The Joy of Immanuel

The Joy of Immanuel

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. -Luke 2:10-11 No matter how many times we’ve heard the Christmas...
The Song of the Turtledove

The Song of the Turtledove

My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” — Song...
When Night Parables Are Sung

When Night Parables Are Sung

For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and...
The Weapon in Our Hands

The Weapon in Our Hands

But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died. Judges 4:21 Righteous women are far from boring. In fact, in Judges 4, we have a...
God Or Nothing

God Or Nothing

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.  How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the...
The Lord Sabaoth

The Lord Sabaoth

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in front of all Israel, “Be strong and have strength of heart. For you will go with this people into the land the Lord has promised to their fathers to give them. And you will bring them in to take it.  The Lord is the One Who...
When God Gives You a Promise

When God Gives You a Promise

There are verses that I cling to during difficult days; verses that speak to me— that practically jump out! Though written centuries ago, the Word of God still fulfills its description of being “…alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword… .” (Heb.4:12)...
Go Where God Goes

Go Where God Goes

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it...
The Case of the Lost Donkeys

The Case of the Lost Donkeys

The day before, the Lord had told Samuel, “At this time tomorrow I will send a man to you. He will be from the tribe of Benjamin. You must anoint him and make him the new leader over my people Israel. This man will save my people from the Philistines. I have seen my...
To Taunt or to Bless

To Taunt or to Bless

“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”  1 Samuel...