Balak was the leader of the people of Moab, an enemy of Israel. When he saw Moses leading the multitudes of Israel to the Promised Land he called up the prophet Balaam to call down a curse upon the Israelites. This never happened. God would only allow Balaam to bless Israel, not curse them. What … Continue reading How God Sees Us
Remembering the Big Picture
While it’s true that a marriage can last a lifetime, the success of a strong marriage isn’t about the number of years; it’s about the depth of the relationship. There are plenty of long marriages that have survived solely on routine. The couple is just used to being together. That’s not the defining characteristic of … Continue reading Remembering the Big Picture
Just wait till you see the ending!
I have always wanted to be a novelist. The only problem with that is that you have to be good at writing.
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For several years I had the privilege of serving in a faith-based addiction recovery program. We helped people not by getting them to exchange their addiction for our program, but by introducing them to Christ and helping them to build a relationship with Him. For many, having any kind of meaningful relationship was a new … Continue reading No VIP Access
What a difference Christ makes!
When I read John’s encounter with the Lord in Revelation, it reminds me of Isaiah’s vision of God in the temple in Isaiah chapter 6. There are parallels but there are significant differences as well, and those differences are important for us as believers. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as … Continue reading What a difference Christ makes!
Life’s Unfair! How to Deal with It. Part 2 (Or, Wait! It gets worse.)
For Joseph, living for the Lord was the worst thing he could have done with his life. Well, from the perspective of casual observers that’s what it looked like. Because Joseph went from being his father’s favorite and God’s chosen to being his brothers’ enemy number one, then to being sold into slavery, then for … Continue reading Life’s Unfair! How to Deal with It. Part 2 (Or, Wait! It gets worse.)
Lord of Promise
This is another passage from the Book of Isaiah where the prophet is addressing a generation he’ll never know, the generation that would one day get to return to the Promised Land. But this time, instead of speaking directly to His audience, the Lord has the prophet record a private conversation between Himself and His … Continue reading Lord of Promise
The worst thing that could happen to us is Heaven!
The worst thing that can happen to us as believers is heaven.