Careful Who You Count On

“We were counting on Egypt to protect us from Assyria…” Over and over again the the Scriptures, we find this theme of people relying on something other than God, only to have it fail. Most often, that object of reliance is simply another person or group. How easy it is to do this; to see […]


In 2 Chronicles 24, Jehoida the priest serves God faithfully, lives 130 years, and is buried with the great honor in the royal cemetery, “among the kings.” Joash the king, by contrast, starts strong but finishes poorly, abandoning his once-faithful worship of Yahweh to worship pagan gods instead. The result?  He is assassinated by his […]

Work the Gift

When I was a boy, my dad had me mow the lawn each week. But…