Empty Things

Samuel, the great prophet and Judge of Israel was “retiring” after long years of leading Israel in godliness (1 Samuel 12).  Because the nations around them had kings, Israel wanted one, thus supplanting Samuel and relegating him to “prophet emeritus”.  1 Samuel 12 is his “farewell address” as the longtime head of the nation. He …

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Don’t Forget

Hey, don’t you hate it when you forget something important?  I’ve never forgotten my wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, or our anniversary (I think).  I don’t know.  Maybe I have forgotten that I have forgotten some of those dates 🙂 But I have forgotten important things.  At least twice in my ministry I have forgotten appointments …

Affliction

Affliction is a charged word.  It probably can be said that every life endures some affliction from very mild to severe.  Western Christians know little or nothing of the affliction of persecution, or poverty, or starvation, or lack of medical care, or lack of clean water to drink.  Yet, many believers in other parts of …