How often have you gotten to the end of one of Paul’s letters and glossed over the various names he brings up? I know that I have. They’re part of the Bible we rarely, if ever, consider. We don’t look to Paul’s words about Tychicus for theological insight. Or consider his greeting to Nympha and the church in her house to discover what truth is buried there? These acknowledgments and the various genealogies seem like the Bible’s “fly-over country.” But even a surface reading tells us something vital for our walk with Jesus. For those not familiar with the term - "Fly over country" refers to those parts of America that folks flying between the power centers on the east and west coasts rarely visit but often view as they fly over. Consider the closing verses of Colossians 4:7-18. T
I recall our first color television set. Our giant RCA black and white was moved upstairs while our new color console from Sears took its place. No remote and only three channels but it was a marvel. Bugs Bunny was so much better in color. One day I looked closely at the picture tube when mom wasn’t watching. She was always telling us to back up from the screen worried that close exposure would hurt our eyes. With my trusty magnifying glass, I examined the tube while Gilligan was inadvertently causing problems. What I discovered where small dots of only three colors, red, green and blue. The principle at work in that old TV is also at work in computer screens, big wall mounted flat panels, and giant electronic billboards. Three simple colors blended to create a multitude of hues and shades
Grandpa Joe loved puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles, 3-d block puzzles, wire puzzles, and just about anything else you can think of. One of the things he brought back from his time in Germany during WWII was a figure puzzle. Essentially, figure puzzles are clay or wooden tiles of different geometric shapes that can be assembled to form larger shapes. With it came a little book, not of answers - that cost extra, but of shape puzzles. The challenge is to assemble each shape without any leftovers tiles. In a way, Paul is now taking all the pieces of the last several lessons on unity and humility to show us two examples of what those look like when all the pieces are in place. Welcome to the sixth installment of Walking Through Philippians. Over the past few lessons, Paul has been encouraging the Jes...
I write this on Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember and acknowledge those who have died while serving in America’s Armed Forces. At some point today the President will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery. The tomb's inscription reads - Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God. Across the country, flags will be placed at the gravesites of those who have served. Many a family will remember the service of those they have lost. But there are some who have no family left to tell their tales or to remember their sacrifice. Yesterday we were going through Grandpa Ray’s house, gathering the trinkets, collectibles, and keepsakes that he left behind. Among them was an oblong glass paperweight with a WWII era photo inside it of a you
The next big question comes at a time of failure. The story of Moses and the Burning Bush is familiar to most of us. For our purposes, we are only going to consider a narrow part of the story, when God asks Moses - “What is in your hand?” “Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—” (Exodus 4:1–4, NASB95) In a way, the staff that Moses was holding wa