In the book of Deuteronomy, the Hebrew people were given a very interesting instruction about harvesting their grapes.
Sweet white violet is named after its pleasant fragrance. When we examine the characteristics of a person committed to follow the commandment Jesus repeated several times to "love your neighbor as yourself," we become aware of a very important contrast to the norms of our society.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. It is the celebration of Jesus' royal entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt. People gathered along the roadway and the streets waving palm branches and proclaiming Him as the one to re-establish the reign of King David.
The Psalmist spoke of the shelter God provides when he wrote, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust" (Psalm 91:4).
The more I look for and study the wildflower kingdom, the more I am inspired by what the Psalmist wrote, "O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches" (Psalm 104:24).
Yellow jasmine fragrant but invasive, difficult to control. The Lenten season is often a time of starting a new habit as well as giving up something.
The flowering dogwood, though it is not a wildflower, has been chosen for two reasons. First, the brownish-white buds are beginning to show red. Second, because we are observing the Lenten Season.
To most Christians, Lent is a solemn journey of contemplation of God's love ultimately expressed in the culmination of the season.
As I reflect on more than 60 years of giving advice as a pastor, a supervisor, a father and a friend, I've erred more times than I want to recount (or admit).
God did not just create the world and walk away. He is still at work, lovingly watching over His creation.
In Genesis 8:22, God is responding to Noah's offering, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
How serious are we Christians about the quality life for all families? The Martin Luther King Jr. national celebration has global implications, too.
The Hebrew people were under the rule of the Romans at the time of Jesus' birth. There were soldiers everywhere "keeping order" so that Roman rule was preserved.
The Apostle Paul, writing to the fledgling church in Corinth, taught them about the Godlike love that seeks what is best for others.
AMERICAN HOLLY. Ilex opacaAmerican holly blooms in early summer, yet its fall colors have long been associated with Christmas as a traditional decoration.
At a passing glance, our many granite outcrops look like barren waste places. However, as we have discovered in this column, there are many wonders that testify to God's generosity and the diversity of His creation.
Psalm 46:10a reads, "Be still, and know that I am God." Be still. That is easy to say, but does God realize the noises that surround me every day?
ORRIN MORRIS: Dog-fennel offers us a field of dancing, glistening sunlight on frosty winter mornings
Psalm 149 begins with an encouragement to sing a new song of praise to the Lord.
"Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving..." (Psalms 147:5-7a)
The Book of Proverbs places much focus on acquiring wisdom. In chapter 3:13 we read, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding" (KJV).I saw an interesting quote that relates to this.
I believe that Almighty God is to be known by one word above all others.
Ever since Van Gogh, every artist feels he or she must paint a sunflower. I did, but had to learn a lot in the process.
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." (Psalm 24:1)
The U.S. population has passed the 314 million mark, but while that has occurred, the total world population has passed the 7 billion mark.
In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve met Satan, who was in the form of a serpent.
Matthew 13 tells of a large crowd that assembled by the Sea of Galilee to hear Jesus speak.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
Psalm 43:5 reads "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."
The central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is God's love.The message is that God loves each of us to the highest degree that we humans can understand; that is, every effort to establish fellowship with us is for our well- being.
The imagery of angry gods that must be placated by extreme sacrifices has dominated the religious expressions of primitive people around the globe. In some cultures, even the sacrifice of children has been practiced to placate the angry gods.
I call today's species a roadside wildflower because it thrives in some of the most barren habitats.
It is especially gratifying to hear readers of these columns express excitement about discovering a new wildflower.
One of the great hymns of faith is titled "My Hope Is Built." The words were penned in 1834 and set to music in 1863.
The prophet Isaiah foretold of the beauty that awaited the Hebrew exiles when they returned from captivity.
Psalm 103, written by King David, begins, "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name" (v.1).
The Book of Psalms opens with a description of a man who trusts the wisdom of God as his guide, "... his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 65:11 is especially fitting for the wildflower we examine today.
The wildflower bedstraw (Galium tinctorium) we examine today is a bothersome species that grows everywhere you do not want it.
One day, during my meditation time, I happened across a verse in the Book of Proverbs that reminded me of the political arenas into which we are thrust through November.
An appropriate preparation for Easter is the ancient call of Isaiah found in Chapter 55.
At the end of the sixth day of creation the writer of Genesis noted, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (1:31).
The season of Lent has begun, and the second Sunday of the season is this coming Sunday.
The scripture verse, John 3:17, has greatly impacted my life and ministry. It reads, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
The warmer weather of this week instills hope in me. Spring is coming and winter's grip of last weekend is lessening.Already, the heleborous is blooming, the crocus and the periwinkle are budding, and very soon the blood root and dandelion will spread forth their leaves.. Yes, spring is coming. May
In the Bible, the word family is much broader than father, mother and children. The biblical usage is what we refer to as the extended family. The family may include several hundred people from great-grandparents to the children and grandchildren of all younger brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins.. The
This month will probably start the burst of spring blooms. I have already seen chickweed, dandelion, saucer magnolia, and henbit in bloom. Soon we will see redbud. The redbud (Cercis canadensis) has another name, the Judas tree.
The diversity of the wildflower kingdom is minor compared to the diversity of humanity. Every individual is unique although he or she dwells within a family, a community or a culture.
Most of the year my garden plot has been covered with chickweed. We have sprayed some with herbicides but not those close to the cool weather crops. Some chickweed we pulled up by hand.When spring comes, I will till the garden but all I will do is fold under the seeds that were on top and bring up from underground the seeds that were tilled under last fall. Soon these pesky plants will sprout, bloom and produce seeds. The cycle in the fight with chickweed continues.
Charles Darwin's observations have made a profound impact on modern thought. There are at least two issues his theory of evolution did not address: how, when or where life began and how to explain gravity.
One of the most frequently repeated verses in the Bible was first recorded by King David when the Ark of the Covenant was finally brought to Jerusalem -- his song of praise in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. In verse 34, we read "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever."This very phrase is repeated five other times in the Psalms (106:1, 107:1, 118:1 and 29; and 136:1).