Archive for April, 2013

#58 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 9:26-29 – A Prayer of Reminding

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Not all memories are good memories, but even the bad ones can be good. At Trunnel Elementary School, in Louisville, KY, I had just won the “Most Improved Reader” Award – two tickets to the upcoming skating party given in honor of all the award winners. Immediately I invited my best friend, Paul Dean. The […]

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#57 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 4:1-8 – A Prayer that Reveals God

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

If others do not know our God and all they know is what they see and hear from us, what would they think they know about the God of the Bible? What rules would they think this Righteous One has revealed as to how we should live? What kind of God do we reveal? According […]

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#56 Praying through the Bible – Deuteronomy 3:23-29 – A Prayer for a Second Chance

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

God cannot be put into a box, although we try. “God is only,” “God will always,” “God would never” is too limiting except when affirming God’s holiness (Heb 6.18) which includes punishing sin. Even “God is love” is not “God is only love” or “God is always love.” That last statement is troublesome. Troublesome statements […]

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Praying through the Bible #55 – Numbers 27:12-23 – A Prayer for Those Left Behind

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Leaving is never easy, especially when being replaced. Can it be difficult to pray for those replacing us? Depends on how and why we are being supplanted; on how much we love and care for those left behind. There are many reasons for parting; some good, some bad, some inevitable, some out of choice. Sometimes […]

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Praying through the Bible #54 – Numbers 27 – A Prayer that is a Legal Case

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Social justice, equal rights, judicial fairness, even interpretive hermeneutics along with the place of prayer; all of these are found in a story so real to life, that it just can’t be made up. Although 3000 years ago, we have been there, where the laws don’t match our lives; where not every situation is specifically […]

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#53 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 23-24 – A Prayer is not a Bribe

Friday, April 12th, 2013

God cannot be bought. God cannot be bribed by prayers, sacrifices, or worship. Yet do we devalue God’s holiness, thinking Him vulnerable to our petty gifts? “God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?” (Nm 23.19). […]

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#52 Praying through the Bible – Numbers 22-25 – A Prayer to Get What We Want

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Prayer is about getting God to do what we want. Does that concept intrigue you?  Self-interest comes naturally. How often are our prayers filled with personal wish lists? We righteously conclude, almost sighing, “Your will be done;” but we think, “I hope your will is my will!” It’s easier to desire God’s will to match […]

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Praying through the Bible #51 – Numbers 21 – A Prayer for Healing

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Our young sons ran, screaming. In our desert-like, Florida backyard, they spied a Coral snake, a death causing, venomous snake. Since they mimic the harmless King snake, someone poetically devised this mnemonic device: “Red on Black, Friend of Jack. Red on Yellow, Watch out, Fellow.” Brave Momma gets a hoe and cuts off the head […]

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