When someone makes a promise they will often swear to keep that promised based on something like “my good name” or “on my mother’s grave” (v.16). If they do not keep the promise then their name is on the line with the threat of their name being tarnished or trust in them diminished. “For when […]Read More Jesus is the Greater Promise
With the advent of the TV, computers, spectator sports, desk jobs and early retirement, we’re sitting down more than ever before in history. Researchers calculate the average person sits 9.3 hours a day, which is more time than the average person spends sleeping (7.7 hours). So that means 17 hours a day we are on […]Read More Jesus is the Greater Hope to the End
Before 1849 California was declared a waste land and said to have the least resources of any place on the North American continent. That was until the gold rush. Thousands of people left family and home in the hope of striking it rich. Some did, but most didn’t. The gold rush left many more impoverished […]Read More Jesus is the Greater Hope
The last part of Philippians 4:5 says, “The Lord is at hand.” Some take this to mean, Jesus is coming back soon. While that is true, it also means God is present. He is near. It’s when our life is chaotic, when we don’t feel so happy about our circumstances, or when we are tempted […]Read More how the nearness of God matters
Those who have seen God are never the same. The children of Israel asked to see the Lord of Moses, but when they saw the Lord they were afraid and ask Moses never to allow them to see God like that again [see Daniel 10:7-10, Luke 2:10, Acts 9:3-4]. In Revelation 1:9-18, John saw the […]Read More What is your response to who God is?
Have you ever been picked last during the gym class lineup? In elementary school, I used to be skinnier than a twig, but as fast as a gazelle. You’d think I would be an ideal candidate for dodge ball, but all the strong guns and smack mouths got picked above me. Or have you ever […]Read More not alone
The story of Jacob’s ladder is well known by many who do not know the Bible. Jacob is depicted in song lyrics from Led Zeppelin to U2 to Rush to Huey Lewis and the News. Jacob is also a topic for motivational speakers communicating ones ability to climb the ladder of personal success because “the […]Read More Jacob’s Dream