March April 2023

Hiding From God

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8). The Bible tells of people hiding from God at the beginning (in Genesis) and […]

Course Correction

Along with Psalms, Isaiah is the Old Testament book most quoted and alluded to in the New Testament. As one of the major prophets, Isaiah is a brilliant literary work full of poetry and imagery. The book revolves around divine accusations of rebellion and unbelief, warnings of national judgment, and calls for repentance. The book […]

Welcome to Hope

Hope. I want it. I search for it. I try to hold on to it when I find it. I sing, teach, greet, write, and listen to pastors speak words of hope. Yet in reality, hope has proven elusive from the beginning of time. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were driven from […]

David Discovers Rebellion

“Skip! Come back here! SKIP!” David slumped on the porch, dejected. Why wouldn’t that dog ever listen to him? He had tried everything to teach him to mind. It wasn’t because he wanted to be mean to his dog. He loved him! He wanted to keep him safe, but Skip wouldn’t listen. “What’s all the […]

Satan’s Lie

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature (Romans 7:18). In Eden, God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or they’d die. They didn’t need to understand the big picture. They just needed to respect […]

For the Joy of It!

The book of Ezekiel begins with the prophet’s calling. At age 30, Ezekiel was in exile with Israel on the Kebar River when God singled him out for special purposes and ministry. God placed before him a bewildering vision. At the end of it, Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord. In awe, he fell […]

Did Adam’s sin cause him to stop being the “son of God”?

Did Adam’s sin cause him to stop being the “son of God,” and thus all descendants of his since?   In a word, no. But that isn’t the only word on the topic. Being created by God, the first Adam and his descendants are rightly called God’s offspring (Acts 17:28). Adam’s sin caused him to […]


  Hope   You don’t ask a fish to shed its scales and take to the sky, Nor do you ask the flowers to sing a chorus Yet you ask me to have hope?   But in my heart of hearts I know You called blind men to see  And deaf men to hear,  The […]

First Word – Remembering Dad

A Father’s Gift My first Bible advocate wasn’t the magazine. I’d seen it around the house growing up, but I didn’t pay it much attention until later in life. No, my first advocate didn’t come to me on paper but in a person. My dad.  From my earliest memories, I watched him reading his well-worn […]