Leisure Born in Stillness

Isaiah assures those seeking deliverance that God has delivered before, and He will deliver again. That brings a sweet stillness to my heart. “Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—     all who seek the Lord! Consider the rock from which you were cut,     the quarry from which you were mined. Yes, think about Abraham, your…Read more »


Psalm 111 is filled with absolutes. As a middle school teacher, I warned my students about the dangers of overusing absolutes. If you know anything about middle school students, you know their world is absolutely wonderful or horrible depending upon the day, hour, or minute. Never, forever, always, all, none, everything, and nothing are ingrained…Read more »

Love is the Answer

Folks who claim to have all the answers when it comes to God or religion don’t make effective missionaries, teachers, or ministers. In his letter to Corinth, Paul is offering advice regarding food that has been offered to idols. His point is the same point Christ conveyed to His followers. Rely on love rather than…Read more »

The Complacent Church

Hebrews 10:32-39 is a sobering reminder of the suffering early Christians endured. I’ve never been persecuted for my religious beliefs, so I can’t imagine their suffering. I must be mindful that many are still suffering because of their faith. As I write this, my heart goes out to all who have, are, and will continue…Read more »

Does That Sound Like Me?

The language is Deuteronomy 18 may be harsh, but Moses clearly conveys God’s unwillingness to tolerate His name being used inappropriately. That isn’t only about adding His name to curses for emphasis. That is never appropriate, but it isn’t the biggest misuse of God’s name. Prophets, preachers, messengers, and all Christians must be mindful of…Read more »

The Best Witness of All

From start to finish, Psalm 103 reminds me that I can count on God’s lovingkindness. He forgives, redeems, crowns, fills, gives, and does all He does out of a deep love for me. That makes me want to praise Him with all that I am. It had the same effect upon David, a man truly after…Read more »