Serious Effects

Today’s reading: Psalm 38:1-22 Throughout Psalm 38 David describes, with vivid imagery, the powerful impact that sin has on our lives. But what drew my attention even more was the simple language of verse 18 where David tells God, “I confess my iniquity; I...

Post Victory Practices

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 18:41-46 After the tremendous display of God’s power and the ensuing victory over the prophets of Baal, Elijah retreats to the top of Mount Carmel to pray. While we aren’t given specific information about Elijah’s...

Unfair Advantage

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 18:20-40 I never tire of reading through the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. It’s one of my favorite stories in the Bible. As the day begins in this account, the numbers are lop-sided–450 prophets of...

Confident and Secure

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 18:1-19 After several years of living in hiding, God sends Elijah back to Samaria to confront king Ahab and deal with the tremendous evil that is taking place under his rule. Now Ahab detests Elijah and has been searching for him with...

Curve Balls

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 17 Part of life is encountering and dealing with curve balls–those unexpected difficult circumstances that come our way. The widow of Zarephath and Elijah both experienced a curve ball when the widow’s son got sick and died,...