Posts from February 2023

Posts from February 2023

Mighty men

David’s Mighty Men

  “David’s Mighty Men” are real-life superheroes, and their true stories – the kind of stuff typically relegated to mere legend – can be found in both II Samuel 23 and I Chronicles 11-12.  For example, Jashobeam killed hundreds of men with a spear at one time.  When everyone else ran away, Eleazar struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword.  Benaiah took down a lion in the snow, and he killed an Egyptian…
such a time

For Such A Time As This

Have you ever wondered where God was? Life has so many disappointments and trials that sometimes it feels like He is nowhere to be found. Nothing is more disheartening than feeling like you are doing everything you can for the Lord, and all you get is heartache and adversity in return. When we feel like this, it is easy to think He does not care about what we are going through, or worse, some even question if there is a…

Are You Being Persecuted?

In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul declared that “all who desire to live a godly life will be persecuted.” He didn’t say, “all who desire to live a godly life can be persecuted” or “all who desire to live a godly life may be persecuted.” He said, “all who desire to live a godly life will be persecuted.” That’s definitive, not speculative. That’s stated as a guarantee, not as a possibility. And, even though the type and degree of persecution can…

Forgetting & Remembering

  Two chapters in the first book of the Bible (Genesis 40-41) present an enlightening quartet of lessons on remembrance and forgetfulness.  First, after interpreting the chief cupbearer’s dream favorably, an imprisoned Joseph asks him, “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house” (Gen. 40:14).  In a tragic note, the 40th chapter ends with these words: “Yet the chief cupbearer…