Hannah and Her Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Life

Hannah is a faithful, submissive, sacrificial, and prayerful saint. She is a godly gal. However, despite her commitment to Yahweh, she is a wounded, weeping, and grieving woman. She is one consumed with “great anxiety and vexation.” (1:16)  Why is this? What’s the problem? 1. Hannah is unable to have children. She is barren, for … More Hannah and Her Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Life

All He Does is Win

The Israelites were absolutely sure they could not lose if they followed the religious counsel of Hophni and Phinehas. Someone had told them, “If you believe, you can achieve.” They were cocksure health, wealth, and prosperity was theirs if they named it, claimed it, and declared it so. Therefore, in accordance with this vain philosophy, … More All He Does is Win

Give Someone a Break

In Stephen Covey’s famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the following story is told: I remember a mini-paradigm shift I experienced one Sunday morning on a subway in New York. People were sitting quietly – some reading newspapers, some lost in thought, some resting with their eyes closed. It was a calm, … More Give Someone a Break