The Power of the Bible (2 Kings 22-23)

Did you know that 66% of Americans say that they want to know more about what the Bible says? That’s fantastic news, and here’s why. Scripture has the power to change everything. In Second Kings 22, Judah was a royal mess. One evil king after another, people worshiping idols and sacrificing their children on alters […]

It’s All His (2 Kings 20)

Yesterday, I met the most extraordinary woman named Leann. She and her husband (who is 90) have worked very hard over their lifetimes and have become quite wealthy. I suppose that she could have chocked their success up to their work ethic, their intelligence or good fortune. Instead she said, quite seriously, “When God entrusts […]

Name Tags (2 Kings 17)

At a recent annual meeting of the American Heart Association, three hundred thousand doctors, nurses and researchers gathered to discuss, among other things, the importance that good diet plays in healthy hearts. Interestingly, however, during the mealtimes, these heart experts consumed fat-filled fast food, such as bacon cheeseburgers and fries, at the same rate as […]

Flexing Our Courage Muscle (2 Kings 11)

When my son was in second grade, his teacher had the most fascinating family story. They immigrated to the US from the Netherlands, but during the Second World War, her grandparents had harbored Jews in their very home. It was obviously a huge risk for their entire family, their house was even searched by Nazi […]

An Unlikely Heroine (2 Kings 5)

We can hardly imagine anything good resulting from the story we read in 2 Kings 5. A young girl, forcibly taken from her home (most probably as people, including her father, were killed in mass) and taken to another country as a slave. It was a terrible situation, to say the least. God saw it […]

Burning Bridges (1 Kings 19)

During an average day of plowing, Elisha had the most extraordinary experience. The prophet Elijah met him in the field and threw his cloak over Elisha’s shoulders. Elisha knew exactly what that meant. He had been chosen to be the next prophet of Israel. As Elisha stood there wearing Elijah’s cloak, he had a decision […]

Pray Big (1 Kings 17)

The Law of First Mentions is the theological term that describes when something monumental happens in the Bible for the very first time and each one is significant. The story of the Widow of Zarephath, found in First Kings 17, has two of them and they are huge. First, when God sent the prophet Elijah […]