No Victims Here (Ruth)

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If there was ever a woman in history who could have succumbed to victimhood in life, it was undoubtedly the biblical character Ruth. There she was; a childless woman in the ancient near east (don’t even get me started), a widow (a catastrophic situation in her day and time), a foreigner living in Israel without […]

Battle Ready (Judges 3)

Have you ever felt that life just kept hitting you with wave after wave of difficulty and you couldn’t even catch your breath from one catastrophe before the next one was upon you? I sure have! “Why won’t it end?” we rightly wonder. There is a tiny section of scripture in the book of Judges […]

Real Regret (Joshua 9)

Joshua 9

Have you ever made a really big mistake? I’m not talking about that extra scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, I’m talking the kind of choice that you regret years and years later. I can think of two. The thing is, I made those two fateful decisions for exactly the same reason; I didn’t […]

Aaron and Hur (Exodus 17)

Exodus 17

In a seven-week period of time, three of the seven pastors at our church abruptly and unexpectedly quit their jobs. At least one cited extreme exhaustion and burnout as the cause. Doing any kind of spiritual work can be tiring (whether vocational or voluntary), but there is something that can truly make all of the […]

Packing Dancing Shoes (Exodus 15)

Exodus 15

If there was ever a natural-born leader in the Bible, it is Moses’ sister Miriam, found in the book of Exodus. The first thing that we know about her is that she was fiercely protective of her little brother, was intelligent, brave and resourceful. Fast-forward a few decades and cross the Red Sea, we see […]

Behind Every Good Man (Exodus 2)

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You’ve heard that behind every good man is a good woman. In the case of Moses, from the Bible, we find that before there ever was a great man, there were five valiant women. Many years before the birth of Moses, God had told his servant Abraham that for 400 years, his descendants would be […]

Dodging a Bullet (Genesis 13)

There’s an interesting side story in the book of Genesis where Abraham and Sarah really dodged a bullet, so to speak. And the thing is, at the time they probably had no idea. When Abraham and Sarah set out from their home in Ur to follow God, they took their nephew Lot with them. Particularly […]

How long? (Job 19)

“Mom, how looooong do we have to keep praying this same prayer?” my daughter moaned dramatically as I tucked her into bed. For as long as she can remember she, and our entire family, has prayed for my eyes to be healed. (It’s a long story, but very, very serious.) To tell the truth, I […]

Waiting Well (Genesis 1)

Every time I open my Bible to the first chapter of Genesis, a chill goes up my spine and I half expect a movie soundtrack to start playing a suspenseful orchestra piece. The earth was formless, empty and dark. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? But, “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) […]