The Key to Your Rest

(Heb. 4:1–13)Have you ever noticed that when you read the Bible, you tend to imagine a tone of voice? Reading some passages, like Psalm 23, we imagine a warm, loving tone. Reading other passages we can almost hear disapproval or anger. Actually, the tone of voice we imagine is most helpful—or harmful—when it comes toContinue reading “The Key to Your Rest”

Understanding the Text

Hebrews 3:1–4:13 “Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself” (Heb. 3:3). Heeding the Word of Jesus is our key to rest. OverviewJesus is superior to Moses the Law-giver (3:1–6). The generation Moses led failed to respond to God’sContinue reading “Understanding the Text”

You Live at the Hinge

You brood in the night in its fearfulness,You dawn the day in its energy,You move at the edge of nightinto the margin of day.You live at the hinge between fear and energy.You take the feeble night and give us strong day,You take our fatigue and bestow courage,You take our drowsy reluctance and fashion full-blooded zeal.WhatContinue reading “You Live at the Hinge”

Laying Up Words

You’ll never guess where I began learning the scores—hundreds, really—of Bible verses that have filled my mind for about a half century. It was at Eastside Elementary School in Elizabethton, Tennessee. This small redbrick schoolhouse was two blocks from my house, and I spent six happy years of my life there. Thankfully the prohibition againstContinue reading “Laying Up Words”