Raise your hand if you have ever been able to fully obey God and follow all His commands. Exactly.
You know that scene in every teen movie where the main character is wearing something very special, like her grandmother's necklace, but then she goes to a party and loses it?
Why do we do the exact same thing?
I get mad at God over petty things, like catching a cold or waking up too late. I expect God to make everything in my life go smoothly, just because I say a prayer and have a little worship. Meanwhile, I'm sitting on acres of blessings.
The monologue Balaam goes on in Numbers 24 is sweeping, poetic, fantastic - practically mythological. Hey, they do always say that the Bible is a book of fairy tales!
For every disaster or disease or crime or pestilence, there's a sermon given by an earnest pastor who goes on and on and on about God's faithfulness and His power and His love and His protection - while smoothly skipping over the fact that plenty of people were not protected, and did indeed suffer.
Summary: That feeling when you're just going about your business, having a nice life, and all of a sudden you get that twinge in the back of your throat. Oh no. You're getting sick, and now it's up to every remedy you can get your hands on and frantic prayers to God to keep you … Continue reading Prosperity Gospel Is A Lie (Leviticus 26)
Summary: You know what looks like a tough job? Disciplining a child. If you punish them for doing something wrong, they get mad and throw a fit. If you ask them to apologize, they either refuse or do it grudgingly, and you can tell that they aren't sorry. Sometimes you accidentally punish them when they … Continue reading What Goes Around, Comes Around (Genesis 49)
Summary: If someone makes me a promise, any promise, no matter how big or small, I always take it with a grain of salt. I think I can be a bit cynical at times - but I just don't trust that people will do what they say! If someone says that we should hang out … Continue reading The Case Of The Stolen Inheritance (Genesis 21)
Summary: "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine..." This popular hymn is filled with hope, confidence and surety. These things are difficult to come by these days. With natural disasters, economic inequality, racism, sexism, horrendous presidents…one begins to wonder just how much hope can be reasonably had in a God that … Continue reading How Can I Know? (Genesis 15)
Summary: I have a small obsession with getting back at people. It's weird; it doesn't even have to be me who does it. If someone does something wrong - hurts my feelings, cuts me off on the road, undermines me at work - then I begin imagining all the many and wonderful ways that person … Continue reading Lyin’ Abe And The Unfair God (Genesis 12)