Partial obedience is really disobedience…

Genesis 12 to 15 God told Abram to leave and go to a land He would show him, and Abram obeyed.  He “went forth as the Lord had spoken to him.” [Gen 12:4] However, Abram did not leave his relatives or his father’s household as God had said to do.  How often does God say […]

Is God your Redeemer?

Job 19 As Job sat in dust and ashes and listened to his miserable comforters, he echoed the words of Solomon: “My assailants revile and conspire against me all day long.” [Lam 3:62] Yet, in all this, God’s words ring forth; Job is “a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and turns away […]

The Why Me Prayer

Job 6 -8/Ps 8 When we are in the mode of suffering, we often begin our prayer with “why me?” We complain, and we mourn instead of looking for that eternal purpose. There is a chorus that begins, “open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see […]

Are you Prepared?

Job 1-5 A key to understanding the man Job is to look at his life in everyday circumstances. God noted he was blameless and upright, and we see how he responded to his children’s choices. He offered sacrifices regularly ‘just in case’ they had cursed God, not out loud, but in their hearts. Job’s care […]

Repeat it Again…

Rev 9-12 What am I busy about today?John describes what he has seen just as Jesus commanded him and what he sees is fierce and frightening, yet men remain steadfastly belligerent to the ways of God. They will long to die, but it won’t be possible. Today there is a movement to help people to […]

Be Diligent

2 Peter 1-3 As Peter sat in a Roman prison, he began to pen these words to the faithful followers of Jesus Christ. He reminded them that God’s divine power had given them all that would be needed to live a righteous life in this world. However, he also was well aware, just as Paul […]

The True Test of My Faith

James 3-5 James has been preparing his reading audience to hear from God about what He considers the true test of our faith. It lies in the practical, not the superficial. Paul captured it precisely when he said: “For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want—instead, I […]

What kind of sandwich are you?

James 1-3 The Outworking of Faith The Hebrews author reminded us that without faith, it is impossible to please God, but the question is how do others know our faith but by our works. Hebrews and James offer the example of Abraham as a picture of one who believed God, and it was counted unto […]