The Scriptures provide many examples of how difficult relationships were dealt with by humility, deference, longsuffering, and prayer.
Ronny Graham, cuing in on Psalm 23, reflects on the many uses of the term "table," in noun and adjective form. Perhaps the most frequent uses of the term table signify a venue for fellowship, a place of honor, and a place for dining. In scripture, examples involving tables of the king appear for King Saul, King David, …
Jonathan apparently had no qualms about David receiving the kingship. His recognition of God's hand was so strong that he humbly submitted to God's will.
The Gibeonites' subterfuge succeeded because Israel's leaders, including Joshua, failed to check in with God, and in time, that failure cost them dearly.
Charles Whitaker, focusing upon the phrase in Ecclesiastes 3:7 that there is a time to tear [or rend] and a time to sew [or mend], delves into the Middle Eastern cultural practice of tearing garments as an expression of grief or despair. When God became upset with Solomon, the kingdom was torn in two as a torn garment. In the …
In these tumultuous times, if we really want to know what God is trying to tell us, we need to calm down, be still, and listen intently to His Word.
The sins of our forebears have affected us. In the enigmatic incident in II Samuel 21:1-6, David was prevailed upon to turn over seven descendants of Saul to be executed in retribution for Saul's genocidal treatment of the Gibeonites. To be sure, the Gibeonites had deceived Joshua in making a covenant, and the consequences for …
Martha used her gifts, but to an excessive extreme. Jesus had to reel her in, setting her on a more productive course. We must use our gifts responsibly.
Saul tried to placate God by massacring Gibeonites. Later, David yielded to the Gibeonites' by hanging Saul's descendants to avenge the slaughter. God was not pleased.
We know a lot about Joseph, but we tend to know precious little about his younger brother Benjamin. Here is what the Bible shows about him.
Do we tend to shirk responsibility by 'passing the buck'? David Maas explores why we do this and proposes a solution for shouldering our responsibilities—and growing in character.
Jesus proved that one cannot become a leader through political intrigue, but by assuming the position of a humble servant. God sets Himself against the proud.
True repentance involves pain, particularly emotional pain. To repent is wrenching to the psyche. It really hurts because it is difficult to do.
The Gibeonites' pretense of coming from a distant land resulted in their slavery. Yet, through their influence, they contributed to Israel's destruction.
God looks more favorably on a person who single-mindedly follows His Word than on someone who excuses his failures as "opportunities" to bring God glory.
Martin Collins, allowing that expectations determine outcomes, gives the rationale for double-blind experiments. Zeal is not the hallmark for truth. Saul, before he was transformed into Paul, was an evil zealot. Public education has been promoting tolerance for foolish points of view as they feel good to the holder and as long …
Saul's visit to the medium or which at En Dor is an anomaly from which several common misconceptions have arisen. Yet Scripture cannot be broken.
Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging the existence of the paranormal, asks, "What is it about magic that captivates so many people?" The Bible is replete with examples of demonic influences involving magic and sorcery. America's most famous theme park is established on magic lore, and the secular heroes in episodes like …
As the day of God's wrath appears imminent, we must diligently seek the Lord, righteousness, and humility. Contrition pleases God the most.