Tag: fear

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.19.2020

The current sermon series at our church is entitled Going Deeper: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality! The challenge to take care of my own stuff in order to enjoy life and all it brings is ever before me. This week we faced the challenge of hard things. Life is full of hard things. That’s the way Jesus …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.15.2020

Contronym – a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of the other. The third: screen (v) Screen: to protect of conceal Screen: to show or broadcast 20After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.14.2020

Contronym — a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another. The second: overlook (v) Overlook. To monitor or inspect. Overlook. To fail to notice or choose not to emphasize On one hand, I overlook the progress of something, perhaps I keep a close eye on how something is developing. On …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.13.2020

I learned a new word last week. It was completely by accident while reading a beach novel with very few redeeming characteristics. But I learned a new word. Actually a word that categorizes many words. Contronym. Contronym is a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another. There are many examples …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.12.2020

32That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. 35Before daybreak the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.09.2020

David spent many hours as a young man in the fields tending sheep and listening to God. Evidence of knowing himself was displayed in his first interactions with King Saul when he volunteered to fight the giant, Goliath. Yesterday I highlighted his choice to forego the armor Saul offered because it wasn’t him. He knew …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.08.2020

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”38Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.“I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.07.2020

The book of Judges records Israel’s spiral away from God, showing that without a sovereign leader, humanity moves away from God, not toward him. Eventually, the Israelites ask for a king so they can be like their neighbors. Saul is the first king of Israel. He looks like a king (1 Samuel 10:23), he is …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.06.2020

The book of Judges is written during a time when Israel had no earthly king. God was to be their king but that required them to obey and follow his commands. The people rarely did this well. They failed to drive out all the inhabitants of the land, as they were commanded (Judges 1:19, 21, …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.05.2020

A common malady of humankind is living from a false sense of self, not having an identity grounded in truth. Our identity is not our uniqueness. Identity is the foundation on which we build our uniqueness. Jesus said we are loved, chosen, called his friends and appointed for a purpose. Paul, in his letter to …