Verse Meditation: Micah 3.5

Prophecy of Truth “Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry ‘Peace’ when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who put nothing into their mouths” (Micah 3.5 ESV). Nothing can cause crankiness more than when we are hungry. Food is one of our most basic human needs. Hunger definitely affects people’s moods, which alters their perception of reality, skewing their understanding of truth. A prophet is someone who claims that he or she has a word from God. This word doesn’t necessarily have to be vision of the future; rather, Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Micah 2.1

Mind Games “Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand” (Micah 2.1 ESV). Sometimes we think that our thoughts aren’t hurting anyone. We commit dozens of sins in our mind (lusting, coveting, revenge, etc.), but since we are not taking action, we believe that our thoughts are okay. The only problem is that when we have the power in our hands to actually commit the sin and the circumstances all line up to where we can get away with it, Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Micah 1.9

Incurable Wounds “For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem” (Micah 1.9 ESV). Micah lived during a time in which Judah had not yet been totally annihilated by Babylon. But there was a sickness of sin in Judah that had festered so long that it finally made its way to the heart of Judah, which was Jerusalem where God’s Holy Temple was located. God wanted to heal Judah of its sin, but the people denied their sickness for so long that the wound they carried became Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Jonah 4.4

Do You do Well to be Angry? “And the Lord said, ‘Do you do well to be angry?’” (Jonah 4.4 ESV). Jonah was angry with God. Jonah finally submitted to go to Nineveh and give the people a prophecy of doom and gloom because of their sinful living. But instead of the city hardening their hearts against God and His warning, they repented. And God relented from His anger and gave Nineveh a second chance—the very same second chance Jonah was given. Jonah was not happy about the second chance because the prophecy he had struggled so hard to give Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Jonah 3.1

A Second Chance “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time….” (Jonah 3.1 ESV). After Jonah was thrown into a storm and swallowed by a whale, God gave him a second chance to do what He had commanded Jonah to do. This time Jonah obeyed the Lord. If Jonah would have obeyed immediately, he would have spared himself all the additional trouble, but God stayed with him during every inch of the journey. God was in the mighty sea storm and God was in the pit of the sea monster with Jonah. God never left his Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Jonah 2.9

A Declaration of Thanksgiving “But I with the voice of Thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” (Jonah 2.9 ESV). Jonah’s life was literally in the pit of despair. He found himself in the belly of a whale for three days. He would have been knee deep in organic, decaying material surrounded by soggy darkness with no hope in sight. The hardest sacrifice to offer God is our thanksgiving when we find ourselves in our own personal pit of despair. When there is no hope and we are knee deep Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Jonah 1.16

Victory and Failure “Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows” (Jonah 1.16 ESV). Jonah had sinned against the Lord by trying to run away to Tarshish when God had called him to prophecy to Ninehveh. While he was on the boat to Tarshish, God caused a great storm to threaten the boat and risk the lives of the workers on board. When the workers finally threw Jonah overboard, the storm quieted. Even though Jonah was living in sin, God was able to use the situation to further His glory Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Jonah 1.10

Running From God “Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them” (Jonah 1.10 ESV). Out of God’s great love for us, He will pursue us when we are living in disobedience, but we must be willing to admit it. Jonah knew and confessed to others that he was not obeying the Lord’s commands. Jonah didn’t try to twist God’s commands to fit his personal agenda and he didn’t try to deny his Continue reading

Internet Cafe – Do Something Bad

My three kids went to a Vacation Bible School (VBS) at a local church. Though this church is not the one that my family attends, it is still a Bible believing church and definitely part of the Body of Christ. This particular church has a skate park for skateboarding enthusiasts. During VBS, my 8-year son watched as the older boys skated over the ramps and down the poles with their skateboards. My son has his own board and helmet, and we take him to the park every once in a while. But when he saw those boys doing their stunts Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Obadiah 1.15

The Day of the Lord “For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head” (Obadiah 1.15 ESV). “The day of the Lord” is seen as declaration of the coming Messiah in both His first coming (which happened over 2000 years ago) and His final coming (which will happen in the final days). Jesus is our Messiah. When He first entered the earth, He broke His body, spilling out His atoning blood onto the earth. Because of the Finished work Continue reading

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