Tag: obedience

Wednesday of Trinity 13 – Matthew 2:13-23

ShareMatthew 2:13-23 I am amazed and humbled again at the obedience of Joseph.  Now it’s true that Joseph was especially privileged to have heard angels speak to him in dreams, upon several occasions.  Yet he still had to obey.  And if it’s true that Mary was perpetually virgin, which has implications for Joseph’s sex life, […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 9 – Romans 2:17-29

ShareRomans 2:17-29 Paul makes an interesting contrast in Romans 2, a contrast that would have been not only interesting but also shocking to 1st century Jews.  His contrast is between true Jews and false Jews, in essence, but those he counts as “true” Jews are not necessarily the religious or ethnic Jews.  Paul’s shocking contrast […]

July 26, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Friday of 1st Sunday after Trinity – Acts 10:24-33

ShareActs 10:24-33 I can tell today’s lesson in one word: “obedience.” Thank you very much.  Now we can all go back to our jobs in peace, having accomplished the world’s shortest Bible devotional. Eh?  What’s that?  Oh, there’s something more that should be said about this? In the grand scheme of things, Acts 10 is […]

May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity Sunday – Acts 8:26-40

ShareActs 8:26-40 “’Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This is desert.  So he arose and went.” “’Go near and overtake this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’” Do you […]

May 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Easter 4 – Ephesians 6:1-9

ShareEphesians 6:1-9             There is a person who is above you, and you must obey him, even when you don’t want to. Be honest: what’s your first response to such a statement?  As a good modern or American, you might be offended.  You might get red in the face and arm yourself to defend your […]

April 24, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of 2nd Sunday after Easter – 1 Peter 4:1-6

Share1 Peter 4:1-6 THWACK! ! ! Do you know what that sound is? It’s the sound of one of God’s cosmic “spankings.”  Though our first instinct is naturally to cry, it’s a cosmic mistake to misinterpret one of God’s spankings.  So let’s get rid of a few misconceptions about God’s spankings right here and now.  […]

April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Epiphany 2 – John 4:27-42

ShareJohn 4:27-42 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” If you’ve read the New Testament enough times, this saying may be familiar to you.  It may, regrettably, be so familiar to you that little meaning remains in it for you. But when Jesus says in […]

January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

December 31 – Hebrews 3

ShareHebrews 3 Good day, partakers of Jesus Christ!  Partakers, that is, if you hold the beginning of your confidence steadfast to the end and if you do not depart from the living God.  But I am persuaded of better things for you. God has called you to be a partaker of Jesus Christ.  If you […]

December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the 21st Sunday after Trinity – 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Share2 Timothy 1:1-14 I want to discuss predestination and free will this morning. There – that ought to wake some of us up! All throughout St. Paul’s incredible opening to his second letter to Timothy he asserts, side by side, two fundamental truths of life in Christ.  First, your salvation, your faith, and your good […]

October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the 18th Sunday after Trinity – James 4:1-12

ShareJames 4:1-12 In the beginning of Chapter 4, James unveils the lowest layer, the very foundation, of our spiritual warfare: it is the battle within each of us between pride and humility.  All throughout the Bible, the two paths a man may walk are presented in terms of a binary choice.  In Genesis 3, it […]

October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments More