Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 7 July 2020

After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. 1 Peter 3:19-20 (NIV). These two verses are deeply mysterious.   In the end, we don’t really know specifically what Peter was saying.  He’sContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 7 July 2020”

Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 12 March 2020

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:9 (NJKV). The peace of God is with us. Starting in verse 4, Paul blesses his friends with the peace of God that surpasses our understanding as they display gentlenessContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 12 March 2020”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 1 November 2018

He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.  1 Timothy 3:7(NIV). Let’s talk about reputation.  Paul is talking about an overseer, an elder.   He’s saying that the people selected as elders must be people of good repute.   They must be upstanding citizensContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 1 November 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 31 October 2018

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does notContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 31 October 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 17 September 2018

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith:  Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  1 Timothy 1:1-2 (NIV). I’m no Apostle Paul; perhaps neither are you.   Yet our purpose here is theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 17 September 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 10 August 2018

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NIV). Why should we hold onto teachings of a bunch of old, dead, white guys? That’s a refrain you hear a lot in our popular culture theseContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 10 August 2018”

Practical Proverbial, about Santa Claus, 12 November 2017

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  Acts 20:35. Giving makes us better people.  Churches that ask for tithes know this.   Your manager at work knowsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, about Santa Claus, 12 November 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 31 October 2017

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.   Hebrews 13, verse 1. If you’re a protestant follower of Jesus, then today is a special day.   Five hundred years ago this very day, an obstreperous monk named Martin Luther put his life on the line and challenged the church to a debate.  A professor, LutherContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 31 October 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 26 January 2017

And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:  “You are a priest forever, in the orderContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 26 January 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 16 November 2015

Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” Mark 12, verses 10-11. Verse 11 is a quote of Psalm 118, verse 22.   Word for word, Christ uses this ancient hymn of prophetic thanksgiving to declareContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 16 November 2015”


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