A Call to Arms

When you turn to 1 Chronicles 12:33 you find a notation that is all but ignored. The chronicler of Israel’s history tells of men from the tribe of Zebulun who were experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty. Consider the text: Of Zebulun 50,000 seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the […]

The Galilean Carpenter

Though routine the soldiers’ work on top of the hill attracted onlookers. They labored away, planting stakes and laying out the timbers that would form the stands for some rough crosses. The sun was devouring the morning fog, and from that hill one could see the beginning of a very busy Friday in Jerusalem. Across the city two other soldiers […]

Are You Paying Attention?

The Book of Judges presents a fascinating story regarding the intuitive power of availability and attentiveness. Consider the following from Judges 7:1-8: Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the […]

The Galilean Carpenter

Though routine the soldiers’ work on top of the hill attracted onlookers. They labored away, planting stakes and laying out the timbers that would form the stands for some rough crosses. The sun was devouring the morning fog, and from that hill one could see the beginning of a very busy Friday in Jerusalem. Across the city two other soldiers […]

Asleep in Chains

Tucked within the confines of Acts 12 is a telling description of the Apostle Peter’s true character; a portrait of his internal constitution. To appreciate the notation about the great apostle one needs to understand the broader context. King Herod was rounding up the Christian leaders in Jerusalem, putting “violent hands on some” (Acts 12:1). James, one of the leading […]