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“Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21, NKJV). Friendship is a great thing. Before opening ourselves up to a new friend, we usually look for qualities like common interests, trust, loyalty, dependability, supportiveness. So it was puzzling when Jesus didn’t show up when His good friend, Lazarus, became seriously ill. In fact, Jesus deliberately delayed, and then it was too late. Lazarus was dead and buried before Jesus even left to go to him. He arrived four days too late. Or so it seemed. Purposefully Delayed The disciples…

When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well. (Exodus 2:15, ESV) Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. (Acts 7:30, ESV) The life of Moses is an interesting study. Born to Israelite slaves, hidden in a basket in the river, adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the palace, given an excellent Egyptian education. It’s a true “rags to riches” tale—until…

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1, New King James Version). How long does it take before God answers a prayer? Is there a point when we just give up asking? Even if we find prayer—and how to receive an answer—so unclear at times, the Bible assures us persistence will pay off. The Lord gave two parables illustrating this. Luke 18 tells the story of a widow seeking justice in her situation. The judge seems a harsh man with little regard for God or man. Yet, because of…