Have you ever watched the Tour de France? Packs of bicyclists power through the mountains in Europe, often topping speeds of 70 mph on their descent. This can make for horrific crashes when a cyclist misjudges a curve, slick road, or the distance between him and the cyclist (more…)
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.”
Psalm 128 NIV
I will never forget a sermon from this passage of scripture I had the privilege of sitting under years ago. As I write I am remembering it may have been like twenty years ago!
WOW! Where has the time gone?
In Biblical times, the elderly were crown jewels of the family. Grandparents and great-grandparents were greatly respected and sought out for their wisdom. In fact, Leviticus 19:32 parallels respecting the elderly and revering God.
You can’t really get any higher than that.
Ironically, in twenty-first century America, we don’t see that level of respect much, especially when an elderly person goes into a nursing home. Placement in a nursing home is often necessary, but ask any nursing home staff, and they will tell you many of their residents seldom have visitors. Imagine the atmosphere in a nursing home if friends and families (more…)
James 3:1-12 is an iconic lesson for us all. Just about everyone knows this intense letter from the half-brother of Jesus. What is there for us to take away from these jam-packed verses? (more…)
What Good Is It?
I have a love/hate relationship with the book of James.
He just gets in my business, keeping the zingers coming with talk of being a self-proclaimed righteous person. In fact, in chapter 1 he tells us that true religion is to look after orphans and widows and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (1:27.) I usually only hear the first part of that verse quoted, since none of us wants to admit we have (more…)