Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 1 December 2022. Today’s topic: This Christmas

But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood. Joel 3:19 Think of it this way:   those who reject God will be desolate, a waste where nothing of value (think “love”) will grow.   If you spend your life rejecting Jesus (“I don’tContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 1 December 2022. Today’s topic: This Christmas”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 23 November 2022. Today’s topic: To Understand That

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!  For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 Full disclosure:  I don’t know Hebrew.   So, when my Concordia says that the word for “decision” here is a different word than that used for Jehoshaphat (in verses 2 and 12), which also means “God decides”, thenContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 23 November 2022. Today’s topic: To Understand That”

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, 16 February 2022. Today’s topic: Someone New

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20 (NIV). How are we free through Christ’s law of liberty?   Answer:  when we accept that we’veContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 February 2022. Today’s topic: Someone New”