Reading with the Pastor Proverbs 2; Psalm 63 and Hebrews 11 Reading Proverbs 2 today with the echo of yesterday’s chapter 1 and a glance across the page at chapters 3 and 4, I am struck by the concern Solomon displays for his son’s growth in wisdom and discernment. 1:8 “Hear, my son … More What Does a Thirsty Soul Want?
Thursday is for Discussion Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16 It is in the nature of things that all created sentient beings (angels and mankind) could not possibly comprehend … More Eating the Book
Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Reading with the Pastor James 1 and Psalm 52-53 Most scholars think that the letter of James and the letter to the Galatians are among the earliest letters of the New Testament. My vote is for James. Either way, when we read these 5 short chapters we are looking at the early church in its infancy. … More The Silent Beauty of Reading
Sunday Afternoon Musings Ephesians 3:20–21 (ESV) 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Most Christians live so far … More Living Below the Spiritual Poverty Level
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 26 and Psalm 31 Why do we rejoice? The psalmist tells us, His “lovingkindness.” The Hebrew chesed tells us that God’s covenant love for his people is a love that has the texture of kindness. He knows our affliction. He knows the troubles of our souls. He knows the heartache of our … More Lovingkindness — What keeps us going through the pain
We just purchased a house and the boxes we packed in Illinois are beginning to be unboxed and now adorn our new home in South Carolina. With a busy schedule, life unfolds out of the boxes in our garage in slow stages of discovery. Today I found the last box of my over 4,000 volume library and … More I Found Some Old Friends in a Box Today
All of us can identify with the power of encouraging word. Someone spoke into our lives at a particular moment and their encouragement was exactly what our thirsty spirit needed to carry on with a task or to hang on in a relationship, or finish a job that we had begun. But it also works in … More The Power of Discouragement
Day 5 Reading with the Pastor . Matthew 5 and Psalm 8 Day 6 Matthew 6 and Psalm 9 The sermon on the mount stretches from chapter 5:1 to 7:29. It is the greatest sermon ever preached from the greatest preacher who ever lived. It is a masterpiece … More “The False and Confused Language of Our Hearts”
Day 4 “Reading with the Pastor” Matthew 4 and Psalm 7 One year, verses 3-5 of Psalm 7 grabbed my spirit and would not let go. David told God that if there was anything in his heart, anything in his actions that was worthy of the persecution he was experiencing, then let him (his … More When the Spirit Grabs Your Heart