The Lord is a Refuge

The Lord is a refuge to his people.  Even though biblical scholars argue over the exact time when Joel prophesied, one thing is sure.   The Israelites were in bad shape.   They had been led astray by neighboring peoples and had embraced their false idols and unjust...

Set Me Free

I shall return to my home from which I came.  We have all experienced it.   The frustration of a besetting sin or a difficult relationship dynamic that keeps popping up.    Just when we think we’ve got it licked, a stronger temptation arises, or an upsetting...

Open my eyes

How much more will the Father in heaven give . . .  If you have any doubts about “love at first sight,” just ask parents about the first time they laid eyes on their children. Holding your newborn for the first time is an overwhelming experience.   The long wait is...

Teach me your compassion

. . . not to mention the many cattle.  Doesn’t this read more like the punch line of a joke than a verse from the Bible?   Here God is, explaining to Jonah why he had compassion on the people of Nineveh, and his argument hinges on . . . cows? What makes something...

Come be my Guest

Mary has chosen the better part.  Have you ever thrown a party and been so preoccupied with keeping the punch bowl filled that you missed out on enjoying the company of your guests?  That’s what happened to Martha! Hospitality has always been central in Middle Eastern...

Stop Running Away

Jonah made ready to flee . . . away from the Lord.  Have you ever been in a store or a crowded park and seen a small child making a beeline away from his parents?   More often than not, the parents are right behind, following that child just as stubbornly as he is...

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