In the Valley of the Shadow

I was reading through Judges chapter 7 the other day and noticed a curious detail.  A detail I had read past many times before; a detail that seems almost insignificant.  If you recall, this is the story of Gideon.  In chapter 7 Gideon has gathered his army and they are looking down at the sprawling Midianite army.  God tells him to whittle his group down and in doing so Gideon ends up with only 300 men.  That night … Read More

Just a Boring Blog Post

This week or the next our Friday Bible study (9 pm eastern on TeamSpeak) will shift its attention from Genesis to Exodus.  We won’t be spending near as much time in Exodus (or the rest of the Pentateuch for that matter) as we did in Genesis.  I thought with this post I would go ahead and outline the general direction of the study: While there are many ways to approach and outline any book of the … Read More

The Gift of You

Psalm 139:14a I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Notice that word “wonderfully”. It comes from the Hebrew Pala, which means: to distinguish – put a difference, show marvelous, separate, set apart, sever, make wonderfully. Now notice the defining words: distinguish, put a difference, separate, set apart. In other words, you are unique. But not unique in a ‘not as good’, ‘less than others’ or some other negative way. God didn’t make … Read More

It’s Just a Game – Right?

For most of us it is.  Many of us are dealing with things more important that help us keep our leisure activities (specifically gaming) in perspective.  The human psyche can only handle so much worry before it snaps and so, as we go through life, we learn to prioritize what is worth getting upset about and what is not.  Others don’t quite have that perspective yet, and we’ve all run into them in-game. But what if it is more … Read More

Worthy

Jesus taught us many important things in different ways; in both word and deed.  Even actions that don’t seem significant to us today, would have spoken volumes to his contemporaries.  Including how he chose his disciples.  Much of renaissance art has given us the image of a young to middle-aged Jesus surrounded by older, grey-bearded disciples.  Nope, forget that.  And we, of course, look to these twelve as the Christian superstars.  If only we could be … Read More

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