Lasting Instructions

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5–this week’s challenging read and reflection. I trust you don’t find either as dry as dirt! Ibrahim said, “I had a teacher whose favorite summary was: ‘Finally, therefore and in conclusion….’ it drove me crazy but it helped me pay attention because I knew his instructions were going to be on theContinue reading “Lasting Instructions”

Mercy While Waiting Pregnantly

Scripture Resource Passage: Romans 8:22 Describing the pain of a woman near-term in pregnancy, with active-labor occurring, Scripture sets out the message of anticipation and struggle. Disciples have long pondered the signs of the Day when Christ returns—Scripture provides a hint.             Anticipating the hours prior to the Return: “For I am convinced that neither deathContinue reading “Mercy While Waiting Pregnantly”

Political Faith

Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 12:14-29. I highly recommend you read the Scripture passage before reading the blog–just a thought. Earth’s hope resides in the truth Who is Messiah. Governments come and their governance passes away. Civilizations are built up, and then except for a few structures and possibly a potsherd or two, they almost disappear—theContinue reading “Political Faith”

Slowly Fading

Ignoring Heaven’s Voice Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 13:1-22   The post works best when you read the passage first–just a suggestion. She felt prompted to ask, “Was it a slow fade?” Another skeptically asked, “The Word of God, it disappeared overnight?”  Apparently the written Word’s influence disappeared during bleak and silent nights when Heaven’s voice was ignored.  WithoutContinue reading “Slowly Fading”

So Many Names; A Gracious Invitation

Resource Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 12, in the current Thoughtful Study Series Reading some portions of the Hebrew Bible—the Old Testament—may leave you wondering, “Why are so many historical details considered sufficiently important to be included as holy writ?” This is a great question. Thanks for asking.  The expansive range of Scripture’s teaching moves from theContinue reading “So Many Names; A Gracious Invitation”

Tough Teaching for Serious Disciples; Marriage Controversy from the Long Ago

Scripture Resource Passage: Ezra 10 Does God know best? Truly, we ask, “Does God know best?” Reading today’s Scripture Resource Passage will not make you happy. The passage screams with discrimination and discrimination toward women. Highlight the following: If you’re not in a good soul-place, it might be best to read a more gentle passage,Continue reading “Tough Teaching for Serious Disciples; Marriage Controversy from the Long Ago”