A Great Responsibility (Romans 8-10)

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14) It might be argued that the most important thing about a person is what he or she does with and believes about Jesus.  The early Church thought this was so important that ... [Continue Reading]

Let Tomorrow Worry for Itself (Luke 12-13)

“Consider how the wild flowers grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!” (Luke 12:27-28) I tend to be a futuristic thinker.  By ... [Continue Reading]

A Walk Down Memory Lane (Numbers 10-11)

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!  We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.  But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (Numbers 11:4-6) Oh, Israel.  How quickly you forget from whence you ... [Continue Reading]

Life’s Unknown Paths (Exodus 4-6)

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” (Exodus 4:1) I have come to the conclusion that God does not reveal the paths that lie ahead of us for the simple reason that we’re not fully capable of welcoming them with open arms.  The rational part of my brain likes to examine everything in minutiae, and such ... [Continue Reading]

Uncontrollable Joy (Genesis 43-46)

Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep.  He went into his private room and wept there. (Genesis 43:30) Yesterday I wrote about limited vision - how we often can't see the end of a situation when we're in the middle of it.  From our perspective, all we know is what we're dealing with in the moment... and it seems like ... [Continue Reading]