The Fiery Furnace

Rev. David Bast

READ : Daniel 3 If you had to, would you have the courage to die for your faith? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went into a fiery furnace rather than deny their Lord. Their story can help to show where the courage of faith comes from. Human societies vary widely in the things they value and the behaviors they honor, but they are all alike in one respect. They all admire courage. As Ernest Hemingway famously defined it, “Courage is grace …

Jonah and the Whale

Rev. David Bast

READ : Jonah 1 If I say “Jonah,” do you immediately think, “whale”? Everybody’s heard of Jonah and the whale, but this famous story isn’t really about the big fish. It’s about a big-hearted God, and his love for the whole world.       If I say “Jonah,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? It’s “whale,” isn’t it? “Jonah and the Whale” is what most people think of. But in a way that’s too bad because …

Namaan's Story

Rev. David Bast

READ : 2 Kings 5:1-14 What must I do to be saved? That’s a question people don’t ask much anymore, but a famous story involving the prophet Elisha and a Syrian general called Namaan shows us the answer. One sabbath day Jesus came back to his home town of Nazareth, went to the synagogue, and preached a sermon. In it he said that the day of God’s salvation had arrived, and that it coincided with his own presence in the …

Elijah on Mount Carmel

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Kings 17-18 Many people today take a kind of cafeteria approach to faith that blends elements from many religions and traditions. But Elijah asks: “How long will you go limping between two different opinions?” Greatness is created by crisis. Abraham Lincoln was a gifted man, but it took a crisis to make him a great one; few would even remember him today if there had not been a Civil War in America. In the same way Elijah, …

How to Kill a Giant

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Samuel 17 We all know the story of David and Goliath, but do you know how you can kill the giants you may be facing, giants like sin, discouragement, fear? The answer is, by faith! Most of us can’t remember the first time we heard the story of David and Goliath, but none of us will ever forget it — the menacing figure of boastful Goliath, the heroic courage of young David, the drama building up to …

Samuel Hears God's Call

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Samuel 3 Little Samuel was dedicated by his parents to the Lord’s service from the day he was born. He learned an important lesson at a very young age about how to listen to God, and respond. Do you know the wonderful story of the prophet Samuel’s birth? A man called Elkanah and his wife Hannah were devout Israelites who lived near the end of the period of the Judges in the Old Testament. Each year, the …