READ: Joshua 19-21, Psalm 71, John 3, 2 Corinthians 11 CONSTANT CONFLICT, CONSTANT CARE  We want to go to war without having to fight. We seek to conquer enemy territory without engaging the enemy. We rush to battle hoping we will not have to strike too many blows or receive any in return. We have…

READ: Deuteronomy 25-27, Psalm 61, Luke 17, 2 Corinthians 1 COLLECTIVE SUFFERING Two days ago I was in Jordan, near the border of Syria, listening to an Arab in Bedouin garb play the American tune “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on Scottish bagpipes while standing in an ancient Roman amphitheater. Today I am in Tunisia thinking about…

READ: Numbers 7-9, Psalm 43, Mark 15, Romans 15 PATIENCE AND COMFORT In Romans 15:1, Paul exhorts believers to bear with the scruples of the weak, to not please ourselves. In 15:2, we are instructed to please our neighbors for their good. Love can be defined as doing what is best for our neighbor, regardless…

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