Tamar’s Justice and the Ultimate Second-Born


Jamin Bradley

Tamar’s story in Genesis is a strange one. But when we come to understand the culture of the Bible authors better, we start to see the strange kind of justice being found in Tamar’s journey. It’s also there that we read of a birth story we won’t soon be able to forget! Join the conversation on Discord! http://www.jxncloud.com/discord

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The Sky Is Talking. Are You Listening?


I love the Psalms

Reading: Psalm 19:1-6
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth
(NIV).*

stars at night Photo by egil sju00f8holt on Pexels.com

Reflection
When was the last time you went for a walk beneath a canopy of stars? Now, I’m not talking about catching…

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Coming Home: One Story


His eye is on the sparrow

Coming Home: One Man’s Story.

I first recorded this in the journal I kept while pastoring at the inner-city Mission.

“Jerry” is not his real name. g.w.

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I met Jerry in a coffee house. He had stopped drinking. He called and asked if I could meet him.

He habitually sat way in the back of the chapel, where I held daily morning and evening bible classes five days a week. As a result, I could never tell if he was listening or sleeping during the study.

After a cordial greeting, I sat down at his table. We chatted with informal talk as I waited to deliver my order.

We continued talking as I put my regular sugar and cream in, stirred, and sipped. I let Jerry continue talking as I ordered a second cup, having forgotten I recently switched to drinking coffee, black.

As he talked, his face was…

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It is in His Hand Who Cannot Fail — He Hath Said


For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. – Isaiah 51:3 It is habitual with some persons to spy out […]

It is in His Hand Who Cannot Fail — He Hath Said

What does it mean to be forgiven?


Grace for my Heart

It’s Monday Grace!

I was pretty young when I started full-time ministry as the solo pastor in a church with well over 300 members. Just 23. I had a lot to learn about people. One thing I learned was that many of those who claimed to be believers had a serious fear of dying.

Oh, I understood the pain part. No one wants to go through pain and suffering. And I understood the sadness of bringing pain and upheaval to a family. We don’t want our families to suffer. But Christians should not be afraid of dying.

Finally, I began to realize that many people expected to be judged when they died. Somehow, they got the idea that their sins would be presented for everyone to see, and they would be shamed and condemned when the truth was revealed. Then, they worried that the Lord would not accept them.

My…

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Standing Stones in the Old Testament


Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

The people of ancient Israel set up standing stones as memorials and witnesses of God’s work in the life of the nation and in the life of individuals (Ben-Ami 2006:38-45). These monuments are associated with historical events such as deliverance in times of war, divine manifestation to individuals, and significant religious occasions. One of those occasions was the ratification of the covenant on Mount Sinai. There are two words in Hebrew that are associated with standing stones: the word ʼben and the word massebah.

Gezer’s Standing Stones
3000 years old standing stones from one of the largest Canaanite temples in Israel

Stone = ʼben

In ancient Israel stones were widely available for a variety of uses. Stones were used to build houses and buildings such as temples and palaces. Large stones were used to cover the entrance of wells. Jacob rolled the stone off the opening of a well…

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