How Low Can Society Go?

There was a news item awhile ago about a man who had put his dead mother’s body in a freezer and kept it there for several years while he collected her social security money. Pretty bizarre and sordid. But could there be a more graphic, sordid story than that found in Judges 19-20? One of…

Good Luck Charms??

Are God, the church building, the Bible, a piece of cross-shaped jewelry Christian “good-luck charms”? Preposterous, you say? Think about it, especially in light of the attitude displayed by Micah (not the prophet!) in Judges 17. These are crazy days in Israel’s history—everyone doing what’s right in his own eyes. The spirit of idolatry has…

Powerful Passion

Ah, but where is it taking us? Passion is so powerful it can undermine, tarnish, even destroy great promise. It can take us places we never imagined…and would never choose to go. Such is one of the lessons from the life of Samson. Imagine the sense of hope in the heart of his parents. The…

The Dreaded Rumor Mill

You ever been the victim of a rumor—a particularly juicy bit of gossip that gets passed around the office, your church, or within your extended family? Only trouble is, it’s not true. Undoubtedly it caused you a great deal of anguish, and probably someone else some embarrassment when the truth was discovered…that is, if the…

“A Fruitful Branch”

Every true believer in Christ will produce fruit of some kind, in some measure. Jesus makes that quite clear in John 15, where He declares, “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away…” (v. 2). Then He describes what becomes of such branches in v. 6, “If anyone does not abide…

“Preparing the Soil”

When reading the parable of the sower in Luke 8, it’s natural to try to figure out which of the “soils” is truly born again. But actually, that misses the point. Surely we can say that the last type of soil represents a genuine believer’s heart because there’s lasting fruit. But again, the main point…

Entitled…to Fail!

One lesson that comes out in Numbers 22-24 is that, as a whole, God’s people are invincible. In those chapters, Balak, the king of the Moabites, and Balaam, a pagan seer, tried their best to put a curse on Israel so that the Moabites could then destroy them. God overruled. Every time Balaam spoke, it…

Power to Forgive!

To the scribes of Jesus’ day, His powerful displays of healing and casting out demons were most frustrating. These made it difficult to convince people that Jesus was an imposter, a charlatan, who was simply attempting to drum up a following for personal aggrandizement. More offensive than that, though, was Jesus’ declaration of someone’s sins…