Commendation

Happy New Year to my readers! This is going to be a great year, I can feel it in my spirit! Just a note before I present my Scriptural thoughts. Like all writers and bloggers, I love hearing from people who read the stuff I put out there. Some of you regularly respond with comments,Continue reading “Commendation”

Dayenu: It Would Have Been Enough

This Christmas day I am overcome with gratitude. Our family has welcomed into this world a new child, Autumn Olivia Stitt. Born on a Monday, which according to the old poem means she is “fair of face,” and she certainly is. Perfectly innocent, absolutely loved, a testament to the goodness of God in giving usContinue reading “Dayenu: It Would Have Been Enough”

Power is Not a Fruit of the Spirit

There were several topics in my writing queue this week, but what I was moved to blog about today came spontaneously from a conversation yesterday with my dear friend Charla. She was telling me how touched she was by the new movie about Mr. Rogers, and how inspired by the anointing of kindness and loveContinue reading “Power is Not a Fruit of the Spirit”

How Can There Be Peace?

King Joram demanded, “Do you come in peace, Jehu?”Jehu replied, “How can there be peace as long as the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother, Jezebel, are all around us?” (2 Kings 9:22) The biblical stories of kingly successions in Judah and Israel are not pretty, but replete with political intrigue, generational curses, murder, warfare,Continue reading “How Can There Be Peace?”

Our Boasting

I’ve been reading about the kings of Israel and Judah, and this morning came across a story about King Ahab, the king of Israel, when threatened by one of his enemies, Ben-hadad: “A warrior putting on his sword for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won.”* In the New Living Translation thisContinue reading “Our Boasting”

Receiving Bread from Heaven

The extended narrative of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery and her journey through the wilderness is a deep, rich vein of truth to mine and apply. I’d love to teach a whole course on it, but for now, I will draw your attention, dear reader, to the story of the manna found in Exodus 16.Continue reading “Receiving Bread from Heaven”

As Usual

I came across a most striking passage about the prophet Daniel this week. An exiled youth from Israel, he quickly rose in the ranks of Babylon to become one of King Darius’ top administrators. He made the other bureaucrats look bad because of his excellent skills and impeccable character. They couldn’t find any malfeasance withContinue reading “As Usual”

Faith and Common Sense

“Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into right relation.” (Oswald Chambers) This is worth a thought or two, and even better, an application to the lives we live. Having been a Christ-follower for 35 years, I’ve beenContinue reading “Faith and Common Sense”

A Walker’s Creed

God came walking through the garden in the cool of the day and spoke to his first listeners. I will walk, because he first walked. I will listen for his voice. Enoch walked faithfully with God, until God whisked him away. I will walk away from death and into the whirlwind of God. Noah walkedContinue reading “A Walker’s Creed”

You’re Not Normal

On the journey through Exodus, it doesn’t take long to get to the epic contest of wills between Moses and Pharaoh (Ex. 7-12). We find Moses’ repeated appeals to Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go to the wilderness to worship their God, and Pharaoh’s stubborn refusals, culminating in ten horrific plagues of judgment against Egypt.Continue reading “You’re Not Normal”