Category: Discipleship

Your Shepherd’s Voice

On days, Yahweh is in your face with power and fire. On other days, He seems to be hiding, and the only communication you sense seems to be a quiet, garbled whisper. Further complication comes when He uses another person to communicate with us. Finding the thread through all of that which is like you […]

Witnesses

All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us. Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin […]

We’ll All be Changed

Frequently there is a battle between Yahweh’s desire to change us and our desire for Him to change our circumstances. It is difficult to imagine in the heat of that battle that He really wants to change us and our circumstances, but will only do it in His preferred order – when we accept being […]

Have Faith

Faith is weird. How do you get some? After you somehow find out after something went well that you actually had it (you think), how to you increase the amount of it that you have? What is it, even?? Maybe faith is doing something to prove you believe something. Sometimes it seems like faith is doing nothing, but […]

Rod and Staff

I don’t have lots of confidence in English translators to figure out what David meant by “rod” and “staff” in Psalm 23:4. Sometimes they translate the word they translate here as “rod” in other places as “staff”. No matter… Herders needed one tool with a crook at the end of it to grab an animal by […]

Shared Victories

What is your typical response when your good works are rewarded with evil consequences? Sometimes it seems when that happened to individuals whose lives are recorded in the Book, that the justice they received was not an immediate vindication. In the lives of Joseph and of the 3 friends of Daniel: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (who […]

Growing or Dying

When a basil plant, which has delicious leaves, starts to produce flowers, bees and other pollinators cause the flowers to produce seeds. When the flower has done that, the plant starts to die. The plant thinks that its purpose is to reproduce, so when it has built the engine that can accomplish that – the […]

With or Without Me

Then Jesus replied,  “I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing, and He […]

NO NT

Suppose that you had no New Testament Scriptures. How would that affect your ability to share the Good News? What difference would it make in your daily devotions? What Scriptures would you have quoted on your refrigerator? What Scriptures were the Bereans reading as they first checked to see if what Paul and Silas were saying were true, […]

Yahweh’s Opinion of You

Samuel’s presence apparently terrorized many Israelis because he had great authority and power from Yahweh. When he was sent to find a replacement for Saul to rule over Israel (1 Samuel 16), the elders of Bethlehem went out to meet him. They trembled as they asked him why he was visiting them. Jesse seemed to […]

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