Psalms for Holy Week (III)

Easter Morning   Part III: Psalms of Resurrection _______________ The Psalms have been the source of comfort and strength to Jews and Christians for centuries because they not only reveal truth about God and righteousness, but expose the heartfelt hopes, dreams, struggles, fears and emotions that are part of being human. Michael F. Bird points to Read More…

Psalms for Holy Week

Part I: The Psalm of Abandonment _____________ Michael F. Bird asked a provocative but obvious question: “How did the early [church] preach about Jesus if they did not have a New Testament?” He answers his own question by pointing to the Old Testament, the only Scripture the church possessed in her earliest years.  Particularly, Bird Read More…

If My People Who Are Called by My Name

Since the beginning of the coronavirus my mind has returned time and again the ancient, often-repeated insight and promise found in II Chronicles 7:14:

… 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

This Scripture, understood in the full context of God’s word, provides not only a promise of healing but guidance for our prayer.