Scripture Reflection – Psalm 50

“Our God is coming; He will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes Him, and a storm rages around Him. On high, He summons heaven and earth in order to judge His people…” Psalm 50:3-4 The following two headlines caught my attention today: “How Bad is the Bootleg Fire? It’s Now Generating Its Own Weather.” “Egypt […]

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Scripture Reflection – Luke 7:50

No greater words could be spoken to us by Jesus. “Your faith…” Not your works nor your worth. Not your parents nor your peers. Only humble, submissive faith in the work and worth of Jesus is what matters. “…has saved you…” Neither my emotions nor my circumstances can change It. No accusation from without or […]

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Scripture Reflection – 1Corinthians 16:9

They go together – “A wide door for effective ministry” and “many oppose me.” We expect one or the other, but the example of Paul’s ministry is that they go together.  Opposition often feels like defeat. The mosquito stings of criticism feel like daggers of deceit. The natural fatigue that comes with a “wide door […]

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Scripture Reflection – Romans 13:1-2

“Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2 This is the difficulty. Both sides of […]

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Scripture Reflection – Proverbs 25

“It is not good to eat too much honey or to seek glory after glory.” Proverbs 25:27 We are glory seekers by nature. We delight in our favorite team’s glory. We delight in our children and grandchildren’s glory. We even delight in our city, state, or nation’s glory. Like the sweetness of honey on our […]

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Scripture Reflection: Jeremiah 23:23-24

“Am I a God who is only near” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “and not a God who is far away? Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him?” — the Lord’s declaration. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” — the Lord’s declaration.” Immanence…the Lord is near. Transcendence…the Lord is far […]

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Scripture Reflection: Jeremiah 7:16

“As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not offer a cry or a prayer on their behalf, and do not beg me, for I will not listen to you.” – Jeremiah 7:16 Three times. Three times God tells Jeremiah not to pray for his nation because their rebellion and rejection of God’s rightful rule and their wickedness […]

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Scripture Reflection: Job 28

“But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located?…But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location…He said to mankind, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom. And to turn from evil is understanding.”” Job 28:12, 23, 28 It’s not in the ocean. It cannot be bought. Only God knows the path […]

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Scripture Reflection: Psalm 40:3

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord.”  Psalm 40:3 It wasn’t my mouth that led me to this truth this week. It was my ears. “My chains are gone. I’ve been set free…”  I had just […]

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Scripture Reflection: Psalm 36:5

“Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds.” Psalm 36:5 As I read this psalm, I’m tempted to imagine myself flying in the clouds like Superman. However, seeing myself in the clouds obscures and dulls the effect of this psalm on my soul. No. I must discipline my imagination and put my feet […]

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