Posts from January 2020

My Retirement Prayer

I have finally found a worthy goal for my old age. Ever since I’ve turned fifty, two years ago, my mailbox has been inundated with “senior” advertising. Everything from time-shares in Florida to brochures for Winnebago rentals. Of course there is nothing wrong with investment plans and pre-paid funerals but I don’t want the last third of my life to only be about the last third of my life. So I asked God to grant me only one thing to…

Men and Women of the Bible: Laban

Lesson Twenty-two: Laban, A Deceitful Father-in-law Lesson Text: Genesis 29:1-35 Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Laban. Memory Verse: Genesis 31:7 Lesson Readings: Genesis 24:29-31 Genesis 50-60 Genesis 27:43 Genesis 28:2,5 Genesis 29:1-31:55 Fact Questions: Who is Laban the Syrian? What does his name mean? Genesis 28:5 How came Laban and Jacob to be acquainted? Genesis 29:1-14 Who were Laban’s daughters? Genesis 29:16 When was the first time that Laban deceived Jacob? Genesis 29:18-28 How…

Men and Women of the Bible: Rachel & Leah

Lesson Twenty-one: Rachel and Leah, Which Two Did Build The House of Israel Lesson Text: Genesis 29:15-30:24 Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Rachel & Leah. Memory Verse: Ruth 4:11 NKJV And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in…

The Goodbye Girl

Her mother remembers that even before Julia was born, she was kicking to get out. Today as she leaves for Marine boot camp, we shared another of the many “good-byes” reserved for all parents. It began on that morning at day care when she gleefully accepted the first of many adventures away from us. And now, separations later, we bid farewell once again to a child who has always been eager for a different place, a new space to explore…

Veiled Religion

The ongoing controversy over accommodating Muslim women wearing various head coverings is more debate over religious statements than demonstrating true spirituality. As many Islamic scholars have pointed out, veils are optional and those who choose to wear them do so as a witness of their faith and modesty. Of course, this symbol merely witnesses these things but doesn’t actually prove them. The fact that the wearing of veils and coverings in western society draws attention and causes debate actually defeats…

Men and Women of the Bible: Esau

Lesson Twenty: Esau, A Profane Person Lesson Text: Genesis 27:30-41 Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Esau. Memory Verse: Hebrews 12:16 Lesson Readings: Genesis 25-28:9 Genesis 32-33 Genesis 35-36 Romans 9:10-16 Hebrews 11:20 Hebrews 12:14-17 Fact Questions: Who is Esau? What does his name mean? Genesis 25:25 By what other name was Esau called? Why? Genesis 25:30 What were the main pursuits of Esau’s life? Genesis 25:27 What great men had an influence on Esau’s…

To Be Happy Again

“How happy are the people whose God is the Lord”,¬†David commented during the zenith of his reign as the king of a nation whose heart and soul were devoted to God. How sad it is that there isn’t a leader on earth who can make this declaration today, including here in the USA? America is richer than it’s ever been. It is the only “super” power in the world and it enjoys unparalleled freedom. But America is not happy. We…

Men and Women of the Bible: Jacob

Lesson Nineteen: Jacob, From sup-planter to Prince of God Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for living from the experiences of Jacob. Lesson Text: Genesis 25:29-34 NKJV Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” 32 And…