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

Numbers 11:1-15 – Advice to Young Parents

| July 24, 2015

With Janet’s surgery, we were blessed by our spiritual family bringing us dinners. One night while eating a wonderful dish with turkey and sweet potatoes, I noticed one son had eaten the turkey and left the potatoes. I love sweet potatoes but he doesn’t. I asked if he was thankful for all the love shown […]

Numbers 13:30-31 – Name the 10 Spies who Said “We Can’t”

| December 27, 2013

When someone says, “That won’t work;” “We’ve tried that before;” “We can’t;” ask them to name the 10 spies in Israel who said about conquering Canaan, “We can’t” (Nm 13.31). Nope, I don’t know their names either. Then ask them to name the 2 spies who said, “We can” (Nm 13.30). So would we rather […]

Numbers 14:1-4 – Sound Familiar?

| August 24, 2013

Sound Familiar? When the Israelites developed the Grasshopper Complex, they: 1-Cried; 2-Complained against their leaders; 3-Felt sorry for themselves; 4-Complained against God (i.e, blamed God); 5-Imagine worse case scenario; 6-Willing to settle for less; 7-Concoct false solution wanting to appoint a new leader (Numbers 14:1-4).

Numbers 22:28-30 – “The Donkey Was Not Available”

| July 12, 2013

“The donkey was not available tonight.” That was the answer given to someone feeling inadequate and wondering why God chose them. The donkey was Balaam’s and the point was if God can use a donkey why can’t God use you. Quite humbling and appropriate, don’t you think?

Numbers 27:12-23 – Praying through the Bible #55 – A Prayer for Those Left Behind

| April 18, 2013

Leaving is never easy, especially when being replaced. Can it be difficult to pray for those replacing us? Depends on how and why we are being supplanted; on how much we love and care for those left behind. There are many reasons for parting; some good, some bad, some inevitable, some out of choice. Sometimes […]

Numbers 27:1-11 – Praying through the Bible #54 – A Prayer that is a Legal Case

| April 13, 2013

Social justice, equal rights, judicial fairness, even interpretive hermeneutics along with the place of prayer; all of these are found in a story so real to life, that it just can’t be made up. Although 3000 years ago, we have been there, where the laws don’t match our lives; where not every situation is specifically […]

Numbers 23-24 – Praying through the Bible #53 – A Prayer is not a Bribe

| April 12, 2013

God cannot be bought. God cannot be bribed by prayers, sacrifices, or worship. Yet do we devalue God’s holiness, thinking Him vulnerable to our petty gifts? “God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?” (Nm 23.19). […]

Numbers 22-25 – Praying through the Bible – A Prayer to Get What We Want

| April 2, 2013

Prayer is about getting God to do what we want. Does that concept intrigue you?  Self-interest comes naturally. How often are our prayers filled with personal wish lists? We righteously conclude, almost sighing, “Your will be done;” but we think, “I hope your will is my will!” It’s easier to desire God’s will to match […]

Numbers 21 – Praying through the Bible #51 – A Prayer for Healing

| April 1, 2013

Our young sons ran, screaming. In our desert-like, Florida backyard, they spied a Coral snake, a death causing, venomous snake. Since they mimic the harmless King snake, someone poetically devised this mnemonic device: “Red on Black, Friend of Jack. Red on Yellow, Watch out, Fellow.” Brave Momma gets a hoe and cuts off the head […]

Numbers 21 – Praying through the Bible #50 – A Prayer that Causes Doubt

| March 29, 2013

Atheists love this prayer: “If You will deliver this people into our hands, we will completely their destroy their cities” (Nm 21.2). Yahweh listens, the Canaanites are defeated and Israel frees those previously taken captive (21,3). On a human level, this appears more than a rescue mission, it reeks of revenge. Atheists love scriptures where […]