The Continual Blessing of God

“And it came to pass that Abraham was old, toward the end of his days, and Yahweh had continually blessed Abraham in everything.” (Genesis 24:1)   What a wonderful way in which for a life to be marked: “And Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things…” How often we feel as if God has withheld… Read More

Friends

So what makes a friend a friend? And when I speak of friends, I am not thinking of those we might casually refer to in that way, but those with whom you have a close and enduring bond — a bond that is strengthened, not weakened by trials and difficulties and with whom love is… Read More

Playing Dominoes in Ukraine

I spent about half an hour the other day playing a game of two-on-two Dominoes with several of my Ukrainian students. The game was the basic game that I had played as a child, though it has been many years since I had played, and it was fairly easy to follow the progression even though… Read More

Do Not Send Me Away from Your Presence: Psalm 51 (part 12)

“Do not send me away from your presence, and your Holy Spirit—do not take him from me.” (Psalm 51:13 {Psalm 51:11 in English Bibles})   In this verse, David returns to a chiastic structure.  The verses that have gone before have been largely arranged in a simple parallel structure and this change is designed to… Read More