Essential 100—Read: I Samuel 1:1-3:21 “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD….‘[do] not forget your servant but give her a son…’” ~I Samuel 1:10-11 Nobody really understands the pain of desiring children but not being able to have any like the barren. Hannah was a [...]
Read Proverbs 28 Featured Verse: Proverbs 28:9, MESSAGE “God has no use for the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him.” I am partly disturbed, partly humored by the growing number of people in our culture who don’t seem to think God has any moral standards to which [...]
We seem to want a God created in our image—a God of grace but not justice; a God of love but not righteousness; a God who takes everyone to heaven but sends no one to hell; a God who gives us everything we want but never expects anything of us. That sounds more like a kindly old grandfather in the sky than the God who has revealed himself through the Bible. In reality, a God who makes no moral demands and holds no one to account is a capricious and unloving being.
Read Revelation 5 “And when he took the scroll, the four living beings fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” (Revelation 5:8) Thoughts… It is not uncommon for us to feel as [...]