The First Talking Donkey

Do you know who is the first talking donkey?

Is it Eeyore? Eeyore is a donkey in the cartoon, “Winnie the Pooh.” No, it is not Eeyore.

Is it Donkey in the animation movie, “Shrek”? No, it isn’t Donkey.

So, what’s your answer?

The first talking donkey is recorded in the Old Testament, but it was nameless, “a donkey with no name.” I think it is just trying to be consistent with America’s hit song, “A Horse With No Name.” Just kidding!… more

In God We Trust

I remember a team building activity, the “trust fall,” that I participated in years ago. It was hard for me to fall at my back from an elevated position and allow my group to catch me. It took several attempts for me to complete the trust fall. I was always wary of my group not being able to catch me. I simply lacked trust with my group.

The Bible talks about trust in Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV84)… more

The Right Foundation

47I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
Luke 6:47-48 (NIV84)

Jesus is talking about two kinds of people in this parable. The first one is a wise person because he built the foundation of his house on solid ground. When the storms and flood come, the house stands strong and does not collapse. In our lives, we need to be building on the right foundation. The foundation that the Lord is referring to is obedience to His word. Obedience to Christ is not optional because it is the foundation of our Christian life. I will discuss on my next blog the second group of people that Jesus referred to…. more

The Righteous Will Live By Faith

When Martin Luther studied the Book of Romans, he particularly meditated on Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.””

He was so struck by this Scripture that he finally had the greatest revelation that salvation is by faith in Christ. He said, “At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith. Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open.” ( › … › 131 Christians › Theologians)

This particular revelation changed the course of history. Luther emphasized the doctrine, “Sola Fide,” meaning faith alone. Truly, salvation can only be found through faith alone in Christ…. more