Wednesday, March 22, 2023

How to Make a “TOV List”


People often ask me what TOV means. I give them a one sentence answer. Why do I do this? I do it because that is what is expected because we have been taught “to find THE answer.” They do not want me to give them two or more answers or a list – they want “THE” answer! People living before the 16th century CE, did not expect “THE” answer, they were “list thinkers.” Today, you are going to learn how to “list think.” Continue reading at -

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The Power of Ancient “List Thinking” to Transform Lives

I have been writing about life in ancient cultures that had many gods. Creation stories reveal things people in a culture will focus on and value. I will begin this email by reviewing two of those stories -- and then begin a series on examining the creation story in the Bible. Creation stories create belief models that are used to generate the realities of individuals and civilizations. Continue reading at -


Monday, March 20, 2023

Two Scrolls and a Very Interesting Situation


The Babylonians left a wide path of destruction in Judah as they leveled and ransacked villages and towns, including Jerusalem. Against all odds, the captives taken to Babylon from Jerusalem, seem to have not only endured, but prospered. A century later, Ezra the scribe carried two scrolls to Jerusalem – The Torah and The Law of King Artaxerxes I. Continue reading at –

Friday, March 17, 2023

The Persians, the Temple and the Torah


When the Persians invaded Babylon, they brought a new language, new gods, new stories, and new values with them. For over 200 years they ruled lands written about in the Bible. The Babylonians welcomed them. They codified the laws of Egypt and Judah. Unknowingly, as we will learn later, what they did will affect the teachings of Jesus and the Declaration of Independence! Continue reading at -

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Why Most People Cannot Understand Bible Stories


Everyone in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, lived in polytheistic societies. People had to know which gods and goddesses were responsible for things related to life. Gods and goddesses were not responsible for only one area, their responsibilities overlapped. A good example of the complexity of life in a polytheistic world is Ishtar – the goddess of love and war; a perpetual virgin and a prostitute. Try to wrap your 21st century belief models around those words! Continue reading at –

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Why We Focus on People First: Part 2


A belief system contains belief models, which the brain created from life experiences. Belief models are located in neural networks of the brain. They are like pieces of a puzzle that the brain uses to generate and stream an individual’s reality. Everything you can name is linked to a belief model. Two of the functions of belief models are attaching meanings to the thing named, and predicting how it will affect our lives. Continue reading at -

Monday, March 13, 2023

Why We Focus on People First!


Even though your DNA is exactly the same as someone who lived over 5,000 years ago, you are not identical people. The same genomic recipe book created his body and your body. Even though a caveman with identical DNA might look a bit like you, DNA is an essential part of the story of your life, but it is only a small part of who you are! Continue reading at --