Educate Yourself (Page 2)

A Reasoned / Reasonable Hope, 1

Civil conversation is on the endangered list in our culture; it’s perilously close to extinction.  There are those who refuse to discuss issues, choosing to remain comfortably numb: in their apathetic or fearful silence they are complicit in the difficulties and/or evils of society.  Others are arrogant and see interaction as competitive with the goal…

A Prophet in the Midst

Ezekiel, whose name means “strengthened by God,” was both a prophet and a priest who ministered to the nation of Israel while they were in captivity to the Babylonian Empire.  He was a contemporary of Jeremiah and Daniel.  Along with Jeremiah and the apostle John [in the book of Revelation], he was told to “eat…

A Messiah Poem

Rescued, snatched, delivered from the dominion of darkness. Transformed, translated into the brightness and radiance of Christ’s kingdom. We experience and enjoy forgiveness of sins! In Jesus we see the God we cannot see. We see in Jesus God’s original purpose for all creation; visible and invisible, height and depth, authorities and powers. He was…

The Just Shall Live by Faith

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a well-known discourse on men and women in the Old Testament whose lives were defined and characterized as being faithful to God. The phrase “the just shall live by faith” is found four times in the Scriptures.  The first occurrence is in Habakkuk 2:4.  Then it is found three…

A New Kind of Human

I’ve heard about your trust in Jesus, our Master.  And I know of your outpouring of love to all of His followers.  I cannot stop thanking God for you; it provokes me to remember you in all of my prayers.  This is what I ask for you… I pray that the Father of our Master…

Truths and Treasure

In the previous post, “Symmetry and Sanctuary,” we explored some of the unique features of Psalm 119; the synonyms describing God’s word, the acrostic nature of the Psalm based on the twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, actions that one could take as a follower of Christ, and the various pleas and prayers of…

Symmetry and Sanctuary

The longest of the Psalms is also the longest chapter in the Bible.  Psalm 119 stands as the Everest of the entire collection.  Its author is uncertain, but David or Ezra or Daniel are reasonable possibilities.  More than 20 of the 176 verses suggest that it was written under great duress.  The overarching concept though…

The Evolution of Revelation, Conclusion

When you go through Scripture, you discover that the Word of God is going through you.  You see the designs and the connections and the purposes of God evolve and revolve and weave and wind together for you to recognize and respond to the infinite.  Themes and concepts, words and phrases and whole chapters, the…

The Evolution of Revelation, Introduction

Take any book of Scripture to spark your own evolution from reading the revelation of God.  Simply begin to read it from start to finish, creating your own method of discovery as you proceed.  Perhaps begin by underlining or highlighting those verses in each chapter that impact you the most.  As you move through God’s…

Burning Hearts

There is an interesting section of Luke’s gospel that provokes the reader to enter into what is taking place (24:13-32).  Two travelers are on the road to Emmaus which, according to tradition, is about 7 miles northwest of Jerusalem.  The knowledge of Christ’s crucifixion 3 days earlier was known by all in the region, and…