Another “Hall of Faith”

Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith” or “Faith’s Hall of Fame.” I do not dispute this description, for it fits when we consider the Old Testament heroes named in the chapter. Yet, I would suggest there is another “Hall of Faith” in Romans 16:1-15. This “Hall” describes many faith heroes […]

10 Promises of Peace

When we worry, our minds get an unnecessary workout. We run through all the possible outcomes of our situation. We jump to conclusions before getting all the facts. We weigh ourselves down with all the “what-ifs”. Truly, worrying is an exercise in futility. Worry leads to fear and stress instead of faith and rest.  As […]

Who’ll Take the Son?

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect artwork, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire them. When Vietnam came, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. A month […]

The Apostles’ Prayer to God

When the chief priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees realized they could not punish Peter and John for healing a lame man and preaching in the temple, they released them with a stern warning to cease preaching “in the name” of Jesus (Acts 4:18-22). The apostles had already told the council “we […]

Do You Have an “Open” Bible?

Do you have a Bible that is open to different interpretations? Do you think that has ever God spoke to anyone with different interpretations in mind? In Nehemiah’s time, Ezra the priest read the law to the people and they were able to commonly understand it. Nehemiah 8:12 says, “And all the people went their […]

An Old Soldier Speaks

Joshua was one of the finest warriors ever mentioned in the Old Testament. He was assigned the glorious task of leading the children of Israel in conquest of Canaan: “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ […]

An Invisible Enemy

Doubled over and choking, they staggered to hospitals by the thousands, crying for help and refuge from a colorless cloud of gas that turned Bhopal, India into a tomb on a terrible December day in 1984. “We have been working nonstop to treat the people and still they are coming,” said one volunteer who tried […]

Angry Words

“Angry Words! O let them never from the tongue unbridled slip…Love is much too pure and holy, Friendship is too sacred far, for a moment’s reckless folly thus to desolate and mar” (Love One Another). This song is sung often in our worship to the Lord. Even though it was written by men it holds […]

An Encouraging Word

Psalm 9:10 reads, “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” There is great encouragement in this verse for three reasons. First, we are family. We “know thy name.” To us, His name is “Father.” John 1:12 says, “But as many […]

“And Rose Up to Play”

Paul wrote, “Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play” (1 Corinthians 10:7). The occasion of this observation was the Israelite’s sin with the golden calf (Numbers 32:1-10). The statement made by Paul gives us a good […]