Deuteronomy 14:1b-2 You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. For you are a people holy to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. […]
Deuteronomy 13:1–3 (ESV) “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ […]
Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) 3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Romans 8:6 (ESV) 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Philippians 4:6–7 (ESV) 6 do not be anxious […]
In the Confessions, Saint Augustine describes a depraved soul as “falling away from security in you to destruction in itself.” I like the way that Augustine puts this. When I make moral choices, I am choosing between God or self, light or darkness, building or destruction. There is no middle ground. Yet there is hope. […]
Joseph learned that even though his brothers were evil toward him, God remained in control and even the evil coudl be used by God for good.
Psalm 59:16b (ESV) For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. Matthew 10:28 (ESV) 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. In reading Psalm 59 this […]
I am comforted that the men who God used to turn the world upside down had moments when they just did not get it. They, at times, were just as obtuse and blind as I often am.
Luke 11:9–10 (ESV) 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. In response to these […]
The disciples are frantic. Jesus is asleep. The response to the storm is a matter of perspective.
Psalm 43:3 (ESV) 3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! As I read this verse this morning, I was reminded of Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world found in John 8:12, 9:5 and 12:46. Since […]