His Conviction

"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that a man has his father’s wife. But you are arrogant. Instead you should have mourned, so that he who has done this deed might be removed from among you."  The words of the …

What an Awesome God

God showed the people of Nineveh grace when He sent Jonah to call them to repentance. The people responded to the call with a great fast. Even the animals fasted. The king covered himself with sackcloth and ashes. Sackcloth is an expression of sorrow, repentance. It is symbolic of God's judgment. Ashes are symbolic of …

Fear and Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom - Psalm 111:10 What does it mean to "fear" the Lord? Does it mean to be terrified of Him? No. It means to be in reverence of Him (to have and show the utmost respect) and who wouldn't be once they come to know Him? The psalmist actually gives us some …

Hank’s Last Day in Portland

He was going to miss coming here to this spot where he spent hours reflecting, praying and enjoying his surroundings. Hopefully, there will be places of solitude in Cotonou where he could spend time alone with God and nature. He had been a pastor since he was twenty-five and now he was fifty. People were …

Rejection

1 Samuel 8 Rejection is a terrible and painful thing, isn't it, especially when it comes from the people whom you love or whom you thought loved you. God knows what it's like to be rejected. In biblical times, He was rejected by the children of Israel whom He chose to be His people and …

JT Returns

When JT got back to the plantation after being away for weeks, instead of going up to the house to see Clarissa and the children, he went to see Bill, his foreman to get a report on Sadie.  “Did anything happen while I was away?” he asked.  “Did any of the darkies get friendly with …

A Righteous Judge

God is a righteous Judge. The Bible declares, “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord. For He is coming, for He …

An Outrage

Judges 19 Painting of the Levite's Dead Concubine We don't know her name. She was from Bethlehem in Judah and the only daughter of her father. A Levite man saw her and took her to be his concubine. We don't know long they were together before she cheated on him and left him. She returned …

Old and New

"So, tonight, we're going to study the book of Job." "Job. That's in the Old Testament." "Yes." "I thought we were going to study something from the New Testament." "Is it true that your church doesn't believe in the Old Testament?" "No! I'm tired of people assuming that members of my church don't believe in …

A Prayer Request

"This was the Bible my mother gave me when I told her that I wanted to become a priest. It belonged to her favorite uncle who was also a priest." "You must cherish it very much." "I do." She saw that he was troubled. "Is something the matter, Father Kowalski?" she asked. "Sister Francesca, I …

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