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Entries from December 2017

Corrupt with Violence

December 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Genesis 6:11 (New Living Translation) Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. Just before the flood, the earth—the whole place—was in bad shape. God was sorry, some versions say “heart broken,” about His creation. Corrupt is one word used in most translation. That means depraved or immoral. Note […]

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Tags: Genesis · New Testament

Comfort My People

December 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Isaiah 40: (New Living Translation) 1 “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. 2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins.” 3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through […]

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Tags: Isaiah · Old Testament

Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Tomorrow is Christmas Day. Fundamentalist Christians (that’s an old term, but I guess it still fits some of us some of the time) talk about how Jesus really wasn’t born on December 25th and all that stuff that is true but sort of ruins the spirit for a lot of folks. Sigh. Here is something […]

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Rich People, Too Bad for You

December 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

James 5:1 (New Living Translation) Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Boy, I wish I were rich. Uh, well, read the above verse. Terrible troubles haunt rich people. The not-so-rich (loads of money) don’t worry about the stock market, the prime rate, […]

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Tags: James · New Testament

The Listener’s Attitude

December 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 2:17 (New Living Translation) When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” There are several (dozen) things I could write about these couple of sentences. Let’s consider the […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Faith of the Friends (and the Home Owner)

December 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark 2:4 (New Living Translation) They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. In this (hi)story, “they” are friends of a paralyzed man. They have faith that Jesus […]

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Tags: Mark · New Testament

Skipping Our Step

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments

John 2:19-20 (New Living Translation) 19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” Some very important persons were upset with how Jesus was behaving in […]

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Tags: John · New Testament


December 9th, 2017 · No Comments

John 1:26b (New Living Translation) John told them, “…right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize…” The word “recognize” has at least two meanings that could apply here. One is, “acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of.” John is saying, “You don’t acknowledge that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, i.e., the […]

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Tags: John · New Testament

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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Tags: Judges · Old Testament

Charging Someone to Work for God

December 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

Philemon 1:21 (New Living Translation) I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more! Note the quiet, easy-to-miss charge Paul states here. Paul has told the person what he wants the person to do. Paul then tosses in this extra statement. I am sure you will […]

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Tags: New Testament · Philemon