Cleansing Water and Refining Fire

Cleansing Water and Refining Fire

Water purifies by cleansing; fire purifies by refining. In Numbers 31, as a result of the Israelites’ victory over the Midianites, they brought home the spoils of war – clothing, leather goods, gold, silver, iron, tin, and lead. To remain ceremonially clean, God told...
Cleaning Dried Oatmeal

Cleaning Dried Oatmeal

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10, NIV) Dried-on oatmeal may be the toughest substance to clean – at least in the kitchen. Cleaning it demands a thorough soaking. There it sat – in a kitchen sink full of dirty...