In Malachi 3:8-9, the prophet of old penned these words, quoting Jehovah: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”
At first glance, the question, “Are you robbing God?” sounds absurd. Yet, from God’s Word, we learn that the children of Israel in Malachi’s day were, in fact, robbing God by failing to offer the proper tithes & offerings. What about us? Can we rob God today? We certainly can, & we often do so in the same ways those Israelites did so long ago. Continue reading
In the book of Exodus, chapter 29, there are three different occasions when God mentions a sacrifice as being “a sweet savor.” “And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the LORD” (v. 18). “And thou shalt receive them of their hands, and burn them upon the altar for a burnt offering, for a sweet savor before the LORD: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD” (v. 25). “And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even, and shalt do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the LORD” (v. 41).
As I read Exodus 29, that phrase, “a sweet savor” caught my attention, and the thought kept coming to mind, “Sweet? To whom?” Continue reading
In John 12:20-21, the following account is given by John: “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” John, by inspiration, records this account of men who desired to see Jesus. They came to Philip, a known follower of Jesus the Christ. Why did they go to Philip? Perhaps it was because they did not feel worthy to approach Jesus themselves, or perhaps because they were worried about how Jesus might react at being approached directly by Gentiles. We really do not know for sure. However, for whatever reason, they did want someone to take them to see Jesus, and they knew that the best person for that was one of His followers. And, even today, many all around those who are Christians are saying, as it were, “We would see Jesus.” Notice… Continue reading
Here’s another devotional just posted this morning:
If you’re not signed up to the devotionals (or my website as a whole), feel free to do that while you’re onsite, since not every devotional gets linked to from here.
Also, be sure to read my editorial from yesterday on Forthright Magazine, “What Everybody Knows About Religion.”
It’s gotten more comments than usual.
And, if your a glutton for punishment, there’s also the poem/prayer posted recently, “O Boundless Love.” (With another coming up shortly.)
I don’t often post links to my writings here, but once in a while I figure your patience can endure my self-promotion.
Two articles have been added to Sandi’s section in the Old Paths Archive:
If you want to read two excellent historical novels set in the first century, do an Internet search on ‘Sandi Rog’ + “The Master’s Wall” and “Yahshua’s Bridge”.
Bulletin Digest published an article of mine in its Oct. issue, from the devo, "The favorite to win loses." The editors are fine people doing a good work. You might consider subscribing, at the link. (Disclosure: I don’t make anything off the recommendation.)
… so you shouldn’t even try. That’s the gist of my editorial today on FMag.
Jesus and John approached their audiences differently, but their message of repentance for the coming Kingdom was the same. People played up their differences merely to discount the messengers and discard their message.
Today I have provided four steps to writing powerful Christian articles that will lead people to God. I share some of what I have learned as a writer and student of human nature to help you grow. Will you join me?
When I go to different events around the country, people who meet me have sometimes heard of me and mention it. Introvert that I am, I’m a bit embarrassed by it, and come back with a joke. So that’s the start of today’s editorial article on Forthright Mag, “Don’t Believe Everything You Hear.”
How do I rest? By taking long walks by myself. It is during these long walks, that I can best reflect on my life, my family, my priorities, and my spiritual goals in life. Some praying is in order as well. It’s also a time when I come up with some ideas for future articles.
No, we’re not talking Olympics or English breeds. Just wanted to share this photo with you. When they delivered dirt to our house this morning, it was brought by two horses and carts, rather than a truck, which would have been expensive for such a small load. So the ancient mode of transport still has its use.
If you’d like to see some of the things I’m up to, check out this article of mine, in English, on a Portuguese-language website for Brazilians about culture and education. I’m writing every two weeks, and often recycling articles I’ve written for other venues. This one is also on my website, but it takes on a different hue surrounded by the Portuguese stuff.
The New Bible Commentary was released in the 60s, then it was updated and called the New Bible Commentary: Revised. I have the former in Portuguese, the latter in English. Then came the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition. This one has now been translated and released into Portuguese. (They skipped the Revised edition.) Here’s my question: anybody know how much difference there is between the original edition and the 21st Century tome? I’m tempted to buy the Portuguese translation, since I like to keep up with such things, but don’t know if there’s too much duplication as to make it still a bit redundant.
Finally! I bopped out my article today at Forthright Magazine, as I sweltered in the heat and fought that wet-rag feeling and mental lethargy that the high temps bring on. You judge if I was successful or not, with Get Out of My Life!.
I’m trying to decide if it’s going to be useful or not, and I got the feed installed on my personal website, but my FriendFeed account is up if you have any use for it. I couldn’t get it to list the Forthright site, however. Perhaps a sign it doesn’t like the Moveable Type software, who knows?
The Daily Nudge asks our greatest joy of late. Mine would have to be having my wife and daughter with me, after a lonely weekend. They went on a women’s retreat and I was left staring at two dogs who wanted their biscuits which I couldn’t find and discovered we didn’t have. Good thing I didn’t get devoured by these ferocious beasts. I’ve taken hits for it, but I’ll say it again: pets ain’t family. So my joy was to have the ladies of my life restored to me.