Isaiah 55:10-13: Like Rain and Snow

To live in the ancient Promised Land required faith.  Oh, its description as a place of milk and sweet honey rang true, for its country fed livestock, sheltered bees, and produced bountiful crops.  Nevertheless, without rain, soon, the soil hardened and cracked into a shriveled and depleted landscape.  Other places didn’t demand as much faith.  […]

John 20:19-31: Forgiving and Retaining

What is the Word of God?  Like the Trinity, consisting of Father, Son, and Spirit, the Word is three, yet also one.  Though not an exact comparison, the Word first stems from the One, who became flesh and tabernacled among us (John 1:14).  So, this Word is first the incarnate Jesus. From Christ, the written […]

Jeremiah 1:4-10: Uproot to Plant

Jeremiah writes, “The Word of the Lord came to me.” He’s describing his call to preach. For a man doesn’t call himself to be God’s preacher. “The Word of the Lord came to me.” The Lord deals with us through His Word. He doesn’t let us choose what His Word says, so we can tell […]

Luke 8:4-15: The Parable of the Sower and the Four Soils

When we say, “The Bible is the Word of God,” we mean that it originates from God. After all, God the Holy Spirit inspired various writers of old to put words to parchment. And the Holy Spirit inspired His Church to copy, preserve, and collect those writings into what we, today, call the Bible. But […]

The Transfiguration of Jesus: 2 Peter 1:16-21

We love lights.  The glow of lights often points us to where the people are, where the conversations are flowing, and where merriment is to be had.  And so by association, many of us like the glow of lights and the feelings they stir within us.  Just think of people’s attraction for Las Vegas–it’s not […]