Category Archives: Scripture

God’s Faithfulness and Goodness is Great

Think back, if you’re old enough to, to June, 1962 – or visit that time in memory with me. My thoughts return to my high school graduation, one month earlier. Now, on some day in June, we are loading the very … Continue reading

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Spurgeon’s Sermon on Isaiah 26:3

Truth is not time sensitive. Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon 130 years ago that is still fully applicable to our concerns and our needs.   This is only a short excerpt from it (the whole thing is twelve pages when printed out). A … Continue reading

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What Does God Remember?

Psalm 103:11-13 ends with this – “He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust.” How astounding is it that “He remembers.….”! Why on EARTH should He “remember” anything about our predicaments??? That’s a CHOICE on His part. He chooses … Continue reading

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In the Presence of my Enemies

He has set a table for me in the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23:5 In the midst of our troubles, our grief, our temptations and our fears – our cry is for escape. We want to fly as a … Continue reading

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The Sepulchres in our Gardens

As is so often the case when I pick up my Granny’s copy of Streams in the Desert, the devotional for the day is a perfect fit for the day. And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, sitting … Continue reading

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Despair: It is what it is

The Bible never glosses over the fact that reality can become so impossible to process that individuals just throw their hands up and say, “No more. Can’t do it. I’m done.” Whether the thought is expressed with anger, fear or exhaustion, that … Continue reading

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Here’s a lie: “Humility should be resisted.”

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I have long agreed with God’s definitions,  descriptions and proposals about humility, and have evidence of that agreement in something I wrote on September 13, 1983: Humility that’s asked by you, O Christ of Galilee, is that which faces you … Continue reading

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Psalm 62: Waiting in Silence

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Psalm 62:5-7  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; the … Continue reading

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Paul’s Sermon Text in Antioch Pisidia

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About 53-57 AD, the Apostle Paul preached a sermon in Antioch of Pisidia which is about 300 miles northwest of “the other Antioch” which is about 20 miles from the Mediterranean Sea and just within Turkish borders. The ancient remains … Continue reading

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What did the Roman Satirist say about Deception?

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The Roman Satirist, Petronius (first century AD) said this about why deception thrives: Mundus vult decipi; ergo decipiatur* Also in the first century, Paul the Apostle addressed the same issue in his letter to the church at Thessalonica in II … Continue reading

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Psalm 62:1-7

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Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense.  I shall not be greatly moved.  How long will you attack a man?  You shall be … Continue reading

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God is the “God of all comfort, who comforts us”

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II Corinthians 1:3-11 is a deep well where God’s comforting can be observed in action. Before I understood the things I worked through in my journaling, I was frustrated by this passage because even though the word “comfort” is repeated several times in the text, I wasn’t actually … Continue reading

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Listen, my soul…I’m talking to you

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Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” Places of discouragement and confusion and pain are very dangerous, because in such places the earthbound soul desires to reassert its feelings, its thinking and its will. Psalm 42:5 “Soul…why … Continue reading

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Resting In His Shadow

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Psalm 91 Dwelling in Your secret place, looking on Your face, resting in Your shadow, daily learning grace. Grace that saves and covers, grace that shields and calms, resting in the shadow of Your loving arms. Guarded by the angels … Continue reading

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We Are The Church Of What’s Happenin’… Right Now

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The prophecies of Ezekiel 38, 39 seem to be setting up and it’s getting easier to understand the details of Daniel 9. The prequel called The Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ is sort of playing out in the … Continue reading

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No Rush To Harvest

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Harvest, by definition, always came after a lot of work, after a lot of time, after a lot of growth.  There was no other way to do it. In early spring, the thaw would begin.  Weeks later,  the final snow … Continue reading

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Before There Was Unholy, There Was Holy

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Holy ~ is not a word that God came up with to contrast with unholy.  Holy ~ expresses what God was before Satan ever rebelled taking a third of the angels and then taking mankind. God was ~ holy ~ before there … Continue reading

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Philippians 1:4

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“Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly.” It wasn’t just because of his chains;  it was because of how he handled his chains. … Continue reading

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“Earthquakes, Tsunamis (and Meltdowns?) Oh My!”

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Luke 21:25-28 says, And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and … Continue reading

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Ephesians 3:14-19

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Spending real time gazing into the majesty of God will provide a path to humility; and spending real time gazing into the rich and detailed provisions of our Father for our real needs will cure the chronic victimhood that would have us facing each day barely hanging on. This … Continue reading

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