We in the West live in a world where freedom of choice for the individual has become the supreme good. As long as my choice doesn’t hurt anyone else, then I have the right to do as I please (or so the libertarian political doctrine seems to read). There are many things we choose in life; and there are many things that we do not choose – we have little control over them.Read More
God or a Golden Piece?
Out of love for his people, God intervened in this difficult political situation in order to avoid a civil war. Rehoboam did not understand that the Lord had caused the division of his people and he himself, could do nothing about it. Through the ages, humans have been too quick to wage war and their motives are almost always selfish.
After hearing the message of the prophet Shemaiah, all the Israelites and Rehoboam accepted the division of the kingdom.Read More idolatry, faithfulness, abundance
A cosmic viewpoint
As I have been writing these notes, and “living” in the world of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, I have been totally caught up in all the anticipation of Jesus’ coming into the world. It reminds me of the excitement of the days before Christmas that I experienced as a child. But in these notes we’re not quite ready for Luke’s Christmas story. There are two other gospel stories to look at first.Read More grace, light, truth
Focusing on Jesus Alone
Photographers and film makers know how crucial it is to focus on the right object to get the right picture. Unless done intentionally, blurred pictures do not communicate well. The Pharisees sent priests and temple helpers (Levites) to John the Baptist, thinking they needed a clearer picture about him, since the people took him to be a prophet.Read More John the Baptist, revelation, Only Son
You Will See Greater Things than These
I enjoy a good book, written in such a way as to whet my appetite, making me eager to discover more and more and the story unfolds.
The future apostles Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip and Nathanael slowly discovered Jesus’ identity. They found out that Jesus was the Lamb of God, the Messiah, the one that Moses and the prophets wrote about.Read More revelation, glory, now
The Best Is Yet to Come
Jesus changing water into wine is said to be a sign by which Jesus manifested his glory. As a result, the disciples believed in him. As we read this passage in John’s portrayal of Jesus, we are left wondering what exactly happened.
John called the miracles “signs,” pointing to higher and better realities.Read More signs miracles, Future
Recounting the Miracles
“Where would we be now?” my husband asked.
I shook my head. We had just spoken to a group of people, giving our “testimony” about how we came to be believers in Christ. It’s a true story of his incredible grace and mercy, a testimony of miracles worked and lives changed.Read More testimony, remembrance