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.
Envy is a work of the flesh, involving coveting. A significant example of envy is found in the relationship of the two wives of Elkanah, Hannah and Peninnah.
While God is consistently depicted as working, magic seemingly provides a shortcut that bypasses overcoming and growth, attaining something for nothing.
After the Spirit of God is imparted, removing the fear of men and installing the life-sustaining fear of God, the real dramatic growth takes place.
The priest Eli is a tragic example of someone who began his tenure with energy, but coasted into complacency, eventually winking at flagrant sin in his sons.
God is a God of mercy, but He has a stiff core of justice which will not be placated unless we repent. To whom much has been given, much will be required.
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.
We can promise to change our lives in return for a request we ask from God, but should we do this? Although not forbidden, making vows is a risky business.
A prophet is one who speaks for God, expressing His will in words and sometimes signs. Standing outside the system, he proclaims God's purpose, including repentance.
Tragically, human beings with natural carnal minds, when faced with a choice between God (or a God-fearing man) or Satan (or a scoundrel) will automatically select the scoundrel. From the Garden of Eden to the present (Satan, Cush, Korah, Saul, Jeroboam, Barrabas, William Jefferson Clinton, to the Beast) people have, for the …
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.