Pete Miller is co-owner of The Writer's Friend, an editing and pre-publication business for authors, business owners and marketing managers. Prior to opening his business, he spent several years in the editing department of a daily newspaper. Pete grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the sixties and has been an avid student of the Bible since 1971. Pete is currently enrolled in Bible college and resides in Southern Oregon with his wife and two children.
The life of David was an important period in the history of Israel. Following Saul's failure, David took the kingdom to a position of worldwide superiority. He established a capital city for the nation, assembled the most powerful military, and provided the arrangements and organization for the central location of worship to the One True God.
The churches and households of faithful Christians need to be the refuges and houses of healing for the drained and disillusioned, for broken, lost and frightened people seeking safety and security. This is the ChristianÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â€ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â™s duty to society.
Jesus Christ was not the first to do miracles. There were many miracles of God in the Old Testament. But Jesus’ miracles were distinctive. They were signs and mighty works which authenticated His divinity and His mission.
When Jesus died on the cross, three of the Gospels state that the veil separating the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was torn in two. This was symbolic, indicating that direct access to the presence of God was now available for all believers.
Their eyes were opened, but the so-called enlightenment that the serpent had promised was sickening. Like every sensational lie of the enemy, it was nothing like what was advertised, and it was not only extremely disappointing, but vile. They felt dirty, violated, and hurried to cover themselves.
When a husband and wife are in agreement in their walk with God, that makes a three-fold cord. Like a braided rope, it is not quickly broken. When God's truth prevails, there is personal integrity, transparency and open communication. No stress, no secrets, no confusion.
While one might think this either mythical or an impossibly daunting job, God's Word is truth, and Adam's brain was flawless and fully functional. Whatever Adam called the animals, that was the name that stuck.
Adam and Eve were perfect and sinless. God's original design and desire was for His children to reign over all of the creation, to have dominion over all living creatures. He wanted these flawless ones to be fruitful and multiply.
In the first chapter of Genesis is the introduction of God's magnum opus, the purpose for all of His effort. He formed man of the dust of the ground, breather into his nostrils and made him a living soul, and created in man His Spirit. This was Adam and Eve'sunion with the heavenly realm.
The Lord brought Judah to its knees because of Ahaz, for he had been continually unfaithful to the Lord and promoted moral decline in Judah. Instead of seeking the Lord in his time of distress, he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, which angered God exceedingly.
Jehoram's son, Ahaziah, was 22 years old when he became king, and reigned only one year in Jerusalem. His mother was Athaliah, Ahab's daughter. As Ahaziah and his mother were the only survivors of the execution of Jehoram's family, Ahaziah looked to his mother and was greatly influenced by her, and followed in the wicked and idolatrous ways of the house of Ahab
Hebrews 4:13 teaches that nothing and no one is unseen by God "<i>but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."</i> Accountability keeps people honest and reminded of their commitments, to God first, and to people.
Amaziah endeavored to do what was right. He assembled a substantial fighting force to protect Judah, and obeyed God's Word spoken by the man of God. But soon he became overconfident, and arrogant, and ultimately, it cost him everything.
Amon was ignorant and untrained, and no construction projects or military contributions mark his reign. The silence in God's Word regarding King Amon's reign is deafening. The only positive thing about his life was his son, Josiah.
Asa was the first king of Judah mentioned that did what was right in the sight of the Lord. Asa began his reign with a zeal to remove idolatrous objects from the land, and ban idol worship. But at the end of his life, Asa fell away from following the Lord.
God created the heavens, formed the earth, made it and established it. Therefore, it's understood that God didn't create the world to be a waste or a place of chaos, rather a place of order and purpose. And as the creator, God has the first word and the last. His Word is His will. God means what He says and He says what He means. God also gives and takes away authority on earth.
God set up the principles of sowing and reaping, and the law of giving and receiving extends to diligence and conscientiousness in one's work. Many Proverbs commend diligence, and bring to light the results of laziness.
Life is more than food and clothes and houses and cars and stuff. Life is not all about accumulation of things. He who dies with the most money or the most toys, still dies. Life for the Christian is about loving God and loving others, and introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ. People are to be loved and things are to be used, and never the opposite.
Adam and Eve were unlimited, free to learn about all the things in the garden, the animals, the sun, moon and stars, and each other. The world was fresh and uncontaminated and they had an uninterrupted connection with God.
Persecution is one of the last things a Christian would consider a spiritual blessing. Like suffering, no one needs to seek it out. Jesus did not avoid this subject, but spoke boldly that those who choose to live uprightly and stand for God and speak the truth will be persecuted.
History is filled with wealthy people whose lives were cursed with ill health, or marital wreckage and family maliciousness. The lives of most lottery winners are utterly ruined by instant wealth. Studies have revealed people recklessly spending it all and ending up in debt, with friends and families embittered, and others becoming drug addicts and even imprisoned. Therefore, it becomes even more important to trust God in hard times, depending on his provision and his guidance.
Joash was seven years old when his reign began, and he was king over Judah for 40 years. Under Jehoiada's guidance, Joash did what was right. But after Jehoiada died, at a vulnerable point in the life of Joash, he listened to and followed the wrong crowd.
Saul made dreadful decisions. His armies were disillusioned, his staff was terrified, and even his son, Jonathan, knew that his father was becoming problematic for Israel. With Saul's failure to carry out God's commands, Samuel pronounced God's displeasure and the end of Saul's reign. The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and he became obsessed with killing David.
In the story of Jesus Calming the Store, Jesus spoke to a raging windstorm, and it immediately stopped. He knew God’s Word and knew what He was destined to do, how He would ultimately die, and that His life and the lives of His men were not in jeopardy that day on the water.
The key to trusting God is to spend more time in His Word, and less time reading or listening to the news, or any media. Today's hard times necessitate trusting God. It may be disastrous not to. Whatever happens, refuse to fear. Whatever challenges one faces, the best reaction is positive action, and the best action is to turn to God, to seek His help, to go to the God of wisdom.
Crisis brings out the best and the worst in humanity. The media has a way of finding the most depraved acts of humanity and turning them into headlines that sow fear in the hearts of people. Trusting God can become habitual. The key is to spend more time in God's Word, and less time reading or listening to the news, or any media.
Although tasks may be mundane and repetitive at times, the individual that is influenced by God working in and through them radiates a Christ-like essence. Though the workplace may not be Christ-centered, they create their own Christian-inspired environment.
Traditionally, many people in the world get inebriated, only to wake up sometime the next day not knowing what they might have said, what happened, or with whom. As a safe and sane alternative to the typical New Year’s bash, Christians can gather together with music, food, games, perhaps an inspirational message, and some powerful prayer. Then go home, go to bed, and enjoy the next day without a smashing headache or an upset stomach.
Proverbs has many verses about humility, contrasting pride and haughtiness with humbleness. The pride of man will bring him shame, but with the humble is wisdom.
Haughtiness precedes destruction, but humility leads to honor. These are promises and benefits that should discourage pride in a person, and encourage one to learn true humility.
Stewardship, by Biblical definition, simply refers to the management of household and financial matters. A steward is a manager, one who is faithful, diligent, has impeccable integrity and honesty, and is skillfully competent.
There is no place for compromise in the Kingdom of God. There is no middle road, and there is no fence to sit on. The gate is narrow and the way can be difficult. Be hot or cold, a friend or an enemy. Love the world or love God. Serve the Lord. Choose life!
A Christian Businessmen's breakfast can be a unique time for men in the church to enjoy fellowship with other working men, and starting the day with God and His truth. It is also an opportunity to invite men outside of the church since the only criteria for attendance is that the men are running a business, starting a business, or aspiring to launch a business.
Noah was uniquely honorable, and believed God's revealed Word at one of the most perilous times in the history of humanity. Noah obeyed God and built an Ark in the midst of exceeding hatred and riotous rejection. As a result, Noah's son, Shem continued the lineage which ultimately produced the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers are challenged to put more confidence in God's ability than in their own, to not try to analyze and figure out every detail themselves, but to place their belief in God's wisdom, love and strength, to lean on God instead of relying on themselves or anyone else.
If ever there was a time to get closer to the Creator, now is the time. It's not a time to be self-serving, or wasteful, thoughtlessly squandering money or time. Although the secular world says that time is money, in reality, time is life! Trusting God in hard times can become second nature when time is spent in daily reading of His Word, being prayerfully in His presence.
When Satan lied to Eve, she was sold. She was mesmerized. She was captivated. It was too irresistible to walk away. She didn't say another word. She didn't ask Adam for advice. She followed her senses right into sin.
Since Eve did not bear a child before GodÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â€ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â™s punishment, itÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â€ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â™s impossible to know what sort of birthing experience she could have had, or what God may have originally had in mind for the childbearing process.
Some understanding of the Hebrew words used might shed some light on what God said to Eve.
For some Christians, the concept of warfare is unpleasant. Usually, the Christian message is about love, forgiveness, salvation by grace, telling people about the victorious life Jesus came to bring. All of these are important elements of Christianity, but there is something critical for Christians to understand -- there can be no victory without a fight.
After escaping from Egypt, some of the Israelites said, "It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness." In the intensity of the moment, Moses likely let this complaint go in one ear and out the other. This was only the first of many grievances Moses would endure.