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Missing God’s Big Picture

King Saul had made a mess of things by not following all that God had commanded him, so God sent his prophet, Samuel, on a secret mission to pick out the next king from the sons of Jesse in Bethlehem. Although Saul would reign for many more years, God wanted his next...

Living In the Joy of God

Our God is a God of joy. The psalmist describes the presence of God as an experience of joy: “You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). God’s love and mercy transform our...

Negative Emotions

The psalmist laments: “My heart is blighted and withered like grass … In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones. … All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse” (Psalm 102: 4-5, 8). Lamentations bemoans the...

The Sun Also Rises

This book of Ecclesiastes continues to be quite relevant to us living now in the 21st century. Songs, themes, and expressions have been extricated from this material, many failing to plumb the depths of its meaning as it accurately depicts a detailed study of life....