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When it’s important to God…you will know it

By   /  November 5, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet In my reading through Leviticus, one consistent little phrase has been popping up since Exodus 6:1. And although the Bible conveys the same thought through other similar verbiage, it is the phrase, “The Lord said to Moses” that caused me to grin. From the book of Exodus through the book of Joshua, that exact [...]

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Halloween! OMG … HIDE!

By   /  October 22, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

Tweet         Christians love to hide. We have or own buildings, music, clothing, bookstores, and coffee shops. But most of all, we hide from Halloween – AKA “Satan’s Day” {{{insert evil laugh here}}}. Many will be in their homes with their lights off indicating that the evil children of darkness, those that are caught up in [...]

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The Secret of Contentment

By   /  October 1, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of columns on anxiety. Learning to be content may be one of the most difficult concepts for us Americans to grasp. Here in the “land of opportunity,” we are rightly taught that we can accomplish everything we put our minds and backs, too.

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Anxiety and 9/11

By   /  September 24, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, school field trips into Manhattan were not uncommon. One such trip in the early 70s was to the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Although I can’t begin to compare my personal sense of loss to those whose family members are no longer with [...]

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Anxiety Part 1

By   /  September 17, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

Tweet According to dictionary.com, anxiety is defined as “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.” Based upon that definition, we don’t need to look much past our own communities to see that many people are indeed anxious. Unemployment is high, and natural disasters are all around us. The stock market [...]

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Me? A Minister?

By   /  September 7, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet The ephod was a garment worn around the high priest’s upper body that featured 23 semiprecious and precious stones on the front, each one bearing the name of one of the tribes of Israel. God gave Moses the following instructions concerning the ephod:             Fasten the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod [...]

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$100 Million Butcher Shop

By   /  August 31, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Did God really use 2,193 pounds of pure gold in the building of the tabernacle? According to Exodus 38:24 He did just that. Let me put that in 21st century economics. On the day I wrote this, the market value of gold was $1787.42 per ounce. So then,the value of those 2,193 of gold [...]

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You Didn’t Go Too Far

By   /  August 27, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet As many of you know, I am reading through the Bible in chronological order. As I go along, I write about things that stick-out at me and I call it, “With Your Latte.” And when my reading plan took me to Exodus 32:24 I literally laughed out loud.

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Timing is everything

By   /  August 20, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

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Tweet Of the many flaws in my character (and the one that has caused the most heartache), is my need for instant gratification. As the years have gone on, my trust in Him has increased. Consequently, I tend to be more patient now than in my younger years. Still, my desire to see things happen sooner rather [...]

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What is it?

By   /  August 14, 2011  /  Doug Rea  /   Comments

Tweet That’s the question that the Israelites asked themselves when they first saw the Lord’s breakfast menu. Exodus 16:15 (NLT) reads, “The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. ‘What is it?’ they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, ‘It is the food the Lord has given [...]

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