A Name and A Destiny

Faed, Thomas, 1825/1826-1900; The Last of the Clan
The Last of the Clan, Thomas Faed, 1865. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. (Photo: Glasgow Museums) 

Identity may be the most important aspect of our humanity, both as individuals and as people. That must be why our adversary takes so much effort to rob us of our identity. However, even if we don’t know who we are, our Redeeming God makes a way for us to know who we can become.

Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16; Matthew 3:7-9; John 8:39; Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:22-24

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Music: “How Deep the Father’s Love,” Celtic Worship, Morningtide, Integrity Music 2021.

Trapped in Time

BFB211009 TimeIs time an enemy, a friend, or a measure by which we gauge the value of our lives? If there is no eternity to consider, then the answer can be very depressing.

Ecclesiastes 9:10-12; Luke 12:18-21; Philippians 3:7-16

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Music: “Time,” Hootie and the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, Atlantic Records 1994.

I Have A Friend

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“Melancholy,” Edvard Munch, 1892. (National Museum of Norway, Oslo.)

Which is better: to see a person healed, or to help them bear up under constant suffering when the healing doesn’t come?

Job 31:1-40; Ezekiel 4:16; Matthew 9:20-22; John 5:2-9, 9:1-3, 17:15

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Music: “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King and The Drifters, Stand By Me, ATCO Records 1961.

Worthless Things, or Abundant Mercy?

BFB210918 Van de Velde - Jonah Under the Miracle Plant
“Jonah Under the Miracle Plant,” Jan van de Velde II, 1603-1641, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

We might smile at Jonah’s predicament in the great fish, but is there a lesson in that bigger-than-life tale that we might have overlooked?

2 Kings 9:1-10, 14:23-27; Ezekiel 14:1-5; Hosea 11:1-7; Jonah 2:2-10, 4:1-10; Romans 11:20-24

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Music: “Jonah,” Zion Harmonizers, Thank You Lord, Sound of New Orleans 1996.

Poisoned Well, or Spring of Life?

BFB210911 None But The Brave
In None But the Brave, Japanese and American warriors find a way to suspend their hostility and work together to sustain life. (Warner Brothers 1965 Lobby Card, imaged by Heritage Auctions.)

It seems that all humanity has longed for an end to war and conflict. God promises a time when we won’t learn war anymore, but in the meantime we hone our skills at conflict with every opportunity. Do we have to wait until the Kingdom comes to live in peace, or is there something we can do about that now?

Genesis 1:28; Deuteronomy 30:19; Jeremiah 2:13, 17:5-8; John 4:13-14

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Music: “Cool Water,” Bob Nolan, performed by Vaughan Monroe and His Orchestra with The Sons of the Pioneers, RCA Victor 1948 (I’ve Heard That Song Before, Reader’s Digest 2006).