by Bob Jacobus | The Designer’s Christmas | The first Christmas party, after becoming a committed believer, has had lasting impacts. The food, the decorations, the friendly people, and the common ground that united us filled my heart with joy and great gladness. The work and resources the host and hostess invested in the celebration still bear fruit today.
By Bob Jacobus | Wells of Relief and Remedies | When things have not gone well for a while, there is a particular need for relief. A remedy is most welcome even if things are bad for a day. This is true for individuals, families, communities, and nations.
by Bob Jacobus | A faux pas is a misstep, often a blunder or tactless act. Untimely, unthoughtful remarks or expression of opinions, gaffes if you will, are also considered faux pas. There are outcomes or consequences to these bloopers, often more severe than the offence. In the Kingdom of Heaven, an unintentional sin and errors in faith, no matter how innocent, are missteps and most definitely faux pas. Aren’t you glad that God has great mercy for faux pas?
by Bob Jacobus | In these modern times, humanity is measured on a linear scale, which functions much like the weight and balance beam. The turning point is the exact, perfect center. To one side is the left and to the other side is the right. No one stands at the perfect center. If you believe in God, then God stands there, except deity is not measured on a human scale. What is the fulcrum, the perfect standard of humanity? With today’s rhetoric and yesterday’s behavior, there can be no doubt that people are either left or right on the balance beam of eternity.
by Bob Jacobus | Psalms are beautiful, artistic expressions of faith and hope. Psalm 23 is especially practical. The thing is, how does one translate the abstract beauty of these divine words into applied utility? First of all, one needs to understand a psalm before trying to appropriate the power it contains. Secondly, the psalm must be fully embraced as truth and a gateway to hope. Finally, the psalm needs to be internalized and adopted as part of one’s nature. The treasure of harmony and utility comes towards the end of this essay. Psalm 23 is particularly important because it covers the…