God has “chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world.” Does that mean we have no will? Does that mean we are ultimately really His “robots” doing His will without a will of our own? If so, prayer becomes irrelevant, obedience becomes impossible, and God’s invitations lose importance. Biblical commands can ultimately be […]
After bad times came to Job, what could he have done differently? The only thing I can think of is be slower to speak. Should he have put up with people talking bad about him? I think so. Should he have moved or run away to a place where everyone agreed with him? No. He […]
Many prophets in the Bible seem to have had less influence, not because their message was less true or they were too direct in how they gave it or they were less likable people. Rather, their influence was simply based on how their listeners responded to the Word of God. In other words, the message […]
I often see the “little” things God does even more clearly than the “big” things. So it was with our recent trip to get my new passport. Although God perfectly orchestrated the whole trip and left us feeling overwhelmed at His goodness toward us, the memories that are clearest in my mind are ones that […]
While studying obedience in the Bible today, I was amazed at how often obedience was connected with God’s voice! Obedience happens when we hear first, then do what we have heard. Hearing, therefore, is a prerequisite to obedience. That is one reason it is so important to read the Bible. Through reading God’s Word, we […]
Ezekiel has been teaching us about bitterness… You see, bitterness is like vegetables. It starts as something you don’t want to swallow. In the end, if you don’t “swallow” the bitter-tasting thing that God sent your way, it will affect everything else in your life in an especially negative way. For instance, if you choose […]
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