Psalm 119:97-104 Japan, oh how I love Japan. I think about it often. We have been there numerous times, and if you have been to our home, you have seen some of our pictures and heard some of our stories. Oh how I love Japan. Have you noticed the more we love something, the more […]
Exodus 18:1-27 Last week Pastor David Roseland reminded us of God’s will for our lives – the great commission. But is that just a New Testament idea? What was God’s will for the infant nation of Israel? How do both of those things affect our relationships with others and how we view them? What are […]
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16 ESV). Even knowing this truth, many still find it difficult to pray on a consistent basis. In addition to spending time in prayer, we also sometimes struggle knowing exactly how to pray. This Sunday we are welcoming a special guest […]
Exodus 15:22-17:16 What is the one thing that God most desires for you and me? The proper answer to that question will go a long way in helping us understand the Bible and give us peace in life. Our study in Exodus this week will point us to the answer.
Exodus 13:1-15:21 Have you ever questioned the wisdom or goodness of God? I think most of us have. But often, in retrospect, we realize that God did not leave us alone in our distress. What is it that God is doing in your life that may at the moment seem counter-intuitive? He has a plan.
Exodus 13:1-16 Some of us have a tendency to forget important things. Recently someone asked me what year Verna and I were married. I knew the month and day and I narrowed down the year, but I finally had to ask Verna. Yes, she remembered. We have various ways to remember things. Sometimes a […]
Hebrews 3:1-15 Do you expect things to always go the way you want, hope, or plan? Probably not. But what do we do when the pressure gets too great, or the pain gets too strong? Sometimes, at least for some of us, we blame God. Maybe not overtly, but inside. We harden our heart; […]
Exodus 11:1–12:30 Looking back at my life I realize that I have often not taken the warnings of God seriously enough. “Let my words remain in you.” “Be anxious for nothing.” “Love one another.” “Love your wife.” “Do not love the world or the things of the world.” All the directions God gives us, […]
Exodus 7-10 As we continue in the book of Exodus we come to Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh via the ten plagues. We may remember the story from our childhood days or from the classic 1956 movie, The Ten Commandments. As interesting and exciting as the story is, we sometimes think it is irrelevant to […]
It is quite easy in life to become discouraged and disillusioned. When I left seminary I was convinced if I just taught the Word of God faithfully everything would work out. Guess what – it didn’t. I knew that God was faithful, so I concluded that I was the problem (and truth be known I […]