior,” I responded.

Well, every person on earth will become docile at the last day on earth.

So why wait!

“Enter the kingdom of life now by repentance and faith in the living Christ!

Call it a sham, hoax, or a lie, but Christ gives us hope from a world filled with man’s greed, lust, lies, affliction, and violence. And invoke God’s name when the enemy comes!

If you don’t know God, now is a good time to become humble and seek him.

Kindred Spirits

The clouds moved offshore and sun began to dry the rain soaked ground as many people unloaded their boats and made their way to the Intra-coastal Waterway to fish or get some cool air.

I chose to grab a couple of wire stringed round crab pots from the trunk of my car along with a bucket, tucked them under my arm while picking up a bag containing ice cream and chicken thighs I had just purchased from  a store, and walked across the parking lot admiring the new trucks and boat trailers.

Carrying my load and making my way down the hill to the little pier at the waterway, I met a girl smiling and began to share the beauty of the day and God.  She responded likewise.

She didn’t look no more than thirty years old with clear skin, a petite form, and a teenage graduation ring set with a garnet stone on her finger – she had youth in her attitude.

Our smiles and joy for life with God captivated each other — talking about fishing and crabbing — as we embraced as if we’d known each other all our lives which solidified our kindred spirit and love for humanity within a minute despite suffering from worldly oppression.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. They’ve run me out of the church, crime is so bad, and my husband takes drugs and has confessed to molesting girls,” she said.

Her eyes sparkled with understanding against the backdrop of her black hair.

“Don’t know where I’m supposed to be and need a home.”

“But our home is not on earth: it’s in heaven,” I responded. “And I know just what you need.”

We made our way back to my car to get a little blue book I had written years ago: I knew she’d find the answer to her problem.

As we made our way back down the slope, her inquisitive young traveling accomplice arrived wondering what we had been talking about.

“God,” I responded.

Slim, 16, with long blond hair swaying in the wind, bare feet, and cut off shorts, she wanted to know more about God: interest covered her face like a cat’s stare of competition.

And she wanted some salt to lure a snail out its shell. “I want it dead,” she said with a dead panned look.

Inner hostility reigned in her voice and an illustration of a law student formed in mine while arguing the merits of keeping the snail alive.

“I have some salt;” so I went back to the car again and got her some salt out of a compartment –and then went back to bait my traps.

She sat down beside me pricking her snail and asking questions of heaven and hell. “Same god in all religions,” she exclaimed.

“Mmmmmm . . . . lots of gods,” I responded, ” but none come before the true God. That’s the first commandment.  And you got to go by Jesus to get there.”

“Well, what about the devil? How do I know?”

I let her think about that a second, and told her to know who to go to when temptations and the devil comes around, which I think she understood.

After a couple of hours fishing and crabbing my friend, the teenager, and company had to go back home.

We embraced again and I stared up the ramp at her leaving when my kindred spirit turned around one last time to give a furtive glance, but that’s what makes these meetings so wonderful — letting go and letting God.



Claiming Your Name

I come across a lot of people who do not claim their name, or they are too embarrassed to claim it, scared someone will find them out, or possibly simply ashamed of their name.

But this is just what the devil wants: no claim of name. And then he can use it!

God gave Adam and Eve names, and the animals of the earth. Each one is a unique creation. And we know that a good name is to be chosen and more precious than many riches according to the book of Proverbs.

But to forego name claim is the first step to disassociating one self from God.

Consider that everyone feels shame at some time, so that is a good time for confessing sin to God, putting sin on the back of Jesus, and then openly declare God’s gift of salvation and the personage God has given you!

If you don’t, someone else might!

Claiming your name is more than identification — it’s witnessing to the public and God that states “I am here. And this is who I am. And God is with me! I claim what is mine and the devil has no part in it!”

Claim your name and claim God as the designator.

Ten Forbidden Actions To Wisdom: Proverbs 3

Throughout the 3rd Chapter of Proverbs are suggestions on how to find wisdom, and it’s not so much what a person does to find it as what not to do.

1. Do not lean unto your own understanding. (Seek counsel from other people and God in prayer.)

2. Do not be wise in thine own eyes. (Can’t always trust what you see so allow time for discretion.)

3. Do not reject correction. (No one person knows everything, so humbly accept correction and guidance. Learn from mistakes and do it right.)

4. Do not loathe correction. (Correction should be a daily spiritual practice.)

5. Do no be afraid of sudden terror: destruction of the wicked. (God is angry with the wicked every day and provides discipline or extermination.)

There are five more principles of wisdom in dealing with people.

6. Do not withhold good to whom it is due. (Be liberal in actions toward a person.)

7. Do not deceive a neighbor.

8. Do not plot evil.

9. Do not argue when there is no reason. (You’d be wasting energy that can be used to give God glory in another matter.)

10. Do not envy the cruel man.

My favorite proverb is to lean not unto my own understanding but acknowledge God in everything. This can be done only if all the sin is put on the back of Jesus and taken to the cross of death.

My mother was a great orator of the book of Proverbs – said it was all there. And she was full of wisdom.

She never gossiped, showed off, practiced evil, lied, spoke loud or evil, and reverently accepted what life and God offered.



Moses and His Serpent Rod

As a victim, there is a question about Moses and his rod, which when thrown down in the middle of a pile of Pharaoh’s magician and diviner’s rods, swallowed them up (Exodus 7).

Most so called religious scholars signify this being some kind of snake that swallowed up the other snakes, but us victims of technology have experience with a lot of things that religious scholars don’t have, else why some entity spend a whole life time bothering us.

A dear friend considers the ark of the covenant to be some energy weapon, and it makes me wonder if the rod wasn’t some kind of tree branch or whatever that had magnetic or antenna qualities — drew the magician rods toward it — and scared Pharaoh’s servants to death.

After all, Moses had become acquainted with the rod’s characteristics shortly after visiting the burning bush, when he met God.

And the bush was not burned! Exodus 3.

I’m not familiar with horticulture in the Middle East, but I have little doubt some bushes and branches have  high concentrations of metal in them — maybe magnetite.

But anyway, Moses’ rod had some power, when he threw it down, lifted it, and used it for battle.

The rod was present with Johnathan in 1 Samuel 14 when he defeated the enemy. Panic struck the Philistines! There was confusion and noise within the camp, and they fled!

But isn’t it interesting that voices are in the vicinity of the rod (same Hebrew word, matteh, I believe), in Micah 6: 9!

Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
    and to fear your name is wisdom—
    “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.

The Bible has lots of wisdom and answers, along with the road to salvation and life in the midst of very difficult times.








Finding the Sanctuary of God

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isaiah 57: 15).

Many people think they find God by going out and doing good service, making wonderful things, or getting their name plastered in some conspicuous place.

But with finding God, it is just the opposite. And so God has confirmed this with the prophet Isaiah.

It’s a humbling attitude that finds God — separation to the holy one — whether from being in a car, in a boat on a lake, sitting on a sidewalk, or moreso in a quiet place in nature.

Where the soul is calm, the desires are gone, and lowliness that seeks nothing, does nothing, and even feels nothing.

Abstaining from personal desires to be with God’s Holy Spirit.

Each day should be dedicated to the Holy Spirit, because of a peace that transcends any worries or cares of the world, listening to the wisdom, strength, and good health by-products of the Holy Spirit.

Looking out at the waves of water this morning made me realize the peace of the Holy Spirit transcends anything on earth. Regardless of the events on earth, God is still God and in control of each of us, and wants good things for us.

Peace I leave with you, not as the world gives, said Jesus.


God and Catbird Defense: Weekly Devotion May 5, 2017

There’s a white pine tree in the yard where a mockingbird keeps a nest, and a big crow flew near it the other day.

The mockingbird took after the crow pecking from side to side; and the crow had no choice but to look for the cover of a tall loblolly pine over in the forest area.

And then the mockingbird headed back to its lookout station.

Being small like the mockingbird when defending itself against a larger opponent has its advantages, for maneuverability, quickness, and flight. It’s less of a target too.

Jesus was small in stature, and people tried to snatch at him, like the woman who touched his clothing (Luke 8: 43-48). And the Pharisees who accused Jesus of various transgressions (Matthew 15 & 23).

And Jesus snapped back at them.

God protects his own. The woman and the Pharisees got rebuked by Jesus.

But to respond defensively for the faith is critical when someone attacks, with or without purpose. They’ve gotten too close, without bringing a present, or presence of peace.

This happens everyday not only in society but in wars.

The mockingbird gave the crow something to consider when flying, and Christians should war off any provocation of their non-offensive faith practices.


Weekly Devotion 4/25/17: God’s Creation and Protection of Life


Consider God’s word and the safety provided wildlife.

The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir-trees are her house. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. Psalms 104: 17-178

I thought of this on a partly cloudy day when a duck was leisurely paddling along a bay as though hurt or wounded with an alligator following close behind just waiting for the chance to nab the duck in his jaws.

The duck reached finally reached the safety of marsh grass — so the gator veered off to deeper water in search of easier forage.

Safe havens are necessary, not only for wildlife but for humans.

Consider that God will provide us safety when we petition him. The Psalmist was saved from death when he called on the Lord.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies (Psalms 18: 2-3).

An animal may foraging in open field to see advancing prey, holing up in a tree for defense, or roosting in the upper limbs of a tree for a night’s rest from ground crawling varmints.

But our safety comes from being in God’s spirit,who leads and guides us to safe places because he wants glory and witness.

There is no hope in man, but whoso puts their trust in the Lord will be saved.