Hagar, Ishmael, and the God of Redemption

The story of Hagar and Ishmael is a painful story that leads to a split family. Though the story is filled with tragedy, it also gives us powerful glimpses of God’s desire to bring salvation and redemption in the midst of sin and rebellion. When we recognize God’s desire for

Pleading with Men

This is an excerpt from the book “Mercy Before Judgment.” Paul’s conviction of God’s judgment and his longing for mercy provoked his intercession and his preaching. Paul engaged in both aspects of intercession. He stood before God on behalf of people, and then stood before people on behalf of God. If we

The Priest Who Became a Messenger

This post is an excerpt from a book on John the Baptist being published in 2020. The message of Malachi summarized John’s life and message:  The priesthood had become compromised and politicized.  Priests were to be God’s messengers, but the priesthood had failed and therefore not instructed the people in

Calling and Assignment

This post is an excerpt from a book on John the Baptist being published in 2020. We have a lot of confusion in the area of calling vs. assignment. We often use the word “calling” to refer to our ministry assignments or our vocation, but these are temporary tasks God has assigned to us.

The Relationship Between Daniel and Joseph

What does Daniel have to do with Joseph? Both men are prototypes of a key end-time figure. They are incredibly similar and yet have a key difference. That difference gives us tremendous insight into the end times.