Archive for March, 2013

Wonders from the Word – A Living Analogy of Discipleship (Matthew 8:18-34)

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Disciples follow by first by being with and learning, and finally by imitating. Following Jesus is an important aspect of the story of Jesus calming the storm (Mt 8.23-27). Matthew places stories together that help to interpret each other, one setting up the other, using a literary technique called a “catchword” to tie these themes […]

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#50 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 21 – A Prayer that Causes Doubt

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Atheists love this prayer: “If You will deliver this people into our hands, we will completely their destroy their cities” (Nm 21.2). Yahweh listens, the Canaanites are defeated and Israel frees those previously taken captive (21,3). On a human level, this appears more than a rescue mission, it reeks of revenge. Atheists love scriptures where […]

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#49 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 20 – A Prayer from Stress

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

“I don’t know why I did that, that’s not who I am.” “I don’t know why I said that, that’s not like me.” Stress causes not only regret, but confusion, even questions about self-identity. The question is, “Who are we really? The person who behaves properly or when under duress acts aberrantly?” The answer is…. […]

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#48 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 16 – A Prayer for the Hard to Believe

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself” (Eleanor Roosevelt). “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results” (Albert Einstein). Apparently Einstein knew the Israelites, but the Israelites did not know Eleanor. There are Biblical stories hard to fathom; so sensational […]

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#47 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 13-14 – A Prayer to Keep Praying through the Bible

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

I am tired of writing “Praying through the Bible.” This is #47, and I have mostly enjoyed the creative challenge of crafting them and the needed prayer challenges. But the truth is I am getting bored. I am out of ideas here with Israel. They are driving me nuts and drying up my imaginative, wacky, […]

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#46 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 12 – A Prayer that is Black and White

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Not everything is black and white, but in this chapter everything is, even the unexpected irony. “Black and white” means clear contrasts, as distinctive as black type on white paper; as differentiated as humility and jealousy; as obvious as, well, black and white. The first contrast is between siblings. “Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses” (Nm […]

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Praying through the Bible #45 – Numbers 11:4-23 – A Prayer from Being Pushed

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

“They (supply name) really push my buttons.” Whether it is intentionally, because of personality conflicts or personal experiences; some people easily annoy us. It’s like we have an “Annoy Me” button on our forehead with their name written on it. And just like a button on machine, we react. Sometimes the reaction is not immediate […]

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#44 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 11 – A Prayer Just Like Before

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Why should we expect God to treat us any better, any differently, if we always treat Him the same shabby way? That question should shock us or shame us into revaluating deeply. Since praying through the Bible, has the level of our prayer life been raised, become more focused, less selfish, with less complaints, and […]

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#43 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 9-10 – A Prayer that is a GPS

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The original GPS was actually a JPS, a Jewish Positioning System. Contrary to popular opinion, Israel did not wander around for 40 years because Moses refused to stop and ask for directions. Each move was directed by God using His GPS, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. “The cloud covered […]

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#42 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 6:22-27 – A Prayer that is a Blessing

Friday, March 8th, 2013

When’s the last time you blessed someone, or received a blessing? Most likely it was after a sneeze. “God bless you” has several uncertain origins: 1) a violent sneeze could thrust your soul from your body; 2) sneezing expelled an evil spirit, blessings protect from its reentering; 3) the heart stops and they pronounced a […]

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