Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 10 March 2022. Today’s topic: Child of Abraham

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.  Galatians 3:7 (NIV). Understand that Paul is extrapolating a conclusion here.   Abraham was the first of the Jewish people.   Through him, God promised to bless all of mankind.   Abraham’s descendants became the Israelites, the Jews.   One of Abraham’s direct descendants was Jesus the Christ.  ThroughContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 10 March 2022. Today’s topic: Child of Abraham”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 March 2022. Today’s topic: Made Righteous Anyway

So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Galatians 3:6 (NIV). Paul’s verse here uses a four-thousand-year-old story to remind us today of just how faith works.   God touches us, reaches out to us, and we get to then believe.   When we believe, God credits His love, His salvation toContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 March 2022. Today’s topic: Made Righteous Anyway”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 13 January 2022. Today’s topic: The Faith Difference

For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.  1:13 (NIV). Paul doesn’t run from his past.   He owns it.   He isn’t proud of it; in fact, in other places, he speaks of it as one who is ashamed of thingsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 13 January 2022. Today’s topic: The Faith Difference”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 13 April 2021 Today’s topic: No Coincidences

Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility — young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was toContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 13 April 2021 Today’s topic: No Coincidences”

Practical Proverbial, from Obadiah, 3 February 2021 Today’s topic: Exiles

This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev.  Obadiah 20 (NIV). The exiles:   that’s us. Sure, Obadiah’s prophecy directly referred to the Jews who had been taken captive in Babylon.   God would returnContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Obadiah, 3 February 2021 Today’s topic: Exiles”