The Dangers of Popular Opinion

Scripture: “So he asked Jehoshaphat, ‘Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?’ Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, ‘I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.’ But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, ‘First seek the counsel of the Lord.’ So the king of Israel brought together

Blessing in the Staying or Going

In our lives, we experience crossroad decisions where God gives us the choice of whether we want to stay or go. It may be a result of the circumstances in our lives or a desire placed in our hearts. It’s really important that these decisions are not just based on our opinion. Decisions that can thrust us into a new direction require us to make sure that it is in alignment with what God has previously directed us to do. Jeremiah did not sacrifice his calling as a prophet of God to go and relax in Babylon. He was committed to what God had asked him to do…

In the Middle of a Storm You Didn’t Create

The storms in life come from a variety of sources. Sometimes we create the storms, while other times we are simply impacted by the storms created around us. Paul had no other option but to go on the ship to the next port. His warning was disregarded about the potential for storms. In life, our default response is to avoid storms at all possible costs. We want to have smooth sailing in our families, jobs, relationships, and life. Yet, our desire can come in conflict with the decisions of people around us. You might not have made the decision at your job that launched the company into a downward spiral, but your job is being affected by that decision. You may not have made the decision for your family to move 1,500 miles away from you, but your future is being affected by it. The list could be endless of how we are affected by the decisions of others…

The Cost of a Cautious Life

Scripture:  “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I

Believing For What Has Yet to Be

Scripture: “There once was a man who lived in Ramathaim. He was descended from the old Zuph family in the Ephraim hills. His name was Elkanah. (He was connected with the Zuphs from Ephraim through his father Jeroham, his grandfather Elihu, and his great-grandfather Tohu.) He had two wives. The first was Hannah; the second