Jesus’s Birth, through Four Biblical, Literary Forms

Last year around Christmas, I wrote to affirm the infinite value of re-reading familiar passages of the Bible, like the story of Jesus’s birth in Luke chapters 1 through 2. And this year, I want to also affirm the practice of looking at multiple places in the Bible to increase our joy this Christmas season. I want to structure our brief, very incomplete tour of … Continue reading Jesus’s Birth, through Four Biblical, Literary Forms

Eight Verses to Memorize about Biblical Gentleness

1.) Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. David had many enemies. The Lord not only protected him but also gave him victory over them. Due to this, David became a great man. But what does David thank for his becoming great? God’s gentleness. God’s gentleness brings greatness! There … Continue reading Eight Verses to Memorize about Biblical Gentleness

Three Perspectives for Christian Thankfulness

This Thanksgiving, I plan to embrace thankfulness. I want to be thankful. I do feel a slight resistance, because in the back of my mind I hear: It’s cliché to be thankful around thanksgiving. Everyone does that! That very well may be, but I will not let that voice keep me from the spiritual blessing that comes from practicing a spirit of thankfulness. In light … Continue reading Three Perspectives for Christian Thankfulness

Two Amazing Truths the Bible Says about Itself

I’ve been reading through the book of Isaiah, and there have been many moments where I’ve stopped and thought, Wow. You just cannot read the book of Isaiah without feeling awe for God’s power, shame for humanity’s foolishness and sin, and praise for the Messiah who, from our future perspective, fulfilled the promises Isaiah made about Him. One of the many elements in this book … Continue reading Two Amazing Truths the Bible Says about Itself