The Name No One Knows

Revelation 2:17 is an encouragement.  To him who overcomes, I (Jesus Christ) I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name on it, known only to him who receives it.   I believe people long to be sympathetically understood.  I do.  A frequent attitude … Continue reading The Name No One Knows

Surprising Result

Colossians 1:11 leaped out me . . . flashing like a neon sign.  It reports a surprising result.  What would you expect from “. . . being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might?”  With all that spiritual fire-power (“strengthened with all power” and “according to His glorious might”) I would expect that … Continue reading Surprising Result

Forced From The Ideal

Leadership is never easy.  It wasn’t for Moses.  It won’t be for us.    The Ideal   Twice in Matthew 19:1-12 our Lord called the discussion back to the ideal, saying that marriage was permanent. One man, one woman, for life. That was the ideal;   what God intended from the very beginning of civilization and what … Continue reading Forced From The Ideal

Canary in the Cage (Philip’s Funeral)

I laughed until the tears rolled down my cheeks, insisting that I wanted a square hat like the Anglican clergymen who officiated at Prince Philip’s funeral.  I also told my son that a cape like another official wore would make a grand birthday present.  Credit: Allan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons I … Continue reading Canary in the Cage (Philip’s Funeral)