Be Slow (James 1-3)

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20) I’m a hurried sort of person.  There’s always one more thing to do on my list and one more place to go… typically a place to which I am running about 5-10 ... [Continue Reading]

Evil Doesn’t Wait (Matthew 27)

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. (Matthew 27:1) It's interesting to me that the chief priests and elders didn't waste any time in making their plans for having Jesus executed.  Rather than taking time to think through the ramifications of their actions, their minds were set, and nothing ... [Continue Reading]

The Eyes of the Lord (1 Kings 15:1-24; 2 Chronicles 13-16)

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9b) Have you ever wondered if God knows about your situation?  Have you ever wondered if He has abandoned you and is uninterested in your life? The eyes of the Lord are watching to give support to those people whose hearts are blameless toward ... [Continue Reading]

Take a Deep Breath (Ecclesiastes 7-12)

Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:9) It's funny how sometimes the holidays can bring out the worst in people.  Perhaps you have visited or you will visit family or friends who tend to get under your skin this Thanksgiving weekend.  It's easy to get frustrated and annoyed and eventually lose your cool.  But ... [Continue Reading]

Waiting on God (1 Kings 5-6)

But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.  I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.’ (1 Kings 5:4-5) Sometimes in your relationship with God it feels ... [Continue Reading]

Going the Distance (Ruth)

“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”  But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord deal with me, be it ... [Continue Reading]

The Danger of Frustration (Numbers 20-21, Psalm 90)

He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10) Every person has a breaking point.  Regardless of who you are or how patient you seem, there's someone in your life who is capable of pushing you so far that you finally lose it.  Moses experienced that ... [Continue Reading]

Remember Your Journey (Leviticus 16, 19)

‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.  The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.' (Leviticus 19:33-34) In giving the Israelites instructions on how to live, the Lord felt it was important for them to remember their humble ... [Continue Reading]