Malachi 3:6-10

A tale from India records the chronicle of a frightened mouse.  So terrified is he of cats, he is too afraid to venture out.  So, a wizard agrees to convert the tiny creature into a cat.  Now graceful and stealthy, with his fears removed, he is courageous—until he finds a wild dog chasing after him. In horror, the mouse-turned-cat stops going… [more]

Malachi 3:6-10 Malachi 3:6-10

The Apocrypha, Lesson 7: Judith, Pt. 2

Recap Last week, we learned Judith “put sandals on her feet, and put on her anklets, bracelets, rings, earrings, and all her other ornaments, and made herself very beautiful, to entice the eyes of all men who might see her.”  So, Judith and a servant make their way to the Assyrian camp.   Judith Goes to the Enemy Camp 10:11 As [Judith… [more]

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Isaiah 6:1-7: Holy, Holy, Holy

To gaze on the glory of God in all His grandeur!  In our wildest imaginings, this vision hypnotizes our senses and seizes our hearts.  Such foolishness!  For in our fallen state, we will be devastated.  Every fiber of our being will convulse in terror, with our tongues left stammering.  The glimpse will burn us in a blaze too intense for us to… [more]

Isaiah 6:1-7: Holy, Holy, Holy Isaiah 6:1-7: Holy, Holy, Holy

The Apocrypha, Lesson 6: Judith, Pt. 1

Introduction Judith is work of religious fiction without the pretense of recounting actual history.  The story opens with a fictionalized Nebuchadnezzar making war on an invented King of the Medes, Arphaxad.  The first hearers of Judith would catch this, clueing them in to understand Judith for its religious value.  The real Nebuchadnezzar was… [more]

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John 14:23-31: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word

The word “Pentecost” means 50.  A festival of the Old Covenant, at first, a celebration which took place every year.  Now we understand why so many pilgrims gathered in Jerusalem on the day the potent Wind from eternity graced the people of God. For the Israelites, Pentecost thanked the Creator for the first harvest of wheat.  The day also… [more]

John 14:23-31: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word John 14:23-31: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word