The worship leader starts (vv 1-5b) by calling the congregation to enthusiastic praise of God during a new moon festival (the first day of the month) as well as during the full moon (on the fifteenth day).Read More
When I read this I’m overawed by the faithfulness of Paul in his prayers. The Christians there had not come to faith through Paul, and he had not met most of them. Yet he never stopped praying for them.
How often do we allow the pressures of life to become an excuse for our lack of prayer?Read More inclusiveness, prayer, witness
When the risen Christ confronted Saul/Paul on the Damascus road, Paul’s whole life was radically changed. He turned from flushing out Christians in Damascus to kill them, to joining with them in worshipping their God whom he now knew. He turned from hate and rage to love and peace.Read More commitment, life, righteousness, transformation
Listening to the outpouring of someone else’s grief as we do in these verses can be painful and disturbing. The expressions of pain and the horror of the situation grow in intensity, with mothers reduced to eating their own dead children (v 20). Nothing remains of the past; everything is black and hopeless.Read More confusion, dépression, grief, theological questions
The mood changes. The speaker here is a man who in his own personal pain mirrors something of the pain of Jerusalem. The Hebrew word for man here implies a man of strength or valour; this makes his condition all the more moving. It is debated whether he is to be identified with the narrator of the earlier chapters.Read More discipline, hope, judgment, pain, unfailing love