Read Reflect This is a psalm of lamentation, but it is also one of anticipation and celebration. It’s always so interesting how often all three sentiments can coexist, in both poetry and our daily lives. The psalmist is speaking from a place of dissatisfaction and sorrow. He is homesick and longs to be rescued. Yet, […]Read More
Read Reflect All too often we want people to know our accomplishments in order to gain acceptance into certain circles, satisfying our ego and solidifying our social status. It’s a pride-filled exercise that, while possibly putting us in places we wish to be, we should be wary of. Jesus warns that everyone who exalts himself […]Read More humility, pride, recognition
Read Reflect No, you’re not suffering from déjà vu. This passage is essentially another account of the events that were described in Jeremiah 39. What is new here is the description of the looting of the Temple. The Babylonians looted all the precious objects from the Temple. The silver and the gold could presumably be […]Read More God’s love, justice, obedience, punishment
Read Reflect I grew up traveling with my missionary parents, studied cultural anthropology in college, and visited almost every country on earth by my 50th birthday. One thing remains – nothing ever changes. You see, we might think that wars, economics, politics, religion or technology have changed our world significantly. But the truth of the […]Read More confidence, perspective, veil
Thanks to media and the ubiquitous access modern technology has provided us, we are more quickly connected to unfolding catastrophes than any other time in our history. This passage is an unexpected, but strong “go to” in the midst of tragedy.
While we weep for victims of senseless violence or unfathomable persecution, we can know that those who have Christ have hope.Read More hope, light, suffering, unseen
Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany once quizzed his schoolchildren on the three kingdoms of natural objects in order to test their knowledge. One little girl identified an orange belonging to the vegetable kingdom and a piece of gold to mineral, but when the Kaiser asked the question that faces all humanity—which kingdom she belonged to—her reply caught him off guard.Read More eternity, kingdom