Archive for the 'Brandenburg' Category

The Incredible Life

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

How do you know when your life is incredible? Wonderful? Is it because you’re getting everything that you want? You have the things you want, the friends you want, and the activities you want? Perhaps your health is good, so you feel good too. In one sense, many people could have an incredible life, if […]

Your Life Is a Postcard

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

When I’m on a trip, I very often think of getting a postcard to send to folks back home. You can’t write much on a postcard, so you think about what’s important. It doesn’t take time to write it, but the little bit that you write can be significant. Your life is like a postcard. […]

The Father’s Business

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The terminology, business meeting, doesn’t occur in the Bible. In Luke 2 Jesus said as a twelve year old in His earthly life, a word supplied by the King James translators, business. Jesus was about His Father’s business, literally “my Father’s,” so His Father’s what? The temple of God, which was the earthly house of […]

Reading the Bible

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:13, Give attendance to reading. Scripture doesn’t say a lot about reading the Bible because at that point, people didn’t have a copy. Some people really read the Bible, and that would be the priests in the Old Testament and then the pastors in the New Testament. In Nehemiah 8, […]

Goals Again

Friday, January 4th, 2019

In Philippians 3:14, Paul said, he pressed toward the mark. In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” He pressed toward the mark and he finished his course. Something was laid out for the Apostle Paul that he was headed for […]

Celebrating Christmas

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

We come around to Christmas again. My whole time as pastor has been questioning of some, not of the birth of Christ, but the holiday. I’m sure the idea is that people don’t want to dishonor the Lord. One year my wife and I did not have a tree, because we were so tiny in […]

Testing

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

One Greek word, peirasmos, and its related words, translate “trial,” “temptation,” “tempted,” “tried,” “test,” and “tested.” The meaning depends on the context, but I want to focus on “test,” “testing,” and “tested.” Testing in the New Testament is only for believers, and communicates at least two ideas: one, testing a believer for the purpose of […]

Rules Versus Relationship?

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Rules Versus Relationship. When people say these three words, as if the two, rules and relationship, contrast with one another, we should understand that they don’t. You can’t have a relationship without rules. Rules are a basis for a relationship as seen in the model for relationship, the relationship between the Father and the Lord […]

Faith Of Our Fathers

Friday, November 30th, 2018

When considering what to write here this week, “faith of our fathers” came to mind, so I decided to look into the song. I think my interest related to a patriarchal society and the attack on fatherhood by liberals or postmoderns, calling the patriarchal society only a social construct, that is, an environmental development, not […]

Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Hebrew, the language of Israel and the Old Testament, has no distinct verbiage of “thanks” or “gratitude.” The verb that is translated, “thank,” is yadah, which is also translated, “praise.” The first use was in Genesis 29:35 by Leah, “I will yadah Yahweh,” when she bore her son, Judah. Yadah is first translated “thanks” in […]