We’ll never feel conviction from our sins quite like the Israelites did, not only offering sacrifices every time they fell short….. but also every time they even had thoughts of falling short. We’ll never know the fatigue of wandering in the wilderness for forty years, or the awe of being led by a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of clouds by day. We can... Read more



Blogging through the Bible is more challenging than I ever dreamed. Some mornings when I read, I find myself staring at the chapters I’ve just read and wondering, “What in the world do these words have to do with us today?” This morning I finished the book of Numbers. The journey through the wilderness is broken down into all the places the Israelites camped along... Read more



The first time I made it through the entire Bible was 2009, the year after Nick passed away. I remember reaching these particular chapters in Numbers and finding myself upset. I didn’t know what to do with God’s command to annihilate the Midianites. I remember walking into a college Bible professor’s office in search of answers, distraught with the thought of a God who required... Read more

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If you’re wanting a “feel good” start to your day, reading through the pages of the Old Testament each morning may not be the answer. Stories like the execution of the Israelite leaders who had aligned themselves with Baal won’t send you humming a happy tune as you head toward the shower. Reading about Phinehas plunging a spear through an Israelite man and a Midianite... Read more

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The story of Balaam is deeper than my mind can go this morning. Or my clock will allow. I’ve reread so many verses and looked at several commentaries and still……….. I have questions. Lots of them. Did God ultimately want Balaam to go with Balak’s men or not? The command to “Not go,” seems to be followed with a “Go.” But once Balaam is on... Read more

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Because God is the Director

March 11th, 2019


This morning’s reading included everything from a staff sprouting to signify Aaron’s family as the guards of the sanctuary and the altar to the striking of a rock by an angry Moses  as he and Aaron faced the thirsty but once-again grumbling Israelites. This morning’s reading also included very specific instructions for preparing a sin offering using a red cow, several unsuccessful attempts of the... Read more

Do you remember the song? “Twelve men went to spy on Canaan. Ten were bad and two were good. What did they see when they got to Canaan? Ten were bad and two were good. Some saw giants big and tall. Some saw grapes in clusters fall. Twelve men went to spy on Canaan. Ten were bad and two were good.” With our hands in... Read more

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Perspective is powerful. I know this is true. One slight turn of my camera changes everything about what I see through my lens. By choosing to sit on the ground rather than standing on a stool, I capture an entirely different view of what’s in front of me. As I read about the Israelites this morning, it was easy to see who would have been... Read more