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…

164. The purpose – our trademark

We have to know the character of the God who makes the promise.  We also have to know why we get involved with him in the first place.  It is fine to say God is good, but why does He care about me and why should I respond to him at all. Religion is not…

163. The One who promises.

One has to know what the essence of life is. To know is to be enabled to trust. One cannot trust anybody or anything. Life is difficult as it is.  Crime and fraud are lurking in the shadows waiting to strike at our weakest moment to rob and cheat.  Could we trust anybody in this universe that we…

161. Let’s talk politics.

One of life’s most daring challenges today is insight and revelation knowledge.  We cannot afford to live in a superficial, tossed-about one dimensional life. Our existence on earth is so rich in beauty, rich in experiences, trials and potential, but also full of misery, destruction and disease.  Where is God in all this? When life overwhelms…