At the risk of sounding like a doomsday prophet I’d say difficult times are upon us and bound to get worse. Financial woes, unstable governments, alarming Great Resets, crumbling values. And according to experts, existential health and environmental threats.
Olives and olive trees were important in Bible times and Scripture, providing food, ointment, illumination, and in the making of soap. And the olive tree is a most amazing tree!
Though not generally tall this evergreen, with its extensive root system, is able to withstand wind, heat, and drought. And in its native dry and rocky Mediterranean habitat can produce fruit for over 1000 years!
Can we ever be too thankful? I think not, and I believe Scripture backs me up. Yet life is often hard, and it becomes so easy to fall into the habit of fretting, complaining, or even despair. So let’s learn a lesson on giving thanks from Corrie ten Boom…
Sometimes after a long time away, I find myself longing for home. (HOME. Isn’t that a beautiful word?) And although always greatly appreciative of the hospitality we’re offered, as miles and days pass my longing for home steadily increases. Even when visiting family and friends we don’t often get to see.
The Roman empire played an important role in world history. It was also used by God to prepare the world for the birth of the Messiah and spread the Gospel. Given its important role in the time of Christ, it’s important to learn what daily life was like back then.
God’s temple was a peculiar building from start to finish. It was the Lord’s own house, planned, directed, and modeled by him. King Solomon built this first earthly building for God, totally dedicated and devoted to his honor. Which granted it a special sort of beauty.
The road often seems long and hard, doesn’t it? And not understanding why, we start to grumble and complain. (Come on, please tell me I’m not the only one!) We forget that life in Christ is a journey in which God calls us to keep going further up and further in with him.