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Tattle Tale

In Genesis 37:2-3, we read that a 17-year-old Joseph reported his brothers to his father.

This is clearly enough to get any siblings ticked off.

Somehow, I get the sense that Joseph was right.  Yet the kid in me believes that he made the wrong decision, too.

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Categories: genesis, Joseph

Character Study: Joseph

The name Joseph appears in the NIV 229 times.  The vast majority refer to Joseph of the Old Testament, son of Jacob.

I am looking forward to this two-week study!  Joseph is one of my Bible heroes.

Joseph sets an example that I want to follow.

Sabbath by Dan B. Allender

February 26, 2011 1 comment

Delight.

Not the first word that comes to my mind when I think about Sabbath, a once-weekly remembrance of God’s resting on the seventh day of creation.

But in this book, Dan Allender paints a beautiful picture of the implications of experiencing Sabbath as God intended.

If you feel overworked, pressed for time, fearful, or just plain bored, then this book is for you.

Some books offer quick fixes.

This book demands a lifelong commitment to Sabbath as the fourth commandment, one intended for today as it was thousands of years ago.

Even if observing Sabbath really is optional in today’s world, I no longer want to skip it or avoid it.

I want to delight in God’s creation and rest in his arms.

Disclaimer: The publisher gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Categories: book review, BookSneeze

Obedience = Love

John writes in his second letter, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love” (1:6).

The harder part in today’s world is figuring out what love means, more so than obedience.

Obedience is stressed in our culture.

Love is far more neglected.

Categories: 2 John, love, obedience

Sabbath Obedience

February 25, 2011 1 comment

In Luke 23:56, we read that Jesus’ followers rested on the Sabbath, even though they were prepared to put spices and perfumes on his crucified body.

I’ve been taught on several occasions that of the ten commandments, the only one which no longer applies is the command to rest on the Sabbath.

But our economy seems to be built upon building and selling more and more in less and less time.

Even teaching is now labeled a way to “win the future,” whatever that means!

I feel the external pressure to be always creating, always working, always improving.

I sense that, at least for me, developing the discipline of observing a weekly sabbath to honor God would be a positive step.

But I wonder what this will look like.

When I googled “sabbath” the most common discussion seemed to be arguments about what day of the week should be considered the Sabbath.  I don’t really care and don’t think it matters much.

What was helpful was the concept that Jews reckon a day from sundown to sundown.  I will define my sabbath rest from sundown on Saturday through sundown on Sunday.

My goal will be to finish all of my schoolwork during the day on Saturday.  Saturday evening through Sunday evening will be my rest from work (except for Sunday morning volunteering at church).  If I do procrastinate or have too much work to complete, then I’ll still have Sunday night for last-minute work.

I’ll experiment with this until spring break.  I don’t want a spiritual discipline to do nothing but make me feel guilty.  But I think that this may become an energizing pattern, not a negative one.  We’ll see…

Categories: luke, obedience, Sabbath

Obedience and Prosperity

The Bible correlates obedience to God with prosperity many times, in the Old Testament, including: Deuteronomy 5, Deuteronomy 30, 1 Kings 2, 1 Kings 3, 1 Kings 11, 2 Chronicles 31, Jeremiah 7, Zechariah 3.

However, the term obedience is not correlated to prosperity in the New Testament.

Why the change?

Joshua’s Reminder

In Joshua 22:5, we read that the Israelites are expected to continue walking in the way of Moses.

God expects both obedience and our souls and minds.

Categories: Joshua, moses
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