Confessions of a List-maker (Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42)

A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. (Luke 10:31-32) I'm curious if you've ever done this before.  Have you ever seen a need and realized that you really want to have nothing to do with it?  So instead of coming up ... [Continue Reading]

See What You Want to See (Song of Solomon 5-8)

My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.  His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven. (Song of Solomon 5:10-11) There is a sense in which we see what we want to see.  It's true in life, and it's true in relationships.  How else could starry-eyed lovers end up together in sheer bliss only to find that they can't stand the ... [Continue Reading]

Awakening Love (Song of Solomon 1-4)

Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. (Song of Solomon 2:7b) There is a danger in awakening love too early or too quickly.  Even so, our culture is bent on encouraging people to awaken love at a rapid pace, in search of the perfect relationship or in search simply of pleasure. How often in our culture are people guilty of awakening love too quickly?  How ... [Continue Reading]

How to Love God (1 Kings 3-4; 2 Chronicles 1)

Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. (1 Kings 3:3) Sometimes it's hard to know how to love a God we cannot see, feel, or touch.  God's invisible qualities make it challenging to even remember that His presence is with us.  With ... [Continue Reading]

Persevering Against All Odds (2 Samuel 22-23)

Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite.  As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle.  Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword.  The Lord brought about a great victory that day.  The troops ... [Continue Reading]