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BAFFLED AND THIRSTY
May 13th, 2022
The Bible readings for today are quite powerful. In 1 Samuel 14, Saul is trying to lead an organized battle, but his son Jonathan just attacks on his own because God can win with few or many. And God wins the day. Amazing. But Saul was baffled. Our John 7:31-53 reading was baffling to several groups celebrating at the Festival of Shelters. They were baffled but Jesus too wins the day. Life is conf...
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE FINISH LINE
May 11th, 2022
In today’s reading, the nation of Israel asks for a king. They reject the leadership and rule of their sovereign Creator for the leadership of a man they can see and touch. They want a ruler ‘just like other nations have rulers.’ And what a ruler they received! Saul was quite a man. In this text, we are told he was a head taller than any of his fellow Israelites. He was possessed of the Spirit of ...
EVERYBODY WANTS A KING
May 10th, 2022
 “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes”. Judges 21:25 (Bible Hub)As the book of Judges wraps up a bleak 400-year period in Israel’s history, it was marked as a time of great struggle. The Bible warns us over and over not to make ourselves king or to want others to rule over us. It leads to all kinds of bad things like separation from God and the wo...
PERSONAL TESTIMONY
May 6th, 2022
Proverbs 14:26-27  Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, Turning a person from the snares of death.We have discussed earlier that the “fear” of the Lord is knowledge of Him. So it is our knowledge of Him that keeps us from the snares of death, which could also mean the entrapments of everyday life. But...
GOD, I LOVE YOU!
May 5th, 2022
John 4:23-24“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”We must worship in spirit and truth. In spirit because God is spirit. We being human (and sinful human at that) don’t know how to really worship God on...
PSALM 104: THE GLORY OF MAN....?
May 3rd, 2022
Over the weekend, I travelled to Santiago, Chile. During my last day there, I got to visit the tallest building in the city and go to the observation deck at the top. The view was impressive, but as I stood there, looking out at the city, I was struck by two things. First, as I experienced this monument to the wealth of the owner and the power of humans to construct enormous things, it brought som...
GOD'S MERCIES
May 2nd, 2022
In our blog reading from Psalms 103, we have praise for the Lord’s mercies for His people. We “bless His holy name” for pardoning all of our guilt, for redeeming us and for crowning us with compassion all of our days.We know He has not dealt with us because of our sins or our evil deeds, but shows us His mercy and compassion with His mercy being everlasting for His children and justice for His chi...
THE GREATEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME
April 29th, 2022
The account in Luke 24 of the two men who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus is well-known as one of the resurrection appearances of Jesus. It is yet another proof that Jesus has “risen indeed.” This was no secret resurrection. Jesus appeared to these two men as well as the disciples and over 500 others! Jesus let folks touch Him and talk with Him. He walked, ate, and showed the scars on His body fro...
A BRIEF MEDITATION ON PROVERBS 14:5
April 26th, 2022
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. Proverbs 14:5Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. Proverbs 14:2But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles'...
ANXIOUS THOUGHTS
April 25th, 2022
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. (NASB)When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. (NIV)Psalm 94:19 (from today’s One Year Bible reading)Anxious thoughts. The things that can come to our mind several times through the night. They can be disturbing. But this is when we need to remind ourselves of God’s promises, when we n...
FAINTING WITH FEAR ... OR RAISING OUR HEADS?
April 22nd, 2022
Lk. 21:1-28In today’s NT reading, Jesus sits down and talks with His disciples about the days to come. It’s a heady conversation—just look at what Jesus tells them is to come:- The temple in all its glory would be torn down, and Jerusalem would be overrun by Gentile forces (v. 5-9, 20-24).- Wars, famines, and earthquakes would come (v. 10-11).- People who put their faith in Jesus would be persecut...
JESUS RIDES INTO TOWN
April 19th, 2022
Jesus rides into town…. Luke 29-28-48Today, in our reading, as the inspired narrative of the book of Luke moves onward toward the amazing events of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, we see Jesus' riding into Jerusalem and fulfilling prophecy after prophecy. Easter week is my favorite week of the year, as I imagine it might be for you too. This year just seemed even more special to me. With ou...
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?
April 18th, 2022
“And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  Luke 19:8 (ESV)Zacchaeus had an encounter! Something truly remarkable happened to this man when Jesus called him down out of that sycamore tree. Here was a sinful man who made himself rich because of his sinful behavior having a tru...
TRUSTING GOD BRINGS VICTORY
April 15th, 2022
Today’s One Year Bible reading in Joshua 11 finds Joshua and the army of Israel engaged in a campaign of battles to capture the Promised Land, which God was giving them. After a series of victories (recorded in the previous chapter) several kings had now combined their armies to fight against Israel. Verse 4 records that “Their combined armies formed a vast horde … [that] covered the landscape lik...
SEEK GOD WHEN MAKING DECISIONS
April 14th, 2022
Our reading from Joshua 9:3ff records the account of the Gibeonites deception of the Israelites. The Israelites were commanded to destroy the people in the land due to their corruption and God’s plan to provide the land for Israel. In fear, the Gibeonites, who were living in the land, came up with a scheme to fool Israel. They sent a party pretending to have traveled from a far country to seek pea...
HALLELUJAH! WHAT A SAVIOR!
April 13th, 2022
Several times in the past few weeks I have had a conversation which contained the sentiment that we will not find perfect justice this side of eternity. We do not have a perfectly just democracy or a perfectly just judicial system. Try as we might we continually fall short. And while it might be the best effort of a fallen humanity and while we attempt to ensure an impartial judiciary, our system ...
LUKE 15: LOST AND FOUND
April 12th, 2022
Below are some things to consider while reading Luke 15 today:The setting and context of this chapter is found in Luke 15:2-3b, 8, 11 “[T]he Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them.’ So He told them this parable…[v8] Or what woman…[v11] And He said…” All these three parables found in Luke 15 are linked that end with the parable of The Prodigal Son ...
THE PERFECT POSSESSION OF DILIGENCE
April 11th, 2022
Joshua3-4 - Luke14:7-35 - Psalm80:19 - Proverbs 12:27bIn Luke 14, the people of Israel thought they understood the perfect possession of diligence.  Diligence is the opposite of lazy and demonstrates careful and persistent effort.  A good disciple must be diligent to obey God’s law.  It was not ok to be last. But Jesus did say to them put all your family loyalties last, put all your desires last, ...
LIVING YOUR "BLESSED" LIFE NOW
April 5th, 2022
Ever wonder where we got the idea that Mary, the mother of Jesus, got an extra dose of Holy? As it turns out, Roman Catholicism is not where that originated: designating special honor to people who fulfill unique roles in history has always been around. This tendency in the human heart speaks to more than just idolatry though. As evangelicals, we to do this with many individuals from the Bible. We...
WHOM HAVE I IN HEAVEN BUT YOU?
April 1st, 2022
Today’s reading includes Psalm 73, titled, A Psalm of Asaph. Asaph was a Levite who was appointed by King David to minister before the ark of the covenant in Jerusalem. (1 Chron. 16:37). He is the author of Psalms 50 and 73 – 83.This is a very personal Psalm that begins with Asaph affirming that God has been good to his people Israel. But then he expresses his own personal struggle: “But as for me...