Ethan Linder

Right but Wrong

Right but Wrong

Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Ex. 2:12) When was the last time you saw someone fight for your cause in a way that made you cringe? In this passage, Moses comes upon one of his own people experiencing the...
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Get to know our team!

Lyn Rayn is Wesleyan Publishing House’s (WPH) designer and she has been with the team for 33 years! Her experience with WPH started when she was just 9 years old. Her grandmother, Connie Heer, was an illustrator/layout artist for the publishing house and Lyn...
What’s in A Name

What’s in A Name

She took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” (Ex. 2:10) Nobody chooses what they’re called. Names—both legal and ones assigned by reputation—are given....
Don’t Miss the Reeds

Don’t Miss the Reeds

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds. (Ex. 2:5) If your planner or to-do list is your best friend, you need to take a look in the reeds. If words like...
The Tide Takes It

The Tide Takes It

Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (Ex. 2:3) As we highlight Moses’ life, we often miss his mother’s incredible courage. Her actions in this passage demonstrate the importance of civil disobedience and...
Vindication

Vindication

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. (Ps. 17:15) Like John Wesley in his day, we should be moved by inequities in our modern justice system. Our social holiness requires us not only to...
Outnumbered

Outnumbered

But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. (Ex. 1:12) In junior high school, I stood up to a bully. In a town where gangs were prevalent and alliances were tight, I knew he had a crew on his...
Never Satisfied

Never Satisfied

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Ex. 1:22) Our home is surrounded by trees. It is a beautiful scene any time of day, whether from our back deck or our front porch....
Honored

Honored

And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. (Ex. 1:21) The late senator John McCain has been called many things, from an American hero, to a patriot, to a bridge builder. However, what fascinated me about his life is how he was honored...
When Could Fear Be Good?

When Could Fear Be Good?

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. (Ex. 1:17) Dating is tough sometimes when you are a Christian. I remember vividly before I got married trying to navigate some tough terrain. How do I...
They Don’t Know

They Don’t Know

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. (Ex. 1:8) Summers in the south come with the expectation of evening thunderstorms, especially if you have lived here a while. Often, the meteorologists call for it, and other times it comes without...
Grow

Grow

But the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. (Ex. 1:7) In the mailbox of our new home, I found a hornet’s nest. Or maybe it is more accurately stated that...
Where Is It?

Where Is It?

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. (Ps. 25:4) “Where is Calle de Fernán Gonzalez Street?” We asked this question in English of a Spanish-speaking woman in Burgos, Spain. She looked around and responded, “Aquí.” I responded, “Aquí?” without a clue of the...
Mold Me

Mold Me

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will. (Heb. 13:20–21) “I will make a salt pig.” The potter was at the spinning wheel. His hands surrounded the blob of clay, and with precise...
The Bleating Lamb

The Bleating Lamb

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. (Heb. 13:15) BAA. BAA. BAA. The little lamb’s bleating tugged at my heart as we drove to market. With eyelids brimming with...
Model Christ

Model Christ

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (Heb. 13:7) “The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ” (D. L. Moody). Take a moment...
I Love That Money

I Love That Money

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. (Heb. 13:5) “Just write a check, Daddy,” my sister said. Money was tight, and our parents were in a financial juggling match. My sister saw the obvious solution they seemed to be...
It’s OK

It’s OK

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge. (Heb. 13:4) “Don’t you know that when you sleep with somebody, your body makes a promise whether you do or not?” Cameron Diaz’s statement in the movie...
Spend the Night

Spend the Night

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Heb. 13:2) It was eleven o’clock at night and my car was in the repair shop. I was in college, traveling with a girlfriend, and we...
Proclaim

Proclaim

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (Ps. 105:1) When I realized I had the desire to go into full-time ministry, my dream was to be a missionary. I wanted to do big things for God, and at sixteen, that vision...
Through Jesus, Sacrifice

Through Jesus, Sacrifice

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise. (Heb. 13:15) In the season that I am in, sometimes I find it difficult to sacrifice some things. I am in a new marriage, a new ministry, and physically farther from home than I wanted to...
Our God Saves

Our God Saves

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47) I will be the first one to tell you that I don’t have the gift of evangelism. When God called me into full-time ministry, I remember feeling anxious because I knew this was something I...
Find Your Temple

Find Your Temple

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. (Acts 2:46) In university, students attended a chapel service twice a week as well as attending a weekend service. I remember when I went home for the summer after that first year feeling almost lost...
Unified

Unified

All the believers were together and had everything in common. (Acts 2:44) Every church I have ever been a part of has had the concept of unity at its core. Unified is something that we strive to be. It is also something at which we don’t always succeed—cue our...