What is the Ultimate Prize?

Ask a musician, “What is the ultimate prize?” You’ll probably hear a double-platinum album. Ask an actor, “What is the ultimate prize?” You may hear, “An Oscar” or “A Tony”. Ask an athlete, “What is the ultimate prize?” You may hear, “An Olympic Gold Medal.” Now, ask a Christian, “What is the Ultimate Prize?” Today’s…

Moses Intercedes for the People

Last month, I preached on intercession, mentioning Abraham’s intercession for his nephew Lot and the people of Sodom. In today’s reading, we see the same theme play out with Moses and the Israelites. In today’s Bible reading, we read about God’s contempt for His people because of their idolatry. While Moses was communing with God,…

How Can a Person Be Justified Before God?

In today’s Bible reading Job asks the question (Job 9:2) that was asked by the Reformers, “How can a person be justified before God?” In fact, the question lit the match that started the Reformation in the early Sixteenth Century. Martin Luther read Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, and Galatians 3:11, “The righteous shall live by…

God Cut a Covenant with Abram

In today’s Bible reading, we read that God cut a covenant with Abram. In the Old Testament days, when two people made an agreement, they would slaughter an animal, cut the animal in two pieces and walk together between the two pieces agreeing that if either broke the covenant, covenant-breaker would suffer the fate of…

There is no Plan B with God

Does God ever have to resort to Plan B? Or is God big enough and powerful enough to work everything into His Plan A? In today’s Bible reading, we read about how much worse things got after the Fall. (see yesterday’s devotional) In fact, things continued to get so bad that God regretted having created…