Praise the Lord; praise God our Savior! For each day He carries us in His arms. (Psalms 68:19 NLT) Carried. Sustained. Lifted. Protected. Celebrated. Favored. Loved. Father, Thank You for carrying me every day. More than that, thank You for carrying me today.
The gatekeepers were stationed on all four sides—east, west, north, and south. They would spend the night around the house of God, since it was their duty to guard it and to open the gates every morning. (1 Chronicles 9:24, 27 NLT) In the days when Israel was a united kingdom the Levites (who were the priests) were assigned to the ministry at and around the Temple. An important part of their responsibilities was to ensure that the gates were being guarded. In the New Testament God makes it clear that our… Read More
Anger is a familiar emotion to nearly every person, whether it stems from a sibling who took your favorite toy, a friend who broke a privileged confidence, or an inhumane public act of violence. But anger can also be a spiritual stronghold – a controlling, debilitating, demonic force that results in harmful thoughts and behavior. Having hardened his heart through jealousy and pride, King Saul had opened himself up to a tormenting spirit – one that drove him mad. What began with “small” acts of disobedience escalated to the murder of priests,… Read More
I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church… (1 Corinthians 11:18 NLT) As a twenty three year old, I was excited about the new ministry assignment into which I was walking. My wife and I looked forward to the hopes and promises of ministry in a well-respected church filled with people who had welcomed us warmly. Then we attended their annual business meeting. To be fair, it wasn’t a horrid display of carnality. Not at all. But neither was it comforting or peaceful. There was an… Read More
This way of faith is very different from the way of the law.” (Galatians 3:12 NLT) Paul wrote to the Galatian believers, admonishing them NOT to revert back to imposing the regulations of the Law on themselves and others. The Law – specifically the first five books of the bible, but generally the rules, regulations, and requirements of God as established in the Old Testament – was never intended to make us right with God; it was, however, given for specific reasons. 1. The Law shows us our sin. Like a road… Read More