Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 May 2022. Today’s topic: Have-Not’s

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that isContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 May 2022. Today’s topic: Have-Not’s”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 11 May 2022. Today’s topic: Miracles Around Us

For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise. Galatians 4:22-23 (NIV). In the next few verses, PaulContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 11 May 2022. Today’s topic: Miracles Around Us”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 10 May 2022. Today’s topic: Those Old Laws

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? Galatians 4:21 (NIV). The laws of Moses were (are) for the Jews alone.   It’s not that the Judaic codes are wrong or harmful for anyone else; indeed, some are quite valid.   For instance, our Western concepts ofContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 10 May 2022. Today’s topic: Those Old Laws”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 May 2022. Today’s topic: Mother Paul

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!  Galatians 4:19-20 (NIV). On the day after Mother’s Day, I’ll admit that Paul’s hyperbole (“I am again in theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 May 2022. Today’s topic: Mother Paul”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 5 May 2022. Today’s topic: Faith Fire

It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.  Galatians 4:18 (NIV). People will often get burned out on faith.   It isn’t that Jesus changes, or even that their faith or feelings change (though that can happen).   Instead, top-of-the-mountain moments canContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 5 May 2022. Today’s topic: Faith Fire”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 4 May 2022. Today’s topic: Divisions

Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them.  Galatians 4:17 (NIV). Divide and conquer is the oldest tactic anywhere.   Study battles fought by ancient peoples and you’d find that they were won by oneContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 4 May 2022. Today’s topic: Divisions”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 May 2022. Today’s topic: A Bridge Too Far

Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?  Galatians 4:15-16 (NIV). Have you ever done something that was a bridge too far forContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 May 2022. Today’s topic: A Bridge Too Far”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 2 May 2022. Today’s topic: Meet Others’ Needs

As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Galatians 4:13-14 (NIV).Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 2 May 2022. Today’s topic: Meet Others’ Needs”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 28 April 2022. Today’s topic: Now, Run

I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong.  Galatians 4:12 (NIV). Without some context, this verse may be hard to understand.   During Paul’s initial trip to Galatia, he got sick.   Nobody knows specifically what the illness was.   We only know he became ill.   TheContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 28 April 2022. Today’s topic: Now, Run”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 27 April 2022. Today’s topic: Truth, Not Whining

You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.  Galatians 4:10-11 (NIV). I’m going to whine a little:  whenever I hear people describe one day or one place as “holy,” I get perturbed.   “The holy month of Ramadan; the holy cityContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 27 April 2022. Today’s topic: Truth, Not Whining”