Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 7 November 2022. Today’s topic: The Spirit in Me

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29 Joel spoke these words in the later days ofContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 7 November 2022. Today’s topic: The Spirit in Me”

Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 6 September 2022. Today’s topic: With Joel

The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.  An Invasion of Locusts.  Joel 1:1 We’re going old-school for awhile.   We’re going into the Old Testament to spend some time with Joel, one of the “minor prophets” whose book appears toward the end of the OT.  It’s sandwiched in-between Hosea and Amos; open your Bible andContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Joel, 6 September 2022. Today’s topic: With Joel”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 28 July 2022. Today’s topic: We Too

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24 So, if you have accepted Jesus and His salvation, you no longer have to worry about sin bothering you, right?   Yes.   And no; you knew this, of course. But, yes, you did!   The spiritual damnation that comes with rejectingContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 28 July 2022. Today’s topic: We Too”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 22 June 2022. Today’s topic: Servanthood Freedom

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  Galatians 5:13 The source of all freedom, all human liberty, is faith in Jesus Christ.   All our notions of what it means to be free begin with God and were exemplifiedContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 22 June 2022. Today’s topic: Servanthood Freedom”

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, 9 February 2022. Today’s topic: Sinless Jews, Sinful Gentiles

 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 9 February 2022. Today’s topic: Sinless Jews, Sinful Gentiles”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 8 February 2022. Today’s topic: Sometimes You’re the Windshield…

When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?  Galatians 2:14 (NIV). This would haveContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 8 February 2022. Today’s topic: Sometimes You’re the Windshield…”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 7 February 2022. Today’s topic: Just Like Peter

When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined himContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 7 February 2022. Today’s topic: Just Like Peter”

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”