'David' Tagged Posts

'David' Tagged Posts

WHAT’S WITH ALL THIS “40” STUFF?

Did you ever notice how the number “40” shows up in the Bible history lessons we learned when we were young? 40 days and 40 nights of rain ushered in the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai receiving the law.  He spent an additional 40 days and 40 nights praying for the rebellious children of Israel after they had thrown God…

“THE BALAAM SYNDROME”

As the calendar year winds down and Advent ushers in a new church year, our thoughts focus on the future.  The Scriptures clearly tell us what awaits those who trust in Jesus and those who don’t. When it comes to the future, one writer describes what he calls “the Balaam syndrome.” You can read about the sorcerer, Balaam, in the Old Testament book of Numbers (chapters…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

The final Sundays of the church year traditionally focus on the final judgment.  In more recent years, this particular Sunday in the church year is also called “Saints Triumphant.”  We think of moving hymn verses such as: For all the saints who from their labors rest, All who their faith before the world confessed, Your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed,  Alleluia! But…

“NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING”

What do the following have in common – the Titanic, Napoleon, Hitler, O.J. Simpson, Saddam Hussein, Bill Cosby, you and I, and Humpty Dumpty? They all had a great fall!  The old saying is: “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”  The Bible echoes that: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18) The Bible gives us case…

GROWTH

Some educators talk about child development as ratchet-based.  A ratchet on a windup spring keeps the wheel from turning backward – it can only be turned forward.   So children grow bigger, never smaller. Vocabulary increases, never decreases. Thinking becomes more complex, never more simple.   This “truism” is, of course, not always true.  The child who was enthused…