Joy Empowers

Nehemiah chapter eight came up in my Bible study today. It describes a moment in the history of the Jewish people when they have returned to Jerusalem from Babylon where they were exiled after losing a war with the Babylonians. They had just finished reconstructing...

Is Jesus’ Return Good News to You?

In the book of Revelation, we see a picture of an all-powerful global government controlling every aspect of human life, particularly as it relates to worship. It’s a tyrannical organization trying to get all mankind to unite in the worship of a government-sanctioned...

Singing is A Good Old Idea

Paul and Silas are a couple of New Testament characters that are famous for singing while locked up in a prison. They had been arrested for telling the story of Jesus in Philippi. (A Major Greek city in the first century.)  It’s still not the most popular topic in a...

Saving Private Ryan

A devotional I read recently reminded me of the last scenes of the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”  I must admit that I have never seen the whole film. I found it too violent to watch without skipping major portions. (Particularly the opening scenes.) I watched enough to...

God IS At Work

Presentation1I’ve been thinking lately about the “outreach” of God to the world. The Bible shows us the work God is doing through the narrow window of Palestine and the greater Middle East. For example, God was reaching out to the people in Palestine before Abraham...