FMBRF: Tradition!

Colossians 2:8 (ESV) — 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. The reading in our … Continue reading

Margin notes: A prayer from Psalm 105

Psalm 105:4 (ESV) — 4 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Heavenly Father, the volumes that need to be written on this one thought. How destitute we are of joy and comfort and peace and understanding … Continue reading

Margin notes: Monarchs and Presidents and Democraises – Oh my!

Hebrews 1:8 (ESV) — 8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. Current in the political discourse of the United States today is … Continue reading

Margin notes: How to be (or NOT to be) a Pharisee in 3 easy lessons

The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. 1For they preach, but do not practice.  2They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and … Continue reading

Margin notes: A “united” heart

Psalm 86:1–17 (ESV) — 1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. 3 Be gracious … Continue reading

Margin notes: When God says “no” to a good thing

Psalm 84:11–12 (ESV) — 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one … Continue reading

Margin notes: Not forsaking steadfast love and faithfulness

Proverbs 3:1–6 (ESV) — 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love … Continue reading