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Entries from April 2012

The Idols of a Defeated Enemy

April 29th, 2012 · No Comments

2 Samuel 5:20-21 20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them. Here […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

Cost Plus 20%

April 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Leviticus 6:1-7 (New Living Translation) Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Suppose one of you sins against your associate and is unfaithful to the Lord. Suppose you cheat in a deal involving a security deposit, or you steal or commit fraud, 3 or you find lost property and lie about it, or you lie while swearing to tell the […]

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Tags: Leviticus · Old Testament

Beware the Crafty Friend

April 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

2 Samuel 13:3 (New Living Translation) But Amnon had a very crafty friend… There are some opening lines of stories that guarantee the story will not end well. This is one of those opening lines. Having a “crafty” friend is not a good thing. It is not a surprise that this story ends poorly. In […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

An Accomplice to Murder

April 21st, 2012 · No Comments

2 Samuel 11:14-17 (New Living Translation) 14 So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15 The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16 So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

Casting Out Demons

April 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Matthew 12:25-29 (New International Version) 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive.27 And if I am empowered by […]

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Tags: Matthew · New Testament

Stubbornness and Worshiping Idols

April 8th, 2012 · No Comments

1 Samuel 15:22-23 (New Living Translation) 22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Pharaoh’s Rebellious Daughter

April 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Exodus (New Living Translation) 1:22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.” 2:5-9  5 Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among […]

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Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

The Favoritism Example and the Audience

April 1st, 2012 · No Comments

James 2:1-4 (New Living Translation) My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? 2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in […]

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Tags: James · New Testament