Short Devotion : Romans 9:!3

Short Devotion : Romans 9:13

March 22, 2020

Read more of my short devotions on this blog or on Pinterest. “Just as it is written: ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’” Romans 9:13 Paul spends three chapters discussing Israel’s position with God after their failure to accept Jesus as their Messiah. Paul quotes Malachi 1:2-3 indicating that Jacob and Esau represent nations, not individuals. This…

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Short Devotion : Matthew 16:12

Short Devotion : Matthew 16:12

October 13, 2019

Read more of my short devotions on this blog or on Pinterest. “Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:12 The disciples misunderstood the figure of speech. Likewise, Nicodemus thought that Jesus was referring to physical birth (John…

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Short Devotion : Matthew 13:33

Short Devotion : Matthew 13:33

September 22, 2019

Read more of my short devotions on this blog or on Pinterest. He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Matthew 13:33 Yeast is often used as a symbol to describe the effects of…

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Jesus’ Use of Figures of Speech

June 25, 2019

Bible scholars have accurately translated the words of the Bible, yet, it still reflects its language and idioms. Like us, they had their favourite expressions, illustrations and sayings. They don’t always convert well into English. The Bible is a translation and, in this regard, we are no different from the early Christians and even Jesus,…

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My book review: Elements of Eloquence

Book Review : The Elements of Eloquence

June 27, 2018

I enjoyed, The Elements of Eloquence : how to turn the perfect English Phrase, immensely. The author, Mark Forsyth has a great sense of humour and writes in a witty manner. The book covers a wide range of figures of speech and even when a particular figure of speech didn’t interest me, I wanted to…

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