'Israel' Tagged Posts

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“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…

“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…

HAPPY IN OUR FATHER’S HOUSE

Some years ago there was a gal the news media called “Garbage Mary.”  When police picked her up at a shopping mall in Delray, Florida and took her to the hospital for evaluation, she was a filthy mess.  So was her car. So was her two bedroom apartment. Neighbors told of her scrounging through garbage cans in search of food which she took back to her apartment.  Police…

BACK TO THE BIBLE!

The preacher today will do something he does every Sunday.  He will walk up the pulpit steps, open the Bible, read from it and preach on it as the very word of God. But you must not assume that this is the case in every church or even in the majority of churches across our land.  Let us not be naïve about this. A massive number of mainline denominations deny everything…

LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS

God was no miser to His Old Testament people.  He drenched all of them with grace, an undeserved love that foreshadowed the word and sacraments in which He wraps you and me today.   The pillar of cloud and fire went before them like unto Him who said:  “I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”   They…