Posts from November 2023

Posts from November 2023

Many golden buddha statues in the temple

The Heart of Idolatry

Two notable Jewish philosophers who knew the Old Testament very well once concluded, “The central principle of the Bible is the rejection of idolatry.” As we read the narrative of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, we will see that this is certainly true. Israel was charged to reject all counterfeit gods that competed with Yahweh for the people’s complete allegiance, reliance, and trust. The major conflict we see in the Old Testament was Israel’s rebellion against Yahweh, and choice…
Open door on green pastel wall background, Park view out of the door opening, 3d illustration

The Open Door of Opportunity

Rev. 3:8b … “Behold, have put before you an open door, which no one can shut.” This statement of the Lord to the church in the city of Philadelphia in Asia Minor is perhaps the origin of the expression, “an open door of opportunity.” Observing that the Christians who composed this congregation possessed “a little power,” the Lord extended to them the opportunity to use it, though the text does not specify its nature. It suggests, however, that at least…
Hourglass with falling grains of sand

Love is Patient

“This world would be such a better place if it lacked those people.” This is the way I’m tempted to feel when I’m interrupted, when I sense that another person loves themselves just a little too much, when one’s personality clashes with my own, or when someone’s mistake inconveniences me in some way. When my patience is tested by the unpleasantness of those around me, it irks me, and makes me want to just avoid them. However, during these times,…