Why Marriage Matters

For far too many people, the subject of marriage is like a three-ring circus. First, there is the engagement ring. Next comes the wedding ring. Then, there is suffering. One lady said that she got married because she was looking for the ideal but it quickly turned into an ordeal, and now she wants a new deal. One man said …

Jehovah Jireh

Trials are adverse circumstances that God either introduces or allows in our lives to both identify where we are spiritually as well as to prepare us for where He wants us to go. If you are alive, there is no escaping life’s trials. You are either in a trial now, you’ve just come out of a trial, or you are …

Adonai

The name Adonai (Adonay) is found over four hundred times in the Bible, and its’ meaning is revelatory in nature. The name comes from the singular word Adon, which translates as “master” or “ruler.” It contains the concepts of “dominion,” “rulership,” and “ownership.” The cultural background to the word Adon is associated with humanity and deals with masters who owned …

The Secret to Financial Victory

In 2 Kings we read about a biblical example of a woman in debt. Her husband had died, and the authorities were getting ready to take her children to debtor’s prison for what she owed. She had no solution to her problem. As a single parent, she heard nothing but creditors knocking at her door. The creditors didn’t care that …

Jehovah

Jehovah is the name with which most of us are familiar in one form or another. It is also the name that is used most frequently throughout the Old Testament – 6,519 times. In fact, it is – in our contemporary mindset – God’s most famous name. The reason why this name is so important is not merely comprised in …

Elohim

God identifies Himself as Elohim thirty-five times at the start of Scripture. In fact, it is the only name used for God from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3. Other names comes later in His personal revelation of His character throughout His Word, but we find an emphatic referral to Elohim in the beginning. One reason I believe such a focus …

Looking Forward

The Bible is full of stories of men and women who were called by God to do difficult and even impossible things and found God to be sufficient. The patriarch Joseph was called. But his calling didn’t mean an easy life. He was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers. He was falsely accused by the wife of his …

Is It Too Late For Me?

As a pastor, I frequently walk with people through their hurts, pains, and disappointments. Sometimes, in the midst of their pain, people will ask me, “Is it too late for me? Is it too late for God to do something with me?” Those questions come out of a deep place where people think their many failures have caused them to …

Hope for Halftime

Halftime [in football] is a time to evaluate how things have been going and to decide what adjustments need to be made for the rest of the game. The first half of any football game is important, but it is not determinative. Numerous teams over the years were ahead at halftime only to eventually lose the game. And numerous teams …