When we succeed, we pat ourselves on the back. We give ourselves a hand. We think we did it. But compare our effort with what God did.
Joshua stepped out in faith and God did something amazing. How do I make that my reality?
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
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: I never knew how to act after receiving a punishment from my parents. Were my parents still mad at me? Should I be mad at them? Should I avoid eye contact? Should I try to act really good for a while so that they won't get suspicious? When can we chat normally again? Are … Continue reading Way Back Home (Exodus 33)
Summary: There is nothing more intoxicating than power. There is nothing more fascinating than those who have it. If not, why would people fight over positions as unimpressive as those on a school or church board? If not, why, from Shakespeare down through the years, have we loved stories about people who rise to power … Continue reading How To Become Powerful (Exodus 18)
Summary: I went to this Seventh-Day Adventist youth conference once. It was like seven years ago. The conference was called iServe, and that was really supposed to be the point of it - service. On one of the days of the conference, all the young people loaded up onto huge charter buses and went out … Continue reading People Are Dying (Exodus 11)
Summary: Are you dreading anything right now? Is there something coming up that you know you have to finish or deal with, yet at the same time, you know you're going to hate it? It's kind of the worst feeling: expecting the worst and with no options but to painfully push forward. Perhaps Moses and … Continue reading A House Divided? (Exodus 7)
Summary: When was the last time you felt a 'NOPE' in your spirit? You know what I'm talking about. Someone asks you to do something with them or for them or even suggests you do something for yourself. Maybe you agree at first. But then you start to reconsider. And the more you think about … Continue reading Adult Tantrums (Exodus 4)
Summary: Whether Baby Boomers or Generation X, milliennials or Generation Z, at any given time, there is always something about the youngest generation to complain about. They are lazy or they are spoiled or they have terrible taste in music. On top of their flaws, the newest generation often has a pile of new problems … Continue reading The Original SJW (Exodus 2)