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…

“What a Wonderful World”

Principles from Psalm 15 –  Psalm 15 is only five verses long, but the psalmist packed some important principles for life in those few short stanzas. He begins the psalm with a question for God – “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1)  The principles below…

Playing with Fire

Proverbs 4 We play with sin like a child plays with matches. We rub against the world, and it feels good. “No harm,” we say. So, we venture a little closer, excusing habits and actions that have the potential to maim and destroy.  “All in good fun,” we say. But we don’t see the ignition…

Empowered Life

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. There is –                                                             certain, absolute therefore –                                                          because Jesus Christ has delivered me from the body of death now –                                   …

What Was I Thinking!

Esau and Jacob – the twins.  Esau was born first, but Jacob was holding onto Esau’s foot when he came out.  Jacob’s name means ‘supplanter’ or ‘he who supplants’, and he pretty much lived up to that title.  Esau’s name means ‘hairy’, so you can guess what he looked like at birth. As they grew…