God Is With Us

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” -Isaiah 7:14 Read Isaiah 7:10-17 It is easy to become overwhelmed by local, national and global events. They induce anxiety, fear and poor choices. I find it difficult to […]

Elisha, Man of God

“Elisha, the man of God, said, ‘Go sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your children can live!’” -2 Kings 4:7 Read 2 Kings 4:1-7 Jonathan first attended our church’s worship gathering a couple of years ago after an invitation from our interim pastor’s wife. One of our church leaders, Gordon, engaged […]

Elijah and the Widow

“The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.” -1 Kings 17:16 Read 1 Kings 17:8-16 My father died when I was a young child, leaving my mother a widow. We never had very much, but mother shared […]

The Prayer of a Servant

“The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’” -1 Kings 3:5 Read 1 Kings 3:5-9 Solomon dreams that he is approached by God, who says “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” God’s offer to Solomon tested his heart. The question was […]

King David

“But the Lord said to Samuel, do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” -1 Samuel 16:7 Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13 We Americans know the demands […]

Student-Athletes Reflect Fresno Pacific University Off the Field as Well as On

In the world of college athletics, much of what goes on takes place in the public eye. Student-athletes perform in front of crowds, the results of games are reported in the media and the community takes a keen interest in how “their” teams perform. Here at FPU, however, athletics means so much more than what […]

Limited by Design

“. . . for not by might does one prevail.” -1 Samuel 2:9 Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10 We are limited by design. I am reminded of those limitations most when I want my circumstances to be different or when someone I love seems just out of my reach. I used to be angry that I […]

Ruth

“But Ruth said, ‘Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!’” -Ruth 1:16 Read Ruth 1:15-17 All the talk these days is about leadership—leadership conferences, workshops and magazines. Even a casual glance over Amazon’s stock reveals nearly 34,000 books on leadership. If you don’t like to read or don’t […]

God’s Giving

“The Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to their ancestors that he would give them . . . And the Lord gave them rest on every side.” -Joshua 21:43-44 Read Joshua 21:43-45 People love stories of heroes triumphing against all odds—whether a hero saving people from forces of evil or an […]

Kindly Rahab

“I know that the Lord has given you the land for we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you.” -Joshua 2:9-10 Read: Joshua 2:8-14 Rahab—Gentile, woman, harlot. Surely if there was anyone in her community who was alienated and shamed, it would be Rahab. Surely she would […]