In 1 Chronicles 19, we read about David, the King of ancient Israel. He was the richest and most powerful person in all of Israel. He easily could have been filled with pride over the gernerous gift that he gave towards building the temple. But he wasn’t. Instead he wonders, “But who am I, and […]


“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (1 Kings 6:16) From time to time as I go through life, I get shaken up by something that I think should not happen: a loved one struggles with a problem that I cannot help them […]

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The final stage of Jesus’ journey to the cross began when he was taken to the Antonia, the fortress that Herod the Great built next to the Temple Mount and named after Mark Antony who put him into power. By this time, Jesus had been betrayed by Judas, arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, beaten […]


It is so easy for me to wander away from God. It starts very subtly: I miss one early morning Bible study, then another. I start filling my mind with the things of this world instead of the things of God. Thoughts of committing terrible sin begin to enter into my mind. I begin to […]

View from the top of Tel Megiddo. Ancient major highways from Africa, Asia and Europe converge here.

“And Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty.’” (Genesis 47:9a) On the tour of Holy Land that I was recently on, our tour guide spoke frequently about pilgrimage, that is, how God takes us places. For example, God took Abraham on a pilgrimage from Haran to the land […]


Today is the fourth and last Sunday in Advent and throughout this season we have been participating in the Advent Conspiracy which is an international movement of people and churches dedicated to turning away from consumerism and consumption and turning towards worshiping fully, spending less, giving more and loving all. We started Advent by remembering […]


The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) In Genesis 12, God calls Abram (later renamed Abraham by God) to leave the place where he had settled and go to the land that God promised to show him. God had a great […]

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