You've probably been there. I have. You get an idea that seems like it must have come by direct revelation from the Holy Spirit. It's something you want to do for God. It will bring him glory. It will help others come to know him. You're not interested in people noticing you; your motives are … Continue reading When God says, “No”
In “Hey Look at Me!” I related the story of the unidentified deliverer who God provided to rescue Israel from the power of the Arameans. That’s impressive. One deliverer defeats a whole nation to deliver another nation. It sounds like a great story line for a blockbuster action movie. Sadly, the epilogue turns this great … Continue reading Why Bother?
4 Then Jehoahaz sought the LORD's favor, and the LORD listened to him, for he saw how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. 5 The LORD provided a deliverer for Israel, and they escaped from the power of Aram. So the Israelites lived in their own homes as they had before. 2 Kings … Continue reading Hey, Look at Me!
Rationalize - to devise self-satisfying but incorrect reasons for one's behavior. Are you good at that? I know I can be. It doesn't take me long to talk myself into or out of a lot of things that deep down I know aren't right. I think it's one of Satan's best strategies for getting us … Continue reading What Could It Hurt?
The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. 1 Samuel 3:19 (NIV) I came across this verse the other day and it caught my attention. I looked at several Bible commentaries to see what that phrase meant. They either said nothing about this … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Words Fall to the Ground
Rear-view mirrors make me nervous. Especially the one on the passenger side that says, "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear." How am I supposed to know how much closer? My exit is coming up and I need to get into the right lane so I check my mirrors. The right one looks like … Continue reading You Can’t Trust the Rear-View Mirror
I like Numbers - the book in the Bible, not integers. Some of God's best stories and best lessons can be found there. Like today I was reading in chapter 11 about the Israelites complaining about how hard life was. And God heard them and his anger burned and soon so did some of the … Continue reading If Only…
I came across a quote from one of my favorite philosophers today, Anonymous. You know, it’s odd that I enjoy reading the wisdom of Anonymous so much and yet I never answer the phone when I see “Anonymous” on the caller ID. I digress. Here is what Anonymous said as quoted in this month’s issue … Continue reading Learn from the Ants
I had a colonoscopy last week. I'll spare you the personal details. The fact that I'm telling you I had one is personal enough. But as I lay there on the table in my drafty hospital gown waiting for the doctor to put a camera up my butt, I had a divine thought. (Doesn't God … Continue reading A Spiritual Colonoscopy
I recently attended a memorial service for a young mother. During the service I recalled a verse from the Psalms: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15 (NIV) “Precious” seems like a good thing, in fact, a very good thing. This death didn’t … Continue reading Precious