Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
It’s cold here in the Ozarks. The streets are damp, and the leaves are changing. I woke up on this crisp autumn morning to the news that Eugene Peterson is entering his final days of this life. For those of you not familiar with Peterson, his best-known work is a paraphrase of the Bible called The Message. He authored more than thirty other books, too, mostly Biblical commentary. A quick check through the list puts my personal reading at just over a third of them; almost all
Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 The story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea. While reading the text several thoughts and memories came to mind. Every time hear about the story one word comes to mind: trust. There is a word that is extremely hard for me to do. After being left down time and time again by family and people who I thought were friends, trust in my life is hard to come by. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent. The one verse that seems to be screamin