Habakkuk 3 – Living by Faith When the World Falls Apart

Habakkuk’s final response to God’s words of impending judgment is a prayer.  He is done arguing and done questioning.  He accepts God’s explanation that He will use the Babylonians to judge Judah and then judge the Babylonians themselves for their sin.  He knows evil times are coming but is willing to trust the ultimate Author […]

Deuteronomy 9:25-29 – How to Pray for Others

In these verses (along with verses 18-19) Moses records his response to the people’s sin with the golden calf.  After rebuking them and making them realize the seriousness of their actions he rushes back to God and appeals to Him to spare the people.  What drives him are God’s words in verse 14 – “Let […]

A Praying Life – Paul E Miller

I recently re-read this book after having read it when it first came out about ten years ago. I decided to re-read it because lately my prayer life hasn’t been what it should be.  Reading it was both encouraging and very sobering; encouraging because of what God can accomplish through prayer and sobering because it […]

I John 5:16-17

After discussing the amazing promise that God always answers prayers according to His will, John tells his readers they can use the power of prayer for more than just themselves.  As believers who come confidently before God, we can ask Him to give life to a brother who sins and He will do it.  But […]

I John 5:14-15

These verses come right out of the promise of verse 13.  If we know we have eternal life, then we know we can come before God in confidence when we pray.  As John comes to the end of his letter he focuses on the promises he most wants his readers to understand.  Combined with verse […]

Lessons from Ongoing Trials

Something I’ve noticed about the trials that God brings into my life is that they aren’t very explosive.  He doesn’t often bring hurricanes or eruptions as much as He sets rain clouds over my life that just seem to park for long periods of time and slowly drench everything.  The rain isn’t even all that […]

Matthew 7:7-11

In this text Jesus takes a break from outlining the precepts of the Kingdom and encourages us to get help from the King to obey the King’s commands.  He’s at a point in the sermon where He essentially says to His listeners, “If you’ve been paying attention you should realize by now that you stand […]

Matthew 6:9-15

When a man is speaking to God he is at his very acme.  It is the highest activity of the human soul, and therefore it is at the same time the ultimate test of a man’s true spiritual condition.  There is nothing that tells the truth about us a Christian people so much as our […]

Colossians 4:7-18

Paul ends the letter by sending greetings from those who are with him and giving instructions regarding the distribution of the epistle.  These verses do not contain doctrine per se, but by discussing people in the ministry they provide both encouragement about life in Christ and a sobering reminder of the fallibility of man. 7-9 […]

Colossians 4:2-6

Paul wraps up his admonitions to Christian living by turning the focus outside the church.  To this point he has instructed the Colossians on how to live within the community and interact with fellow believers.  Now he commands them to look outside the body as well.  Every believer lives under the final words of Christ […]