God’s Simple Requirements

We tend to complicate things. But in today’s Bible reading* Micah lays out God’s simple requirements for His people. And it all comes down to relationship and character traits. We tend to think in terms of Dos and Don’ts. You know, do the Dos and don’t do the Don’ts. But God presents his simple requirements…

Texas Passes the Heartbeat Bill

One of the most insightful classes I had in Pastoral Ministry class in Seminary wasn’t taught by the professor. He was out that day and his grader stepped in for him. He used an illustration of placing “Danger! Bridge Out!” signs on a mountain road. He pointed out the church’s strength of warning of the…

Get Back to the Basics

Fresh off the heels of their tremendous victory over Jericho, Joshua sends a small group of soldiers to defeat a smaller city of Ai in today’s Bible reading*. They thought this would be a quick battle, but that’s not what happened. Why? Because “the people” had been unfaithful. (Joshua 7:1) Actually, it was only one…

Etched in Stone

I recently told someone that our plans were “etched in ice”. In other words, the plans were very tentative and everything was subject to change. That’s a far cry from today’s Bible reading* where Moses and the Elders command the people after they cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land to build a stone…