Christians get a bad rap these days because, well, a lot of them deserve it. We don't glorify God with our actions or our words. But why is that?
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
Which one are you?
When an Israelite in the Bible times made a vow to God, it was private, between them and God. Unless, of course, if they were a woman. What gives?
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.
We want "yes", but God says "no". Or we want "no", when God actually says "yes". What are we supposed to do in these situations?
"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart." - Ecclesiastes 7:2 This verse used to get on my last nerve.
A gift? Really? That? What was God thinking?
Some of the men of Judah or Dan or Naphtali or Ephraim were not pleased. They wanted a different answer. They didn't want to obey. They didn't like God's decision. They disagreed with His law. Can you believe that? Of course you can.