Consider the Birds

Look at the birds. Really. Take a peak at them. Last week, I was in my front yard and I couldn’t help but notice how the birds were singing, hopping through the grass, pecking at insects, and flying from place to place. At a time where most people were very – and rightly – concerned,…

Pestilences

I noticed this verse as I was studying for today. We’re all likely familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, but I imagine far fewer are familiar with the passage directly before it. “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send…

Some Tips of Livestreaming

Because a bunch of preachers have jumped into the video world while we’re all in exile (lol) I thought I’d share some video tips along with some relevant images: 1. Audio is more important than video, though in these extreme times anything is better than nothing. The easiest way to livestream a video is with…

Faith, Fear, and Prudence!

In the Old Testament, God gave provision for dealing with plagues and illnesses. If one had leprosy or came in contact with a corpse (as well as a few other issues), he or she was ceremonially unclean and had to be separated from the camp of Israel. For leprosy, a person was quarantined until cleansed….

Historical Reference on Church Responses to Epidemics

Interesting historical note. In the early 20th century, Flint River took a break during the flu outbreaks. I also found a historical notes that they took brief hiatuses during small pox outbreaks, when the Flint River flooded, and even due to Union occupation during the Civil War. Should things get dangerous out there (and we’re…

Is God Impressed?

When the disciples commented on the amazing architecture of Herod’s Temple, Jesus wasn’t so impressed (Mth 24:1-2). In fact, His reply was to inform them that not one stone of that structure would be left standing after God sent His judgment on Jerusalem, a judgment that would come in the siege of General Titus in…

Segregated Worship Saddens Me

God never intended families to be segregated in worship. In fact, God disapproves of divisions in worship because Christ is not divided. Therefore, there is “neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female,” but all one in Christ. The simple analogy of the church being the “body of Christ” is enough to tell…

Empathy

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” – Romans 12:15 As a part of Christian life, we’re called on by God to practice empathy. That is to say, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. As Paul wrote, we mourn with them that mourn and rejoice with…

Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous Vs. The Way of the Ungodly

Psalm 1 contrasts for us two paths of life: the way of the righteous versus the way of the ungodly. This chapter describes the characteristics of both ways, and then concludes with the end for each course of life. The way of the righteous is known by the Lord; the righteous have intimate fellowship and…