My parents and grandparents were brought up in an era when great revivals were sweeping across the United States. In large part, they sprang out of the Holiness Movement. Men and women with a deep hunger for God and His ways dedicated themselves to prayer and holy living. In the midst of their intensive prayerContinue Reading »
As we are nearly halfway through the year, I can’t help but reflect on the changes that 16 months of the pandemic have wrought on humanity. We have isolated and quarantined, worn masks and gloves, washed our hands more times in a year than in the rest of our lifetimes combined and made sure thatContinue Reading »
What is the value of a child? To any moral person of conscience, the answer is infinite value or priceless. A civilization that does not value children will fail, collapse and perish. A child holds infinite possibilities for the future. When one looks at a helpless baby, one naturally wonders what this child is goingContinue Reading »
One of the greatest leaders in all of history is Moses. He was chosen by God to lead the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to becoming a nation. Author Michael Shapiro wrote a book called The Jewish 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Time. He gives the number oneContinue Reading »
As I recently stood in front of the masked and socially distanced congregation I had been invited to address, my very first words were: “Knock, knock.” When I extended the microphone toward the audience, they obediently and in unison responded: “Who’s there?” “No one,” I replied. “We are all quarantining.” My attempt at humor wasContinue Reading »
Recently I embarked on what may be a lifelong project. I want to write a short devotional for every chapter in the Bible. While I think this is mainly for me personally as part of my devotional time with the Lord, I wanted to share my thoughts for the first six chapters in Genesis withContinue Reading »
As I was praying about what to write in this teaching letter, I felt the Lord impress on my heart one word: peace. Songs began to flow into my mind. “When peace like a river…” “Peace, peace, wonderful peace…” “Shalom aleichem…” “Shabbat shalom…” “All we are saying, is give peace a chance…” Christian songs, JewishContinue Reading »
How would you define social justice? We hear about it often in the media, but do we really know what it means? What is the biblical view of justice? Here is a hint—it is very different from what the world calls “social justice” these days. One of the Hebrew words for justice is tzedek (צֶדֶק).Continue Reading »
Thinking back to the turn of the new year, prophetic voices from across the Christian spectrum were encouraging their audiences to look forward to a year of spiritual clarity and breakthrough. Sayings like “2020—Year of Plenty” and “20/20 Vision” were commonplace on social media feeds. As the year draws nearer to a close, the catchyContinue Reading »
In the ancient world, prior to our story of Joseph, forgiveness was an unknown concept. Experts in the writings and social customs of ancient civilizations agree that true forgiveness did not exist prior to Joseph’s remarkable act of mercy. Ancients certainly had societal norms that made existing with one who had wronged them possible, butContinue Reading »
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