Month: January 2018

Retirement Plans

Somewhere between 20 % and two thirds of Americans’ retirement plans include hoping to win a lottery, depending on who’s poll you trust. 21% of Americans polled believed that buying lottery tickets is a valid wealth building strategy. Current spending on lottery tickets is $62 billion annually. Some people call this industry, especially the portions […]

Yahweh, Shalom

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23,24 Holman Christian Standard Bible®©) […]

Yahweh, Rapha

In Exodus 15:22-26, Moses reported his interactions with Yahweh over drinking water for the nation of Israel. Yahweh spoke to him a promise for any Israeli who would obey Him, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes; for these, He would not inflict any of […]

Sheep Nations

I looked at 18 translations, and all but one translated Matthew 25:31-46 as saying that when Jesus sits as King on the throne of His glory, the nations will be brought before Him to be judged. One translation said “the people of the nations.” Many times in the New Testament, the word “ethnos” is translated […]

Beware the People of Keilah

In 1 Samuel 23:1-14, the story is related of Yahweh instructing David and his 400 man army to go to a village called Keilah, to save them from Philistia. They were obedient, and they delivered the people of Keilah from the Philistines. When Saul heard that David was in Keilah, he sent all the soldiers […]

Causing a Disturbance

C. T. Studd, missionary to China and Africa, said: “Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news […]

Asking for Help

In 2 Kings 1, Elijah was instructed to intercept a group of people who had been sent by the king of Israel to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, about his physical condition, since he had been injured. He wanted to know if he was going to die. Elijah sent him a prophecy from […]

The Cost of Awesome

Being who Yahweh says you are is costly. How ever much you have, usually. If you see an astonishing musician speaking through an instrument or singing beautifully, it generally has cost them their lives up to that point to be there being awesome. A world-class athlete pays for the glory of the trophy with her/his […]

Pecking Parties

When I was a child, my father had about 600 chickens that he kept so that he could sell their eggs. They were not free range, but caged in pairs. When he was a child, his family had chickens free around their home. There were places built for them to roost, where their eggs could […]

Eyes Wide Open

Elisha was the son of a farmer until Elijah invited him to follow him in the work of being a prophet (1 Kings 19:15-21). Elisha became his servant then. When Elijah was taken to heaven, Gehazi became Elisha’s servant. He was not called to prophesy. He seems to have simply been an employee, based on […]

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