Probably not a few Israelites wandering for 40 years in the desert wondered how it was they got there. Maybe even Moses was asking how he had got himself into the long trek to nowhere. None of them could have been a happy camper. The majority were circling the desert until they died off. The generation under 20 years of age had to pass the best years of their lives in a waiting game.
How did the chosen people of Israel come to a full stop? More importantly, what did the 40-year-pause mean for the plan of God? And how might the young generation remember they were God’s special people in the midst of the nations? Perhaps to that end Moses writes. Continue reading “How did we get here? Start from the beginning.”
In a world that considers everything relative except relativity, Christians need to feel sure of their faith and to find certainty in the truth of the gospel. God is a competent and willing revealer of his eternal plan.
The Bible presents us with proven facts, a coherent history, and verifiable written prophecies of the Lord. There need be no embarrassment about possessing truth. Continue reading “Jesus Christ gives certainty”
Any reader of this column will know by now that I just love the daylilies with the dark “eye zones,” or centers.
“Moonlit Masquerade,” “Raspberry Candy,” and “Carpetbagger” are some of my favorites, with their dark eye zone giving the blooms a stark contrast. They have a certain appeal, and they also remind us of a basic Bible truth about our spiritual sight. Continue reading “When the eye is bad”
The weather forecast warned of high winds, so it was no surprise that the shrieking gusts persisted late into the evening. It only took two steps onto the back porch the next morning to see the portable shed, set up only a few months ago, was destroyed. It was upended, and its frame lay like a giant, dead, twisted spider in the tomato garden.
The various pots and garden tools, never as picturesque as the clay pot groupings in the garden magazines anyway, were now littered across the neighbor’s yard. Continue reading “The whole thing”
“God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light!” Genesis 1.3.
The Bible is God’s word. In it, God speaks to man. Originally, for the most part, it was a spoken word. Then he caused it to be written down.
Whether spoken or written, God’s word is the same and contains the same truth and power. Continue reading “Written or spoken, God’s word is powerful”
“This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you…” (Titus 1:5 ESV)
The need for good leadership in congregations is necessary. Despite the trendy and progressive ideas that we often see around us, the leadership of God’s people is to rest in men – those who are “above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers” (Titus 1:6). Continue reading “The need for knowing God’s word”
Writers of the various books and letters contained in holy Scripture sometimes spell out why they wrote. They include purpose statements or declarations of what they hoped to accomplish, what effect they hoped to have on their readers.
John was clear about the reason for taking up his quill—faith and life. Continue reading “What’s the Bible for?”
Popularity doesn’t concern itself with reason or practicality. We just join the crowd without asking the right questions.
For example, Christians have built a fake war between Bibles and cell phones. They say, “What if you spend as much time with your Bible as you do with your cell phone?” Continue reading “Let’s abandon the fake war between Bibles and cell phones”
A couple traveled recently to another continent and toured a famous religious building, still under construction after almost 100 years. They were awed by the edifice, which used new techniques for the time, with a unique style. They shared their photos online of both the exterior and interior.
A friend of theirs who didn’t belong to that religion claimed to feel the presence of God there. The couple wrote that they hoped others might be inspired and convinced by the stories written on its walls. They saw the building as a way to make converts to their religion. Continue reading “No physical remains”
There is a reason why the patio chairs are not being used much in June. It has been oppressively hot, and dining outside isn’t nearly as pleasant as it was in April and May.
However, it wasn’t until I saw the morning glory vine reaching all the way up to the top of the bistro chair that I realized how long it had been since we sat there for a morning coffee!
It’s not just the lack of use of that little table and two chairs that bothered me. It is just a symptom of a life that gets filled with chores and cares, and which doesn’t have room for a little quiet time as a couple. Continue reading “Unused and neglected”