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Reading: Psalm 96
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary (NIV).
Who are you singing to? Let’s face it; most of us sing. We may not sing in a choir or in front of a crowd of thousands, but we sing. Maybe you sing in the shower. Maybe you just hum, whistle…
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A couple of Advents ago I preached on Jonah. There is no lack of good resources on the book, even ones that treat the Hebrew text itself. But the Baylor handbook offers a somewhat unique perspective, analyzing the words and phrases of the Hebrew text, as well as reading it through a discourse analysis lens: […]
Sometimes we want to see the provision in advance. Before we step out in “faith,” we want to know we have enough: time, money, strength, ideas, training, support. We want our offerings to God and our ministry for Him to be perfect. But in Hebrews, we’re told: Therefore let us draw near with confidence to […]
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
So to take my mind off of my life’s never-ending train wreck…
trying to delve out into something that I use to actually enjoy doing…
I thought I’d force myself to go do something that I once really looked forward to….
Since it is Fall, why not do something fallish…?
as in a change of season, a change of pace….??
And by the way, it is Fall right?
If it is actually Fall, and actually just a few days away until October….
why am I still wearing shorts, dripping sweat, while the thermometer reads 93?
Why are football games still hot…
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1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
11 When I was a child,
I spoke as a child,
I understood as a child,
I thought as a child;
but when I became a man,
I put away childish things.
Growing up does not mean growing apart. We mature as we learn and grow. We can grow to produce good fruits that give life, or we can grow weeds that choke out life. As we grow in love we grow closer to God and to each other. For His love lifts us above the concerns of this world. Does it mean I have no work to do? No! I must tend to my plants if I want to see them grow. They need to be watered and to get the right amount of light. Just like I need to nourish my body as well as my spirit. The love of Jesus is my sustenance…
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This is anecdotal, and, for the purposes of this post, a bit hyperbolic, but in my experience there is still a divide within evangelical scholarship between biblical studies and systematic theology. To be sure, there are those who do these together and do it well, albeit from one or the other discipline, but, for many […]
According to scholars there is no doubt that the biblical authors shaped history in a creative way for their theological purposes (1). Old Testament scholar and professor Peter Enns explains that “Few biblical scholars, including evangelicals, hesitate to acknowledge this.” However, explains Enns, this certainly isn’t unique to biblical history for “Such creative historiography is not […]
Lord, there are days,
I want to get away . . .
to fly up and over
the daily crazy fray.
There are times,
I wish I had wings
to soar high above . .
the storms life brings.
There are moments,
I want to only flee . . .
into perfect peace
to be alone with Thee.
There are periods,
in my hectic life . . .
I wish to escape
from the endless strife.
Lord, there are days,
I want to fly away
and in Your arms . . .
forever rest and stay!
“And I said,
Oh that I had wings
like a dove!
for then would
I fly away,
and be at rest.”
King James Version
Deborah Ann Belka
Luke 10:25-37 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29) What has happened to our society? We are barraged constantly by news reports of worthless politicians attacking one another, the tragedy of daily shootings in our malls, and a society that seems to have thrown civility to […]