Monday, January 4, 2021

Let them eat meat! Who knew? Humans ate only green plants until after the flood. Then God gave us food from “every moving thing that lives...” I promise, as you read through the Bible this year, you will discover wonderful things.

 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Genesis 9:1-4 (ESV) Bible Gateway link

Friday, January 1, 2021

Since I was a child of divorce, and of my culture, I always thought the Adam and Eve story was fanciful and just a little sexist. Now, while enjoying my successful marriage, I’m open to the idea that my man is missing a rib. I try every day to be close enough to him to make us both whole.

Genesis 2:20-25 -  

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Genesis 2:20-25 (ESV) Bible Gateway link

Thursday, December 24, 2020

A simple thing changed my life forever. In the Psalm below David says, “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love.” Mornings, reading the Bible, I have come to know God, come to know Christ and come to know myself. This great gift can be in your hands. Let God give it to you among all His other bounty.

 Psalm 143:8-10 

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Psalm 143:8-10 -Bible Gateway link (ESV)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Joy to the world! One of my favorite things about the Old Testament is running across a gem like this. The Christmas story predicted with God’s accuracy from ancient texts.

 Micah 5:2-5a 

The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” So the Lord will abandon his people to their enemies until the woman who is to give birth has her son. Then those Israelites who are in exile will be reunited with their own people. When he comes, he will rule his people with the strength that comes from the Lord and with the majesty of the Lord God himself. His people will live in safety because people all over the earth will acknowledge his greatness, and he will bring peace...

-Micah 5:2-5a (GNT) Bible Gateway Link

Saturday, November 28, 2020

We are like dogs returning to our own vomit, letting the world overwhelm us again and again. We just get deeper and deeper into the mire. There is one truth, Jesus Christ, and knowing him is more rewarding than anything the world could possibly have to offer. It is well to keep that in mind at all times. The warning here is dire.

 2 Peter 2:20-22 -  

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

2 Peter 2:20-22 Bible Gateway link (ESV)

Saturday, November 21, 2020