Bridge Burning Days (Haggai 2b)

Haggai 2a Amy Carmichael

Have you ever had a bridge burning moment? You know, the kind that you know will radically alter your life forever? Amy Carmichael, a young missionary woman in India, had just one of those moments. She had been very busy doing her regular missionary work when a frantic knock came at her front door in […]

Yes, You Can! (Jonah)

jonah-change

The book of Jonah, in the Bible, does not name its author, however, many scholars believe that it was actually written by the prophet himself. Clearly, some of the details of the story, his prayer in the belly of the fish or over the city of Nineveh for example, could have only come from the […]

Obey Without Delay (Jonah 1)

The story of Jonah and the whale in the Bible.

“Obey without delay.” This is a saying that I repeat over and over again to my children for three good reasons. First, not obeying right away could cause something really bad to happen. I might yell at my child to “stop!” just as they are about to run across a parking lot in front of […]

God Came Down (Exodus 1)

Exodus 1 Hebrew midwives

The book of Exodus dramatically opens with two unlikely female champions of a heroic resistance against the Egyptian government. When Shiphrah and Puah (midwives for the Jewish people) refused to kill all of the newborn Hebrew baby boys as they had been instructed by Pharaoh himself, they unknowingly ensured that their names would never be […]

Bad Advice (Nehemiah 6)

Nehemiah 6

This week I heard some bad advice from a very popular author and speaker in the Christian world. One of her followers said to her; “I just can’t reconcile your teaching on this particular subject with what I read in scripture.” The author answered: “Read a book.” The follower was right, the author’s teaching did […]

Essential Praise (Ezra 2)

Ezra 2

My family lives in Oregon, however, after college my husband and I moved to Alabama for about a decade. Every summer I would pack up my trusty Ford Escape with our Golden Retriever and however many kids we had at the current time (between one and four) and we would head out on the 2,500-mile […]

Fake News (Acts 20)

Acts 20

Fake News. Have you heard that term a lot lately? In fact, 82 percent of us admit that we have been duped by “fake news.” Before that term became a thing, the apostle Paul cautioned the church about fake news. Knowing that this would be his last time seeing his friends at the church in […]