What is Christian community? What practical implications are there to being one body?The book of Ezra is extremely fascinating as it continues the story of God's steadfast love, his preservation of a remnant, and his faithfulness. Embedded in this book, however, is a great example of Christian community. The prophet Ezra returned to Jerusalem shortly … Continue reading I Didn’t Do It
The people of Israel more often give us what-not-to-do examples rather than this-is-what-you-should-do examples. One of these examples come from Exodus 32. We are all familiar, maybe too familiar, with the story about the people of Israel making a golden calf. But we may not be too familiar with 12:35-36.Exodus 12:35-36 says, "The people of … Continue reading A Fair Warning
How often do we hear the word but used in our lives? Sometimes these buts bear good news, but many times the word but will introduce bad news. The ABC show The Bachelor is a good example of this as each week the bachelor says to a girl, "I really like you, but I think these are … Continue reading The Divine "But"
I'm sure most of you know the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. Jacob loved Rachel so he promised her father Laban to work 7 years in exchange for Rachel to become his wife. At the end of those 7 years Laban tricked Jacob and gave him Rachel's sister, Leah. (How Laban pulled that one … Continue reading What about Leah?
I grew up in the church singing the song, "Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so..." It was an easy song to sing and to remember, and it embedded in my little mind and heart that Jesus loves me. Here recently I have begun to ponder on the love of … Continue reading Love Before Time