Prep work

One hour’s worth of work in the skin-scouring cold wind, and all I had to show for it was one six-pack of pansies planted under the cherry tree.

It’s not that I’m slow; well, not really. It’s not that I was digging great big holes for each one, and carefully spreading the roots around a soil mound concocted of a precise mix of humus and organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. Continue reading “Prep work”

No longer under the Law of Moses

Many false doctrines are a result of misunderstanding covenants. The improper use of the Word has eternal consequences (Galatians 1:8-9), so it’s imperative that we properly divide the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15).

God established a covenant with Israel after Egyptian bondage (Exodus 19:1-6). If they would be faithful, God would care for them with great gentleness (Exodus 19:7-8). Continue reading “No longer under the Law of Moses”

God’s word give light

The doorway of your word gives light. They give insight to the untrained. (Psalm 119:130 NET)

If you have been following through our Bible reading schedule for the past year, you will now have completed reading the New Testament. We hope the thoughts we have written to accompany one day’s reading each week have been helpful – we appreciate the comments that we have received. Continue reading “God’s word give light”

Covenant faithfulness and kindness

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4 – ASV).

I often wonder what Bible critics are reading when I read their conclusions about God, especially in the Old Testament, being a surly, arbitrary brute. I wonder how they miss the connections being made in the Old Covenant and its relationships. Had Israel kept the covenant, they would have found the highest ethical standard of living known in the ancient world, especially when compared with other such “codes.” Continue reading “Covenant faithfulness and kindness”

What Jesus never said

With the elections coming up in just a few weeks, John Fugalsang’s popular socio-political meme about the “Radical Revolutionary Jesus” is making the rounds and is a perfect example of man creating God in his own image.

Fugalsang asserts that Jesus was never…
• Anti-gay
• mentioned abortion or birth control
• justified torture
• fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest
• asked a leper for a co-pay. Continue reading “What Jesus never said”

Are we as bad as ancient Israel?

There are three ways we can read the history of Israel in the Old Testament. We can read with disinterest, arrogance or humility. Only one of these is acceptable to God.

We read with disinterest because we don’t care about what happened to them. Moreover, we likely don’t see any real value in the Old Testament. In doing so, we set ourselves at odds with God.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4, NKJV).

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