The Wisdom of Solomon

Have you ever prayed for wisdom? I’m sure you have. After all, who can go through life without requiring wisdom to make the right choice? Who can face the prospect of choosing a man or woman to spend the rest of their life with without asking for wisdom? Who can…

Is It Okay to Question God?

Is it okay to question God? Some would say no to that question. God’s ways are perfect. Everything that God does is good. To question these things is to reveal unbelief. At least, that’s what some would say. But I think that life is a little more complicated than that….

Now That’s Something to Celebrate

Then David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (also called Kiriath-jearim) to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the lord who is enthroned between the cherubim. They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house. Uzzah…

Those Are Some Strong Words

Acts 22:21 says something that’s pretty hard to digest. It’s full on. It’s outrageous, really, and it makes me wonder how it ever ended up in the Bible. I’m going to warn you that small children probably shouldn’t be exposed to this verse… they’re gone? okay. Here goes: “Then the…

The Alchemist’s Dream

Before there were scientists there were alchemists. These men and women sought to understand the properties of the elements and to make the elements bend to their will. One of the highest goals of Alchemy was to achieve something called “transmutation”. That is, the ability to turn something from a…

The Most Underrated Spiritual Gift

I wonder… How do you think of spiritual gifts? Do you think of them as natural talents that God harnesses? Or perhaps as supernatural abilities? Or maybe even a mixture of both? For most of my life I thought of spiritual gifts primarily as supernatural powers. Spiritual gifts were abilities…

There Are No Lost Causes

Just this past Sunday I preached a sermon called “Tough Love”. It’s based on the sermon on the mount where Jesus tells His disciples that they are not to return evil for evil. They are to love their enemies and even pray for those who persecute them. The command from…

What if the LORD had not been on our side?

That’s the question that the Psalmist in Psalm 124 raises. And it’s a good one. Often we are thankful for things that God has done for us. Perhaps He helped you not to stress about an upcoming meeting. Perhaps God answered a prayer of yours for help overcoming a particular…

The Gospel in Surprising Places

Deuteronomy 23:3 is a surprising place to find the gospel: No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation. You might be thinking, “That doesn’t exactly look like the gospel to me.” And you’d be right, of…

How to Break God’s Law Without Meaning to

The book of Joshua is the account of how the children of Israel began to take possession of the land that had been promised to Abraham. It’s full of battles, defeats, victories, triumphs and failures. (Who says the Bible isn’t exciting!?) The thing we need to remember is that God…