Bible Note #33: The Hairy Arms of Esau and the Embrace of God’s Grace — Genesis 33

This event – the reconciliation of Esau and Jacob – has long captured my imagination.  The rupturing of their relationship was overflowing with emotion.  So, it should be no surprise that the reconciliation here is also full of emotion.  There is also a large measure of raw, burly physicality in the reconciliation of these two … Continue reading Bible Note #33: The Hairy Arms of Esau and the Embrace of God’s Grace — Genesis 33

Sermon #23 — Forgiveness and Reconciliation — Colossians 3:12-17

Forgiving and reconciling are both crucially important aspects of the Christian life.  They are closely and intimately related to each other, and yet they are both distinct and separate actions of the heart.  In this sermon, I examine these two elements of the life of discipleship. Read Colossians 3:12-17. Then listen to Forgiveness and Reconciliation. … Continue reading Sermon #23 — Forgiveness and Reconciliation — Colossians 3:12-17

Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22

  "Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself cursed other."  Ecclesiates 7:21-22 [ESV] Have a thick skin!  Don't take personally everything people say.  Don't be quick to take offense.  If we are slow to take offense, … Continue reading Bible Notes #2 — Ecclesiates 7:21-22