Home of the Brave…or Home of the Fearful?

Our national anthem proclaims that America is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  While it’s tempting to question the first part of that pronouncement, the last part has also fallen on hard times.  Certainly, we still see many individual acts of bravery and courage every day, such as in the…

Discouraging People

God’s people had been suffering in captivity for about 90 years.  A new generation was given the opportunity to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of the LORD.  It was an awesome task that would take great strength and courage.  The Promised Land was infested with their enemies, adding to the difficulty.  Look at…

Man on a Wire: Fearless, Faith-filled, or Foolish?

I grew up idolizing the daredevil Evel Knievel in the 1970’s.  Not only did I watch every televised event, but I had my own Evel Kneivel action figure (and bike) so I could re-create the amazing stunts over and over again.  As I got older, I grew out of my hero-worship, realizing that this man…