Simplify :: Five Minute Friday {}

Simplify :: Five Minute Friday {}

Jan 12th, 2018 Five Minute Friday

Wouldn’t you know ‘simplify’ is not in any translation of the Bible I searched? So I am forced to think of related terms. Maybe it is because we just went back to school and I have a child working with fractions, but when I think of ‘simplify’ I think of mathematically reducing, or rewriting an expression in a simpler form, which is done by dividing terms into smaller numbers.

And the first biblical model of reducing that came to mind was Gideon’s army.

Motivate: Five Minute Friday {}

Motivate :: Five Minute Friday

Jan 5th, 2018 Five Minute Friday

The Greek word for motivate is paroxysmos. And it is fascinating. First,(and I am taking some liberties here) the word is basically a contronym, meaning that, depending upon context, the word could be its own opposite. Further, the Bible only uses this word twice, and in each context, it is the opposite meaning; hence, the two verses above.

Different :: Five Minute Friday {}

Different :: Five Minute Friday

Dec 15th, 2017 Five Minute Friday

It is time for Five Minute Friday (where I free write for five minutes and post the results for the world to see). Today’s word is different. My free write lies between the slashes (//). “But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and…

Only :: Five Minute Friday {}

Only :: Five Minute Friday

Dec 8th, 2017 Five Minute Friday

We Christians, by definition, are believers. We believe in God. We believe the Bible is His Living Word. We believe Jesus Christ is the son of God. We believe in his human life, death, and resurrection. We believe he will come again. We believe in the Holy Spirit and His constant and guiding presence our lives. And the list goes on…

But do we “only believe”?

Near :: Five Minute Friday {}

Dec 1st, 2017 Five Minute Friday

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luk 15:1-2 ESV). //These scriptures convict me because often, I am like the Pharisee. I judge people. I try to assess whether they are worthy of my company or my children’s company. I don’t think I am the…