Final Observations

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Final observations about Habakkuk

This book was important to the apostle Paul. He quoted Habakkuk often when preaching the gospel in the synagogues and in his letters to the converted Jews in Galatians. The author of Hebrews uses Habakkuk as well. That means the book of Habakkuk is an important scripture in the development of the gospel message. How many gospel preachers include Habakkuk in their preaching? Paul did but not many today. There’s something we could learn from Paul.Read more

Remember Mercy

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Habakkuk 3

This is the third and final chapter. The debate recorded in chapters 1 & 2 has concluded. Chapter 3 transitions to a God-inspired prayer of Habakkuk. The bulk of the chapter recounts God’s power and work from creation, to the exodus, to Mt Sanai, to the entrance into the promised land, to the Davidic Covenant and the fulfillment of God’s anointed. Verse 2 kicks it off by saying, “Lord, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make it known; In wrath, remember mercy.”Read more

The Fate of the Chaldeans

This is Houdini, Nate, Jr., and Sketch. Just because I agreed to get some cats to patrol our 4 acres in Boerne, TX (keep scorpions, snakes, etc., away) doesn't mean I'm getting attached to them. I don't want you to get the idea I have a soft spot for cats....these kittens on the other hand are adorable.

Habakkuk 2:5-20

Funny how history repeats itself and how the recurring patterns of man arise over and over again. In this section, we have God’s denunciation of the Chaldeans. This is a cursing by God of a real nation but is also representative of all nations, groups and even individuals who think and act in the same manner as the Chaldeans. They are described as prideful, arrogant, fierce and impetuous. Read more

Both Sides

Greetings from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands! We are extremely fortunate to be spending this week in luxury and leisure on our Corporate Incentive Trip.  Here’s a view from our balcony.

Habakkuk 2:4

“Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him, but the righteous will live by his faith.” The contrast is one who is proud and one who has faith. Interesting that Paul quotes Habakkuk 2:4 in both Romans and Galatians. Read more

His Ways

In this pic we are hiking in the Texas Hill country, near the Guadalupe River with Nate and Ryker!

Habakkuk 2

If this book is a debate and you had to judge the competitors by rounds, how would you judge?Read more

I Prefer Revival

She's the love of my life!!! Happy Birthday today to my precious bride of 35 + years. She has a tender heart toward those in need, is gracious, kind and feels deeply. She doesn't realize how much she has taught me and pushed me to care more, act more and be more. Plus, she looks beautiful even with cake on her face!

Habakkuk 1

What do we know so far? The prophet has been praying that God would bring about a “change of heart” among the Jews in the land of Judah. The nation had devolved into a wicked, violent and sinful place. We would do the same thing as Habakkuk did, wouldn’t we?Read more

Jesus to the Rescue

The birthday theme continues with a message and pics from Beri nineteen years ago. Beri was 14 and an aspiring poet.

WARNING: this is long but please do not miss it.

Habakkuk 1

The debate is underway. Habakkuk begins by questioning God. Why! Why! Why! God responds and tells him He is going to answer his questions and He is going to act. But it will be in a way that will horrify Habakkuk. He will not bring revival, He will bring judgement.  If that’s not disturbing enough, the agents of His judgement are going to be the most godless, wicked people on the face of the earth. The fierce and impetuous Chaldeans.Read more

The Debate Continues

Here's a birthday message & pics to me from Brooke when she was 10 years old and I was 40!

Habakkuk 1:5 and following

The debate between Habakkuk and God has just begun. Who’s going to win? What do you think are the Vegas odds here? Habakkuk started from a selfish place of asking, or I could say, whining about why God doesn’t hear and respond to his prayers. Habakkuk was sick of the escalation of wickedness, debauchery and sin in his nation. Why is God indifferent?

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What About Me?

Today is my birthday (turning 59) so I thought it would be a good day to post the picture and flyer Leigh produced to invite friends to my surprise 40th Birthday Party.

Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk speaks first in this debate between the prophet and God. “How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear?” Ever felt that way? The prophet begins by focusing on the situation from his point of view. Yes, the situation is dire in Judah.  Sin and wickedness is rampant. It’s understandable, but the opening statement is about the prophet; how he feels and his perspective. Hey God, I cry for help and You don’t listen. You are not there for me. You devote Your time and attention to something else and not me. This approach is not advisable but we all do it, sometimes more overtly than other times. Read more