by Jennifer Woodley ‘for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard John, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.’ Mark 6:20 (NRSV) Though King Herod was intrigued by John the Baptist’s words and ‘he liked to listen to him’, the hearing made no difference to Herod.
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are bad/foolish people in power? How do I make wise decisions? What do I do when bad things happen to me, because of someone’s unwise (or evil) decision? How can I live a good life?
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.– Sitting at the mountain ledge, staring out into the lake below me, I could feel the heavens declaring the glory of God.
by Aline Edson “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverb 2:6 And yet Adam’s first son, Cain, murdered his brother Abel in cold blood. Gen 4:1-23
“Come here…you have to see this!” I stepped outside into the summer night, “Look!” my husband exclaimed. As my eyes adjusted, I could see a multitude of twinkling lights across the row of backyards. It was dozens of fireflies, flashing on and off, sprinkling the night with magic.
by Tonja Taylor God says many things about words in the Bible and even compares them to apples, as He does in Proverbs 25:11: “Winsome words spoken at just the right time are as appealing as apples gilded in gold and surrounded with silver.”
Outside of arachnophobia, there are thousands of little fears that we carry as human beings. Fears that in reality have a high improbability of hurting us, but regardless, they have huge effects on our actions, thoughts, words, time, habits, money, etc.
by Lupie Riley. Recently while surfing on the internet I came across a video of a policeman washing the feet of a blind, homeless man. This gesture touched my heart and had much to say about humility.
It’s an unlikely verse to trigger such emotion. The signing off of a letter to a friend. But I can feel John’s affection in the words; I relate to his longing to be together. If I had to rewrite them for today, the words would say: “I have so much to say to you but I don’t want to do it over Zoom or FaceTime anymore. For weeks, seeing your faces and hearing your voices was enough, but now I want to sit with you and chat. I want to hug you. I want to be with you in person. That will be a joyful day!”
He overcame the world by His death, He conquered death by His resurrection. This tribulation is bringing financial ruin, emotional stress, physical ailments and death, but remember that Jesus has conquered it ALL. We have to trust in His plan for us and remember His promise :
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”Esther
It’s quite ironic that after I wrote about making rest a priority, all chaos reigned. Things out of my control pressed down on all sides taking power over my time. It’s also ironic that after several weeks of juggling, the message on Sunday was about making rest a priority. Hmmm…Did the pastor read my blog post? LOL. I doubt it! Is God maybe trying to remind me?
It’s that time again, the Roaring 20’s—very special, only comes once every hundred years. During Christmas, an aunt asked me what I see myself doing this coming year? I told her I am not sure, I don’t have 2020 vision