Blessed hunger

My kitten, Sparkie, is loves to eat. He is always hungry, and will eat anything available. If a cat could be passionate about eating, Sparkie is. Nothing stands between him and a good snack. Case in point? Look what he did to my bag of potato chips earlier this week.   I was thinking about this verse … [Read more…]

Wednesday Selah: It Is Well (Bethel Music and Kristene DiMarco)

There’s an interesting word interspersed among the Psalms. Here is one appearance: He will receive blessing from the Lord     and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him,     who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah Lift up your heads, O gates!     And be lifted up, O ancient doors,     that the King … [Read more…]

Blessed restraint

We have an issue with meekness, as Christians. We’re just not sure what it is. We confuse it with timidity, and deny a gift of God in the process. As 1 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” Or, we … [Read more…]

Blessed mourning

If there is a single verse that shows the inadequacies of the English language when it comes to describing makarios, it is this one. “Blessed” isn’t quite perfect, but there are translations that use “happy” or “fortunate” to describe those who mourn. Those were the last words I would have used to describe what it … [Read more…]

Blessed emptiness

  Jesus already had their attention. By the time the crowds settled in on a Judean hillside to hear the first extended teaching of the New Testament, Jesus had called his disciples to follow him. He had started to proclaim the kingdom of God. He was healing diseases and casting out demons. He was teaching … [Read more…]