Do What You Can (1 Chronicles 22)

The farm down the road from us posts inspirational messages on their farm sign each week. This week it read: “If you can’t do what you want, do what you can.” This is a perfect description of David’s attitude when it came to building the first temple. He desperately wanted to build a temple to […]

The Way of Escape (2 Samuel 11)

2 Samuel 11

Has God ever given you a “way of escape?” In the book of James, God tells us that when we are tempted to sin, God will mercifully give us an opportunity to run far from it before we make a choice that we will later regret. In the book of Second Samuel, chapter 11, King […]

My Super Power (1 Chronicles 12)

1 Chronicles 12

I laugh every time that I see the card my daughter made me for Mother’s Day last year. She wrote: My mom’s super power is that she can find anything. She’s not wrong. It is well known in my house that nothing is truly lost until your mother can’t find it. I can find lost […]

Mercy in Real Life (2 Samuel 2)

2 Samuel 2

I have a very dear friend whose husband was abandoned by his father as a child. Throughout his life, his father would drift in and out bringing his drama and baggage with him. The father wasn’t a pleasant person and it would have been very easy, even completely justified, for my friend’s husband to cut […]

Marked for Life (1 Samuel 5)


Have you ever seen something so shocking that it marked you for life? In First Samuel 5, the Philistines were drunk on their victory over the Israelites. Not only had they killed thousands of enemy soldiers and left the rest running for their lives, they had captured the most important symbol of the Israelite’s God- […]

No Victims Here (Ruth)

Ruth 1

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 […]