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
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?