I will trust…

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight. —Proverbs 3:5–6 NET The fallen nature of man naturally pushes each of us further and further from the joy of trust.  Think for a moment about a small child under the age of three.  These innocent children are extremely trusting.  This is due primarily to the fact that they have yet to learn that not everyone can or should be trusted.  As we mature however we learn these lessons.  Even at the tender ages of say four or five we start to develop our world view, part of this is learning to be skeptical.  Rightly we teach our children to be skeptical of strangers.  They are told not to eat or drink things that smell or look strange before asking an adult.  In the years that follow all children come to learn about deceit, lies, gossip, and the extreme pain associated with such evil. By the time we are in our late teens or early twenties most of humanity despite the country or culture we grew up in become extremely skeptical and UN-trusting.  This characteristic of our humanity is somewhat necessary to our survival in our fallen world, but it leads to major spiritual problems as well. Over time as we progress through this life and we come to understand that there is little we can put our trust in this side of heaven, we can become even UN-trusting of our creator.  This is why so many have trust issues with God when times get hard.  Sure it’s easy to trust God when all is […]

From Dodo to Hero

24Included with the thirty were the following: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,[1] —2 Samuel 23:24 (NET)             I love reading about people like Dodo in the Bible.  We don’t know much about this man himself.  He was likely just a normal everyday kind of guy.  He made no notable impact on the Kingdom of God that is recorded in scripture except for the legacy he left behind.  You see Dodo was the father of Eleazar who was one of David’s fighting men. 2 Samuel 23:9 (NET)says;9next in command was Eleazar son of Dodo, the son of Ahohi. He was one of the three warriors who were with David when they defied the Philistines who were assembled there for battle. When the men of Israel retreated,[2]  When everyone else retreated Eleazar stood with David.  He was also one of the three that displayed great courage by obtaining water from Bethlehem for David while he was besieged in the summer by the Philistines at Adullam.[3]  So touched was David by their valor that he refused to drink the water but poured it out as an offering to the Lord (2 Sam. 23:16-17).[4]  Dodo was also the father of Elhanan, who was one of David’s thirty heroes (2 Sam. 23:24)[5], which of course was certainly an elite group to belong to as well. He was also the father of Puah, whose son Tola according to scripture “rose up to deliver Israel” (Judges 10:1) and  Tola lead Israel for twenty-three years. The question is what can we learn from Dodo?  First we learn that God can use anyone even if you have a funny name. Second, note the power of faithful daily living, […]

Focus on the Females By Dr. James Dobson

With my first daughter on the way, I was intrigued when I saw this article.  Dr. Dobson’s book Bringing up Boys was GREAT.  When I heard he was releasing Bringing Up Girls I knew I would want to read it.  Admittedly, I have not yet read his newest book but I plan to in the near future.  The article linked here is something that anyone with girls should read.  And you might want to pick up a copy of Dr. Dobson’s books if you have boys or girls. They are worth the small investment.

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