Ephesians 8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." We see that we have not earned God's favor, but that He has graciously accepted us and sees us… Continue reading Understanding God’s Grace: Is It A License to Sin?
Luke 23:32, 39-43 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him... One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence… Continue reading “This Day You Will be With Me in Paradise”
A few weeks ago in church we were reading Psalm 109, which is full of "delightful, lighthearted poetry" such as, "When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin! May his days be few; may another take his office! May his children be fatherless and his wife a… Continue reading Psalms of Wrath
I asked my husband, "If King Solomon was so wise, why did he do such stupid things?" Amith answered, "A man can be rich but still be stingy." Oh. Solomon had oceans of wisdom, but too often he chose foolishness or "worldly wisdom" because it pleased his flesh. Deuteronomy 17:14-17 Laws Concerning Israel's Kings 14 “When… Continue reading Solomon: The Wisest Moron
Psalm 109 has been a subject I’ve been thinking about lately. I may write a blog post about it one of these days.
In the meantime, I’ve been focusing on putting together a couple books, so I’m sorry for posting only sporadically these past few weeks. Please bear with me and pray with me as I continue in this writing journey for The Kingdom.
Those who know this psalm will have no doubt why it is not used in the three-year Lectionary. Those unfamiliar with it will understand upon reading it why it is included as one of my Forbidden Bible Verses.
The great 19th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote:
… it cannot be conceived that this Psalm contains what one author has ventured to call “a pitiless hate, a refined and insatiable malignity.” To such a suggestion we cannot give place, no, not for an hour. But what else can we make of such strong language? Truly this is one of the hard places of Scripture, a passage which the soul trembles to read; yet as it is a Psalm unto God, and given by inspiration, it is not ours to sit in judgment upon it, but to bow our ear to what God the Lord would speak to us therein.
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1 Corinthians 13:4-13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant How do you explain patience clearly? How do you put it into words? The Oxford Dictionary of English gives this definition: patience ˈpeɪʃ(ə)ns/ noun noun: patience 1. the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed… Continue reading Patience
Matthew 10:29-31 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[i] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 9 April, 2017 I was in a deep… Continue reading Fledgling
1 John 5:16-17 16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God[a] will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin,… Continue reading A Call To Prayer For Deadly Sin
Lent is supposed to be a solemn time of repentance and turning to God. But I believe that from the most profound of solemnities springs the deepest of joys. There is no greater joy than walking in relationship with God, and something which will draw us closer to Him is sacrificing our fleshly nature and… Continue reading Myself No More: Rejoice in The Lord
My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to your word. --Psalms 119:28 Some family friends had a bee infestation in their attic. When the exterminator came and killed the bees, he gathered quite a bit of honey which our friends gave to us in a jar. It was such a sweet gesture, and the… Continue reading Honey Bees Vs. Roaches: The Importance of The Bible