Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 19 September 2022. Today’s topic: Mourn Like a Virgin

Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the betrothed of her youth. Joel 1:8 Picture what Joel is describing.   Picture yourself weeping like a young woman pining for a lost love.   Picture yourself as someone who is hurting so deeply that you walk around wearing torn burlap, refusing to be comforted as the tearsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 19 September 2022. Today’s topic: Mourn Like a Virgin”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 25 August 2022. Today’s topic: Have Confidence In Your Faith

Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.  Galatians 6:13 Have confidence in your faith.   Jesus chose you and you alone to be you.   He’s satisfied with you as you are, and He loves you just as youContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 25 August 2022. Today’s topic: Have Confidence In Your Faith”

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, 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, 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, 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, 28 December 2021. Today’s topic: Begins and Ends in Faith

He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.  Daniel 12:9-10 (NIV). Who is wise?   The wisest man whoContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 28 December 2021. Today’s topic: Begins and Ends in Faith”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 10 August 2021 Today’s topic: Until Then, Now

Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly!  “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.  “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 10 August 2021 Today’s topic: Until Then, Now”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 14 June 2021 Today’s topic: A Little Uneasy

“This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”  Daniel 4:18 (NIV). How interesting it is that Nebuchadnezzar keeps going back to his captive,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 14 June 2021 Today’s topic: A Little Uneasy”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 19 May 2021 Today’s topic: Sharing Jesus

Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”  Daniel 2:46-47 (NIV). Are you comfortable sharing yourContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 19 May 2021 Today’s topic: Sharing Jesus”