I Samuel 21-25: Saul pursues David.

April 14, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 21-25. Background: I Samuel 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Learning from examples: As David begins his run from Saul, he comes in haste to Nob meet Ahimelech the priest, looking for something to eat for him and his men. The problem is, however, that the only bread that…

The same God, Old and New.

December 29, 2014. Sometimes when we look at the allegedly striking differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament we can almost get two different pictures of God. We see His character in the Old Testament and usually focus on His righteous and wrathful side and then we flip over to the New Testament…

Hymnnotes: Wayfaring Stranger.

December 10, 2014. Today I would like to talk about a hymn that is so moving that it almost gives me chills when I hear or sing it. I grew up singing this hymn and it has always held a special place in my heart. More recently, it seems that this song comes to mind…

Patience may be a virtue after all.

November 8, 2014. One of the things that I have actually been advised not to pray for is more patience. Why? Well, I think the mantra “be careful what you wish for” is fitting here. When we ask for more patience, we can be quite sure that God will grant our request (as it is…

The Christian Virtues, Part 7: Brotherly Kindness.

October 11, 2014. The last two virtues are somewhat similar in nature, and I admit that I have had to do some studying to tell the difference. Honestly, I haven’t really grasped the full difference between the two besides that which is intuitive. Brotherly affection and love. I think I have gotten somewhat of an idea…

The Christian Virtues, Part 4: Self Control.

October 8, 2014. As we continue our journey through the Christian virtues, today we land at what I think is perhaps the hardest one to take and apply it to our lives. To recap, we have discussed how we much have a base of faith and a diligent commitment to begin with if we are…

The Christian Virtues, Part 2: Moral Excellence.

October 6, 2014. As we continue on our journey though the Christian virtues, if you haven’t started at the beginning, I encourage you to read the first post here. We started out our discussion of the virtues by talking about faith and diligence, two characteristics that aren’t traditionally included in the virtues found in II…

Isaiah’s conclusion.

April 6, 2014. “I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;     I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,”     to a nation that was not called by my name. I spread out my hands all the day     to…