Ecclesiastes 2: 4: “I enlarged my works; I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself.” Ecclesiastes is the musings of a frustrated man, and here in its second chapter we find out why this formerly great king has come to this. Five times in verses 4-9 Solomon tells of things he did “for myself.” If he had only understood the words of Jesus, “Do unto others”, his last days could have been as great as his first!
“He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive.” (Jn 7:39) Pentecost is about being filled with the Holy Spirit so that in us, Jesus can increase while we decrease. The Spirit is the reason scared disciples came out of hiding and boldly proclaimed the gospel of the Lord. He is the Guide who converted Saul into Paul and made him see that the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. He is the Teacher who made Peter understand that he should not consider
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Eph 6:11) We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in heavenly places. That’s a familiar scripture. The preceding exhortation puts it in context - don’t be deceived by the devil. “Diabolos” means divide into two. It also means slander and destroy. The devil sows division to cause destruction, which is his other name (Heb: Abaddon, Gk: Apollyon), by makin
Psalm 107: 43: “Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things; and consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.” In illustrating the tortuous journeys of various types of people—the loners, the rebellious, the fools, the greedy—the psalmist is careful to include the end of each odyssey that finds the Lord. God is always there in His lovingkindness, to elevate the lives of those who turn to Him and choose to walk His way. Come on, let’s make our recent (and current) journey cou
“Many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his followers.” (Mt 9:10) I’ve heard of teachings misrepresenting God as someone who can’t stand the presence of sinful people. I know that’s not true because Jesus, the exact representation of the Father, showed the opposite. Ironically, it was the not-so-sinless Pharisees who would not go near sinners, who to them were either the quasi-religious Jews or immoral people like tax collectors and prostitutes. They coul