Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 19 January 2023. Today’s topic: 105 Miles

People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  Matthew 3:5-6 It wasn’t an easy thing to travel in antiquity.  Some rode horses, or donkeys, or in carts.   Some rode in chariots, or were carried inContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 19 January 2023. Today’s topic: 105 Miles”

Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 27 December 2022. Today’s topic: Disturbed Herod

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  Matthew 2:3 Who was King Herod?   He was one of the greatest figures of antiquity, “great” because he did big and far-reaching things.   His family came to power thanks to their relationship with Julius Caesar, and Herod devoted his life to consolidatingContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Matthew, 27 December 2022. Today’s topic: Disturbed Herod”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 5 December 2022. Today’s topic: Judah Inhabits Forever

Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. Joel 3:20 We’re almost there!   We’re almost done with the book of Joel, and, knowing that, let’s get ready to end on a high note.   Let’s remember that God is forever, that He keeps ALL of His promises.   He promised to abide with us forever,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 5 December 2022. Today’s topic: Judah Inhabits Forever”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 9 November 2022. Today’s topic: When He Returns

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:32 This is another prophecy, one that is both already fulfilled and one that is yet to be fulfilled.  It was fulfilled in thatContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 9 November 2022. Today’s topic: When He Returns”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 May 2022. Today’s topic: Have-Not’s

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that isContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 May 2022. Today’s topic: Have-Not’s”

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 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 Daniel, 28 October 2021. Today’s topic: In Mourning

At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.  Daniel 10:2-3 (NIV). Daniel was given a new vision by God, and the first thing he does is go into mourning.   Why? Quite honestly,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 28 October 2021. Today’s topic: In Mourning”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 27 October 2021. Today’s topic: A New Set of Visions

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.  Daniel 10:1 (NIV). Our God is a man of patience.   Reading these books one might think the revelations happenedContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 27 October 2021. Today’s topic: A New Set of Visions”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 28 July 2021 Today’s topic: Daniel Prayed Anyway

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.  Daniel 6:10 (NIV). Look at how Daniel acts on adversity.  HeContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 28 July 2021 Today’s topic: Daniel Prayed Anyway”