Escape Fire

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Psalm 66:8-20   Massive fires are frequently in the news. We read of brush fires in Los Angeles, of forest fires in our national parks, of conflagrations in various states. Norman McLean tells about the multimillion acre fire in Yellowstone National Forest. Professional fire fighters were flown in to fight this blaze. Five were parachuted into a very dangerous area and suddenly found that they were cut off from any escape. Wade Dodge was sent to rescue them. …

A Jealous God

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Exodus 34:1-14   Perhaps you have thought of jealousy as something bad. It can be, in the immature, insecure, and those lacking in love. It can also be an expression of true concern and commitment. Here is an emotion which indicates a sacred relationship, a bond to be protected. A lover incapable of jealousy may have no genuine love at all. James tells us that the Spirit of God longs with jealous intensity to possess our spirits. This …

A Joyous Nation

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Psalm 144:1-8, 15   The psalmist declares, “Happy the people whose God is the Lord.” As we pray about voting for the best candidate (today is Election Day in the United States), we can be thankful that we have freedom to vote, and to worship the Lord without having to be secretive out of fear. In many countries people face punishment or death if they worship according to their consciences. Surprisingly, Christians who suffer for their faith are …

God’s Merciful Judgements

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Exodus 9:27-35   Have you noticed how many disasters have clobbered us in the past several years? The worst floods, the most devastating hurricanes, costly tornadoes, the greatest fires, damaging earthquakes, record-shattering cold and crippling blizzards the list is painfully long. What can we learn from these catastrophes? The mightiest ruler in ancient times, Pharaoh, was devastated by the ten plagues in Egypt. Momentarily he repented and acknowledged his sin and arrogance. When the plagues had ended, he …

Obstacles to Joy

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Genesis 4:1-12   Did you know that unresolved anger can rob you of joy? Cain, oldest son of Adam and Eve, was hurt that the Lord accepted the blood sacrifice of his brother Abel. His own sacrifice, demonstrating his skill as a farmer, was not acceptable. Indeed, he was humiliated. It affected his appearance. “Why are you scowling?” (REB). Cain was dejected and furious. “Why is your face so dark with rage? It can be bright with joy …