As of today, I have been married to John for 50 years. On my anniversary each year, someone inevitably asks me what gift my husband gave me. I usually respond “out to eat at a nice restaurant.” In other words, John is not a highly creative gift giver. Not complaining, just stating the fact. However, this year he swung the gift mallet and solidly struck the big gong atop the pole—so strongly, in fact, that its sound continued to reverberate for 48 hours (to be explained). I’m still hearing it. The funny thing was that he didn’t even realize he was giving me the best and most creative anniversary gift I could ever have asked for or even imagined. (If you really want to appreciate the significance of his gift and haven’t already done so, read my blog post #14 which tells you a little about our marriage path.)
So what was the best gift ever? Continue reading “#17 Another Marriage Testimony: The 50th, and the Best Gift Ever”
After examining the faulty translation of Genesis 3:16, it’s time to revisit the story of Adam and Eve and see how an improved, more accurate translation of this verse can bring new understanding to the account.
The new perspective that I am about to present may bring a sudden mind-awakening jolt to those who hold to the traditional interpretation of events found in Genesis 3 and 4. Such a jolt may be necessary to bring attention to the truth that is hiding under the carefully placed, stationary, cobweb-covered, traditional understanding.
The new perspective turns the centuries-old spotlight away from the woman’s role in the Fall and brings it to rest on the man’s role, one which has remained hidden in the shadows. It also offers a pragmatic look at what happened to the first couple and their family after they began life outside of Eden.
I believe that you will be surprised, as I was, at how the new perspective finds a much stronger footing in the text of the Bible than the traditional one does. Also, the new perspective is a more realistic one, in that the fallen patterns of behavior seen in the first family have been replicated over and over again in millions of fallen marriages and families on this earth since the Fall of man. (Remember, this is only Part 1 of 5 …)
What I Learned from God’s Words to Cain
Picking up where I left off in post #11:
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?” (Gen. 4:6, NASB)
I learned something profound from these words to Cain: God wants to talk with me about my anger, and it is in my very best interest that I do talk to Him about it.
That said, in my experience I have found that whenever I am suddenly angry with another person Continue reading “#15 Handling Anger: God Made the First Step Plain”
Periodically, I am going to post things on my blog that I have posted elsewhere on the internet. Last week, I wrote the following in response to a Facebook post by a young woman whom I am calling “Fellow Sojourner”:
I haven’t forgotten my promised next “be angry and sin not” post. It will be coming soon. Meanwhile, I am going to continue with posts about the Genesis 3:16 Lemon.
(Continuation of post #10…)
This is the first post of several that I will write about anger, as I promised at the end of post #9 (Be Angry … Yet Do Not Sin).
What is Anger?
We know what anger is by experience. The dictionary says it is a strong feeling of displeasure. Most would categorize anger as a bad thing; but God doesn’t do this. Rather He says, “Be angry and yet do not sin.” In other words, it’s okay to feel anger; just don’t sin as a result. So, the obvious question is: Continue reading “#11 The Ins and Outs of Anger (Part 1)”
The one lemon verse in the Old Testament is Genesis 3:16. I am going to break-up this lengthy explanation into multiple posts.
Note that the explanation of “Lemon One” (given in post #8) is now permanently accessible from this website’s main menu via the sub item of the “Lemons” tab: “Eight Lemons Turned to Grapes.”
More to come …
After reading another post by Courageous (on the private FB page), I was surprised by the number of women who had the same issue that had responded to her post. A good number of them said that to get help, they had been, or were currently, in some kind of professional therapy. I wasn’t surprised by the fact that they had the same issue and had gone the therapy route Continue reading “#9 Be Angry … Yet Do Not Sin”
So, now we come to the explanation of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, the first lemon passage. (I will be covering all seven New Testament lemon passages in order of their appearance in the Bible.)
Each lemon explanation opens with four subheadings: “The Passage,” “The Misfit,” “The Fit,” and “The De-lemonization.”
“The Passage” is typically a quote from the King James Version. If the quote is from a different Bible version, it is because that version’s translation requires less modification to turn it from a lemon into a grape.
“The Misfit” contains a summary of the way that the passage is commonly understood.
“The Fit” contains a summary of the way that the passage can rightfully be understood and, thereby, fit well in the context of the whole Bible.
“The De-lemonization” provides a detailed explanation of how to change the lemon from a misfit to a fit, or maybe I should say, from a lemon to a grape.
Each explanation also ends with a possible retranslation (typically with only some minor changes) that turns it from a lemon to a grape.