The crazier things get here in the United States, the more Bible verses I run across that speak to our times. The first highlighted line, in the passage below, stood out because tolerance does not seem enough these days. No, they want more. Like Mordecai, they want us to bow down and worship them as… Continue reading An Apt Prayer for our Time
I don't think people realize that when I go to write a post I don't always have the knowledge beforehand. It's true that my older posts are about thoughts I've held or things I've experienced, but these new posts have been a source of discovery. So it was as I was writing What Christ Won… Continue reading Reflections on Part 1 of What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha
In part one we saw how Christ was playing offense, not defense; that Golgotha was the final objective and not some tragic ending; and since it was the final battle the devil was defending it for all he was worth in order to tempt Christ. In part two we learned why God had to become… Continue reading What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha, part 1
In Who's Offense and Who's Defense in Spiritual Warfare? we begin to see--in the ignorance of what the game is, who's playing which side, and the stakes--the first glimmer of the grand delusion the world lies under. The belief that it can go against God and profit from it For what will it profit them… Continue reading Defending the Indefensible
These days it seems that Christians are constantly on the defensive side of the spiritual war. If we zoom out, earthly life seems like a constant battle to fend off death and decay. We see it everywhere. In the wife simply trying to provide a safe and clean environment for her family by keeping the… Continue reading Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare?
I use to own a couple of finches: male and female. One day the female died. Since I didn't want the male to be alone I went out and got another female finch to keep him company. What I didn't know was that cute little finches can be as territorial as lions and just as… Continue reading Jews, Gentiles, and Finches
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,a the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUZEtVbJT5c
Reading You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater… Continue reading THIRD FRIDAY ADVENT 2016 REFLECTION: THE WILL OF THE FATHER
Reading “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but… Continue reading THIRD TUESDAY OF ADVENT 2016 REFLECTION: LIP SERVICE AND A STUBBORN REFUSAL TO BELIEVE
Reading And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son… Continue reading SECOND SATURDAY ADVENT 2016 REFLECTION: THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Reading "But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He… Continue reading Second Friday of Advent 2016 Reflection: Vindication of Wisdom
Reading And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive… Continue reading SECOND THURSDAY ADVENT 2016 REFLECTION: THE KIND CONSIDERATION OF GOD
First off, let me thank James Hahn over at The Hahn Family blog for his Advent Scripture Challenge which is making me spend a lot more time contemplating each day's reading. This is something that I've been meaning to do anyway, but never really put into action (You know when you're on the right track… Continue reading ADVENT REFLECTION 2016: SECOND MONDAY OF ADVENT
In the hopes of helping draw people closer to God I share the fruit of my contemplation on the six days of creation in Genesis 1:1-31.
" . . . If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all." Isaiah 7:8-9