The Lord Was with Joseph (Genesis 39)

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“The Lord was with Joseph.” (Gen. 39:2) Those five words are the hallmark of the Biblical character Joseph’s life. Aren’t they so comforting? Any of us would want our lives to be punctuated by the fact that the Lord is with us, wouldn’t we? Remarkably, those words were first written about Joseph after his brothers […]

Everybody Loves Adeline (Luke 6)

Luke 6

Everybody loves Adeline. My third grader has always been my easiest child. She is sweet and smart, responsible and continually willing to help. However, we always laugh because as sweet as she is, when she is over-tired and something happens that really upsets her, she will register her grievance about the present problem and then […]

Our Responsibility (Luke 10)

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Our church has a program that I really love. The program allows students from fourth grade up to volunteer in the Sunday School classrooms of younger students. They interact with the kids, help with crafts, sing songs, and basically just assist the teacher with whatever he or she needs. My two oldest kids both volunteer. […]

Details (Ezra 8)

Ezra 8

I once heard about a minister who was worried that his low salary prevented him from purchasing medical insurance for his family. He worried a great deal about the problem, conflicted. He knew that he had been called to that particular ministry, but he worried about his family. What if someone became sick or injured? […]

Feet to Faith (Daniel 6)

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King Darius was vain, short-sighted and self-absorbed, but if there is anything that we can admire about him, he certainly had a lot of faith. After being tricked into throwing his friend and trusted adviser, Daniel, into a den of hungry lions, King Darius might well have just walked away sad that the experience had […]

The King Has Lost His Mind (Daniel 4)

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Daniel chapter four records a remarkable letter from King Nebuchadnezzar to his people that starts out something like this: “You guys, I have the best news ever! I lost my mind.” Hmmm…that doesn’t sound like fantastic news. The king went on. “No, really! For seven years I lost my mind. I started eating grass like […]

Time for Something New (1 Kings 17)

1 Kings 17

Sometimes God makes it clear that it is time for something new. I don’t know about you, but I am not in love with change and most major changes in my life (outside of having kids- which I relished) have been accomplished despite me dragging my heels, kicking and screaming. No matter how much we […]

Jezebel (1 Kings 16)

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Jezebel. The very name makes us shudder! Jezebel was vindictive, manipulative and pure evil. (She had a man murdered over a vegetable garden!) When she left her palace home in Phoenicia to marry King Ahab of Israel, she had only one goal; she was going to stamp out Jehovah worship in the land of God’s […]

The Condition of a Heart (1 Kings 16)

1 Kings 16

If you don’t think the Bible is edge of your seat thrilling, you aren’t reading it. Revenge, deception, intrigue; Days of Our Lives has nothing on this stuff! After the kingdom of Israel split in two (now Judah and Israel), the country of Israel suffered through one wretched king after another. A few kings in […]