Out of Control (Part 2 of 4)

 Genesis 25:19-34 tells us Rebekah was expecting twins! And God told her that the older son would serve the younger son. This was very unusual for that day. The older son almost always received the double portion of the father's inheritance and would be the patriarchal head of the family upon the death of his … Continue reading Out of Control (Part 2 of 4)

Out of Control (Part 1 of 4)

Rebekah is one of my favorite characters in the Bible (I have a lot of favorites!) She was the wife of the patriarch, Isaac, son of Abraham. We find her story in the book of Genesis, chapters 24-27. You remember the great love story of chapter 24? How Abraham, thinking it was time for his … Continue reading Out of Control (Part 1 of 4)

Connecting Two Ten-Year-Olds

Natalie Ishioka (10 years of age) of Corner-stone Baptist Church, Roseville, Michigan,  became concerned about Cuba when an offering was received for Bikes for Cuban Pastors at our annual (July, 2014) Vacation Bible School.  The kids came up with $2400  (with a little help from a few well-heeled adults).  Natalie had saved the money for … Continue reading Connecting Two Ten-Year-Olds

Get It All

 My mother occasionally served us pork chops for dinner. After having enjoyed the majority of the meat on his chop, my dad said, “Son, it is okay to pick up the bone—it costs too much to not get it all.” “Get it all” echoed in my mind as the years have gone by. And the … Continue reading Get It All

Extreme

 It was not long after Mr. George Bush was elected that the Left started hating him.  After his eight years, the nation took a sharp turn to the left,  electing Mr. Barack Obama. And the Right hated him. Totally ignoring Philippians 4:8, the Right could not say anything good about him–you would have thought he … Continue reading Extreme

Reasons to Attend Church

In May, 2012, I wrote to a father--John Alcott—in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan- to encourage him to attend church. His wife and children came, but he did not.  This is what I wrote to him.    Good Afternoon John,  Recently I was on the phone with your wife. Tracey said your daughter, Elizabeth, is growing … Continue reading Reasons to Attend Church

Balancing The Overly Sensitive Christian (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 4 of 4)

 In the first three articles, we have been thinking about Ahimaaz, an overly sensitive man who wanted to cushion bad news coming to his king.  In this final article, we work on helping the OSC (Overly Sensitive Christian) be balanced and content.  Gaining Victory   How can the overly sensitive Christian glorify God? How do … Continue reading Balancing The Overly Sensitive Christian (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 4 of 4)

Overly Sensitive = Idolatry¹ (II Samuel 18:19-32,   Part 3 of 4)

We continue to think about the sensitive personality of Ahimaaz, the pro-King David son of Zadok the priest.  Ahimaaz Untruthful   Ahimaaz denied knowing about Absalom, even though verse 20 says Joab clearly stated that Absalom was dead.  Ahimaaz knew it, but he couldn’t bring himself to speak this reality. He couldn’t hurt his mentor.  … Continue reading Overly Sensitive = Idolatry¹ (II Samuel 18:19-32,   Part 3 of 4)

Overly Sensitive = Liar³ (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 2 of 4)

 In part 1, Ahimaaz, the pro-David, tender son of Zadok, wanted to report news about the battle to King David. Joab had refused to allow him to run to the King.  The purpose of these three articles is to get the reader to see an example of being overly sensitive, with the hope that those … Continue reading Overly Sensitive = Liar³ (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 2 of 4)