Israel the Dream

Israel the Dream

“…In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.” 2 Chronicles 33:7b “When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion, we were like men who dreamed.” Psalm 126:1 I will establish my covenant as an...
Weeping for the World

Weeping for the World

I remember a preacher saying this one time: “Do you read the newspaper? The newspaper is the Church’s report card for the nation.” Those words certainly make sense. The Church is called to make an impact on the world, and not leave her message hidden inside the four...
Remembering HIStory

Remembering HIStory

When a new year begins, it’s always good to remember events we’ve had in the year that just passed and be thankful for them: the big things, the small  things, the quiet things, the noisy things, the challenging things, etc.  They are part of our recent history and a...
Heralding Good News

Heralding Good News

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 Traffic fills the streets. Tables heap with food. Carols play in the malls. December is packed with festivities, and for many of us, we can’t...
Seeing the Chariots of Fire

Seeing the Chariots of Fire

Imagine waking up to the rumble of army chariots and the guttural yells of their commanders. You open the door a crack and crouch fearfully to peep outside. There they are—a whole host of them—burly soldiers complete in their gear of battle: blood-stained swords,...
The Waiting of a Promise

The Waiting of a Promise

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14 Theologians place the writings of Isaiah around 600 years before Jesus Christ, Immanuel, was born. This period of time makes us...
The Best Gift

The Best Gift

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of...
Ministering Before the Lord

Ministering Before the Lord

“Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy clothed with a linen ephod.” – 1 Samuel 2:18 I remember reading this verse one day, stopping a moment to reflect on the words, “ministering before the Lord.” Often times, the word “ministering” takes on the meaning of...
A Higher Standard

A Higher Standard

We love to ask God to vindicate us and prove others wrong—even if the “others” are fellow Jesus lovers. We get wounded by them, and our bleeding hearts cry, “JUSTICE! GOD, GIVE ME JUSTICE!” We think that justice always means being repaid good for the evil brought upon...
When Passion Is Tested

When Passion Is Tested

Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!” John 13:37-38 How many times do we have...