The contrast between the implication of each of these words is momentous. At first glance, both words have a positive connotation. However, within the context of motives and relationship, they differ substantially. To ‘appease’ is: To bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; sootheTo satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuageTo yield … Continue reading Appeasing Or Pleasing?
“I want to live conquered, and not experience a life free of oppression,” said No One ever.We need law, and want liberty. We need authority, and want autonomy. We need others, and want to exalt the self.Can there be any balance between the needs of life, and the wants of life?We see the paradoxes of … Continue reading In Pursuit of a Paradox’s Purpose
In the Biblical account of Adam and Eve, ever wonder how that happened? “Then the eyes of them were opened, and they knew they were naked...” Genesis 3:7a (CSB) How did their perception so radically change?I mean, they had the same body, same skin, etc. It wasn’t like “everything” started sagging and joint pain set … Continue reading Stripped of Glory
"Made" is a fundamental concept for a Christian worldview, and conversation about human identity. How now should we live? How can we live? How do we live? We live in days of uncertainty, but how is it that we can possess peace, a scarce resource, in this world? Can we know that there is a … Continue reading YOU are MADE for…
The human mind gets lots of attention, and with good reason. Human emotions capture lots of attention, and with necessary reaction. But, at the core of the mind and emotion is a force immovable unless the human self allows persuasion. Motivation to act is a direct cause and effect of the human will. Life is … Continue reading Wills at Odds
How did he do it? How did Joseph literally thrive, versus merely surviving, in the life-altering situations he had not ‘signed up’ to be in? What was his secret? He was sold into slavery by his own brothers and he was wrongfully accused by his owner’s lying wife, which landed him in prison. How … Continue reading Thriving Versus Surviving
Emotions give the impression to just appear with a like-minded mood. Actions can be thought through. Moments contemplated. Alternatives evaluated. However, we cannot always control our thoughts; thoughts just happen. The objective of Scripture is to awaken within us new thoughts that shape the trajectory of our heart. In the pages of the Bible, a … Continue reading Thoughts
The lion’s pounce pilfered. The bear’s charge bereaved. The giant’s mockery muted (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Though another king and a son’s hatred kindled the flight into the wilderness, and enemies exploited a nation’s weakness. Though it took many military successes to restore the kingdom, and such wars demanded the temple’s delay. The kingdom’s prosperity rose … Continue reading The Pursuit
God is a sun, to light our life, and a shield to protect. Whether life is challenged by the terrors of night or the brazen wrongs of the day, God will enable us to ra’ah (intellectually observe) His salvation. If faith and truth are figurative to a shield, then trust is the handle by which … Continue reading A Shield, Not a Crutch
Do you ever find yourself wistfully longing for life to be less stressful? Less complicated? Less demanding? Less exhausting? Are you hungry and thirsty for something more? Sometimes we can clearly define that ‘something more’ we yearn for; other times, that ‘something more’ is inexplicable, but its absence is felt. I imagine each Israelite that was a part of … Continue reading Where’s My Promised Land?