What is gopher wood or tahas skin? I don’t know. Truth is, I don’t care. Do you?
Yet, long ago people did know. In fact, from these misty linguistic shadows of the past arises an opportunity for spiritual self-reflection. Continue reading “Gopher wood, tahas skins & Burger King”
Is it easy to agree upon societal policies? Just consider our nation’s tensions on a number of hot button issues.
What if a nation were to attempt to conform to an even higher standard then human notions of justice and compassion? What if it sought to function as God’s holy nation, a kingdom of priests? How should such a country handle accidents, crime, property issues, worship and immorality? Continue reading “The small print on giant speakers”
From the burning bush on Mt. Sinai where a barefoot Moses stood, to God’s presence descending as fire upon Mt. Sinai’s peak where Israel assembled in its shadows, God revealed something of himself. When God draws near we can learn a lot. Ultimately, God’s actions invite us into an unexpected response. Continue reading “God came near”
How confident are we? Are we masters of the grill, gifted at our professions or perhaps certain of our flair for gab? Yet, who among us has not experienced an unexpected curve ball? The dinner turned out disappointing. A work project did not go well. We stood speechless.
What we expected slipped between our fingers. In such instances we discover our earlier confidence did not deliver. Just because we felt confident did not guarantee the results.
So what about really important things, like heaven? Can we surpass mere confidence to know for certain we are God’s forgiven people? Yes we can!
I imagine joyous exclamations: “by faith” and “by grace!” To be sure, these principles are intrinsically involved. Yet, throughout scripture a more fundamental principle exists.
Continue reading “Surpassing confidence. Possessing God’s approval.”
Excitement refuses to be contained. Just try to keep a grandmother with a new grandchild quiet. From exciting experiences to the joy of new acquisitions, we want to share with others whatever thrills our hearts. Moses was no exception. Continue reading “Just can’t contain it”
Would it surprise us to learn that within the New Testament’s original language, the label “believer” (pistos) is rather rare? I did not expect this. Did you? Or how surprised would we be if we discovered that perhaps the most common usage of believer today differs from what the New Testament meant by believer?
Continue reading “Believer surprises”
Embedded within scripture we discover reflections or parallels often separated by hundreds and sometimes more than a thousand years. For me, these mirror images reveal God’s handiwork, mind and authorship. Continue reading “Mirror images: God at work through history”
Fear destroys. Fear is Satan’s tool. Faith is God’s weapon. Paul would warn us that if we think we are standing firm, we need to be diligent that we do not stumble.
Paul would also remind us to learn from Israel’s history. Look beyond just reading the story of God opening the Red Sea. Imagine standing with those Israelites. Only then, will we be more prepared to heed’s Paul’s warning in facing our life situations.
Continue reading “Oh for a greater faith”
Certain phrases or expressions immediately set a context for us. “Once upon a time …” “On August 12th, 1984 …” “Mix one cup of milk into three cups of flour …” Yet, how proficient are we when reading biblical metaphors for conquest and blessing? Continue reading “Biblical language for conquest and blessing: do we recognize it?”
Ancient peoples believed each god’s influence was limited to a particular sphere. Remember how the Syrians wanted to battle Israel in the plains because they thought Yahweh was a God of the hills (1 Kings 20:23)? The Egyptians were no exception. Their pantheon had a plethora of gods: a sun god, a Nile god and so forth.
Yahweh taught that he is different. Continue reading “What can your God do?”