Be Careful What You Say (Ezekiel 11-13)

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! (Ezekiel 13:3) Have you ever told someone that you "have a word from the Lord" or that "God told me to tell you this"?  I'm not saying that you should never say those things, but you must be careful in doing so.  The prophets in Ezekiel are condemned for ... [Continue Reading]

The Truth Will Set You Free… (Jeremiah 20, 22-23)

When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord’s temple. (Jeremiah 20:1-2) "The truth will set you free, but first it may make you miserable" - so said the poster at my Grandma's house when I ... [Continue Reading]

Becoming Popular (Amos 7-9)

Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer!  Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.” There's a sense in which we all want to be popular.  We all want to be liked, included, and appreciated.  Some people even go to great lengths to make sure that people like them, but becoming popular can be costly - particularly when it's at ... [Continue Reading]

To Whom Do You Listen? (1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18)

The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad.  He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” (1 Kings 22:8a) To whom have you given permission to speak truth into your life?  King Ahab only gave permission to those who would speak positively of ... [Continue Reading]

Promises (Judges 10-11)

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31) In a world where we face broken promises from politicians, celebrities, and others, promises don't seem like that ... [Continue Reading]

To Tell You the Truth (Numbers 16-17)

Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come!  Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness?  And now you also want to lord it over us! (Numbers 16:12-13) Failing to accurately represent the whole truth is just as dishonest as telling a flat out lie.  In ... [Continue Reading]