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”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 30 December 2021. Today’s topic: After the End

As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.” Daniel 12:13 (NIV). In concluding his book, Daniel records that the angel told him he would die.  Gee, what a happy ending!   He would die, then receive his inheritance.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 30 December 2021. Today’s topic: After the End”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 27 December 2021. Today’s topic: I Don’t Understand

I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?  Daniel 12:8 (NIV). This one verse sums up all mankind since Eden.  We don’t know; we don’t understand.   All the colleges, all the elites and self-proclaimed experts, and the entire internet, and every book everContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 27 December 2021. Today’s topic: I Don’t Understand”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 23 December 2021. Today’s topic: Ask the Father

Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”  The man clothed inContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 23 December 2021. Today’s topic: Ask the Father”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 21 December 2021. Today’s topic: An Easter Christmas

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth willContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 21 December 2021. Today’s topic: An Easter Christmas”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 20 December 2021. Today’s topic: Like Another Christmas

“At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries willContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 20 December 2021. Today’s topic: Like Another Christmas”

Practical Proverbial, from Obadiah, 12 January 2021 Today’s topic: Jesus, Not Things

But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged.  Obadiah 6 (NIV). Back to Edom.   After reminding us that the mighty will be brought down in the terrible days of the end, Obadiah brings us back to his prophecy of how Edom, the unbelieving descendants of Esau, will be one of them. Hint:  soContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Obadiah, 12 January 2021 Today’s topic: Jesus, Not Things”

Practical Proverbial, from Jude, 24 December 2020 Today’s topic: Happy Easter

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25 (NIV). Happy Easter 2021.   Oh, and Merry Christmas, too.   Here we arrive at ChristmasContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Jude, 24 December 2020 Today’s topic: Happy Easter”

Practical Proverbial, from Jude, 23 December 2020 Today’s topic: Christmas Mercy

Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 22-23 (NIV). Mercy.   That’s really the story of Christmas, you know.   Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, so let’s spend some of the last verses of Jude talking a littleContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Jude, 23 December 2020 Today’s topic: Christmas Mercy”

Practical Proverbial, from Jude, 9 December 2020 Today’s topic: Jude’s Downer

These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.  Jude 12 (NIV). I’m going to admit:   this verse is a bit of a downer.   I mean, when someone splashes cold water onContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Jude, 9 December 2020 Today’s topic: Jude’s Downer”