Contributed on Sep 22, 2013
Whatever we may think of Elijah, “he was a man just like us.” So says the Apostle James (5:16-17). Yes, he was a mighty prophet, but he was also a flawed person with doubts, fears, and needs--a real person, not a superhero.
Whatever we may think of Elijah, “he was a man just like us.” So says the Apostle James (5:16-17). Yes, he was a mighty prophet, but he was also a flawed person with doubts, fears, and needs--a real person, not a superhero. He experienced success and despair. “He put on his ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2013
The prophet Elijah was God’s instrument to test this Gentile widow’s trust. It’s easier to be reminded of God’s promises than to act on them.
As someone who has moved 27 times in my life, I know that God decides how long we remain in place. I received orders from the Pentagon, but I regarded them as from God. Elijah was directly told when to move. We, on the other hand, do not have supernatural guidance, or access to God’s ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2013
Obadiah was a good man in a bad place, risking all to protect God's prophets...his concerns resonate with anyone with a stressful job, and show us the path to encouragement and reassurance.
It would be easy to skip over this passage as merely a transition, leading to the exciting confrontation that follows on Mount Carmel. Yet this brief episode in the life of Elijah is for anyone who feels discouraged and defeated. Following three years of drought, three years of decisively ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2013
The decisive, dramatic contest atop Mount Carmel, that compels us to determine who we will serve.
Elijah has been called “the iron prophet.” After a three-year absence, he appears before Ahab; was he finally going to end the drought? The dry spell was indeed about to end, but first it must be established with no doubt as to who is God. The king accuses the prophet of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2013
Elijah is discouraged, but not for the reasons most people offer. It is popular to portray Elijah intimidated by vicious Jezebel and running scared in a cowardly retreat, yet his desert journey is not a sign of weakness.
Elijah enjoyed a triumphant showdown at Mount Carmel. As we consider the aftermath, we’re apt to focus on what appears to be weakness in Elijah. This is largely due to how this passage has been translated and interpreted. The Elijah seems to be a different man in the turn of a page. Is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 11, 2013
Dealing with life's injustices in a broken world...yet trusting the One who will make things right, because in Christ He has experienced injustice.
Life is frequently unfair. Bad things happen to good people. Brutality and injustice are all around us. And we scratch our heads and wonder “Why?” God’s purpose is beyond us; His ways are above our ways. He causes all things to work together for good, but not all things are ...read more
Contributed on Nov 17, 2013
We cannot afford to be indifferent about God...there are consequences in this life and in the life-to-come.
When I served with the Army’s Air Defense Artillery--both as an instructor at their Branch School, and as a Brigade Chaplain--I used to joke about my role in Air Defense by offering to arrange for fire from Heaven! So you might say this is a fire-and-brimstone sermon! King Ahaziah assumed ...read more