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Category: Kingdom Era

Connections to Both the Past and the Future: The Kingdom Era

One of the first Bible verses I ask believers to memorize is Romans 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (NKJV). The “things written before” aren’t stand-alone stories, independent books, single instructions, separate warnings, or unattached commands in the Bible. Rather, They are all different parts that connect to tell the one complete story. Th... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Thursday, December 29, 2022

Reading Proverbs

When smart people speak, men listen! Solomon, the wisest man born to man, possessed the wisdom of God, and shared it with others by way of proverbs or wise sayings.  In Proverbs chapter one, Solomon urges continual growth.  —Never stop God-centered growing; it's the beginning of wisdom, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge" (7). Growing includes parenting. Parents play a huge role in teaching their prodigy how to navigate life. A wise son l... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, May 31, 2020

Practical Theology and David’s Psalms

David's psalms provide a peak into his inner world, his theology, and how his theology shaped his worldview—his response to God, to people, and to the issues of life. He makes an assortment of faith-statements throughout his psalms that reveal what anchors his hope in the midst of turbulence. For example David declares "I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved (16:8). David operates out of a high and lofty view of God and that&r... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Perspective Gained From a Backward Look

What God does for Joseph He does for all those whom He grafts into His Story. Paul describes the value of looking back—looking back at God’s method of operation in the past—and the value it brings in producing hope in the present, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  Psalm 105, 106, and 107 are historical psalms—they chronicle... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, July 14, 2019

Smarter Than a PhD

Life outside of Eden is hard. Thorns in work. Brokenness in relationships. Personal dis-ease. Selfish lifestyles. Bad decisions relationally and financially. Moral, ethical, and demonic boobytraps.  Therefore, life outside of Eden requires a navigational system. God has not left us without such a mechanism. It is called wisdom. And wisdom is needed in speech, finances, relationships, charity, decision making, and in every area of life! The wisdom writer declares that wisdom is availabl... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, May 27, 2019

God's Promises Obligate His Activity

When God calls Abraham into His story He promises to bless him and make his descendants a blessing to the nations, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). To whom God makes a promise He obligates His activity.  Abraham believes God and to him and his barren wife, Go... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Your View of God Matters

Many of the psalms lack the internal evidence required to pinpoint their historical context. Therefore, the editors of the One Year Chronological Bible lump most of these psalms together. They all, however, do share the common thread of David’s psalms, that of a Sovereign God who acts with justice and mercy.  Throughout these psalms both David and the anonymous writers identify God as the LORD. This designation reveals the God of Israel as the God of history, the God who owns and ... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 17, 2019

Good Emotional Health

A control-freak employer creates an unhealthy workplace. In the same way, negative emotions, like anger, grief, or rejection, are control-freaks who delight to take charge and boss people around. Emotions are reactionary—both good and bad. When partnered with truth, they are liberated to express joy, excitement, confidence, and peace; but, when partnered with half-truths and lies, they become incendiary—like a fire left untended or unconfined, they consume their hosts.  Unh... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 10, 2019

David: A "Metric" Man

David was a just man who feared the LORD. He left an indelible legacy, not only by his impressive military and political leadership, but also by his great, big heart after God: “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). Though David fell often and sinned grievously, God went after him, and David repented greatly. That’s what makes him a great man! The just shall live by faith. David... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, May 3, 2019

Two Kings in Contrast

Both Saul and David reign over Israel for forty years. Both kings start with humility and both sin against the LORD, but that’s where the similarities end. Soon after Saul becomes king his initial humility fades; he disregards the instruction and confrontation of the prophet Samuel:  Instead of waiting for the prophet’s arrival, Saul, in panic, offers the burnt offering.  Instead of destroying all of the Amalekites and their possessions Saul allows the Amalekite kin... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, April 26, 2019

Life Before the Face of God

 David is a Coram Deo man.  He interprets life—circumstances and relationships—before the face of God.  David is a Coram Deo man in every circumstance:  When offered the opportunity to defend himself from Saul’s threats by taking Saul’s life, he responds: “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed . . . (1 Samuel 24:5-6). David surrenders that role instead to the LORD. Those who live before the fa... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, April 19, 2019

Have It Your Way!

Years ago a national hamburger chain branded themselves as the burger place where eaters could design their own burger, “Have it your way. Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us. Have it your way.” That successful marketing merely reflected a culture that demanded independence, even in their burger preparation. Soon, other fast food establishments modified their menu options to incorporate this freedom of choice.  Since the Fall, all of humani... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, April 12, 2019