Posted on March 30, 2008 by shawnbarr
Job 38: 27 ….(who) causes to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
We were sifting our fingers through the soil and filling peat pots. My wife, oldest daughter and I were planting tomato, pumpkin, watermelon and flower starts. After digging little holes in the earth we dropped in the seeds; the melon and pumpkin seeds were planted little deeper than the tomatoes. The flower seeds we barely covered. I love springtime and getting my fingers dirty. We finished our work and set our starts in front of the kitchen deck doors with anticipation.
It’s a magical time of year really. You mix seeds, soil, sun, and water and voila! A few days later little living things peek out of the soil. (more…)
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Posted on March 21, 2008 by shawnbarr
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Phil 4:13
What a great promise! But what is it a promise for? This may be the most misused verse of all time.
God does promise to help us and strengthen us in all situations. But people have used this verse in some interesting ways. Here’s a sample of how you might hear it applied:
“God will help me make the 35 foot winning jumpshot”
“God will help me with this financial disaster”
“God will help me fix this lawn mower”
“God will help me get this virus off my computer”
“God will help me with ______________ problem”
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Posted on March 16, 2008 by shawnbarr
Letters which look like chicken scratches, flash cards, memorization, relating new words to odd memory aids; such is the life of beginning Hebrew students. It’s hard to describe what learning Hebrew is like. There’s a lot of necessary repetition. I’d compare it to brushing your teeth. As a seminary student you need to do it, but it’s more of a necessary obligation than an exercise you look forward to. (more…)
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