Question: “What does the Bible say about resentment?” Answer: “Ressentir is an old French word, literally meaning “intense feeling.” In English, it is resent, and it refers to feeling pain and indignation due to injustice or insult. People may feel resentful when they are cheated on, stolen from, or lied to. Resentment is often a reaction to being insulted or having one’s errors or weaknesses exposed. Resentment can be directed at an action, a statement, or a person—often, an authority figure, such as a parent, a teacher, or God. Resentment is the cheapest and least legitimate form of anger. It is all emotion and no strength. “Resentment can be sparked by perceived unfair treatment by another person. It could be an injustice, like not getting a deserved promotion, or it could be an insult. Either way, resentment stems from a love of the things of the world and a lack of faith in God and His plan. Continue reading
Perhaps one of the most familiar words in the English language is “home.” Every person, actually everything that exists, has a place called “home” – or in some cases a desire to have a home. A secure home solves many problems, and the lack of a home may be the greatest challenge to our survival.
Consider some of the uses of “home:” home team, home of our birth, animal home, the environment where a plant is at home, Home in Heaven – to name just a few. The home where we live probably comes to mind first. The need for a home follows us from the beginning to the end of our earth life.
Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the benefit of a place to call home. Homelessness is a major concern these days as we try to find a way for everyone who wants it to have a place to call home. If we were born in another country and wish we still lived there, we will talk about going back home. Continue reading
Here is what we’ve already begun to grasp from just the first 13 verses of Scripture:
God created the earth (and everything else in the universe).
He created it as good (originally).
He established His order at creation.
His order benefits creation itself, especially humankind. Humans thrive when they live according to God’s created order. When they try to live outside the created order, things don’t go so well. Continue reading
Creation, Part 1 (Days 1 through 3)
Your creation history
December 7, 1941 — the day Pearl Harbor was treacherously attacked by the Japanese — was described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy.” It was the worst naval disaster in American history, and brought declarations of war by Japan, Germany, and Italy against the United States, and by America against them. For four long years, American men and women served and died on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific, fighting tyranny and eventually bringing liberty across the world. Continue reading
I was a young kid when I first heard a song titled, “Back of the Clouds the Sun is Always Shining.” I do not recall hearing it sung in church since that time, but the words settled in my mind. Often, on a cloudy and rainy day, my heart is warmed by remembering that the sun is always there – I just cannot see it.
A right perspective is essential to the way we handle life. Reality is not always on the surface of a given situation. “Perception is reality” is a familiar statement, but much of the time, it is not true. What we see or hear does not necessarily communicate what is driving the attitude or action. Continue reading
The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620. By the fall of 1621 only half of the Plymouth Pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians and their chief Massasoit to join in the feast. The Wampanoag had taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land for local crops.
• President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
• Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
Individuals in all age groups have irritations in their lives. An infant, although they do not understand it, is irritated when a change or feeding does not happen when they feel the need for it. They know how to get our attention.
Schoolchildren get irritated when they think there is too much homework and not enough playtime. Continue reading
“Prayer is the deliberate and persevering action of the soul. It is true and enduring, and full of grace. Prayer fastens the soul to God and makes it one with God’s will, through the deep inward working of the Holy Spirit.” Julian of Norwich
Of all the Christian disciplines, prayer is the easiest and yet the hardest. Easiest in that whether you are a young child or a brand-new Christian, you can learn to pray. Hardest in that maintaining a consistent prayer life can be difficult. We beat ourselves up because we’re not praying enough or we don’t know what to pray; then when we do pray and don’t see answers right away or don’t get the answer we want, we lose heart. Continue reading
The final day of Vacation Bible School this year was also my birthday. I was greeted with the singing of “Happy Birthday,” and presented with enough balloons to nearly lift me off the floor. I appreciated the thoughtful reminder of another milestone passed.
But what is most special now about that event is the item on my desk. As the event concluded, a young girl brought me the craft she had made earlier in the day – a simple bracelet with five colored beads that tell the Story of the Gospel of Jesus. She presented it to me with a smile. She wanted to give me something and that is what she had at that moment. Continue reading