Dogma

EEB9FDAC-AAD5-4A5A-A00C-EF18507D523A“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.””
‭‭John‬ ‭8:47‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dogma

My dogma comes from The Bible. Many seek to tear it apart, claiming that it is contradictory and full of errors. In my life, I have found that most of these people have not studied The Bible, not even reading a single version of the Bible. For the past 10 years, I have read many versions and studied it through various sources.(unfortunately I cannot understand the original languages) My efforts have lead me to much wisdom and understanding, but far from where I hope to be. Indeed there are many truths within this great book and I believe it is The Word of God. One of my favorite movies is Devil’s Advocate and it portrays our legal system in a way that parallels what is happening in many of our courts. As a scientist and physician, I question everything, so I encourage others to do the same. Don’t accept anything as dogma until you have thoroughly investigated, but don’t discount anything without that same level of scrutiny.

Authentic

2A6E5177-4A46-49FB-9AC8-2246582F849A“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Authentic

Recently I have noticed the overuse of the word authentic, which I regard as the genuine wholehearted truth. In my businesses, others have encouraged me to be “authentic”, as if normally I should be expected to lie. It seems to me the act of coaching someone to be “authentic” in a “certain way” is anything but authentic. I understand that we all have to guard our tongues and not always say what is truly on our minds; but, let’s not call marketing completely “authentic”. In healthcare, we walk the narrow tightrope of “authentic” with pressure from malpractice and patient satisfaction concerns. Indeed the state of our healthcare is anything but authentic. I used to love the word, authentic. Now I wish I could freely live it.

Phototropism

D147AADE-0600-4D4F-B2F6-F330FF543404“Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Phototropism

Plants sometimes express phototropism, meaning they grow toward the light. I was struggling today along my journey and thought about what I really need to do is be still and grow toward His light. I definitely want to get back into His Word and let His Truth set me free. Deep inside I know that my only Hope is my Faith, and yet sometimes I resist what is good and yield to temptation—always a negative result. Life is indeed a journey and we need that guiding Light.

Identity

6CA14072-B3DA-4792-8EB3-FE15CBE690A8“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Identity

Our identity is our distinguishing character or personality.  Indeed, it is who we really are. With all the social pressures to mold us into someone that fits someone else’s desires, it is no wonder we have so many identity issues.  As I look back over my life, I think that perhaps I would have been more of the real me in a musical career.  While I had the opportunity to play several musical instruments growing up, no one rewarded that behavior like they rewarded academics.  Now I have trained so long and hard in my profession and given up the best years of musical development.  I try not to be resentful of my past so I move forward full steam, but always mindful of my identity.  I believe that we need to allow our youth to become their true selves by allowing them to seek their true identity, the one God gave them.

Transformation

7B44F0E6-F015-459B-810F-85716E7E6013“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Transformation

Lately it seems there is a tsunami of evil sweeping across the world. The tendency is to cast blame on others, but we must all start the change within ourselves. I believe that when we focus on God and allow His Truth to prevail in our lives, we will be transformed into His likeness and thereby start the necessary healing. We must cast aside our self centered desires because our world needs a transformation.

Insight

3B1B86F9-BFB0-47EF-8E0E-40C958847AF9“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Insight

Insight may be described as having penetrating mental vision or discernment—that faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth. With our digital world constantly bombarding us with mind altering bytes, we need to be able somehow to apprehend the true nature of things. I believe it is essential to have some quiet time to allow ourselves to connect with Truth. Currently it seems our egocentric society cannot understand that Truth. The Master of Confusion continues to prowl.

Hot Air

336611E8-1443-41A1-9C55-4F8B138E4F85“But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭63:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

In our society today, the “hot air balloons” are sailing high.
Out of so many mouths comes “hot air”. There are numerous people who are full of hot air! (full of beans, full of bull, full of it; full of prunes)
We have come to expect lies, exaggerations, and nonsense—just check out our media. Sadly, we behave as if there are no consequences; but, each lie empowers the evil one. Standing for the truth and what is right may be tough sometimes and may lead to persecution, but the end results are blissful.