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
Know What You Believe
Entering into this year I sensed God calling me (and our church) to “dig deep and lay strong foundations of faith.” In response to that prompting we have committed ourselves to a diligent study of God’s word, to know what we believe and why we believe it. When Paul came to Berea he found a group of people who not only received the word he brought, but also examined the Scriptures for themselves. As a result, many people placed their faith in Jesus Christ. …for they received the word with great eagerness,… 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