Thank God for the loving fathers who remind us of our heavenly Father in heaven who loves us more than we could ever know.
When Daniel was in Babylon, he prayed facing the direction of the Temple site where God’s name was placed. Likewise, we need to always keep the character of God in view when we are in Babylon. God’s presence, character, and reputation are what matter most.
Given the traditions of my Jewish and Hindu friends and the sensitivity of my vegan friends who demand compassion for all creatures, they would be highly offended if I consumed factory-farmed pigs and cows while advocating and otherwise adhering to Biblical principles of love, mercy, and compassion.
To find our inner beauty and dignity, we must know what priestly garments were like. We may not literally wear linen breeches, a big hat, or an ephod, but we must see how these sacred vestments can be of service to us today. Our spiritual garments should reflect God’s glory and beauty.
Every day, we vote for the world we want to live in through the choices we make. Picking up the fragments and living within our means are good choices.
I don’t know about you, but I want to know about the God who burned them up. Does God want to barbecue sinners, or does He yearn for our well-being and intimate fellowship?
I vividly remember the day my father became a committed Christian. I helped him remove all the bottles of alcohol from the entertainment bar in our basement, and then we dumped them onto the ground in the backyard. I was a young boy, but that moment with him made a deep impression on me.
God wants us in His presence more than we can know. God is committed to redeeming this world from sin and death and is working to infuse it with the light and life of His presence.
God is committed to a freedom too wonderful to accept without serious contemplation and thought. Such freedom does not decrease but increases faith. It’s about embracing the deeper ethics of our faith and thinking rightly about God and our own purpose in life.
The story of being liberated by a gracious and caring God, of leaving a life of bondage and oppression under a cruel king, and of crossing over to a new life of freedom is one that still resonates