Usually, I don’t remember article ideas or lines in poetry that come to me during the night. If I don’t get up right then and jot them down, they’re gone forever. A few nights ago, I stayed in bed when an idea appeared. Happily, the next morning I recalled the first line and rhyme of a new poem. But does it shine as brightly in the light of day as it seemed to in the middle of the night? Continue reading
Here is one man’s proposed structure of Matthew’s Gospel, based on Matthew’s citations from Isaiah:
- 1:1-2:23 – ‘The virgin shall bear a son’ [Mt 1:23 = Isa 9:6]
- 3:1-4:11 – ‘The way of the Lord in the wilderness’ [Mt 3:3 = Isa 40:3]
- 4:12-7:29 – ‘A great light in Galilee’ [Mt 4:15-16 = Isa 9:1-2]
- 8:1-10:42 – ‘He carried away our diseases’ [Mt 8:17 = Isa 53:4]
- 11:1-12:45 – ‘Bruised reeds & Gentile judgement’ [Mt 12:17-21 = Isa 42:1-4]
- 12:46-13:58 – ‘Hearing and understanding’ [Mt 13:14-15 = Isa 6:9-10]
- 14:1-16:12 – ‘Teaching the traditions of men’ [Mt 15:8-9 = Isa 29:13]
- 16:13-21:11 – ‘The King coming to Zion, gentle’ [Mt 21:5 = Isa 62:11 & Zec 9:9]
- 21:12-25:46 – ‘House of prayer’ or ‘robbers’ den’ [Mt 21:13 = Isa 56:7 & Jer 7:11]
- 26:1-28:20 – ‘Shepherd and sheep’ (& Galilee) [Mt 26:31 = Zec 13:7 & Isa 53:4-6]
Taken from Matthew’s Gospel structure: a Messianic reflection on Isaiah. At the link are explanations of each section.
Whether or not Matthew thought about the structure (a proposal worthy of study), it would make a good outline for a Bible school study.
How good it feels to finish a task! The feeling of accomplishment motivates one with renewed vigor to tackle the next challenge. How much greater it must feel to reach the end of one’s life and be satisfied that the work God has given one to do has been done.
How is that even possible? After saying he has completed the race and kept the faith, the apostle Paul gives us a hint. Continue reading
Chocoholics can’t imagine the time before chocolate. Europeans added sugar and milk to the bitter Mayan drink to make it into a sweet or dessert. Recent evidence on the health value of chocolate gave enthusiasts justification for their devotion. Continue reading
The word of God gives us freedom and strength, not only to walk, but to run. The race doesn’t happen on any road, but in God’s path. Continue reading
Comentators try to tone down Paul’s statement, explain that Luke and others must have been off on missions of their own—and they may well have been—that Paul is making a general statement about the world. The statement continues to be no less shocking. Continue reading
by J. Randal Matheny © 2012
Oh, holy Monday, come to me,
From worlds of waste to time redeemed!
Of you the slackers seek to be free,
First day of labor ill esteemed;
In you, renewed solemnity
To realize the dreams I’ve dreamed.
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The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.
John 5.26 NLT Continue reading
Friday night is probably the worst time to share a poem, even to readers of the exclusive Cloudburst list. But since I’ve delayed for some time, I decided to do the worst and send. Continue reading
When man thinks that he has to arrange his own salvation, the goal is distant and difficult. Many give up because of frustration at the impossible, and others live a false religiosity that proclaims human ability to penetrate the holiness of God.
In contrast with this, the message of the gospel, which consists of salvation by God’s grace, is near and easily embraced. Continue reading