I watched a video yesterday which I found very helpful. The topic was how to deal with things that disturb the peace in your life. The peace that passes understanding and that I wrote about last month when I was suffering through renovations. Before I get to my point let me recheck my words- 'suffering through renovations....' … Continue reading Say Thank You
Wake up, fair Zion; dress in your strength. Put on your most elegant clothes, O Jerusalem, holy city. Isaiah 52:1a Isaiah says 'clothe yourself with strength. (I have the first line of a song with those words ringing in my head). Get dressed, pick up what you have been given and put it on. Elegance and strength don't … Continue reading How to Dress Part 3
As I sit this morning considering what to say - and my mind is full of so many things - the words 'closer and deeper' won't go away. Psalm 84 isn't today's reading and I wrote about it the first time it came around this year but, although the words are very familiar, this time … Continue reading Closer
I mentioned the other day that I love Paul's letter to the Colossians, It was my daily reading a week or so ago and one verse has remained with me demanding I write about it so here goes. 7 Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. … Continue reading Foundation
As I was writing yesterday I got to thinking about clothes and people. Not unusual considering my topic but I was thinking about the logistics of 'tailored to fit'. I have said that the clothes God has for me fit perfectly. They are the ones I was made for - and that's the crux of … Continue reading Who Changes Whom?
It's been a while since I wrote here, somehow I got distracted and am now buckling down to remind myself that this is not a chore but a privilege that I love. I say 'somehow' but I do know what happened - life happened with the usual curveballs it can throw. However, I had made … Continue reading How to Dress Part 2
For Israel has forsaken me and turned this valley into a place of wickedness. The people burn incense to foreign gods—idols never before acknowledged by this generation, by their ancestors, or by the kings of Judah. And they have filled this place with the blood of innocent children. They have built pagan shrines to Baal, and there they burn their sons as sacrifices to Baal. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing! (Jeremiah 19:4-5)
Relate: Baal and Asherah are often paired in the Bible when the prophets are condemning idolatry. Baal was in many ways a catch-all phrase representing various local gods but in the writing of Jeremiah Baal very specifically refers to Hadad and his consort Asherah (or the Queen of heaven). Hadad and Asherah among other things, are…
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What he said.
Two Sundays ago, I preached Nehemiah 3. It’s a chapter that lists the various men and women who rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. Here’s a taste:
“…Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph repaired opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah repaired. Malchijah the son of Harim and Hasshub the son of Pahath-moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens…” (Nehemiah 3:10-11)
And more of that. For the entire twenty-seven verses.
As the congregation surveyed the chapter beforehand, I’m sure many were thinking: Is Pastor Chad really going to preach on a chapter of obscure Hebrew names? It’s one of those chapters that you normally skip during your devotions, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Don’t lie.
This is no lie. My very first week as pastor–fresh out of seminary, no experience–I preached a genealogy from Matthew chapter 1. It may have been…
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You'll have to forgive me if I seem obsessed by this need for peace - but somehow I doubt I am the only one who is struggling with this issue. Since I wrote about the need to see better I am going to say that I am in fact seeing better. I am recognising the thoughts that … Continue reading Stayed
7 And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. Philippians 4:7 Oh, how I need this verse today. No details necessary because the details aren't important. It's my response and attitude that is the problem. … Continue reading See Better