Month: December 2009

On the Outskirts of Bethlehem

ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF BETHLEHEM And Joseph went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was with child.  Luke 1:4-5 … Continue reading On the Outskirts of Bethlehem

WHEN I CAN’T SAY IT AND MEAN IT

WHEN I CAN’T SAY IT AND MEAN IT I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.  Psalm 119:75 There are degrees of Christian maturity.  It’s one thing to look back at my affliction and say, “I … Continue reading WHEN I CAN’T SAY IT AND MEAN IT

DECIDING WHAT IS MORE VALUABLE

DECIDING WHAT IS MORE VALUABLE The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.  Psalm 119:72 David had less of the scriptures than I have.  He only had the Torah; I have the Old and New Testaments.  Yet, … Continue reading DECIDING WHAT IS MORE VALUABLE

VALUE OF SUFFERING

VALUE OF SUFFERING It was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statues.  Psalm 119:71 My dad fought in WWII, in the European theatre.  He valued the freedom of this country more than we, his children, did because he was … Continue reading VALUE OF SUFFERING

DOUBLE CHECKING MY THEOLOGY

DOUBLE CHECKING THEOLOGY You are good and do good.  Psalm 119:68a What do I really believe down deep about the character of God?  In reality, each of us can be prone to make judgment calls about God’s parenting according to our experience.  There are four … Continue reading DOUBLE CHECKING MY THEOLOGY

JUDGMENT AND KNOWLEDGE

JUDGMENT AND KNOWLEDGE Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.  Psalm 119:66 An educated person can be full of knowledge but lack good judgment.  Street smart and book smart are not one in the same.  What if I excel in … Continue reading JUDGMENT AND KNOWLEDGE