Beauty in a Migrant Work Camp

By conversing with the serpent, the door opened for his lies. The woman told him what God had commanded (with one addition…see last post) and the consequences if they disobeyed. The serpent refuted, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it (the forbidden fruit) your eyes will be opened,Continue reading “Beauty in a Migrant Work Camp”

The Fish that Got Away

Why do we exaggerate? Do we distort the truth because we think our stories will be more interesting? For example, we joke about the fisherman’s story of the gigantic fish that got away. The fish seems to grow each time the tale is retold. Do we enhance our narratives so our audience will change theirContinue reading “The Fish that Got Away”

Other Side of the Fence

Doubt is easily planted in our minds. If not resolved, it can destroy our confidence. It will steal dreams and rob us of hope. And then, quick to follow on the heels of doubt is distortion of truth which can become believable. It was the first tactic used by the unsuspected enemy of Adam andContinue reading “Other Side of the Fence”

Could It Be?

I know I must leave the peace, wholeness and innocence found in Genesis 1 and 2. But allow me to linger for just one more post. God caused man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. ThenContinue reading “Could It Be?”

She’s An Ezer

When I ask my grandsons if they would like to be my “helper” in the garden, I am enlisting their help but I’m the one in charge. They will plant the seeds under my tutelage and supervision. I have a plan and I just need their manual labor. When we read Genesis 2:18, “The LordContinue reading “She’s An Ezer”

Animal Parade

“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good” (Genesis1:31). However He identified a flaw. “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). Only one imperfection could be found in God’s creation…man was alone. Our GodContinue reading “Animal Parade”

Only One “No”

Many of us are curious about our roots and have questioned our purpose for existence. Answers are provided in Genesis 2:7,15. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being…The Lord God took the man andContinue reading “Only One “No””

Being Different

We have such a mixture of ideas about being different from other people. It begins when we are children. Young teenagers often dislike being different. They can be quick to tell parents what “everybody else” has or does. Later those same teenagers often strive for uniqueness among their peers. And the pendulum continues to swingContinue reading “Being Different”

Rest

I ask a lot of questions. One question that I think is important to ask as I read a passage of Scripture is, “Through this narrative, what is God trying to communicate to us?” For answers, understanding the context is essential. What God reveals in Scripture about Himself and His ways doesn’t change from oneContinue reading “Rest”

Made in His Image

We have the opportunity to eavesdrop on a divine dialogue when we read Genesis 1:26. God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creaturesContinue reading “Made in His Image”