Marji Laine

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Fathoming God: El HaNe’eman

treasure chestI expected to end my series on Fathoming God with my last article, El Roi. (I still love that name! So personal!) But I happened upon an extensive list of new names. Most of them, I’d never heard before, but each so expressive of God’s characters.

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Fathoming God: El Roi

LILABNER STAMPGIFLast week we focused on El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient God. This week, we’re learning about El Roi.

This name, when I hear it, brings back images of The Beverly Hillbillies or Green Acres. Surely there was an Elroy in that bunch somewhere. Though that picture in my head doesn’t come near to the attribute of God that this name inspires. Continue reading

Fathoming God: El Shaddai


El Shaddai. I confess, this is the name which originally sent me on my current journey to fathoming God. I’m dating myself to admit that I sang the Amy Grant version of the song “El Shaddai” when I was in college. It contained the names El Elyon and Adonai as well. Funny how, 29 years later, the names drive me to learn what they mean about the God I serve. Continue reading

Fathoming God: El Olam

EternityOh Ancient of Days! Wow, what a name! I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of the name El Olam before I started the study. But then investigating God’s Word is a set up to learning new things about Him, and myself. So I shouldn’t be surprised.

Last week we spent extra time digging into Elohim. The Mighty One in plural. The singular of Elohim, El, is part of this name. Intriguing, huh?  Continue reading


More on Elohim

Last weekfortress, I started examining the name of Elohim. What an amazing name! So much to unpack!

Like I mentioned last week, the name means “Mighty One.” I find it telling that God revealed this name as the first in scripture. This name that speaks of His power begs us to humble ourselves before Him. Continue reading

Fathoming God: Elohim

Sunrise through silhouette of treesFor the last few months, I’ve been going through the names of God in order to understand Him. Just like in any relationship, I have to know my Heavenly Father better and better, to maintain our relationship and to grow closer to Him. Examining His many names has given such insight into his character. Last week, I shared a review of the names that I’d already gone through. Interestingly enough, I started with Jehovah and most all of the names I’ve studied are variations of that key name. 

Today, I’m examining Elohim. And many of the coming names will be variations of that one. Continue reading


Fathoming God: Adonai

King Haakon and Queen Maud in 1906Because this blog is Faith~Driven Fiction, Thursday is the faith day while Tuesday is the fiction day. For the last several months, Thursday has generally held a series of studies with the goal of Fathoming God. We’ve been studying the many names that the old Testament stories contain. This next name exhibits the reign of God. Continue reading


More on Jehovah Sabaoth

David fights against GoliathLast week we started the study of the name Jehovah Sabaoth. Seems I’m not the only person who thought that meant Lord of the Sabbath. But it doesn’t. Doesn’t even come close to that title.

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More on Jehovah Rohi

photo of shepherd with lamb, circa 1900Last week we started a study about God as our Jehovah Rohi, our Shepherd, and all the images that name conjured. But think about it. Shepherds were lower class citizens, dirty from working outside night and day around smelly sheep. Comparing God to one would be much like comparing our favorite celebrity to a road worker, garbage man, or janitor. (Jobs mentioned are just to make a point – not a slight because I know and respect people who work in all three of these jobs and others similar.)

So why would David (who was a shepherd himself) taken comfort in God being his Shepherd? Continue reading


Fathoming God: Jehovah Rohi

psalmsWhat better way to follow Jehovah Shalom than with Jehovah Rohi. From the 23rd Psalm, this name of God gives reason why we can be at peace.

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