Let’s talk about money. We all know that money is necessary – for all sorts of things. I think we also know that money can be dangerous. It can put our spiritual lives, our relationships, and our emotional, mental and physical lives at risk. The apostle Paul isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know…Read more »
Let’s face it. There is a deep resistance in all of us to growing spiritually — heck, to growing at all. That may come as a shock to some of us who pride ourselves on being very intentional about our spiritual lives, including our spiritual growth. Many may even deny that it’s true; at least…Read more »
“Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love…” (Genesis 22:2). The Old Testament reading for today is a tough one. It’s the story of Abraham being told to sacrifice his son Isaac. So often in the Bible God or even Jesus does or says things that can make us think, “How could God…?”…Read more »
For those of you who are trying to stay up with the Essential 100 Challenge, there isn’t a post on Day 39 because that day’s passage was the focus for yesterday’s sermon. If you’re interested, the sermon should be available on the home page of our website in the next couple of days (http://bellevue-reformed.org/). Today’s passage…Read more »
I wonder how many of us start well but finish poorly. New Year’s resolutions, projects around the house, ministry, maybe even this Essential 100 Challenge. Sometimes these words capture not just a specific project or episode in our lives but our lives as a whole. David and Solomon were both kings who started well but…Read more »
In my last post I talked about God’s sovereignty over the devil: but what about over death? When someone dies, people often say things like, “It was his time” or “God wanted her home.” On the other hand, when the cause of death is especially painful, brutal or evil, we’re often inclined to attribute the tragedy to…Read more »
Today’s reading begins: “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?’” So what happened to Saul? Why did God reject him?