Archives

Tired Trust

Read it! Acts 21

Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?

I am ready not only to be bound,

but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

(vs 13)

Think it through

Acts 21 starts out with a description of Paul’s travels—some of the places he stayed and people he encountered. It’s easy to read over these words quickly, especially since we’ve never been to these places (at least I haven’t).

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

Suffering for the Savior

Read it!: Acts 9

But the Lord said to Ananias,

“Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles

and their kings and before the people of Israel.

I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

(vs 15&16)

 

Think it through:

From what I can tell, being God’s chosen instrument is rarely an easy thing. In Tarsus, Saul clearly thought that he was being God’s instrument. Saul probably thought he was suffering for the Lord when he left his home on the journey to arrest more “heretical” Christians.

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

Should We Be “Two-Faced” for Jesus?

Read it!: I Samuel 24

When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed?

May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today.

(vs 19)

 

Think it through:

By I Samuel 24, King Saul had shown himself to be wildly jealous, delusional, and murderous. David has the perfect opportunity to kill the king—the men around him are urging him to do so! Instead, he confronts Saul with his face to the ground, calling him “My lord the king” and “my father.”   Saul sees reason (for once) and commends David for his action.

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

How Not to be a Fair-Weather Friend

Read it!:  I Samuel 19 &20

Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it for you.”

(Chapter 20, vs 4)

 

Think it through:

Now here’s a story of a truly great friendship (perhaps the greatest friendship recorded in the Bible—or anywhere!), that between Jonathan and David.  These two friends loved each other greatly.  Can you picture them meeting one another, discovering their nearly instant rapport?  I can imagine them hanging out, sharing confidences with one another, and enjoying the ringing sound of their combined laughter.

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

Trouncing the Green-Eyed Monster

Read it! I Samuel 18

As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him.

“They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?”

Vs 7&8

 

Think it through

Saul began as a proud supporter of David. After all, David’s successes in battle were Saul’s successes. He promoted the young leader quickly. But as soon as Saul heard the people sing David’s praises, his heart changed. David had entered Saul’s territory, becoming more popular that he was in his land of Israel. Saul became jealous (vs 8), then watchful (vs 9), and then murderous (vs 11).

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

How Weakness Brings Glory

Read it! I Samuel 17

All those gathered here will know that it is not by the sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.

(vs 47)

Think it through

As he says these words, David is looking up at Goliath. Nine foot tall Goliath (I can look at my eight foot-high ceiling to get some perspective on that!). Covered in armor Goliath. Wielding a huge sword Goliath. And next to him, there’s young, ruddy David with his slingshot and five smooth stones.

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

What’s the True Value of Your Efforts?

Read it! I Samuel 16

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

(vs 7)

 

Think it through

So let’s kick off this series with one of my favorite verses from David’s part in God’s story, I Samuel 16:7. This verse reminds us that God knows us, inside and out.  When He looks at you and me, He sees the special and unique children He created.

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!

How to Use This Blog for God’s Glory!

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
(Matthew 7:24)

 

I’m all about helping you to build your house on the rock of Jesus Christ…but I’m worried you’re not.

God has really laid it on my heart that it’s not enough for us to read a few verses a day, or skim a chapter, and call it “being in The Word.” That’s as flat as unleavened bread.

To really live for Jesus, we need to read His words and put them into practice. A dash of intention and a pinch of organization will make the bread of life rise!

Read more… →

Thank You for Supporting Our Ministry!