Friday, April 26, 2019

Hope without Action is Wishful Thinking



             Someone much wiser than I stated recently that hope is an action verb. In reality, hope can be used as a noun or a verb. But most often I think we see it used as a verb as in, “I hope you’re calling with good news.” No action is required here on the part of the one doing the hoping; it’s just wishful thinking...

Friday, April 12, 2019

Robes Made By Dorcas

Acts 9:36-42


Dorcus, a word which means “Gazelle”, was sometimes called Tabitha. She was a very kind person who spent her time caring for the widows of Joppa. The story takes place in the time of the early church right after Saul’s conversion.

Tabitha, it is not known whether she was a widow or not, could have been the leader or overseer of the local widows or she may have been a dear friend who cared for them. What is clear is that she did many good things for others. We are going to study what happened in Joppa when Tabitha took ill and died.  This is where the story gets exciting...

Friday, March 8, 2019

Mary Sits while Martha "Steams!"

When we read Scripture, it isn’t always prudent to read it as something that happened last week or even last decade. Sometimes the reason we miss the greater meaning of a passage is because we lack a proper setting for understanding it. So, with that in mind, let me give you just a brief background of 1st century Judea and its treatment of women. The rabbis of Jesus’ day had little use for women. Did you know that...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

An Eternal Love Story

       
  February is “love month,” the month in which Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day. Do you remember as a little girl in school hoping that you would be the recipient of many valentines to bring home to show your mother? You thought that the more you received was proof of your esteem among your classmates. Perhaps that was so or perhaps not. But, getting a valentine, or some other token of affection, on February 14th is always a good thing and, as widows...