Commentary Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Every year around this time, Jewish people around the world celebrate Purim—a holiday commemorating the time when Persian King Ahasuerus (traditionally identified as Xerxes I), extended to the scattered descendants of Judah’s captivity the right to defend themselves against their enemies. It was a momentous day, when a mighty world ruler—hardly a Jew himself—intervened against one of his own advisor’s schemes, and prevented persecution of the beleaguered Jewish minority living in his kingdom.
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Commentary Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
The night was black and stormy and the wind was furious. To my twelve-year-old eyes there was only one hope. I had just discovered I had lost an overvalued $20 bill earlier in the day as I was strolling home from a neighborhood friend’s house. I had worked hard to earn the money, and had a burning desire to get it back. So I prayed to God, asking Him to allow me to find my $20 the next morning. As a child, I knew God knew exactly where it was.
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Commentary Thursday, Feb 26, 2015
War. Terrorism. Kidnappings and killings. Disease epidemics. Increasing atrocities around the world are causing more people to ask, why suffering? Why would a loving God allow kidnapping, rape, torture, murder and war? Why would He allow death and damage from earthquakes, tsunamis and other weather disasters? Why the ravages of disease? How could He allow millions to starve? People have long struggled to explain the reasons for human suffering. But the Bible clearly explains both the origin, and the future of suffering. Read more »