God Can Use Me at Any Age

Bruce Hoffman

READ : 2 Samuel 17:21-29 Though little known, Barzillai was an 80-year-old who gave strong support to David in his battles with his rebellious son Absolom. Without Barzillai’s assistance in bringing supplies to the battlefront, David’s victory over Absalom and his renegade friends might not have happened! Barzillai is an example of the usefulness of people well on in years. A Christian ought to retire from a paying vocation at a certain point in life, but a Christian never calls …

Questioning the Patience of Job

Bruce Hoffman

READ : Job 2:1-10 Until I sat under the seminary teaching of Dr. Lester Kuyper, I had always thought of Job as the ideal of PATIENCE. Dr. Kuyper pointed out the many ways in which Job demonstrated anything but a patient attitude with his unenviable situation. Certainly, Job did not accept his suffering with silence, but often verbally expressed his misery and his absolute puzzlement with God and His ways. Where Job deserves much credit is that he was STEADFAST …

Educated, Eloquent, But…

Bruce Hoffman

READ : Acts 18:18-28 As preachers go, Apollos possessed a lot of the qualities that present day “pastoral search committees” are looking for in their next minister. Our Bible reading says that Apollos was very learned in the Scriptures. What a valuable asset it is to sit under the preaching of one who has been thoroughly trained in God’s Word. But he also possessed what every church thirsts after in their minister ELOQUENCE in the pulpit. He had the gift …

Exercising Calm Judgment

Bruce Hoffman

READ : Acts 5:33-39 He wasn’t a Christian and perhaps never became one! In fact, he was a part of those opposed to spreading the gospel. His name is Gamaliel. He was a Pharisee and a member of the council who had ordered the apostles to cease preaching about Jesus. But when the apostles refused to stop their ministry, the scene became a hostile confrontation between the ruling council and the twelve. Injury to Christ’s men or even death was …

Listening to the Voices of Experience

Bruce Hoffman

READ : 1 Kings 12:1-14 He had it made and he blew it! Rehoboam was a very wealthy king who inherited the kingship of Israel after Solomon died. He made a terrible mistake during the early days of his reign which literally divided the nation. Though the son of the wisest father who ever lived, Rehoboam displayed gross stupidity with his unfortunate decision. Solomon was wealthy and wise, but the people suffered during his reign. The people therefore came to …

Nic at Night

Bruce Hoffman

READ : John 3:1-15 Our cable TV has a channel named Nickelodeon which features old programs and movies made decades ago. The name refers to those days of yesteryear when admission to a movie theater was a mere five cents. Evening programs are featured under the theme of “Nick at Night.” Another “Nic,” of a very different era, was Nicodemus who came to see Jesus one evening to learn more about Him. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of …