174. Top of the list

Yes, I know.  It is that time of the year again.  The list is made. All the wonderful resolutions for the year.  What do they call it now?  – resolution dining.  Diet is so last year.  Even when all the plans and good intentions of last year this time have failed miserably or maybe worked…

173. Future time – let’s look forward

[New Year 202] Indeed, it is that time of the year again. Christmas is over and we enjoy the lull of activities before the storm of responsibilities of a year ahead put us back into bustle-mode.  The days after Christmas are our opportunity to calm down and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction over the last year…

172. Is this what we look like?

[Christmas 2019] We are such visual people, and rightly so. It does matter how things look. Decorating is important.  We break down to build better, design and decorate to adorn our environment and ourselves.  I find much pleasure in the creative and artistic of this world. Christmas is an opportunity to go overboard.  A bit on the…

171. Who then, Oh Jerusalem?

So many of the prophecies of the Old Testament were written as poetry.  Every so often one detects some of it in the English translations, even though the words are so unlike ancient Hebrew.  The laments over Israel’s backsliding and hardened hearts, move the reader to tears and expose the heart of God for his…

170. Put the jar in its place

I realize I am rambling on about jars and vessels, assuming you all have read the Old Testament stories that I heard at my mother’s knee.  She was a real storyteller.  If she told you the story of a book she read, there was no need for you to read the book – it will…

169. The jar remains full

It is a privilege to talk about the highest principles of life.  It is the marvel of the Bible.  I appreciate the theologians and apologists and other academics of various disciplines and love to listen to them.  I thank God for them.  They study the big questions; those that David says he avoids (Psalms 131:1). There…

168. Longing for the mystery of magnificence

Today I feel like writing a letter to all of you. I want to share my heart on something that I have not acknowledged to many people.  I feel like revealing a part of me that is usually hidden, maybe for a long time even from myself.  It was only when I read a piece of…

167. Powerful principles for heavenly living

We cannot walk away from Philippians – yet. I read again and realized the rich treasure still unlocked in those words.  It is easy to plan a short series – four pieces on four chapters.  It sounds so logical.  It is the second chapter that draws me back.  Words of encouragement and glory about the principles…

166. The purpose of life is peace

One would think one is prepared for death. It is after all the only sure thing of our existence on earth.  Especially the death of a very old person.  A lengthening of her long, full life that has been in recent years reduced to a small world with only limited pleasure, would have been illogical and…

165. The power of excellence

Greater, more, deeper – we walk on through Philippians. We talked about the character of the One who makes the promise,  the purpose of our decision to know God in the fullness of the resurrection of Jesus so that we could rise from the dead even in this life, and now we can talk about the power that…