Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 8 June 2022. Today’s topic: Circumcision

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  Galatians 5:6 You read it here:  circumcision has no spiritual value to the one who believes in Jesus.   Medically, it has some debatable value for some conditions, but I’ll leave that debate to doctors andContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 8 June 2022. Today’s topic: Circumcision”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 7 June 2022. Today’s topic: Hope is a Good Thing

For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.  Galatians 5:5 (NIV). “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” That’s a quote from a Stephen King character in “The Shawshank Redemption,” which is one of my favorite movies. King wasContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 7 June 2022. Today’s topic: Hope is a Good Thing”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 May 2022. Today’s topic: Choose Wisely

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.  Galatians 5:4 (NIV). Sometimes Paul makes intellectual, even obtuse, arguments to try to convince his friends (and readers) of a particular point.   Other times he speaks directly.  Today’s verse is direct. We can be dividedContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 May 2022. Today’s topic: Choose Wisely”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 25 May 2022. Today’s topic: Faith in Something Else

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.  Galatians 5:2-3 (NIV). What Paul is talking about here is being led astray.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 25 May 2022. Today’s topic: Faith in Something Else”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 24 May 2022. Today’s topic: Freedom Worth Standing For

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1 (NIV). Another word about how Jesus gives us freedom.  When I was in fifth grade, our music class sang a patriotic song.   Some of the words were, “freedom isn’tContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 24 May 2022. Today’s topic: Freedom Worth Standing For”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 23 May 2022. Today’s topic: Jesus, Founding Father

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1 (NIV). The basis of all human liberty is God.   ALL of our other founders, even the deists, believed this.   They enshrined that belief in our Declaration of Independence whichContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 23 May 2022. Today’s topic: Jesus, Founding Father”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 19 May 2022. Today’s topic: Sin is Slavery

But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.  Galatians 4:30-31 (NIV). In concluding his comparison of theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 19 May 2022. Today’s topic: Sin is Slavery”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 18 May 2022. Today’s topic: Unnatural Choices

At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.  Galatians 4:29 (NIV). Paul is saying that the persecution of the early church (by the Jewish establishment) is no different than the way Ishmael treated Isaac.   At the time Isaac was born,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 18 May 2022. Today’s topic: Unnatural Choices”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 17 May 2022. Today’s topic: An Ancient, Beautiful Thing

Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.  Galatians 4:28 (NIV). I love the plainspoken mystery of this verse.   If you take it out of context, or you don’t know the history of Isaac and Ishmael, you would either reject or accept it at face value.   Now, dig deeper.  Do that, thenContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 17 May 2022. Today’s topic: An Ancient, Beautiful Thing”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 May 2022. Today’s topic: From Barrenness

For it is written: “Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.”  Galatians 4:27 (NIV). Per my Concordia: “Paul applies Isaiah’s joyful promise to exiledContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 May 2022. Today’s topic: From Barrenness”