Archive for April, 2009

Wonders from the Word – Me Oh My Oh I (Ecclesiastes 2:1-23)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

 33 times in 23 verses the word “I” is used.  That’s not even counting the numerous uses of “my”; “myself;” and “me.”  Generally counting words is not a worthwhile endeavor unless the repetition is illuminating.  In this case, the word “I” becomes a power or key word.  The passage to which I am referring is […]

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On Purpose! The Garden of Ignorance

Friday, April 17th, 2009

“Princely gardens” is the possible etymology for its name.  This “garden” was renowned for its abundant water and fertile soil.  Its fruits “had such high repute among the rabbis that they were not allowed in Jerusalem at the time of the feasts, lest any might be tempted to come merely for their enjoyment (Neubauer, Géog. […]

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On Purpose! Accountability

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Periodically, I do something insane and I apply necessary peer pressure on myself by publicly announcing an endeavor that I am planning.  Why do I torture myself thusly?  The reason is that tomorrow is my favorite day.  I love tomorrow.  I am always willing to do whatever needs to be done tomorrow.  You see, tomorrow […]

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On Purpose! The Unique Resurrection of Christ

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

While not abundant, resurrections occur in both the Old and New Testaments.  Jesus being resurrected is not unique, yet there are several aspects to His resurrection that are unique and distinctive.  These peculiarities make His resurrection unlike any other.   In every Biblical resurrection people witnessed the actual resurrecting.  The distinction I am making between […]

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Wonders from the Word – What We Want vs. What We Can (1 Chronicles 28)

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

David wanted to build a temple to God’s glory (1 Chron.22:7).  God said no (1 Chron.22:8).  So David quit worshipping God.  Not only did he become unfaithful, he whined, and complained.  In fact, David took all the plans and possessions that he had collected for the temple and threw them away.  Then David went to […]

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Wonders from the Word – Not Quite A Hypocrite (Matthew 23)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Not quite a hypocrite. Eighteen times that word is found: All in the NT; 15 times in Matthew; 3 in Luke; only used by Jesus. Such an easy word to throw around, to accuse others of being…and yet I wonder if those we call hypocrites actually are. First, a hypocrite is someone who pretends to […]

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