PURIM—The Amalekites Among Us

This month, March 11-12 marks the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar—Purim—the festival celebrating the Jews’ victory over Haman. This evil anti-Semite had succeeded in convincing the King of Persia to sign an edict to kill all Jews throughout the 127 provinces of his kingdom. But one thing he did not count on—the new queen of the land—Esther, was actually a Jewess named Hadassah. God used her to turn the tables on Haman! Continue reading PURIM—The Amalekites Among Us

Defeating Self-Defeat

It is customary in America to dub every decade with a name that is characteristic of the overall mindset of that era. If I were naming the present era, I would call it “the decade of the selfie.” In this age of cultural narcissism, people are consumed with self, and what’s more, they are not embarrassed by it. Gone are the days of subtle self-promotion. And this condition is not peculiar to the world and the unsaved. It has taken a firm hold of many in the Church.

The Bible describes these people as being “puffed up in their own imaginations; they think more highly of themselves than they ought” (Ref. Rom. 12:3, 1Cor. 4:6, 18-19, 5:2, 8:1, 13:4). Satan uses this as an entry point, especially for those in ministry, often creating a sense of superiority and entitlement. He knows this is a successful tool, because pride stemming from self-focus is what caused him to fall from his lofty position as the worship leader before the throne of God. Continue reading Defeating Self-Defeat

Breast Cancer Chronicles: Sharon Hardy Knotts

In May 2016, reminders for my annual mammogram started coming in the mail, but I was so busy, I kept putting off making a phone call for an appointment. After two months and a letter stating it was my last reminder, I finally called for an appointment in July. I was asked if I would like to get a 3-D mammogram. Unsure, “I don’t know,” I responded. “We have 3-D now,” she repeated. I asked if my insurance would cover it, and when she said that it would, I said okay. Later, I was glad I got the 3-D, because it was less uncomfortable. A few days later I received a letter in the mail stating that I needed to come in for a sonogram. I had never had a breast sonogram before, but I didn’t think much about it. I reasoned it was because it was my first 3-D and probably looked different than the digital one I had the years before. They probably needed the sonogram to aid in the comparison. Continue reading Breast Cancer Chronicles: Sharon Hardy Knotts

Jesus-Emmanuel-What’s in the Name?

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Jesus was born into a Jewish family. His name in Hebrew is yeshua. Its root word means salvation. It is derived from yehoshua—joshua in English—which includes the abbreviation of God’s sacred name—yah (jah in English). Thus, it means God’s salvation. Continue reading Jesus-Emmanuel-What’s in the Name?