Category Archives: Chapter-a-Day

Chapter-a-Day I Samuel 1

They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli. Hannah
said, "Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who
was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life
. I Samuel 1:25-26 (TM)

What a beautiful picture of what our lives and offerings are supposed to be. Hannah was barren for so long, and when God finally blesses her with a son you’d expect her to hold on to him and not let go. But Hannah shows us the way. When God blesses us, even with something we highly value – we are to offer it up to God. It all belongs to Him anyway.

Chapter-a-Day I Samuel 1

They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli. Hannah
said, "Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who
was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life
. I Samuel 1:25-26 (TM)

What a beautiful picture of what our lives and offerings are supposed to be. Hannah was barren for so long, and when God finally blesses her with a son you’d expect her to hold on to him and not let go. But Hannah shows us the way. When God blesses us, even with something we highly value – we are to offer it up to God. It all belongs to Him anyway.

Chapter-a-Day Joshua 24

As for me and my family, we’ll worship God. Joshua 24:15 (TM)

Joshua begins the verse with the message "you go ahead and do whatever you want – if you want to worship false gods, go right ahead" and then ends with this well known statement. It’s not just the declaration that strikes me, but the declaration in context of what everyone else might do. It isn’t "if everyone else is doing it – we’ll worship God" or "it serves my best interests at the moment, so we’ll worship God". Joshua’s statement is a commitment to follow God no matter the circumstance, no matter what anyone else does, no matter the cost.

Chapter-a-Day Joshua 23

Now, vigilantly guard your souls: Love God, your God. Joshua 23:11 (TM)

I find it interesting how this verse is phrased. We’re called to "vigilantly" guard our souls, but then comes the colon – and the prescription for doing it. "Love God" That’s how we’re supposed to guard it. Guarding is not a defensive posture (watch for this, beware of that, don’t do this, never ever do that). Guarding the soul is an active command – love God which motivates you to walk away from sin ("your kindness leads me to repentance"), love others and bear good fruit!

Chapter-a-Day Joshua 23

Now, vigilantly guard your souls: Love God, your God. Joshua 23:11 (TM)

I find it interesting how this verse is phrased. We’re called to "vigilantly" guard our souls, but then comes the colon – and the prescription for doing it. "Love God" That’s how we’re supposed to guard it. Guarding is not a defensive posture (watch for this, beware of that, don’t do this, never ever do that). Guarding the soul is an active command – love God which motivates you to walk away from sin ("your kindness leads me to repentance"), love others and bear good fruit!

Chapter-a-Day Joshua 22

Be vigilant in keeping the Commandment and The Revelation that Moses the servant of God laid on you: Love God, your God, walk in all his ways, do what he’s commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have.   Joshua 22:4-5 (TM)

We had the opportunity yesterday to hear a portion of Madison’s stories from her month-long mission trip to Thailand. Wow! God has done great things in this young woman’s life. As I read Joshua’s command this morning, I couldn’t help think of Madison as we watch her "walk in all his ways, do what he’s commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have". It’s cool when you raise your kids to love God and follow Him and you get to see them embrace Him as their own and step out on their own journey of faith. You set out to be an example to your kids, and then they get to be an example for you.

Chapter-a-Day Joshua 22

Be vigilant in keeping the Commandment and The Revelation that Moses the servant of God laid on you: Love God, your God, walk in all his ways, do what he’s commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have.   Joshua 22:4-5 (TM)

We had the opportunity yesterday to hear a portion of Madison’s stories from her month-long mission trip to Thailand. Wow! God has done great things in this young woman’s life. As I read Joshua’s command this morning, I couldn’t help think of Madison as we watch her "walk in all his ways, do what he’s commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have". It’s cool when you raise your kids to love God and follow Him and you get to see them embrace Him as their own and step out on their own journey of faith. You set out to be an example to your kids, and then they get to be an example for you.