Missives

A collection of apologetic and encouraging notes for Christians in need of some power-boosts from time to time.

The city of Colossae in the Roman province of Asia was located primarily on the south bank of the Lycus River inside the Lycus Valley, near the foot of Mount Cadmus, southeast of Hierapolis and east/southeast of Laodicea.
If any miracle of the Bible is going to attract the critics, the resurrection of Jesus from Joseph of Arimathea's new tomb after three days is a prime target.
God's Word speaks much about our tongue and its use. We read that counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
In the Bible, God makes much of His role in human history, especially of the Israelites. Unbelieving academics professing themselves to be wise attack God by undermining the historical reliability and accuracy of the Bible.
While today's youth stare at a palm-sized device known as a cell phone looking for amusement, young Jewish boys during King Solomon's reign would have looked at a soft limestone tablet of the same size, practicing their writing skills.
What's a ruler to do when the army of a superpower encircles his city, having captured 46 other cities across his nation, and threatens to kill it with thirst and famine?
Scripture says that in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. Archaeologists tend to make great ado about a few shards of pottery, but they really get excited when they discover ancient writings.
Modern archaeology can be quite frustrating, especially when viewed from the lens of unbelieving yet religious and devout diggers. There is an immense focus on pottery shards, bowls, and large wall-forming blocks, since that accounts for most of the ancient ruins.
The latter days of wintertime begin various garden activities at the Kluth estate. One of the most urgent matters is to prune the blueberry bushes. It is an art form that's been slowly developed over the years, and you only get one chance a year to do it right.
Historically, Malachi (c.465-420 BC) speaks to the third wave of expatriate Jews returning to Judah and Jerusalem after 70-years of exile in Babylon, and after Zerubbabel completed rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem in 516 BC.