Where Are Our Bibles?

Where Are Our Bibles?

IN THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR of King Josiah’s reign in Judah, he initiates a project to renovate and repair the temple of the Lord. In the midst of this project, we are given a glimpse into the reality of how far the nation had fallen as we are told that the high priest "found the Book of the Law" during renovations to the temple in Jerusalem.

Matt Taylor Reflects on the Ride of Professional Baseball

Matt Taylor Reflects on the Ride of Professional Baseball

THE GAME OF BASEBALL is a temporary train ride where the conductor orders most of the passengers off the train before they reach their desired destination. I spent over twenty years of my life as a passenger on this train, but a few weeks ago, it became apparent to me that it was time to get off.

The Choice of Revenge or Refuge

The Choice of Revenge or Refuge

WHEN WE SUFFER MISTREATMENT and offense from others, we are confronted with the choice to either take revenge into our own hand or to take refuge in the sovereign hands of God. Shortly after stepping up as the savior of Israel and striking down the great enemy of God’s people, David gained an incredible increase in popularity among the people of Israel.

Striking the Rock

Striking the Rock

HOW QUICKLY WE TEND TO FORGET the ways in which God has richly provided for us in the past. Today is Day 46 of the bible reading plan, and it's a familiar scene at this place called Meribah as the Israelites begin to complain and criticize Moses due to their lack of water. So Moses asks God for help, and once again, God delivers. However, something happens in the process that costs Moses significantly.

Is God's Love Unconditional?

Is God's Love Unconditional?

A CAREFUL READING of the Old Testament (OT) may lead us to ask a disturbing question, “Is God’s love conditional or unconditional?” This week in the bible reading plan, we read a particular portion of Leviticus where we heard God warn his people that “if you walk contrary to me then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you.”

Waiting Patiently on God's Promise

Waiting Patiently on God's Promise

OVER THE COURSE OF THIS PAST WEEK, my daily Scripture reading led me to read through the book written by the prophet named Habakkuk. This short book is broken down into three chapters, but it filled up the pages of my journal with thoughts. I began to place myself in the shoes of this great prophet and tried to imagine what it would have been like to experience my country being conquered by the ancient Babylonian Empire.

Advent: Be Prepared

Advent: Be Prepared

THIS SUNDAY WE ENTER into the season known as Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means coming. Traditionally, Advent is celebrated as the season leading up to Christmas which begins exactly four Sundays before December 25th. As early as the fourth century A.D., Christians would normally fast during this season because the whole purpose of Advent was to look forward to the second coming of Christ.

Believing

Believing

IN WHAT HAS BECOME the most well-known summary statement of the gospel, John the disciple wrote, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." This is an astounding description of God’s love for man and a beautiful promise to those who love Him back. This is perhaps one of the most awesome sentences in all of Scripture. However, I often fear that this summary statement made by Jesus has been hijacked at times to promote a distorted gospel message – one that highlights the act of believing with no mention of entrusting, surrender, or commitment.