A Heart Not Cruel

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.  You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

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When King David was being chased by Saul, one figure that emerges as a partner-worker of evil is “Doeg the Edomite.” Doeg got himself in good with King Saul by telling Saul how David accepted help from a community of priests (1 Samuel 22:6-19); information which eventually led to the murder of their entire community.

David calls out Doeg by attacking directly at the problem: Doeg’s heart.  David describes him as a “worker of deceit” with “a razor” tongue that “plots destruction.” Doeg carries the stench of arrogance in his tongue, but worst yet, this attitude is a reflection of his heart. He intends harm to others and is power-driven. He truly “loves evil more than good.” Cruelty seems to follow this man. In Rabbinical literature, Doeg is characterized by his malice, jealousy, and calumnious tongue.

We must examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) to know our own heart. Are we leaning towards a heart that despises other people? Do we fantasize about our own rise to power, at the expense of (or even at the purposeful detriment to) others? Do we boast in our worth while forgetting the cost Christ paid for us, thus giving us our worth?

Leave It Better Than You Found It

As often as we can, my wife and I like to steal away to the great outdoors for some camping and hiking. The fresh air, beautiful creation, and peace and quiet are a welcome change from what can sometimes be a very busy pace.

We’ve been to a lot of national and state parks in the country. Each time I go I’m reminded of the phrase from the US Parks Project, “Leave It Better Than You Found It.” The idea behind the mantra is simple: whether you’re hiking, camping, or just walking around, leave the area behind you looking more beautiful than before you came through.

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SSAE 18 and Your Company’s SOC 1 Audits

For the purposes of this article, we’ll be entirely focused on SOC 1. Look for future blogs related to the impact of SSAE 18 on your SOC 2 and 3 reports.

The Standards, They are a-Changin’

In 2016, the Accounting Standards Board (ASB) of the AICPA looked at its attestation standards and said, “We need to do some clarifying.” Out of this Clarity Project came the “Concepts Common to all Attestation Engagements,” and with it SSAE 18, which covers all attestation engagements with a major focus on third party vendor management, data validation, and risk assessments. Your SOC 1 audits fall under these new standards, so buckle up and hold tight to that Client Assistance list, because this request list’s about to get bumpy.

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The Cause of Conflict

Conflict is everywhere in this world. It’s inescapable and not easily solved, but not for the reasons you may think or have been told.

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How to Wait on God

It’s hard to wait.

We’ve all been to this certain restaurant or this certain coffee joint that was promised to be spectacular. So we endure the long lines, maybe glance over the menu until we’ve decided the pros and cons of choosing one dish over another a million times in our head, even weigh the scales on whether it would be best to leave now or stay committed to our spot in line.

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Getting Started with Craft Coffee-Making

One of my favorite things in life is “craft” coffee. In fact, I love it so much I don’t even own a coffee pot. If you’ve ever considered making the switch to craft coffee-making, let me give you a few ideas to pour-over.

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Forget What Lies Behind

I think the hardest part of starting a new year is leaving the past behind. A tendency to roll-over my past sins. My guilt. My failures as a believer. As a husband. New dad. I beat myself up about any and all of those in the name of becoming a better person. What’s more is that I hold the same things against those who committed them towards me. Can you relate to any of that? It’s hard to forget.

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My Solution to Busyness: Disable Notifications

One of hardest parts of life is busyness. We are always busy with something. Much like the notifications on our phone, it seems that some part of life is always demanding our attention. This can lead to inefficiency and make us completely exhausted in the process.

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Under The Surface: How Conducting a Cybersecurity Audit Could Keep Your Company Afloat

Part of my role as a Cyber Risk Analyst is to help companies think through their cybersecurity threats. Like most threats, they lie under the surface and most of the time remain unseen until it’s too late.

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Your Role is Not Your Title

When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you lead? I’d venture to guess that most of us just give our job titles. Where we work. Who we work for.

I suggest a new approach. Let’s talk about roles.

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