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Being Handed Over to the Culture of Man

December 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Judges 13:1 (New Living Translation) Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years. Bad times; very bad times. God handed His people over to the Philistines. The Philistines oppressed God’s people politically for forty years. That political persecution was […]

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Worship or Taunt or Weep

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments

1 Samuel 1:7 (New Living Translation) Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat. Peninnah and Hannah were wives of Elkanah of Ramah. Elkanah brought his wives and children to Shiloh once a year […]

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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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Love of Telling Lies

October 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Zechariah 8:16-17 (New Living Translation) 16 But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace. 17 Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, […]

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Timeless Admonitions for Society

September 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Amos 5:15 (New Living Translation) Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. This one is pretty simple. Yet it is one of those that we tend to forget to […]

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Relenting and Punishing

September 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Joel 2:13 (New Living Translation) Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,     but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God,     for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.     He is eager to relent and not punish. “God’s gonna getcha for that” (George Jones and Tammy […]

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The Outside and the Inside

September 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Joel 2:13 (New Living Translation) Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,     but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God,     for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.     He is eager to relent and not punish. At the time and place of the prophet Joel, […]

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Angels and Animals

August 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Daniel 6:21-22 (New Living Translation) 21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” Daniel survived the night in the lion’s den. […]

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