Digging for Gems

“Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand” (Mark 4:9). In public, Jesus taught only using stories and illustrations. His purpose was to conceal the secrets of the Kingdom of God so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled that the people will see but not perceive, hear but not understand and so not […]

Steady Gaze of the True Worshipper

Sometimes in life tragedies happen. We don’t understand why they occur, but they are a fact of life here on earth. We may be tempted to dishonor God by blaming Him for not preventing those tragedies, but that would be a mistake. That would only prove that we lack faith in Him. It would show […]

Leaping Calves

“For you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (Malachi 4:2). One day God is going to arrive suddenly in His Temple to judge His people. “Who will be able to stand and […]

Feces on Faces, yuck!

I will rebuke your descendants and splatter your faces with the dung of your festival sacrifices, and I will add you to the dung heap (Malachi 2:3). Talk about disgusting metaphoric imagery … that’s gotta be in the top five most putrid of the Bible. God can be pretty expressive in His communication style. I […]

Unjust Sacrifice

“The crowd shouted louder and louder for Jesus’ death, and their voices prevailed. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished” (Luke 23:23-25). Jesus lived a perfect, […]

Bloody Prayer

“He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). Lots of people probably consider prayer to be a boring activity. They think of prayer as a religious ritual, some incantation to be chanted once a day. They remember […]

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