Archive for May, 2014

Wonders from the Word – Exodus 14 – A Newer Creation

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Israel is leaving bondage, but is not yet free. The enemy is pursuing. Israel leaves Egypt following a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire for night. Then this pillar divides Israel from Egypt as the Egyptians pursue. The cloud is moved from leading the Israelites to behind them, between the Egyptians […]

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Praying through the Bible #125 – 1 Chronicles 10 – A Prayer Not Said; What Might Have Been

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “’It might have been!’” (Wittier). These are haunting words of dreams unfulfilled; not only of love for another, but for desire of a different life. Love turns to memories, memories turn to sorrow, sorrow turns to regret. Unfulfilled promises, unfinished potential, are […]

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Praying through the Bible #124 – 1 Chronicles 5:18-22 – A Prayer Breaking the Monotony

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Another genealogy. Another spiritually beneficial interruption (see PTTB #123) (1 Chronicles 5.18-22). I wouldn’t be surprised if such interjections were purposely done so as to break the monotony. I wonder if such can be a life lesson: Can monotony hurt us spiritually, so that we don’t think of needing God, because we are numb by […]

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Wonders from the Word – God’s First Temple (Genesis 1-3)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

What is the first temple? Jews today speak of Solomon’s temple as the first, and Herod’s as the second, either ignoring Zerubbabel’s or else combining it with Herod’s. So Solomon’s is the first? Not quite. The tabernacle is also called a temple (1 Samuel 1:9; 3:3). So the tabernacle is the first temple? Hold on. […]

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Praying through the Bible #123 – 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 – The Prayer of Jabez

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Genealogies are boring, but if we approach genealogies…wait, are you still reading this…if we approach genealogies expecting nothing but mind-numbing names, we will miss unexpected jewels. Halfway through Judah’s descendants, God surprises us: 1 Chronicles 4.9-10 – (9) Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth […]

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Praying through the Bible #122 – 2 Kings 20:1-10 – A Prayer for Recovery from Personal Illness

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Everyone knows someone with cancer. Hearing the word “cancer” makes us fear the worst. Survival rates vary from the almost hopeless (pancreatic, 6%) to the almost guaranteed (prostate, 99%). Very possibly, many died undiagnosed in darker times, simply wasting away. Modern medicine is making amazing progress. Cancer no longer is an automatic death sentence. Hezekiah […]

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Praying through the Bible #121 – 2 Kings 19:20-34 – A Prayer that Humbles

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Prayer is humbling. If it isn’t, we aren’t doing it right. After giving up on his own false solutions and defenses, Hezekiah turns to God in prayer. First, he asks Isaiah to pray (2 Kings 19.1-4). Isaiah responds with God’s answer of salvation (19.5-6). Then Hezekiah kneels before God Himself and prays (19.14-19). God’s answer […]

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Praying through the Bible #120 – 2 Kings 19:15-19 – A Prayer of Desperation

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Augustine advised, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” A Chimney Corner Scripture advises, “God helps those who help themselves.” After good and bad works, after praising God, plundering the temple, paying off Sennacherib, seeking an alliance with Egypt, rebuilding the wall, building a water tunnel, asking Isaiah […]

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Wonders from the Word – Keeping is Loving – Genesis 4:9

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Cain dismissively answers God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain is sarcastically saying he isn’t responsible for Abel; he isn’t Abel’s baby sitter, although many years ago he might have been as the older brother. Such an attitude cautions us on how we answer and treat one another. In Iain Provan’s Seriously Dangerous Religion, he […]

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Praying through the Bible #119 – 2 Kings 19:1-7 – A Prayer When Feeling Inadequate to Pray

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Pinocchio is a beloved story, at least Disney’s version. I doubt many are familiar with the original; Pinocchio kills the nagging cricket with a hammer. Why do we love Disney’s version? It’s a tale of redemption. It is a whale of a tale. Wood I lie to you! Like that fictional morality tale, Jerusalem’s Deliverance […]

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