Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Joy

But the fruit of the Spirit is…joy….  Galatians 5:22 What is joy?   How would you describe joy?  Dictionary.com primarily defines joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.”   Beethoven wrote a symphony about it.  The Apostle James described things differently, saying how we should considerContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Joy”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 February 2022. Today’s topic: Remember the Poor

James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised.  All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 February 2022. Today’s topic: Remember the Poor”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 2 February 2022. Today’s topic: Tense Beginnings

James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised.  Galatians 2:9 (NIV). At the start, this meeting must have been tense.   After all, Paul’s reputation had preceded him.   He had beenContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 2 February 2022. Today’s topic: Tense Beginnings”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 January 2022. Today’s topic: No Matter What It Takes

Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. Galatians 2:3 (NIV). What?   Where does this statement come from?   One second Paul was talking about going to Jerusalem to meet with church leaders (after not meeting with them for over fourteen years), and in the next he’sContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 January 2022. Today’s topic: No Matter What It Takes”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 20 January 2022. Today’s topic: Credentials

Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephasand stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles — only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.  Galatians 1:18-20 (NIV). In our time, if you or I want to establish credentials, weContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 20 January 2022. Today’s topic: Credentials”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 2 November 2021. Today’s topic: Thunderstruck

I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and asContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 2 November 2021. Today’s topic: Thunderstruck”