The “Pits”

Scripture You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. ~Psalm 88:6, NIV Quote Discouragement is not from God. ~Ignatius of Loyola I was doing my daily bible reading this past week and the word “pit” kept coming up. David uses it a lot in his Psalms. My first thoughts were–a pit…

Insecurity 101

Scripture After Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers said to each other, “What if Joseph still hates us and wants to get even with us for all the cruel things we did to him?” ~Genesis 50:15, CEV Quote Theologically speaking, insecurity is a deficiency of assurance. ~Ya’akov When Adam and Eve transgressed in the garden, immediately they…

God Way Is Perfect

Scripture As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. ~Psalms 18:30, NIV Quote Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. ~Augustine In Psalm 18:6, David said, “In my distress, I cried to the LORD.” The Hebrew word…

Peace Be With You

Scripture That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. ~John 20:19, NLT Quote “To go back is nothing but death: to go forward is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it.…

Slavery

Scripture Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. ~Colossian 3:22, NLT Quote Slavery, like AIDS, has not been abolished. Like a deadly virus it mutates, taking on new…

The Discipline of Waiting

Scripture Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. ~Psalm 27:14, AV Quote “Good things come to those who wait” ~Violent Fane Generally speaking, Americans do not like to wait yet the bible commands us to wait upon the LORD in at least…

Backfire!

Scripture The believers who had been scattered preached the word everywhere they went. ~Acts 8:4, NIrV Quote Malice is a boomerang, it is apt to turn upon the projector. ~William Makepeace  Thackeray Most of us understand the original definition of a “Backfire”; it is a mistimed explosion in the cylinder or exhaust of an engine. However,…

The Pride of Ephraim

Scripture The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle. ~Psalm 78:9, NLT Quote The greatest ability is dependability. ~Robert Jones Ephraim was Joseph’s youngest son but Jacob’s favorite grandson. Of course Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son. Jacob favored Ephraim just as he had Joseph and I assume…