What is the Highest Virtue?

Chester Droog

READ : John 8:31-38   I once read a story about a British boy who was attending a school in Germany during the early years of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. One day the teacher asked the class: “What is the highest of all virtues?” German boy after German boy replied: “Obedience, sir, obedience!” When every German boy had been given the opportunity to parrot the answer, the teacher turned to the student from Britain and asked: “And young man, …

And He Told Them a Story

Chester Droog

READ : 2 Samuel 12:1-13   It has been said that all the world loves a story. The Bible is filled with stories. One of the most powerful stories is the one told by the prophet Nathan to King David. It was a simple story about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had great flocks of sheep; the poor man had but one little pet ewe lamb. When the rich man entertained a visitor in his …

Revival Joy

Eildert Zwart

READ : Nehemiah 8:1-6, 9-12   I get excited when I read in verse 1 about the way the people eagerly asked Ezra to read God’s Word to them. They also listened to Ezra read from daybreak until noon, and they did this “day after day” (v. 18). This strong desire for God’s Word, and the people’s repentant response, can only be explained as evidence of the Spirit’s working in their lives. The result was great blessing. When God revives …

God Says: “Is It Time . . . ?”

Eildert Zwart

READ : Haggai 1:1-8   We usually spend time, energy and money on things we consider to be precious. But, it’s also possible to begin investing time, talents, and money into certain things, and then discover that those things have gradually become very important. In this revival under Haggai, God wanted to lead His people from that first situation to the second. Fifteen years had passed since the people were freed from their captivity in Babylon, and God’s house was …

That Recurring Melody

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 34:19-28   Like a recurring melody in classical music, we have repeatedly heard the theme of humility in 2 Chronicles. Remember, God announced way back in chapter 7 that the steps to revival required that God’s people “. . . humble themselves and pray and seek my face . . . “ This is what King Josiah did, and God blessed him because of it. But, what does it mean to “humble oneself”? First, it means …