Proverbs 22:6

MISUNDERSTOOD VERSES #4 Upon first read, this one seems to promise that if parents check all the right boxes for raising happy, productive, and godly offspring, then by golly, it's a sure-fired guarantee that their adult children will be pillars of Christian society. No pressure. This verse turns into ammunition for judgement. Christian parent with… Continue reading Proverbs 22:6

John 14:14

Misunderstood verses #3 Misunderstood Have you heard this lately? It's popular with purveyors of the prosperity doctrine who teach that God wants everyone to be healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin is the author of the aphorism "Early to bed, early to rise…" and he may have been a deist, but he didn't pretend to… Continue reading John 14:14

Misunderstood, misapplied, and misused

What do these verses really mean? We humans have a habit of manipulating facts to support what we believe or think. It happens on a daily basis lately--all over the news, social media, and in lively confrontations conversations with friends and acquaintances. It's bad enough when facts are cherry-picked to "prove" a position on social… Continue reading Misunderstood, misapplied, and misused

The Lord is faithful

2 Thessalonians 2:13- 3:17 Times were hard for the Thessalonian believers. To their credit, they loved each other and continued to do good, in spite of their confusion about the Day of the Lord. Paul commended them for their commitment to the Truth, reminding them that the Holy Spirit was working in and through them… Continue reading The Lord is faithful

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 4 starts off with Solomon's distress over oppression and his recognition that humanity would never see the end of it. He saw that power and envy are the root of all oppression. This got me thinking about social justice. It's become a buzzword in our culture with plenty of talk about it, but no… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 4