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

Joshua 24:2 – Leaving A Family of Idolaters

| October 11, 2014

God removed Abraham from one place of idolaters to another place of idolaters. One major difference was the idolaters he left was his own family (Josh.24:2). Family is either a major strength or a major deterrence in faithfulness. Seldom is family neutral. We need to remember this. Sometimes it is our own family we need […]

Joshua 9:14 – Praying through the Bible #66 – A Prayer that Didn’t Get Prayed

| June 7, 2013

Benjamin Franklin wryly said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In this world, I might add, nothing can be said to be more certain than a life without prayer, is a life without God preventing us from making stupid mistakes. Can God answer prayers that are never […]

Joshua 7:7 – Praying through the Bible #65 – A Prayer of Who’s to Blame

| June 4, 2013

Tongue in cheek, Bill Cosby said parents of only one child are not real parents because when something gets broken they always know who to blame, with no “he did it” or “she did it” confusion. In Family Circus, make-believe gremlins are responsible when the kids don’t want to accept responsibility: “Not Me” “Ida Know” […]

Joshua 5:13-15 – Praying through the Bible #64 – A Prayer When God is “Neither”

| May 28, 2013

Did you ever dare to wonder in prayer, out loud, or in the secret recesses of your own mind, if God is a friend or foe? The answer today, right now, just might be, “neither.” The writer of Joshua wants to exalt Joshua as the successor of Moses: God speaks to both Moses and Joshua […]

Joshua – Why Was Joshua Written?

| December 11, 2011

Why was the book of Joshua written? Why is it included in the canon of acceptable books? The answers are hopefully far more interesting than the questions. The answers are not just a technical rehash but a theological reminder of God’s purposes, promises, and even procedures. And in reminding the readers, all can once again […]

Joshua – Why is the Book of Joshua Important?

| June 13, 2011

Shows God fulfills promises (21.43-45)• Shows Joshua as Moses’ successor (1.5; 4.14): God speaks to both Moses and Joshua; Both send spies (2.1); Red Sea – Jordan River (3); Memorial: Passover – Stones (4); Connection to Egypt (5.9); Passover Again (5); Holy Ground (5.13-15); Miracle worker (10.14); Covenant maker (24.25). And the whole book shows […]

Romans 2:25-29 – Baptism and Circumcision

| January 8, 2010

When arguing against the necessity of baptism, people classify it as equal to circumcision and then cite: Romans 2:25-29 NASB  For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.  (26)  So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of […]

2 Timothy 1:13 – Improving Spelling and Improving Churches

| December 7, 2009

            Anyone familiar with the English language knows what a mixed up language it is.  The reason is both historical and linguistic.  Historically we are a nation built upon immigration.  Linguisticly American-English absorbed and continues to absorb words from a variety of languages, melting them into an American alphabet soup.  American-English is not a pure […]

Psalm 15 – God’s Promises Are Different

| October 12, 2009

Mary stood beside Jim almost twenty years ago when he uttered the promise that made her his wife.  The words returned to her now: something about having and holding, for better or for worse, both in sickness and in health…until “death do us part.”  But today the death that parted them was the death of […]