One of the Christian platitudes that I find most irritating is “God will not give you more than you can handle.” Try telling that to Gideon and the 300 men with him as they moved toward a battle with the entire Midian army. Try telling that to Job who, in addition to experiencing the loss of health, wealth and family, had to endure the empty and sometimes harsh words of his so-called friends.
Quarterbacks, kings and the rest of us
Alex Smith is unlikely to play quarterback in the Superbowl this Sunday. What can we learn from the way that Alex has handled his transition from starter to back-up?
On gadflies and prophets in the church
The prophets in Israel had the job of confronting the king to speak God’s word into his life. The “gadflies” in the church do the same. Leaders need to listen to them and not simply label them as troublemakers.
Faithfulness – The currency of God’s economy
God has called us to faithfulness and to leave the results in his hands. King Saul provides an example of one who did not understand this.
Speed dialing with no signal – Dealing with frustration in prayer
Recent frustration in prayer seemed to be described in a U2 lyric which speaks of “speed dialing with no signal” What is the solution? Read on for some thoughts on reducing the frustration.
Paths of Righteousness for His Name’s Sake
In Psalm 23:3, King David writes, “he leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” While there is benefit to me in walking a path of righteousness, my benefit is not the primary purpose of God’s leading me. David points to God’s reputation and God’s purpose as the reason for the leading. […]