“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.” (Jonah 1:3a)
I love the book of Jonah, as it is rich with lessons from God, gives a foreshadowing of Jesus’s resurrection, and speaks to the complexities of human desire and emotion- even for a prophet of God. (more…)
“The Sovereign Lord was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. Then I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, I beg you to stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!” (Amos 7:4)
There is so much going on in the world today, and so many things happening in the nation I live in that are causing division, turmoil, and resulting in evil. All of these things must grieve God’s heart, and at the same time, He is just to allow our own sins to reap their consequences.
This chapter of the Bible tells me a lot about the prophet Amos and how God used him. Here we see God giving Amos visions of how He was to punish Israel for their sin, whether by way of locusts or judgment by fire. In reading Amos’s reaction, God convicted me that one area I need to improve in my prayer life, is praying for my nation and our leaders. (more…)
“For I declare mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)
If we are not sincere when we attempt to turn away from our sin and trust in God’s grace over our failures, then we will likely end up falling back into that same sin repeatedly or any other pattern of sins. If that cycle sounds familiar to you, then let me help you out and let you know that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. (more…)
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize it was Jesus. He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’
‘No,’ they answered.
He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’
When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” (John 21:4-6)
While there were many fish to catch in the Sea of Tiberias where the disciples were casting their net, they were unsuccessful in their efforts. That is, until the presence of Jesus and obedience of His words changed everything. (more…)
“When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace.” (John 19:8-9a)
This week at my daughter’s school, the 5th grade students were given a presentation assignment. The topic was, “Who is the greatest person to you?”
As my daughter recapped what happened when they were given the task to complete, I realized she had faced a significant decision point that day. (more…)