The Altar of Our Hearts

In Judges 6 Gideon receives a visitor when he was threshing wheat in a winepress. They shared a lengthy conversation about Gideon delivering Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. When the conversation was over, Gideon asked the visitor to wait while he prepared a customary offering. Then something miraculous happened.  Then the Angel of [...]

What’s Your Price?

Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to [...]

God’s Purpose in Marriage

Later this month Melissa and I will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. We've spent almost half our lives together! We've shared so many memories, experiences, amd inside jokes I can't imagine life without her. I'm thankful God put us together. I wouldn't trade the benefits of emotional, physical, and intellectual intimacy we share for anything [...]

Suffering and Encouragement

In the last post, "How Much Can You Take?", we examined Acts 9:15-16. But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” [...]

How much can you take?

Saul was enemy number one for the early church. He consented to the death of Stephen, had Christians dragged from their homes and imprisoned, and asked the Jewish authorities in Jerusalem to give him warrants to arrest believers in Damascus.  Along the road to Damascus, Saul had an encounter with the resurrected Jesus. After his [...]