Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 June 2022. Today’s topic: The Offense of the Cross

Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. Galatians 5:11 Keep in mind that the trouble in Galatia had started with Judaizers insisting that Christians be circumcised (adhering to old Jewish custom).  In challenging Paul, they recalled how he hadContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 June 2022. Today’s topic: The Offense of the Cross”

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, 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, 26 April 2022. Today’s topic: Hello, My Name Is…

But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?  Galatians 4:9 (NIV). Paul asked this question of his friends in Galatia nearly two thousand years ago.   Could he be askingContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 April 2022. Today’s topic: Hello, My Name Is…”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 22 March 2022. Today’s topic: Rely On It

Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.  Galatians 3:15 (NIV). Paul has been making argument for his friends in Galatia concerning God’s promise to bless the entire world,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 22 March 2022. Today’s topic: Rely On It”