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
Joseph is one of my favorite Old Testament characters. I was reading his life story recently and something jumped out at me as I did. After his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites and they took him far away to Egypt, Potiphar bought him as a slave. Then the Bible says, "the Lord gave … Continue reading Is Your Mess A Success?
In Numbers 16 we read about three fellows -- Korah, Dathan and Abiram -- who decide Moses and Aaron have to much authority and so they rebel. Moses instructs them to have their followers prepare incense burners to present before the Lord the next day. Aaron was to do the same. The next day Korah, Dathan and Abiram, along … Continue reading Holy Offering
I've been reading about the life of Abraham in my morning quiet time. Sometimes he's so human that I identify greatly with him. And sometimes his faith is so amazing that I'm in awe of him. For instance, when grazing land became scarce because he and his nephew Lot had so many animals that it … Continue reading Do You Have Enough Faith To Be Nice?