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Armistice

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Psalms 46:8-11 (New Living Translation) 8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. 9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I […]

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We Pass and are Forgotten

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Psalms 49:11-12 (American Standard Version) 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, And their dwelling-places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names. 12 But man being in honor abideth not: He is like the beasts that perish. I love to build things (see, for example, this […]

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A Clean Heart

October 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Psalms 51:10 (American Standard Version) Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me. I use an older translation today. A little more poetic. I desire a clean heart. One that isn’t soiled with emotions that are bad for my outlook. Some examples: self-pity jealousy and envy hatred Oh […]

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Laughter, Joy, and Amazament

May 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Psalms 126:2 (New Living Translation) We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, had once again blessed them. They were filled with laughter and joy. They couldn’t contain themselves. And the nations about […]

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A Simple, Powerful Prayer

January 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Psalm 17:7 (New Living Translation) Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies. This is as simple as it can be; this is as powerful as it can be. God, please show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. Please God, today. […]

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Multiplying My Troubles

January 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Psalm 16:4 (New Living Translation) Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods. Do you have enough troubles in your life? I do. I suppose I could handle more, but why would I bring more trouble […]

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Give Me (Good) Sense

September 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalm 119:73 (New Living Translation) You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. Why is it that I struggle to do what I know is right? The Apostle Paul, among many,  wrote about this. I suppose this is part of the life of a person stained by sin […]

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Pondering

September 10th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalm 119:59 (New Living Translation) I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws. ponder: verb, think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion. Ever ponder the direction of your life? I have, probably too many times. The advice from the writer of this Psalm: […]

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Before the Sun is Up

September 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Psalms 119:147 (New Living Translation) I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. I rise before the sun is about almost everyday of the year. Who cares? Lots of people do. I walk into the bathroom and flip that magic switch on the […]

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Singing the Decrees?

September 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Psalm 119:54 (New Living Translation) Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived. When was the last time you took the words of a bill passed by Congress and sang them? How about never? How about this is one of the silliest questions ever asked. This is what the writer […]

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