What Are You Chewing On?
Have you ever watched a cow eat? The longer you watch, the more entertained you are. She bends her neck to the ground, grabs a clump of grass or hay, uses her tongue to position the food in her mouth, and starts chewing in a motion that is as much “round and round” as it is “up and down.” Then, after a long time of chewing, you think she’s finally finished. She pauses for a bit, but then starts chewing again. Part of a cow’s digestive process involves the cow chewing, swallowing,… Read More
Wisdom Comes One Bucketful at a Time
This month I am reading the book of Proverbs for my daily devotion time. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, which makes it easy to read one each day. Today I read a verse that Hs taught me for many years. “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:5 NKJV There are some people who have deep wells of wisdom. It’s more than mere knowledge and information; it is practical wisdom for real life. Some of it was learned… Read More
Pay Attention to the Doorposts
Sh’ma Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad. Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Next time you enter a Jewish person’s home or business pay attention to the doorway. You will likely see a small, decorative ornament called a mezuzah. Inside of that mezuzah is a small scroll of paper with what is referred to as the Shema (sh-MAH) – the Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:5-9, which begins with the Hebrew word Sh’ma. The mezuzah serves as a physical reminder for Jewish people – every time they enter or leave… Read More
Tolerance and Truth
Truth is polarizing. It can be rejected or accepted, but it will not be affected one way or another- it will still be truth. Many people, over the course of thousands of years, were moved by God to write letters, historical accounts, prayers, songs, poetry, or prophetic messages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the compilation of which we refer to as the Holy Bible, God’s word. Two examples are Jeremiah, the Old Testament (weeping) prophet, whose unenviable job was to confront Israel’s sin and rebellion; and John, the New… Read More
Which Bible Translation Should I Use?
With so many translations available, and more being published every year, many people wonder which translation they should use. The truth is there are many translations that are well worth reading. My practice is to use a different translation each year for my personal devotion time. Using a Bible app is an easy, inexpensive way to explore different translations. Having said that, not all translations are as accurate as others, and some, frankly, should be avoided. The Bible is a compilation of books, letters, and accounts penned over the course of many… Read More