We all like the easy button. We all want 2021 to be easier, better, and more normal than 2020. Last year brought many challenges, changes, interruptions, and inconveniences (masks, long lines, higher prices, shortages of food, money, and other products). There was a lot of social, political, and financial upheaval. It challenged our comfort zones, stretched our faith, and made us pray and depend on God more than ever. Face it, we don’t like change. Truly, the only people who like change are wet babies!
We all know the song, “He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice, Santa Clause is coming to town!” Making Santa’s list is one thing, but what about God’s list? Let’s change the lyrics, “He’s making a list, He paid a great price, He can transform the naughty to nice, Jesus Christ is coming again!”
Thousands of Israeli captives were uprooted from their homeland and relocated to Babylon. In ancient times, POWs were often imprisoned or enslaved. King Nebuchadnezzar took the cream of the crop and groomed them to be leaders in his government. They were given a 3-year, crash course on Chaldean culture—the language, customs, education, religion, and all the ways of Babylon (Dan. 1:1-5). The goal was to make them to forget their heritage and train them to think, act, talk, look, and live like Babylonians.Read More
A major difference between King Saul and King David can be seen in how they treated the Ark of the Covenant. Saul basically ignored it and God. In his forty-year reign, Saul only mentioned the Ark once (1 Sam. 14:18) when he wanted God to help him defeat his nemesis, the Philistines. He met with Samuel a few times after being anointed king, but rebellion led to his demise. David, by contrast, made the Ark a central part of his life and reign. In fact, when he became king, he said, “It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul” (1 Chr. 13:3, NLT).Read More
We often say “don’t put God in a box” but, ironically, He put Himself in one for over 800 years! What we mean by that phrase is to take the limits off of God and give Him freedom to work as He sees fit. God didn’t confine Himself inside a box completely, but for centuries most of how God expressed Himself and manifested His presence, power, and glory revolved around a small, single box!