Archive for February, 2015

Peter, Paul, and not Mary #1 – Not Paying Back Evil for Evil

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Paul says, “Do not repay anyone for evil” (Rom.12:17). Peter says, “not paying back evil for evil” (1 Peter 3:9). Peter goes on to say, “or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing.” When people call us names, insult, […]

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Praying through the Bible #164 – Job 21 – A Prayer from the Wicked

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

“Why do bad things happen to good people;” is the inverse of “Why do good things happen to bad people?” Most of the rich are unbelievers. Many shadowed by “bad luck” are believers. How do we reconcile this reality with a good God? Something strange happens in Job’s second response to Zophar. He repeats the […]

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Praying through the Bible #163 – Job 16-17 – A Prayer About His Children Dying

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Was Satan right about Job? Satan’s challenge is this: Would Job be more adversely affected by the ravaging loss of his health (Job 1.22), than the loss of his children (1.11)? Hearing Job talk, it isn’t until the second round of speeches that this godly man even mentions his children: “Surely He has now exhausted […]

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Praying through the Bible #162 – Job 13-15 – A Prayer About Resurrection

Friday, February 6th, 2015

My relative was schizophrenic. Those who suffer, endure mentally twisted hallucinations and delusions forming false realities. Making this practical, pain can make us experience what I’ll call “sane schizophrenia,” producing unearthly realities. Pain can produce an irrationality of hope superseding human experience. This pained induced thinking then enables us to expand beyond man’s reality, to […]

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Praying through the Bible #161 – Job 9-10 – A Prayer Putting God on Trial

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Sitting in a court room, the accused is dressed to look respectable; looking respectable looks innocent. The defendant tries to look calm. Each is faking serenity while someone else is deciding their future. Sitting there, they appear to be in total control, while the reality is control is totally out of the grasp. Job feels […]

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Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6 – Notice the Difference?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I am a sinner; I am not a sinner. I am unworthy; I am worthy. My works are unrighteous; my works are righteous. What’s the difference? Notice the Messianic prophecy, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah” (Micah 5:2). Now notice the Messianic fulfillment, “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, […]

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