Archive for October, 2013

Praying through the Bible #101 – 2 Samuel 12:1-25 – A Prayer of Pain Then and There

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

There is one reality where it is easy to deny God’s existence, where answers are not solutions, just numbing sounds to a soul wanting to be numb. Some questions can only be answered and accepted outside of and before “then and there;” outside of the hospital, before the accident; outside of the pain; before the […]

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Praying through the Bible #100 – 2 Samuel 7 – A Prayer of Great Things

Monday, October 28th, 2013

God would rather do great things through us than have us do great things for God. Can we get so fixated on doing great things, even out of deep humility, that we lose God’s focus? Can we become so confused by our pride that we want to do great things instead of God’s simple ones? […]

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Praying through the Bible #99 – 2 Samuel 5 – A Prayer that Contrasts

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Sometimes what’s not in the story is the real story. Today’s event is a repeat of a repeat of a repeat. Contrasting it to one where the theme is not repeated shows what’s missing is what’s important. Once again “David inquired of the LORD” (2 Samuel 5.19). “Should I go to war against the Philistines? […]

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Praying through the Bible #98 – 2 Samuel 2 – A Prayer that Brings Division

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Prayer is supposed to solve problems. Talking to God and getting advice from God is not supposed to cause pain, suffering, and division. But this time it does. Once again “David inquired of the LORD” (2 Samuel 2:1). Saul, along with three sons, Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, are dead. The sons are killed in war […]

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Praying through the Bible #97 – 1 Samuel 30 – A Prayer for Success

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Success. Few words in the English language have more power and allure than “success.” In sports, success is often narrowly defined as defeating an opponent. Success means winning. Winning means someone loses. Success also means teamwork. Golf, of course is a team of one, oh, except professional golfers don’t carry their bags, do they? Coaches […]

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Praying through the Bible #96 – 1 Samuel 28 – A Prayer to a Witch

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Ignored by God, terrified by life, left all alone, Saul turns to a witch. Feeling powerless, panicked, and lonely is dangerous; often leading to despair and desperate acts. “I would never” often and sadly means, “I haven’t yet.” Regret leads to regret. How many have done what we promised we never would, committed acts formerly […]

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Praying through the Bible #95 – 1 Samuel 23:1-14 – A Prayer to Make Good Decisions

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

How good are you at making the right decisions? To become good requires surrounding yourself with those smarter than you, and who you respect, resulting in a willingness to follow their advice. A recurring theme in David’s life is one all should incorporate into their decision making process, realizing we are poor sources of ultimate […]

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Praying through the Bible #94 – 1 Samuel 21-22 – A Prayer of Nobody Special

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I do not want to serve the purpose of God. I want to be special. Now, few would say that. However, is that our unspoken attitude spoken in whining, “That’s not fair?” Do we look around and think, “Why not me, God?” Is this modification more palatable: I do want to serve the purpose of […]

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Praying through the Bible #93 – 1 Samuel 17 – A Prayer When No One Prays

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

What happens when we stop praying? What happens if no prays? Few stories are more popular and personally claimed in troubling times than David and Goliath. So ingrained in common culture, “David versus Goliath” is part of sport’s jargon and business competition. It is the classic story of the underdog, the little guy, the everyman. […]

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Praying through the Bible #92 – 1 Samuel 16:1-13 – A Prayer that Leads to Deception

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

My wife and I received an invitation from friends to join them in traveling to a foreign country to preach and teach. Having traveled to Jamaica, South America, and the Philippines, this would not be my first evangelistic trip overseas. This time though, was different. Preaching the gospel is illegal. Christians there meet secretively. Applying […]

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