A Shepherd from Tekoa

The book of Amos, like most prophetic books, is comprised of messages of judgment and messages of blessing. Judgment comes when we live life our own way and seek pleasure over God’s purposes for us. Blessing comes when we “Seek the Lord” (5:4, 6, 14) and live according to His ways. Amos was a “herdsman” … More A Shepherd from Tekoa

Cycles of Redemption

Our readings in 2018 have taken us from Exodus to 1 Corinthians and now we return to the Old Testament where Israel’s on a collision course for destruction. God rescued Israel out of Egypt and brought them through the Red Sea, revealed himself at Mount Sinai, and gave them the Law. Israel professed obedience to … More Cycles of Redemption

The Way of Escape

When I think of examples of temptation in the Bible, two men quickly come to my mind. First, I think of King David who looked across the rooftops in his capital city of Jerusalem and allowed his eyes to gaze on the beautiful woman, Bathsheba (the wife of Uriah). Then, I think of the young … More The Way of Escape

Set Apart

Have you ever received a letter or email from a friend you know loves you, but the message made you uncomfortable because it reproached your current attitude, a recent decision you made, or commented on a lifestyle you are living? Most of us can think of at least one of those letters or even a … More Set Apart

Follow the Pattern

Growing up, I would spend one or two weeks each summer with my grandparents at their home in rural Pennsylvania. There was one fabulous room in the upstairs of their large home where I spent a good amount of time. During the school year my grandmother traveled around this small county and taught Bible classes … More Follow the Pattern

Faithful Enough?

How good are you at keeping promises? Have you ever broken a promise? Have you said you would do something and forgotten or failed to follow through? How would you rate your integrity or faithfulness factor on a scale of 0-10? Exodus is a book all about Faithfulness. It is about the faithfulness of God … More Faithful Enough?

He Provides

In my life, I’ve experienced a great deal of joy and happiness, but also deep sorrow and pain. It seems like I’ve had my fair share of hardship in life – maybe that seems true for you as well. In my thirty-seven and a half years, miscarriage, death of family members, near death of my … More He Provides

Life with Purpose

Have you ever tried to keep a baby quiet or get a little one to stop crying? It seems like a pretty impossible task. You may have observed a young mother trying to calm or distract her infant in church or at a restaurant. Sometimes it works but other times that baby is just going … More Life with Purpose