Fear and its Antidote

Mark 4:35–5:1"On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, 'Let us go across to the other side.' And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat,... Continue Reading →

Abiding In Christ

Instructed to Abide Jesus explained to the disciples that their ability to bear fruit depended on their proximity to him and his teaching. Using the metaphor of a vine and its branches, He instructed them to “Abide (Jo 15:4 (μείνατε - remain, stay) in Me, and I in you” (Jo 15:4). Just as abiding in... Continue Reading →

Covering Evil

πρὸ πάντων τὴν εἰς ἑαυτοὺς ἀγάπην ἐκτενῆ ἔχοντες, ὅτι ἀγάπη καλύπτει πλῆθος ἁμαρτιῶν, 1 Pe 4:8. (Novum Testamentum Graece). The word ‘covers’ in 1 Peter 4:8 is a translation of the Greek verb καλύπτει (kaluptei) which is the present, active, indicative, third person, singular of the verb καλύπτω (kalúptō) the basic meaning being ‘to cover.’ ... Continue Reading →

The Battle for the Mind

'Proverbs' (מָשָׁל mā·šāl) means 'comparison' Proverbs 10:23–25 (NASB) 23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding. 24 What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But... Continue Reading →

The Fool in Proverbs

The word ‘fool’ is mentioned some 94 times in Proverbs in the NASB. The English word fool was used by a majority of translators for what are actually four different Hebrew words. Each has a slightly different emphasis as it is used in the context, describing a person devoid of wisdom and his (or her)... Continue Reading →

God’s Greatness

God’s greatness is on display throughout all creation: His creative power and genius are evident in ‘the works of His hands’[1], His great and abundant generosity are exhibited in His desire to “freely give us all things,” [2] and most clearly and unmistakably of all, His greatness and goodness are manifested by His marvelous grace in the salvation which... Continue Reading →

Finding the Way

If God embodied both good and evil, yin and yang, in a duality of opposing or complimentary absolutes, eternally competing for supremacy to form an ersatz harmonious balance, how could we tell his ethical children apart? If the same admixture of natures was given in his image to be a part of who we are, how would we... Continue Reading →

Times Of Trouble (part 2) What Job Lost

I was tramping around down by the creek that runs at the back of our property in mid-March of this year and was surprised to discover a sudden hint of green amidst the dismal shades of brown and tan comprising the late winter landscape. The ground was still frozen as the temperatures had hovered below... Continue Reading →

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