June 20, 2020

God called Abraham to leave his family, culture, and livelihood to go where He would lead.

I’m not sure when Sarah came into the picture — if she was already there when God called Abraham or if she joined him later. Regardless, Sarah hitched herself to Abraham’s God-called purpose and submitted to a God-focused lifestyle. Sarah gave herself to the mercy of Abraham’s ability and willingness to hear and obey God.

As we read their journey we see their fallibility and mistakes. Abraham lied about who Sarah was and put her in harms way. Sarah laughed in unbelief at God’s promise of a son. Sarah convinced Abraham to take matters into his own hands and have a son with Hagar. Abraham listened and did what Sarah suggested. Sarah became jealous of Hagar and Ishmael and demanded they be cast out. Abraham listened and did what Sarah suggested.

Finally, after years of walking, waiting, and making mistakes, the promise was born. Then God said kill it. At this point, we see his quiet resolve as Abraham...

April 26, 2020

I can sense a difference between when I talk to God about bringing resolution to something I need and when I talk to God for the sake of communion with Him.

Yes, the Bible does say “You do not have, because you do not ask,” (James 4:2). But the context of this verse is in reference to asking with wrong motives. And it discusses the wrong behavior we tend to engage in when we don’t obtain what we desire. Read from verse 1 through verse 3, and the part of not having because of not asking has different meaning. Read and consider.

“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions,” (James 4:1-3, ESV).

No wonder I feel differently in my spirit when my prayer time is about asking for something from Him rather than...

April 16, 2020

I remember when I was eight years old, we lived behind the church where my dad was pastor, and I was playing in the basement with my Barbie dolls. I randomly had the feeling that my dad was going to be in a car accident. I didn’t feel anxious about it; it was just a thought that passed through my mind. So, as I played, I prayed for God to protect my dad.

Several hours later, my dad came home. He had been in a car accident. He was driving down U. S. Highway 41, the main 6-lane highway that runs through the town where we lived, also known as 3rd Street. Two semi trucks came up beside him, one on each side. One truck driver didn’t see my dad and started moving over into his lane. Thankfully, the light in front of them had turned red and forced everyone to stop. The truck had made it over into Dad’s lane far enough to damage the car, but, because they had all been stopped by the red light, my dad was not harmed. If they had not had to stop, my dad would have been crushed in between the two...

April 10, 2020

You may be feeling anxious; if so, you are not alone.

Worry about the extent to which the COVID-19 virus will impact us personally and what the future of our world will look like is the concern of today. This is a legitimate emotional and intellectual response to what life has brought our way. We should be concerned and we should do the things we have been instructed to do to handle the situation appropriately.

While we understand we have just cause for concern, many are afraid but are not acknowledging their fear. It’s normal to be afraid when something scares us. And hearing negative news about people suffering and dying, about the reduced availability of necessary supplies, about longer isolation time, about job losses, and about economic crises is scary. But it is not okay, however, to feel afraid and to avoid it or deny it.

Scripture says that God has not given us a spirit of fear (see 2 Timothy 1:7); however, the current life situation has made us afraid. How do we Christi...

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