Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. John 10:22-23 The Festival of Dedication is another name for Hanukkah. John 10 clearly records Jesus observing it, although he had some things to say about how others were observing it. I believe God intendsContinue reading “John 10:22-23”
Some Christians either do or don’t celebrate Advent. But whether they do or don’t celebrate it, formally or informally, most Christians – at least nominally – know what it is. Growing up in an atheist household, I didn’t learn anything about it. Not even, “Some people believe ‘X’ but we know that’s just a primitiveContinue reading “Hope Peace Love Joy & Supply Chains”
This is one of my favorite passages in Acts because it carries a special place in my own journey of faith. And much to my surprise it turned out to be the subject of this Sunday’s sermon at my church. I so much needed a sermon that really spoke to my heart this week, andContinue reading “Philip & the Ethiopian Eunuch”
Finally caught up with all the reading I was behind on in my year-long Bible reading Plan. 1&2 Samuel and 1&2 Kings is a LOT of ancient history. I know – this is the Word of God. God wants us to study this and to understand Him better through reading His word. But honestly (andContinue reading “1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings”
I always imagined that every family had someone like my Uncle Jack. Now I’m missing him & wishing I had known him better on this Earth. After my Dad passed away when I was a toddler, Uncle Jack was the man who stepped in to try to be a father figure. He was my Mom’sContinue reading “My Uncle Jack”
Anything at all can create a little opening to talk about God. Recently I was in conversation with a non-believing relative who is not generally receptive to conversations about Jesus. My relative is a self-professed atheist & generally claims to like it that way…. although I have my doubts. But in general I usually stayContinue reading “Praying Mantis”
In response to Jennifer Arimborgo’s wonderful Blog post on obedience I wrote, “I have real trouble with obedience…” which made me start wondering why that’s so. It reminded me of something that happened in first grade – which I honestly haven’t thought about since it happened. It’s a great example of children not being miniatureContinue reading “Children: Not Miniature Adults”
I recently listened to two sermons on this section of Acts. The two sermons were very different. And both important. But as I searched the Internet for notes and comments and articles on Acts 6-8 it became evident that one of the sermons I’d heard was a pretty common way of preaching about this passageContinue reading “Acts 6-8: Stephen”
I am a verbal person. I praise God for that. It is a gift from Him and I know that. But sometimes it is also a curse. I know I misuse my own chatter sometimes as a way of keeping a distance – and that is a sin. There are times when I even doContinue reading “Quieting the Chatter”
I hope it’s not a sin to skip a bunch of days in your Bible reading plan. I kept “not” reading Judges. I got so far behind. I finally decided I either need to catch up or give up. I tried catching up and I remembered why I had such a hard time reading Judges.Continue reading “Judges”
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