ODB: In The Storm

ODB: In The Storm

A storm was brewing—not just on the horizon but also in a friend’s home. “When I was in Hong Kong,” she shared, “the local meteorological service announced that there was a superstorm approaching. But more than the storm that was looming outside my window, there was a storm brewing at home. While my dad was in the hospital, family members were trying to balance their home and work respon

Latest

ODJ: walk worthy of God


ODJ: walk worthy of God


Congratulations for doing so well!” Friends and family recently showered me with praise. But it was due to the fact that my daughter had done exceptionally well in her national examinations. As a father, I couldn’t have been prouder of my daughter’s achievements. Likewise, we do our heavenly Father proud when we live our lives “in a way that God would consider worthy” (1 Thessalonians 2:

ODJ: a prophet and a roaring God

ODJ: a prophet and a roaring God

Amos is one of the most intriguing biblical characters, tucked away in the neglected corner of the Minor Prophets. I’ve struggled with the prophet partly because my son Seth once had a stuffed monkey named Amos. My main difficulty, however, has been that Amos is true to his calling as a prophet. The word prophet conjures up odd images and associations: glaring eyes, angry voice and stra

ODJ: sin is serious

ODJ: sin is serious

David Head, in his book He Sent Leanness, overhauls a traditional public confession of sin found in the Book of Common Prayer and offers a satirical look at our shallow view of sin: “Benevolent and easy-going Parent: We have occasionally had some minor errors of judgement, but they’re not really our fault. Due to forces beyond our control, we have sometimes failed to act in accordance with

ODJ: a wonder

ODJ: a wonder

Several years ago my family and I were able to travel to the sunny state of Arizona in America. Unforgettable, the land revealed its varied wonders—from the intricate architecture of early Native Americans to the brilliance of the sun reflecting on the untainted snow lining a volcanic crater to the indescribable expanse of the Grand Canyon. Some experiences might be called great; others engage u

ODJ: doomsday predictions

ODJ: doomsday predictions

Adoomsday prophet predicted that Jesus would 
return on 6th September 1994, then 21st May 2011, and then finally on 21st October 2011. He even said that God had stopped saving people after 21st May. When the final doomsday prediction did not happen, the man had to finally apologise for his false teachings.
For centuries the Jews were expecting the Messiah to come to be their King. They wondered

ODJ: “Like” This

ODJ: “Like” This

March 9, 2012 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise (4:8).  READ: Philippians 3:7-21 Have you ever stopped to consider what the apostle
 Paul’s page might look like if he were on 
 Facebook? Friends with […]

ODJ: roaches are forever

ODJ: roaches are forever

February 12, 2012 In keeping with Your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people (v.19).  READ: Numbers 14:10-44 For a small donation to the Wildlife Conservation Society, you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after someone you love. This fundraising event targets sweethearts who want to pay tribute to the long standing nature […]

ODJ: desire for vengeance

ODJ: desire for vengeance

December 28, 2011 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (v.21).  READ: Romans 12:14-21 I once spoke with a father whose son had been brutally murdered by a family friend. In the years that followed, he talked of his burning desire for revenge. He knew that bitterness had overtaken his heart and […]

ODJ: don’t be cruel

ODJ: don’t be cruel

December 27, 2011 This is what the Lord says: “Do not listen to your prophets who claim that soon the gold articles taken from my Temple will be returned from Babylon. It is all a lie! Do not listen to them” (27:16-17).  READ: Jeremiah 27:1-28:17 Have you noticed how difficult it is for elected 
 officials […]

ODJ: temper, temper!

ODJ: temper, temper!

December 10, 2011 You must all be quick 
to listen, slow to speak, 
and slow to get angry (James 1:19).  READ: Numbers 20:1-13 It was the first month of the 40th year of wandering 
 in the wilderness. Still grieving over the death of his
 beloved sister Miriam (Numbers 20:1), Moses had to cope with the […]