Bill Irby's blog

The Fruit of Hospitality

     Bible students know about Elisha the prophet. He became what we might call the chief prophet after Elijah was taken up from the earth by a whirlwind (2 Kings 2). The sons of the prophets (likely preacher students) concluded that the “spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha” (2 Kings 2:15). Elisha had many adventures as God’s man and accomplished many remarkable things by the power of God up to and even a bit after his death (2 Kings 13:21). Indeed, the period in which Elijah and Elisha worked is one of the few times in history when God chose to work supernaturally.

What's It Worth?

     Shopping and buying things is a big part of our economic culture. I’ve read on numerous occasions that we have a “consumer economy” which I think means that our economic progress as a nation is tied to people earning a living and then spending a good portion of it on doing stuff and acquiring things. I took economics in college back in the fading reaches of time and can honestly say I remember very little of that course.

Home Sweet Home

     By the time you read this our 2017 VBS will be wrapped up and put to bed. I’m sure that it will have been a great week. I know that a tremendous amount of work was done to make it successful and a blessing to the children (and adults) that came. Our folks always do a great job!

Wages

     Most of us spend the greater part of our lives working in order to “make a living.” Economic systems are built around some form of the concept of people exchanging their time and talents for compensation. Thus Romans 6:23 is completely understandable: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The Latest Thing

     Like most folks I have a hobby or two and those hobbies have equipment associated with them. I like to walk for exercise and there is always a new shoe to try that will make my feet hurt less and make me a paradigm in the world of old man exercise. I like to fiddle with hifi stereo equipment and there is always something new in that world. I have friends who play a bit of golf and I understand that there is always a new club or ball that will be just the thing. Whatever it is, there is always going to be just the latest thing.

David's Principles

     The life of King David holds many lessons. He exemplified strength and intelligence while manifesting human frailty. He could be a noble son, servant and king but he was also a man of passion as we saw with Bathsheba and Uriah. David was like us and we are often like him. We have our principles and we work to maintain them but we sometimes come up short.

Thirst For God's Word-2

Thirst For God's Word-1

     Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matt. 5:6 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Ps. 42:1-2.

None of the Wicked Shall Understand

Toward the end of the book of Daniel there is some prophecy that has an air of finality about it. God exercised His judgment in intermediate stages at times, as was the case with Judah being taken into Babylonian captivity. Daniel was a victim of that. There would be other times when God would do His will in judging the nations and His people. Indeed, the temple known as Zerubbabel’s, built after the return from this captivity would be destroyed by the Romans in AD 70.

Not a Handmade God

     We remember Luke’s description of the “great commotion about the Way” recorded in Acts 19:21-41. Paul had preached and taught in Ephesus as he had in Athens (Acts 17) that God was not created but is the Creator. This caused quite a stir among the craftsmen who made souvenir models of the temple of Diana (or Artemis) for sale to the people who came to visit that famous place. I think we have all picked up little things like this in our travels.