Monthly Archives: August 2015

Presumptions

Their names were Baanah and Recab.  If you’re not familiar with them, don’t beat yourself up, because they’re only in one small section of one Old Testament book.  Yet, they made a pretty big impression on me. The context of … Continue reading

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185 Days

Today, my oldest brother begins his 31st (and last) year teaching high school biology.  For more than three decades he has devoted himself to the education of the students in his hometown.  One career, spent in one school district; and … Continue reading

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Rejoice Always!

It had been one of those days – pretty rough from morning until late at night with draining challenges at nearly every turn. It left me wondering, “How? God, how can I live out your command to ‘rejoice always’ in … Continue reading

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I Know Nothing!

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2) Admittedly, when I first read this verse I thought, “Come on Paul – you have to know about more than just Christ to … Continue reading

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Not Set

Oh how I wish I didn’t relate so well. However, as I read their account I couldn’t even begin to wag my finger at them. The story began with the Israelites being surrounded and completely overwhelmed by three, separate enemy … Continue reading

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Scum of the Earth?

“When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly.” (1 Cor 4:12-13) In this section of Scripture, Paul was describing for his readers the “glamorous life” that followers of … Continue reading

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My Times

As I read David’s 31st Psalm, I was reminded how desperately we need to keep God in the middle of all our daily struggles.  In the first half of the Psalm we see the difficulty of David’s reality – a … Continue reading

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Anything

You’re stumbling through the Arabian Desert and suddenly kick Aladdin’s lamp. You’re given just one request – quick – what do you ask for? In a sense, that is the offer Solomon had on the table as God made this … Continue reading

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You Talk Too Much!

“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.” (Pro 20:19) Unfortunately, there probably aren’t too many of us who haven’t felt the stinging truth of these words. As I first read them I wondered why anyone … Continue reading

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Fully Committed….Well, Almost

Over and over again, I find myself relating all too well to the men and women described in Scripture.  The latest case in point is King Asa, one of the early kings of Judah.  Unlike the northern kingdom of Israel … Continue reading

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