Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 I was incredulous as I stooped to pick it up from my doorstep – a package that threatened to undermine a foundational principle in my childhood instruction. I was taught from a… Read More »#Blessedness Guaranteed
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. Nahum 1:2-3 As adults, we often think of things we did as children and cringe. I am embarrassed to say I was a big fan of a TV comedy called The Munsters. Today,… Read More »We Are Munsters
Fear not, O land;be glad and rejoice,for the LORD has done great things!Fear not, you beasts of the field,for the pastures of the wilderness are green;the tree bears its fruit;the fig tree and vine give their full yield. Joel 2:21-22 Praych It! Have you ever heard somebody praych? That is, have you listened to someone pray and suspected they were really preaching to you instead of speaking to God? It may be that someone has heard us pray that way… Read More »Fear and Favor
“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God?… Read More »Who Knows?
Hear this, you elders; give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers? Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. (Joel 1:2-3) Just when you thought it was safe to go into the wheat field… LOCUSTS! Okay, maybe it will not be a blockbuster thriller hitting the big screen anytime soon, but in ancient Palestine an… Read More »Tell Me a Story, Grandpa
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Psalm 90:14-15 The hit song by the Rolling Stones, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” showed how a catchy tune along with an outstanding performance could overcome even the worst grammar. It also resonated a truth that we find inescapable… Read More »Satisfaction Guaranteed
Biblical Math The tongue-in-cheek sentiment of this fictional letter points out a tendency that we all share. Unless we intentionally guard against it, we forget or ignore the fact that our life is coming to an end. We do not merely live our days; we spend them. At some point we will run out of days to spend. This is not a call to panic but to wise stewardship. So teach us to number our days that we may get… Read More »Biblical Math