Coming Friday, October 23, 2020 a stand alone Reflection in the Thoughtful Study format. Thank you for continuing to share the postings. You are always welcome to make copies and use them for small groups and classroom gatherings. Blessings to each of you.
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”
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”
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”
Coming Friday, September 18, 2020 a challenging look behind the scenes in the current Thoughtful Study Series. Warning: you may not like this one! It is a tough teaching.
Faith’s Heartbeat Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 7 I thought persistence during a pandemic was going to be the source of disruption and the leading news story for 2020. Tonight (as I shape these sentences) riots continue in the streets of North America. Anger flows like a swollen river across cities as supposedly aggrieved citizens burn,Continue reading “Persistence Persists”
The current series of Thoughtful Studies continues with this week’s blog. Coming Friday, September 4, 2020
Leadership, Plugging the Leaks Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 5 Living in a time of thundering silence Nehemiah is willing to speak. He provides a voice for the voiceless. He champions oppressed people. He does so fully aware that his commitment will not be popular; at least it will not be popular in the court yardsContinue reading “Social Injustice”
Scripture Resource Passage: Nehemiah 4 The Bible has construction reports? Yes, including a construction report with spiritual values which calls for lioness-like determination. Hopefully, your personal fear-level is completely unlike the City of Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah. Their fearfully begun construction project required courage as well as cooperation. Yet, there is more. The armed-ready-to-kill-you-oppositionContinue reading “Courage, Opposition, Fear”