Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 21 June 2022. Today’s topic: Paul’s Comment

As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!  Galatians 5:12 A few words about humanity.   In verse 12, Paul is wishing physical, painful, permanent harm on the Judaizers who are insisting Christians be circumcised.  He’s saying, “since they’re already downstairs with that knife, why don’t they just cut offContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 21 June 2022. Today’s topic: Paul’s Comment”

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, 16 March 2022. Today’s topic: Follow Rules

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”  The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.  Galatians 3:11-12 (NIV). Continuing the idea of rule-following.   We should want to follow rules that areContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 16 March 2022. Today’s topic: Follow Rules”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 14 February 2022. Today’s topic: Law

 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.  Galatians 2:19 (NIV). The ancient Biblical law – the laws of Moses, the Old Testament, and the prophets – makes us conscious of how we can’t keep the law.   Because of that, we desperately need Jesus, who kept the lawContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 14 February 2022. Today’s topic: Law”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 January 2022. Today’s topic: Paul, the Jesus Freak

I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:11-12 (NIV). Paul was a Jesus freak.   These two verses established his bona fides with the world.   At theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 January 2022. Today’s topic: Paul, the Jesus Freak”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 10 November 2021. Today’s topic: Clam Up

While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless.  Daniel 10:15 (NIV). In this verse, Daniel was overcome with emotion, being in the presence of his Lord and then His angels.  He didn’t know what to say or do other than to simply look down andContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 10 November 2021. Today’s topic: Clam Up”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 5 October 2021. Today’s topic: Only Jesus Can Give

“Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinnedContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 5 October 2021. Today’s topic: Only Jesus Can Give”

Practical Proverbial, from Jonah, 8 April 2021 Today’s topic: God’s Q&A

 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from theirContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Jonah, 8 April 2021 Today’s topic: God’s Q&A”

Practical Proverbial, from Jonah, 25 March 2021 Today’s topic: Unexpected Miracles

This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles:  Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and theirContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Jonah, 25 March 2021 Today’s topic: Unexpected Miracles”

Practical Proverbial, from Jonah, 24 February 2021 Today’s topic: Are You Terrified?

He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”  This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.).  Jonah 1:9-10 (NIV). Why would Jonah telling his shipmates that God wasContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Jonah, 24 February 2021 Today’s topic: Are You Terrified?”