Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

1 Kings 2:2 – Show Yourself a Man

| May 31, 2014

1 Kings 2:2 – “Show yourself a man” – that command proves several important points: • Being a real man is Positive – It is a goal worth reaching. • Being a real man is Possible – It is a goal that is reachable. • Being a real man is Perceivable – I can understand […]

1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 35 – Ahab and Josiah’s Similar Deaths

| March 5, 2014

Both were warned of defeat (1 Kgs. 22:17; 2 Chon.35:21) Both ignored the warning (1 Kgs.22:29; 2 Chron.35:22) Both disguised themselves in battle (1 Kgs.22:30; 2 Chron.35:22) Both shot with a random arrow (1 Kgs.22:34; 2 Chron.35:23) Both asked to be taken away from the battle (1 Kgs.22:34; 2 Chron.35:23) Both died after the battle […]

1 Kings 19 – Praying through the Bible #114 – A Prayer of the Depressed

| January 4, 2014

Everyone wants to stand on top of the mountain of triumph. No one wants to slide down into the valley of depression. But with every mountain, there is a valley. One of God’s greatest prophets, a man equal in the Jewish mind to Moses, one who appears to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, is […]

1 Kings 18:42-45 – Praying through the Bible #113 – A Prayer for Rain

| January 3, 2014

One of the most famous American droughts was the Dust Bowl from 1931 to 1939. In 2012, 42% of the country experienced severe, extreme or exceptional drought, the largest such percentage since the mid-1950s. The 2002 drought in Colorado brought the lowest water flow that the state had seen in 300 years. The 1988 North […]

1 Kings 18 – Praying through the Bible #112 – A Prayer of Battle Between Gods

| January 2, 2014

Before the Battles of the Bulge, Iwo Jima or Normandy; before Gettysburg, Antietam or Shiloh; there was another famous battle, not between armies, or nations. It was a battle between Gods: Baal and Yahweh. The false god, Baal, had the One True God, Yahweh, outnumbered. Baal has 450 prophets. How many does Yahweh have? One. […]

1 Kings 17 – Praying through the Bible #111 – A Prayer for Resurrection

| January 2, 2014

It has taken untold number of years, and untold deaths, to reach the beginning. The first resurrection story actually contains two resurrection stories – one literal, and the other foreshadowing it through symbolic means…and maybe even a third, and a fourth. Ahab is the wickedest king of the Northern Kingdom. Hence, the people are cursed […]

1 Kings 13:6 – Praying through the Bible #110 – A Prayer for a Religious Renegade

| December 14, 2013

There is grace on every page of the Bible. Jeroboam is such an example. While all sinners do not deserve grace, we still need to examine “the sin of Jeroboam.” That phrase will describe king after king in the Northern Kingdom of Israel; and haunt them into destruction and Assyrian Captivity. And yet, God showed […]

1 Kings 8:22-53 – Praying through the Bible #109 – A Prayer of God’s Otherness

| December 11, 2013

No single verse contains all of God. No single scripture contains all of God’s theology. If this is true, then even “God is love” (1 John 4:8) is not all inclusive of all God is. God is not only love. God is righteous too, which can conflict with His desire that all men be saved […]

1 Kings 3:1-16 – Praying through the Bible #108 – A Prayer for Wisdom

| December 9, 2013

“Little Big League” is a movie about a 12 year old kid inheriting the Minnesota Twins from his grandfather. He fires the manager but no one else wants to manage under a 12 year old. So he assumes the job on the advice of his friend: “It’s the American League! They have the DH! How […]

John 14:6; 1 Kings 6:12-13 – The Way, the Truth, and the Life

| November 9, 2013

The gospel of John is written in an order mimicking the Tabernacle and Temple. That got me thinking about Jesus’ statement, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn.14:6). Could there be a parallel statement about the Tabernacle or Temple? When Solomon is building the temple, Yahweh comes to Solomon and says, “As […]