Sometimes people ask distracting questions about God in order to avoid facing truth. The Sadducees and Pharisees regularly attempted to distract Jesus from His message and His ministry. For example, in Matthew 22, They asked Jesus a random hypothetical question: “If a woman marries seven times and each husband dies; then who will be her husband in eternity?” Jesus didn’t let the question cause a detour. In fact He responded by saying: “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 NIV) As… Read More
As a pastor I have had the privilege, on many occasions, to walk with families and individuals through “the valley of the shadow of death.” Death can bring an avalanche of emotions, particularly when accompanied by unanswered questions, as in the case of someone taking their own life. Last week a 17 year old friend of ours took his life, leaving a wake of confusion and heartache among his family and friends. Although our hearts remain heavy, the funeral service brought some incredible moments of healing and closure as we heard that… Read More
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