Month: October 2017

When Things Heat Up

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.   Psalm 34:19 The words of Jesus brought divided opinion.  He was righteous and he was afflicted, even among the religious.  Not many things are more heated than religious arguments.  … Continue reading When Things Heat Up

Bilhah and Others Who Are Used And Abused

While Israel lived in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father’s concubine.  And Israel heard of it. Genesis 35:22 Bilhah is a woman without rights. She was Rachel’s maid all the way back before Rachel was married. She learned to obey orders … Continue reading Bilhah and Others Who Are Used And Abused

We Have Been Changed

And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. Genesis 35:10 God has always been an identity changer. One cannot be near someone like God … Continue reading We Have Been Changed

Fallen Through My Fingers

He who goes forth and weeps, scattering the seed, will doubtless come back with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves. Psalm 126:6  A harvest never comes overnight. A farmer plants seed in early spring but doesn’t expect to see anything come up in a week. He knows … Continue reading Fallen Through My Fingers

Anxiety and Being in the Middle

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, … Continue reading Anxiety and Being in the Middle

Spiritual Acumen. Do I Have It?

Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A rainstorm is coming,’ and it does. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. You … Continue reading Spiritual Acumen. Do I Have It?

The Parables Jesus Told

I love a good story, especially if related by an exceptional storyteller. If the storyteller loses enough inhibition to bring life to the characters, utilizing a wide range of inflection for the character’s speeches, the stories will not only be captivating but memorable. I have … Continue reading The Parables Jesus Told

New Wine in Old Wineskins

No one pours new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Matthew 9:17 Don’t mix the old with the new. That was the message Jesus wanted to convey when he shared two parables. … Continue reading New Wine in Old Wineskins

Casual Teachers

And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Matt. 13:52 A scribe was more than just … Continue reading Casual Teachers

Poised In The Perfect Position

And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening, and he lifted up his eyes and saw and behold, the camels were coming. And Rebeccah lifted up her eyes and when she saw Isaac, she fell off the camel. Genesis 24:62-63  Human eyesight … Continue reading Poised In The Perfect Position