I Have Not Sent Them • Jer. 27:15

I Have Not Sent Them • Jer. 27:15

In Jeremiah 27, the false prophets in Israel were more concerned with making the people feel better than they were about what was actually good for them. The Word of the Lord through Jeremiah was directed far beyond their temporary feelings and aimed at their more permanent well being. Salvation and restoration are always first […]

Why Me? • 1 Peter 4:12

Why Me? • 1 Peter 4:12

Life’s storms are also known as trials and tribulations. We’re either in a storm, coming out of one, or getting ready to face one. In this life, we will have many trials and sorrows but in Jesus we have peace. (John 16:33) Rest assured that sufferings will come our way as believers, but occasionally, we’re […]

Is what you have what you want? • James 4:2-7

Is what you have what you want? • James 4:2-7

The things we don’t have cause so much strife in life. Think about how much let down, disappointment, and even wars have occurred in our lives from things which we cannot obtain.  James 4:2 tells us, “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do […]

Put Away the Foreign Gods • Genesis 35:2

Put Away the Foreign Gods • Genesis 35:2

Jacob knew that he couldn’t obey the Lord and go to the LORD’s house (Bethel) with idols. So he told all of his house, “put away the foreign gods…purify yourselves”. If you’re familiar with Israel’s history and the Bible in general, this may sound strange.  Jacob’s twelve sons (the twelve tribes of Israel) weren’t even […]

Conspiracy Theory • Jeremiah 11:9

Conspiracy Theory • Jeremiah 11:9

Conspiracies theories run rampant in our society. The word appears several places in the Bible, and in Hebrew it means “conspiracy, treason, unlawful alliance;” a group of men “that gather together for the express purpose to commit treason, or excite sedition or insurrection.” Isaiah 8:11 says we shouldn’t fear conspiracies of men, but instead God […]

Above Reproach • 1 Timothy 3:2-7

Above Reproach • 1 Timothy 3:2-7

As Christians, we must have a good testimony, not only among believers, but also among non-believers. (1 Timothy 3:2-7) We have been bestowed with the privilege of being ambassadors for Jesus, so our conduct must be Christ-like and above reproach. As His representative, our public and private life must be consistent with the nature of […]

A Lasting Legacy • Jeremiah 35

A Lasting Legacy • Jeremiah 35

Two dads, two very different stories: Hezekiah became king over Judah at age 25 and was a successful man by all accounts; Jehonadab (or Jonadab) is mentioned briefly in 2 Kings 10 as a support to king Jehu. Hezekiah starts out great; the Bible records that he did right in the sight of the LORD […]

No Rest till God’s Best • Isaiah 62:1-2

No Rest till God’s Best • Isaiah 62:1-2

We try so desperately to avoid giving to God what He asks of us. We search for some loophole, some way to avoid giving Him everything. Yet, He longs for us to give Him who we are, the tender stuff that makes up our intimate desires and longings, our potential, our future, our time and […]

Who’s Your Daddy? • (1 Corinthians 4:15-16)

Who’s Your Daddy? • (1 Corinthians 4:15-16)

Believers in Corinth were saying, “I follow Paul. I follow Apollos. I follow Cephas.” and others would say, “I follow Christ!” There was strife and contention among them. 1 Cor. 1:12 says their hearts were filled with pride and there was no unity among the believers. As followers of Christ, we tend to put our […]