“… AND with free will offerings …” – Thoughts on Ezra 1:4 and Luke 7

“And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:4, NIV)." “... and with free will offerings ...” Rebuilding the temple was something Israel had wanted to do … Continue reading “… AND with free will offerings …” – Thoughts on Ezra 1:4 and Luke 7

The Bookends of the Commandments

“You shall have no other gods before me... You shall not covet your neighbor's ...” Exodus 20:3, 17 ESV Francis Schaefer in his book True Spirituality, claims that the bookends of the Ten Commandments deal with gratitude toward God in the first, and toward others in the last. Jesus said the whole law and the … Continue reading The Bookends of the Commandments

3 Ways to Put ‘Thanks’ Back Into Thanksgiving

Are you prone to seasons of unhappiness or momentary depression?  I found your new drug but you can't get it at CVS or Walgreen's.  If anything those places can potentially make the situation I talking about here worse.  What I'm talking about is not in pill form and is non-habit forming. It's called gratitude. "Don’t … Continue reading 3 Ways to Put ‘Thanks’ Back Into Thanksgiving

How to Put the Happy Back Into Thanksgiving

Are you prone to unhappiness, momentary depression, or even long seasons of despondency?  I found your new drug but you can't get it at CVS, Walgreen's, Amazon, or Target.  If anything those places may make your situation worse.  What I'm talking about is not in pill form and non-habit forming.  It's called gratitude. "Praise ye … Continue reading How to Put the Happy Back Into Thanksgiving