Taking Advantage

Scripture A good man is known by his truthfulness; a false man by deceit and lies. ~Proverbs 12:17, TLB Quote Integrity is the integration of the whole self into one distinct personality. ~Ya’akov “When in Rome, do as the Romans,” is an old adage used of blending into the culture or environment. I guess it …

Sin Fractures

Scripture And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. ~Ephesians 1:10, NLT Quote Christ is the dynamic dynamo that will bring healing to this fractured universe. ~Ya’akov We live in a broken or fractured world. This world is out …

Infinite Energy

Scripture “My Father is always working, and so am I.” ~John 5:17, NLT Quote Jesus Christ has endless energy and boundless strength: He who keeps the church never tires. ~Ya’akov I like Eugene Peterson’s commentary on Ephesians 1:20-23… All this energy issues from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne …

Righteousness

Scripture But now [apart from the Law] the righteousness of God has been manifested…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. ~Romans 3:21-22, NLT Quote There is no greater arrogance than not to desire to be justified by faith in Christ. ~Martin Luther The scribes and pharisees of Jesus day represented the moralist, the …

The River

Scripture Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  ~Revelation 22:1, NLT Quote Everything has a source. ~Ya’akov During my days in New Orleans, I crossed the Mississippi River many times. Huge sea going vessels lined the banks …

Mob Mentality

Scripture Hide me from the plots of this evil mob, from this gang of wrongdoers. ~Psalm 64:2, NLT Quote A democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb. ~Ben Franklin A democracy, which we do not have because our found fathers knew better, is …

Who Is In Charge?

Scripture “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?” ~John 19:10, NLT Quote I AM is in charge! ~Ya’akov The quote is a pun, I am certainly not in charge but the great I AM is! Sink me, there are two puns in …

Water From The Storm

Scripture The earth shook, the skies rained, and the clouds dropped water. ~Judges 5:4, NCV Quote When your parched souls cry out for the Living Water, seek not beneath you but look above. ~Amos R. Wells Today’s text comes from the event in which God gave marvelous victory to Deborah and Barak in their battle …

Words

Scripture “No one ever spoke the way this man does.” ~John 7:46, NIV Quote A word is a thought expressed. ~Ya’akov Jesus is the LOGOS, the living WORD, He is the expression of the mind of God. You’ve heard the expression, “speak your mind,” and this is exactly what God did in Christ, He spoke …

The Age Old Dilemma

Scripture “Look at these men of arrogance; they never have to lift a finger—theirs is a life of ease; and all the time their riches multiply.” ~Psalm 73:12, TLB Quote Every world view depends on perspective. ~Ya’akov Psalm 73 was edited by Asaph but the material is probably David’s. Both David and Job wrestled with …