How Long?

Joshua 18:3 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt.  He had preserved them through the wilderness.  He had prepared and called them into the Promised Land, and He…

Eight Lessons For Life from John 21

The excitement was over.  The disciples had lived through the horror of the arrest and trial, witnessed the agony of the cross, and experienced the resurrection at the tomb and through their own interactions with the resurrected Christ. Now what?  They didn’t see Him everyday like before. They probably felt like they were living in limbo…

Falling Short

Sometimes I have a better opinion of myself than I should. Sometimes I fail to see my own shortcomings, but when I really look at the fruits of the Spirit, and meditate on how they appear in my life, I notice a few things. This isn’t about self-bashing, but it is about looking realistically at…

Where’s the Fruit?

If you are as old as me, you may remember the old Burger King commercial where the elderly lady came into a hamburger establishment and remarked, “Where’s the beef?”.  We laughed about that scene, and the phrase, “where’s the beef?” became a part of the vernacular of the day. In Mark 11, we read a…

Martha, Martha, Martha!

Luke 10:38 – 42 My name is Mary, but I have a Martha soul. You know Martha.  She, her sister Mary, and her brother Lazarus were close friends of Jesus.  He ate with them and fellowshipped at their home in Bethany. That is where Martha was in her element.  She believed in work, in serving,…

Spring Cleaning Anyone?

Carpets cleaned – check. Tile sanitized – check. Draperies laundered – check. Humans enter – oh well. Spring cleaning tasks are necessary.  They go beyond the routine vacuum and dust and reach into the crevasses where month-old crumbs lie hidden and the detritus from the last popcorn and movie night have turned green. Enter broom,…

Send Down the Hail

The battle was on. The kings had heard of Joshua’s victory of Ai and of his treaty with Gibeon, and they were worried.  They saw Gibeon as a formidable foe by itself; now joined with the army of Israel, nothing would stop them. So, five kings with their armies joined together as a force to…

Antidote for a Bad Day

Psalm 3 – You have been there.  I have, too. Surrounded by trouble, misunderstanding, and discouragement,  life can rival Alexander’s day in the book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” I think you can get the gist from the title. Sometimes we blame other people.  Sometimes we blame God. King David…