The Parable of the Weeds

Now, the weeds Jesus referred to were probably darnel, which closely resembles wheat in its early stages of growth but contains poisonous, black seeds. In other words, to the untrained eye, these weeds could pass as a convincing counterfeit. … More The Parable of the Weeds

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Audacious Praying

Listen, my dear friends, when you perceive silence on God’s end during prayers, you mustn’t interpret it as dismissal and thus give up. Based on this passage, I would suggest that God’s perceived silence is actually an invitation to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking. … More Audacious Praying

Quiet & Confident

Hey, friends! Psalm 57:7 in The Passion Translation rings, “My heart, O God, is quiet and confident. Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises!” Other translations render the psalmist’s heart as “steadfast,” “fixed,” “prepared,” “ready,” and “faithful.” The original Hebrew word here is kûn, a word signaling that something is set in place, ready … More Quiet & Confident

Hatred

I’m sure that most reading this would quickly say, “Oh, not I.” The idea of hating a person is foreign to the believer, and rightly so, for it is a disastrous poison. But I’d argue that no one often accepts full-grown hatred; instead, he accepts the subtle seeds of hatred. These seeds can be planted unknowingly, little by little, in the form of small cynicism or subtle bitterness or unhealed brokenness. And these ugly symptoms, if left untreated, will give birth to—yes—hatred. … More Hatred