Christmas depends on Jesus. Now that I think of it, so does everything: ". . . He upholds all things by the Word of His power . . ." (Hebrews 1:3). Many people make New Year's resolutions—promises to others or oneself to do better this year. What if we concentrated on the promises of Jesus … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution idea
"[The Son] is the radiance of the glory of God ... and He upholds all things by the Word of His power..." "... and in Him all things consist" (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17). Christmas (like everything) depends on Jesus. You probably knew that. But knowing something is not the same as holding it in your … Continue reading Christmas depends on Jesus
What are ways that one can cope with loss, fear, and disappointment? Blame someone (or everyone) else? Example: “… The woman You gave me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate…” (Genesis 3) Make success happen – but this means ... Those I blamed can never be right = I spend the rest … Continue reading An extraordinary gift for Christmas?
If you are reading the One Year Bible this month, you may find the New Testament reading from Revelation difficult to follow. Consider using the translation posted here to see if the meaning of Revelation becomes more evident.
Remember the contrast between salt and yeast from last week? Salt is good (cleanses), yeast is bad (puffs up). Yet in Matthew 13 and Luke 13, Jesus explains that the kingdom of heaven is like yeast. How can this be? Many words and what they describe are neither good or bad in themselves; they become … Continue reading Living and Active
Yeast and salt are contrary to each other, just like our flesh and spirit are contrary to each other (Galatians 5:17). Jesus warned about the yeast of the rulers, which is hypocrisy (Luke 12:1; Paul says the same in 1 Corinthians 5:6–8). Salt kills yeast; it deflates pride and exposes hypocrisy—two things that make us … Continue reading Yeast and Salt
Mark 6:56 records how a woman with a long history of internal bleeding came to Jesus, touched the edge of His garment, and was healed. Jesus’ garments are illustrative of His will to extend and confirm His healing work through physical means, in nature and through the sacraments. God has created many natural elements for … Continue reading Healing
What better gift is there than the gift of God’s Word? Many of you currently receive "Daily Bread" emails, where I send out a key verse from that day's readings from the One Year Bible. I've just developed a printed version of these "Daily Bread" verses—a gift box containing a card for each day … Continue reading Daily Bread boxes now available!
Psalm 119:10 says, "With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments." How can both be true of the Psalmist/us? How can a person who seeks the Lord with the whole heart wander from His commandments? The answer is in our two natures. According to our corrupt human … Continue reading Seeking and Wandering
In Matthew 27:43 the religious leaders taunted Jesus while He was dying, surely to convince themselves that they were right and He was wrong—an impostor. An adverb they used caught my attention: "... He has and remains persuaded by God; let Him rescue Him NOW if He wants Him ..." Hmmm. How often in the Bible did … Continue reading Waiting