Called by Name

“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1‬ ‭ Let’s name drop for a moment, shall we? Shiphrah and Puah. No? Not ringing a bellContinue reading “Called by Name”

A Little Lesson on Decorating

“Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.” Titus‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭ Really? A verse used in the past byContinue reading “A Little Lesson on Decorating”

Noisemakers

“Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭ Behold, the noisemakers. What a bunch. They had obviously hit the jackpot – there was something mighty tiny and mighty tasty getting their feathers mighty ruffled. We heard all aboutContinue reading “Noisemakers”

Curb Appeal

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭ Drive down any street, in any community – and you will know what I mean. You see themContinue reading “Curb Appeal”

Level the Playing Field

“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭ Let’s get really honest, shall we? We’ve been exploring what it means to have been given a piece of property – a life, an inheritance – and I know you’ve noticed, too. NotContinue reading “Level the Playing Field”

Where the Grass is Greener

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalms‬ ‭16:6‬ ‭ We’ve all done it. I’m guilty, too. We peek over the ‘fence’ into someone else’s life, and think they have it easier, more comfortable, more prosperous. Their children seem more well behaved and well-adjusted. Their vehiclesContinue reading “Where the Grass is Greener”

The Blessing

“Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”” And a few verses later: “Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.””‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:220, 22 The mighty, rollingContinue reading “The Blessing”

It’s Not Fair!

“Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in. Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, andContinue reading “It’s Not Fair!”