What were the Chances?

371050898276-0_600My friend Dudley and I used to joke about starting a Twitter feed of Things Dudley Says. He sometimes uses words in a sentence then asks me if that’s what he means or in some cases if that’s even a word. One of things we both do, according to my wife, is use the words irony and coincidence incorrectly. So Dudley made up a new word that we both enjoy using. Coincironical, or the adverb coincironically, refers to things that are either ironic, coincidental, or possibly both. We honestly don’t know.

Six months ago I took a part time job. The church I pastor in Plainville, Georgia, had been having only Sunday morning activities for about a year. My other job – driving my friend Dudley to see his clients – had been on the decline and we were both concerned about the possibility of it disappearing completely. I took a part time job at Kroger, expecting to get 20 or so hours a week on a flexible schedule that wouldn’t interfere with my other responsibilities. Continue reading

Happy Monday

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St. Patrick’s Day will be Tuesday. I’ve been saving this image for weeks, hoping that I didn’t forget about it when the time came. That’s happened before. Some of you may have more time on your hands this week than usual, perhaps not by choice. So why not a longer post than usual to help pass the time? The thing about going through seasons is that they always change. But there will be plenty of time for teachable moments, let’s get this Monday thing on the road. This is Happy Monday #367. Continue reading

Satur-deja Vu

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The Word of God speaks to us. The Bible is always relevant.

Maybe you’ve seen some of these items this week, or maybe it just feels that way. Welcome to the Satur-deja Vu. Continue reading

Messiah in Isaiah: Part 3

Be sure to read Parts 1 and 2. 

Details of the coming Messiah are given in Isaiah, including the family he would be from and unmistakable signs that could not be duplicated. The nature of his character and aspects of his ministry were written down, 800 years before he was born. Today we will look into the passages of Isaiah that describe the crucifixion and even consider if the resurrection was foretold. Continue reading

Messiah in Isaiah: Part 2

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
-Isaiah 11:1-5

Chapter 11 begins with another prophecy that Messiah will come and another identifier, that he will be a descendant of Jesse (David’s father, making him heir to the throne of David). The next several verses tell us about his reign. Continue reading

Messiah in Isaiah: Part 1

bible-pagesEvery year during Advent we look at a few of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. I try to make sure to vary the scriptures each year, from Genesis, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Hosea, Jeremiah and others, not just revist the well-known, often quoted ones found in Isaiah. There is more detail and description of the Messiah than the fact that he will be born but let’s start at the beginning. Continue reading

Happy Monday

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If you forgot to set your clock forward one hour, you probably figured it out at church yesterday. Most of us rely on our phones for the time of day and even alarms so “setting the clock” is a matter of programming the coffee maker and microwave. We’ve got a time change, full moon and Friday the 13th all in one week. Drink your coffee, read your memes, say a prayer for your neighbor. We’re all in this together. This is Happy Monday #366. Continue reading