Author: Pat Joyce

The Mystery of Jesus’ Birth

I love a good mystery.  It’s fun to watch the clues come and the story unfold until at the end it becomes clear what really happened.  In December of last year I wrote an article called Celebrating Christmas where I stated that “Clues from the Word let us know that the birth of Christ actually…

Relationships

Last month I picked up our local paper and found the obituary of a woman who had been a close friend.  She moved a number of years ago to an assisted living facility that was closer to her daughter but about a hundred miles away.  I missed her and for a while we would talk…

Numbers in Scripture – Part 2

It  occurred to me after posting the first article on numbers that I had not mentioned one of the activities I find enlightening when I come upon any list of things in Scripture.  For example, look at 1 John 1:1 and count how many things are stated concerning the Word of Life; 1. That which…

Numbers in Scripture

I don’t remember exactly when I began to see the spiritual truths found in patterns and numbers in the Bible but it has been an ongoing discovery that has continued to open my eyes to this day.  The consistency of meaning throughout a book written by different people over thousands of years testifies to God…

Living Blessed!

I love study and have particularly found that exploring the meaning of words in the original Bible language opens my understanding and clarifies the author’s intent. It is the Bible in the original languages that is God-breathed, not the King James or New American Standard or any of the multitude of other translations. Basing comprehension…

Peace in the Storm

Some people have vivid dreams on a regular basis but I’m not one of them.  Even if I have a dream, I seldom can remember much about it.  However, early in my walk with the Lord, I had three dreams that I have never forgotten.  I believe they were meant to teach me critical lessons.…

Taking the Promised Land

Back in the 70’s I attended an Aglow retreat where the speaker gave a message that has stayed with me all these years. It had to do with the tribes that inhabited the Promised Land and were to be driven out. It is one of those wonderful truths hidden in the Old Testament that might…

Celebrating Christmas

The day after our American Thanksgiving,[1] I climbed up into the attic and retrieved the stored Christmas tree parts and two boxes of tree decorations.  I am amazed at the tree.  I bought it 25 years ago because our granddaughter had asthma and we were concerned about having a “real” tree.  Hard to believe that it…

Musical Memory

I love music.  Probably because it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  When I was two, my folks moved from Louisiana to Colorado by car.  One of the first things they bought was a “Victrola,” the old name for a radio, record player (not CD).  It came…

Exploring the Greek Word Kephale Translated “Head” Part 2

In part one of the study on kephale, the Greek word for head, we learned that kephale means physical head or when used figuratively; originator, competitor, source of life or simply source and should not be translated authority over.[1] In Ephesians 5:18-24 tradition supports looking at the word head as meaning authority over, but is that what…

Another look at Genesis 3:16

One of the problems we all have when reading familiar scripture is not really paying attention to what the well known verses say.  I’d like to challenge you to read carefully Genesis 3:11-16 along with me.  For ease of understanding we’ll break it into relevant sections. Genesis 3:11 And He said, “Who told you that…

The Parable of Bonnie

Bonnie came to sleep on our porch last February.   We live in Texas where it seldom gets cold enough to freeze.  When it does we cover our plants to protect them.  We had a cold snap and following the freeze it rained and the sheets I had used to cover the plants got wet.  I…

Is Eve Responsible?

Familiarity with the first three chapters of Genesis is critical as it is here that we see God’s original plan, how we messed it up and the first hint that He has had a solution from the beginning.  In my post in April we looked at the fallacies that have been put forth about the…

Challenging Tradition in Genesis 1 & 2

The first two chapters of the book of Genesis are critical to understanding the intent of God for His creation.  Today we’ll address some of the widely held misconceptions from these chapters that affect women. Tradition has taught that the male was created first and given dominion.  Take a close look.  The creation of human beings…

Thoughts on 1 Timothy 2:12

On Ishshah’s Story we have been exploring some of the scriptures from Paul’s letters that have been used to severely limit the function of women in the church.  One prime verse comes from 1Timothy 2:12-13, “12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be…

Shall Women Be Silent?

Shall Women Be Silent? Our purpose here is to explain why 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 doesn’t mean that women should forever be silent in church.  The scripture appears to forbid women speaking in church but today it is common practice.   To prevent encouraging people from picking and choosing which scriptures to believe and which to reject, it is critically important…