Me Before You (Haggai)

Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” (Haggai 1:3-4) I'll never forget one of the first years when I was a homeowner.  Halloween came, and I was really excited to have trick-or-treaters come to the house.  I was not, however, prepared for the woman ... [Continue Reading]

Know Thyself (Lamentations 1-3)

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40) When is the last time you examined your ways to see if they are in line with God's ways?  I find that living in a sinful world means that my heart is prone to wander.  There are so many little "g" gods that demand my allegiance, and it's easy to give into them before I even realize ... [Continue Reading]

It’s All About You (2 Kings 20-21)

“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied.  For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” (2 Kings 20:19) We live in a "me" generation where everyone believes that the world revolves around him or her but not around anyone else.  "Have it your way!" the Burger King slogan goes.  "I'm loving' it" says McDonald's.  "Indulge" ... [Continue Reading]

Getting Too Big for Your Britches (2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26)

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.  He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. (2 Chronicles 26:16) Pride is often hard to see in the mirror.  We recognize proud people when we see them, but they don't recognize themselves as being proud.  Perhaps that's why pride is such ... [Continue Reading]

Truly Humbled (2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17)

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:  “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?  And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!” (2 Samuel 7:18-19) David had every reason ... [Continue Reading]

Forget YOU (Genesis 8-11)

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4) Those were the famous last words of mankind before God confused the one language and scattered the various peoples across the earth.  The motivation behind ... [Continue Reading]