The Samaritan Woman: Another Perspective

When all the background information is not given to us in the stories which we read in the Bible, it is sometimes left up to us to speculate based on the societal norms of the day. We can form differing opinions to illustrate a point, and neither one is necessarily correct or incorrect. I sayContinue reading “The Samaritan Woman: Another Perspective”

Psalm 132: Faithful Promises

A lot can be said in regards to Psalm 132. However, the passage I want us to look at specifically is verses 11-12. They read:  The Lord swore to David a sure oath    from which he will not turn back:“One of the sons of your body    I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant    and my testimoniesContinue reading “Psalm 132: Faithful Promises”

Psalm 131: Humility

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;    my eyes are not raised too high;I do not occupy myself with things    too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul,    like a weaned child with its mother;    like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord    from this time forth and forevermore. – Psalm 131 (ESV)Continue reading “Psalm 131: Humility”

Psalm 125: The Sure Foundation of the Lord

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,    which cannot be moved, but abides forever.As the mountains surround Jerusalem,    so the Lord surrounds his people,    from this time forth and forevermore. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest    on the land allotted to the righteous,lest the righteous stretch out    their hands to do wrong. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,    and to those who are upright in their hearts! But thoseContinue reading “Psalm 125: The Sure Foundation of the Lord”

Psalm 122: The Joy of Worship

I was glad when they said to me,    “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”2 Our feet have been standing    within your gates, O Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem—built as a city    that is bound firmly together,4 to which the tribes go up,    the tribes of the Lord,as was decreed for Israel,    to give thanks to the name of the Lord.5 There thrones for judgment were set,    the thrones of the houseContinue reading “Psalm 122: The Joy of Worship”

Childlike Faith

“And He (Jesus) said; ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” – Matthew 18:3-4 Think about the children in your lives. They may be your own children, grandchildren, students, orContinue reading “Childlike Faith”

Ascend: Series Introduction

Emotion. Feeling. Sensation. Experience. What role do these play in the Christian life? We may push away emotion, experience, and feeling as too easily deceived by present circumstances, but the Psalms show us that God created us as emotional beings. Although we should avoid emotionalism, where our emotions drive our view of God, we alsoContinue reading “Ascend: Series Introduction”