Month: April 2019

  • What’s Elijah Doing under a Juniper Tree Praying to Die?

    It’s a pitiful picture—Elijah under a juniper tree praying to die. How did he get there? Ahab had become king of Israel, and he was a bad actor, doing “more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.” His wife, Jezebel, was a good match for him—wicked through and through. […]

  • A Few Thoughts for Anyone Pouting under a Withered Gourd Vine

    Have you ever felt like Jonah pouting under the withered gourd vine? Before you answer, let’s review his story. The Lord called him to go to the city of Nineveh and “preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” Rather than obey, Jonah decided to run. He found a ship headed to […]

  • Only in Movies and the Sovereignty of God

    Resume production.         Scene one: Joseph, now thirty, still in the dungeon prison. Pause: Everything changed overnight. Actually, it was thirteen years times 365 long nights. Pharaoh had two dreams about fat cows and lean cows, but no one knew the meaning. God had set the stage for what happened next. The butler remembered the young […]

  • Joseph Prospered in an Unlikely Place

    A little innocent boasting put Joseph on his older brothers’ hit list. One of twelve sons born to Jacob (son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham), Joseph became his father’s favorite without even trying. He was born when Jacob was old, the son of his beloved wife Rachel, who died after giving birth to her […]

  • The Case for Joy Argued in Court

    Joy is a choice. No one else is responsible for my joy. Praise and rejoicing are joy’s constant companions. Let’s pretend I’m an attorney arguing a case in court, and you are the jury. As the gavel sounds calling the court to order, I step forward. Members of the jury, thank you for participating in […]