She Wouldn’t Turn Back

Ruth, a former Moabite woman, impacted each of us.  Although she lived 4000 years before us, her choices affect us today. The Moabites were descendants of Moab, the son of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) from an incestuous relationship with his own daughter.  The Moabite people were pagan; they did not worship Jehovah God.  So how did Ruth, a Moabitess, come to be in the genealogy of Jesus Christ?! That’s an interesting story.  There is a famine … Read more

Tune My Heart

  We each have our monuments – our times, places, and ways of remembering.  As children of God, we also have altars: places where we have met God.  In the course of Biblical history, many altars and memorials were erected.   This was how God’s people confessed sin and offered praise. It was not only a way of life for God’s chosen people; it was a command.  It was how He kept tuning their hearts. Over … Read more

See You at the Finish Line

  May, 2015.  It’s hot in Florida, but this is where the race begins.  It’s also where it ends.  One hundred miles in the Florida sun.  The Keys 100. Running is a sport our youngest son has embraced.  Along with the rest of his family, he recognizes that runners are a breed of their own.  Running has its own culture,  yet it’s a culture that includes much helpfulness and service. On this trip, one of … Read more

How a Stone, A Ladder, and an Altar brought Jacob Nearer to God

Definitions:   Birthright:  In Jewish custom and according to the Mosaic law, the birthright was given to the firstborn son of a man, whether or not he had a favorite son or more than one wife.  The birthright gave the son the leadership role in the family after the death of the father; he became the “priest” of the family.  (Deuteronomy 21:16-17). The recipient of the birthright inherited a double portion of all that the father possessed. … Read more

Come . . . and Dine

Early morning sunrise is one of the best parts of the day, especially if you’ve been up all night, don’t you agree? After fishing all night, I’m sure the disciples were ready to call it a night, especially when they hadn’t caught a thing. It was time to go home. The evening before, some of Jesus’ disciples had been together.  We know there were seven of them, but we only know some of their names: … Read more