Why Didn’t Yeshua Read All of Isaiah 61?

In Luke 4 we read of Yeshua teaching at a synagogue and reading from Isaiah. He reads a few passages from the scroll, folds it up and tells the people that He is the one talked about in that scroll. But He didn’t read the entire scroll- in fact, He left out the part about…

Nice May Not Be Nice

I was riding my bike last week and came to a large intersection. I walked the bike half-way across, and was standing in the yellow safety zone, waiting for the light to change to red so I could safely cross the three lane highway. A car was coming down the left turn only lane, and…

Do What is Right and Not What is Expected

First off, let me say that Irma is no friend of mine!   Nice Irma…..          Nasty Irma….   We have some small and large branches down all around the house (nothing damaging the house or porch), a few roof shingle tabs that blew off (nothing serious) and the large Bougainvillea that…

Reaching a goal is always something to be thankful for

It took me 50 years but I finally made it- today is the day! Actually, today is the last day- of working! Starting tomorrow (although it is technically a “Floater Day” for me) I will be among the ranks of those that receive a payment from the United States government for doing little more than…

Does prayer work?

Unquestionably prayer works. No doubt. Absolutely! Well….most of the time. Maybe sometimes it doesn’t. I guess it depends on what you’re praying for. The answer really is: yes, prayer works, but not all the time. I believe that God hears prayers but decides which ones to pay attention to, which to answer, when to answer…

Pet Peeves

Sometimes you just have to wonder how we ever got this far as a species. I love the word puzzles in the morning- they get my brain started. Today a word puzzle had the answer , “Good mothers have sticky floors, dirty ovens and (happy kids).” Really? I thought the main thing a parent was…

Another day closer, another day further away

Four days left for 2015. Today we go back to work (most of us), Thursday we get off early, and Friday is 2016. Thursday will be 2015, Friday will be 2016: on Friday we will be one year closer to the salvation we look forward to, and one year further away from the opportunities we had…

Thankfulness

Remember one of the first things we learned as children was to say “Please” and “Thank you?” Once learned, we do it so often it just comes out. Unfortunately, when it becomes automatic, it also becomes somewhat meaningless, doesn’t it? God has given us more than anyone on earth ever could or ever will. Despite…

Forget the Past

My undergraduate degree is in History, and one of the things we historians say is that history tends to repeat itself. This is (usually) because people don’t know their own history, so when the same types of events that caused one historical tragedy begin to coalesce once more, people can’t “read the warning signs” of…

Empowered or Enabled?

Although the definition of these words is very similar, meaning to give someone the ability to do something, the connotation (general usage) is that to empower is to help someone do something beneficial for themselves, and to enable is when we allow someone or support them in doing things harmful to themselves. For instance, we…