Secondhand sin ∙

Secondhand sin ∙ When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. – Romans 5:12 Romans 5:15-16  15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But evenContinue reading “Secondhand sin ∙”

Veering off course ∙

Veering off course ∙ Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62 Luke 9:57-62  57 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  58 But Jesus replied, “Foxes haveContinue reading “Veering off course ∙”

The New Silk Road

The New Silk Road Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River. Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200Continue reading “The New Silk Road”

Arguing with God ∙

Arguing with God ∙ Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. – Job 38:4 Job 40:1-5  1 Then the LORD said to Job,  2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”  3Continue reading “Arguing with God ∙”

From waste to wonder ∙

From waste to wonder ∙ Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. – Genesis 2:7 Genesis 1:1-2  1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  2 The earth wasContinue reading “From waste to wonder ∙”

Harps on the willows ∙

Harps on the willows ∙ The LORD said, “I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins. Jackals will make their home there. I will destroy the towns of Judah so that no one will be able to live in them.” Jeremiah 9:11 Psalms 137:1-4  1 Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept asContinue reading “Harps on the willows ∙”

Do the right thing ∙

Do the right thing ∙ So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:17 Luke 12:47-48  47 And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.  48 But someone whoContinue reading “Do the right thing ∙”

When a generation knows not God

When a generation knows not God The people of Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him – those who had personally experienced all that the LORD had done for Israel. – Joshua 24:31 Judges 21:25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people didContinue reading “When a generation knows not God”