A Single Stone

David used only one stone to defeat Goliath and the entire Philistine army (1 Sam. 17:49, 50).  One stone set right the many blasphemies Goliath shouted at God’s people day after day (1 Sam. 17:16, 23).  One stone redeemed the disobedience of every Israelite soldier who did nothing to resist Goliath.  One stone was all…

Blessed Are the Dead

“For you died” (Col. 3:3).  What blessed rest there is for a dead man.  Nothing is required of him.  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.  ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘They will rest from their labors, for their deeds will follow them.’” (Rev. 14:13).  At a man’s funeral, his employer…

The Aramaic Civil Liberties Union…?

Recently, I attended anti-harassment training for work.  As in years past, I left feeling conflicted.  On the one hand, I see the need to legally protect people, especially those who are weak or socially disadvantaged.  This is biblical (James 1:27; 2:5-7).  On the other hand, I am concerned that 1) we are an increasingly offended…

Give Hate a Chance

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27). Here’s how I’ve often heard this verse: “If you don’t live up…

The Need for Ante-creation: Jeremiah 4 & 5

Picture by Patrick Murphy: http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ An excerpt from my booklet entitled, “Jeremiah: Fire Shut up in My Bones.”  ***             “I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone…I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.  I looked,…

Come to the Tree. Pray to Die.

Who can forget Elijah’s famous showdown with the prophets of Baal?  This was probably the OK Corral of the Old Testament.  Elijah went toe to toe with hundreds of false prophets and publicly humiliated them.  They spent all day crying out and cutting themselves without so much as a peep from their god.  One short…

The Idols of Christ and the Cross (Part 1)

The following is an excerpt from my booklet about Micah.  A link to the full booklet can be found under the heading, “Booklets: The Spirit of Prophecy Series.”             Micah addresses at least two types of false religion: fertility cults and Molech worship.  Fertility cults involved worship of various deities…