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, 19 May 2022. Today’s topic: Sin is Slavery

But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.  Galatians 4:30-31 (NIV). In concluding his comparison of theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 19 May 2022. Today’s topic: Sin is Slavery”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 May 2022. Today’s topic: Mother Paul

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!  Galatians 4:19-20 (NIV). On the day after Mother’s Day, I’ll admit that Paul’s hyperbole (“I am again in theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 May 2022. Today’s topic: Mother Paul”

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, 3 May 2022. Today’s topic: A Bridge Too Far

Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?  Galatians 4:15-16 (NIV). Have you ever done something that was a bridge too far forContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 May 2022. Today’s topic: A Bridge Too Far”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 2 May 2022. Today’s topic: Meet Others’ Needs

As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Galatians 4:13-14 (NIV).Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 2 May 2022. Today’s topic: Meet Others’ Needs”

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, 11 April 2022. Today’s topic: O Baptism, What Art Thou?

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV). Paul begins to summarize chapter 3.   He circles back to the fact that followers of Jesus are children of God, inheritors of the promise made to Abraham.   He hasContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 11 April 2022. Today’s topic: O Baptism, What Art Thou?”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 14 March 2022. Today’s topic: God Promises

Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.  Galatians 3:8-9 (NIV). In Romans 4:21, Paul says, concerning Abraham, “being fully persuaded that God hadContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 14 March 2022. Today’s topic: God Promises”