John 7:5 Seeing the unbelievable

For even his own brothers did not believe in him. John‬ ‭7:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Imagine those closest to Jesus — his mom, dad, and brothers. Although they initially did not choose to follow him like the disciples, they had a unique front-row seat to observe Israel’s messiah. Jesus’ public ministry to Israel began when he was … Continue reading John 7:5 Seeing the unbelievable

Proverbs 12:16 Emotional maturity

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs‬ ‭12:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Rotherham’s translation says: A foolish man on the same day lets his vexation be known, but he that conceals an affront is prudent. Proverbs 12:16 Annoyance is universal, my agitated response doesn’t have to be. Vexation is such a visual … Continue reading Proverbs 12:16 Emotional maturity

Lessons from the Dust (or Today’s Job)

October 9, 2018 On Sunday, my wife and I met at our good friends’ house, a couple we have known for many years, and commemorated the anniversary of the wife’s struggle with cancer. While listening to her, she said with no uncertainty that it was just recently that she has become self-aware, humbled, and resolving … Continue reading Lessons from the Dust (or Today’s Job)

Inheritance and vulnerability

Then the LORD said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel. Numbers‬ ‭18:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ What does it mean to have God as an inheritance? There is something unique about the tribe of … Continue reading Inheritance and vulnerability

Proverbs 12:13 Daily opportunities

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble. Proverbs‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬‬‬ The order of the Hebrew helps to better understand the phrase: “By the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man.” The word transgression means the violation of a law, or … Continue reading Proverbs 12:13 Daily opportunities

Proverbs 12:12 What do I want?

The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. Proverbs‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬ Or, another translation: The lawless man craves the prey [gain] of the wicked, But the root of the righteous is enduring. Proverbs 12:12 (Rotherham) Man craves. I see and I want. Desire combined with my values … Continue reading Proverbs 12:12 What do I want?