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Forgive us our debts… (Deuteronomy 15:1-2)

I’ve now hit Deuteronomy in my Bible reading, and actually covered about 10 chapters or so. I use a Bible with no chapter numbers or verses, and it’s amazing how quickly the chapters fly by when you don’t know they’re … Continue reading

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I John 2:12-14 — As we mature

As I read John’s words here to his different readers, it strikes me that there are different stages that we go through in our Christian lives. First, as children. John writes, I write to you, dear children, because your sins have … Continue reading

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I John 1:5-2:11 — To have fellowship with God (part 2)

We saw yesterday that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. So if we are going to claim to have fellowship with him, then we need to be walking in that light with him. If … Continue reading

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James 5:13-18 — A faith that prays

As I said before, a lot of James at first glance seems disjointed, but the more that I’ve read this book, the more I’ve come to see the overall flow of it. And here James comes back to an idea … Continue reading

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Philemon — If our faith is genuine

In II Corinthians 5:16-17, Paul wrote, So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 2:5-11 — When there is repentance

When someone hurts us it can be easy to hold a grudge.  And even if they are truly sorry and apologize, sometimes we withhold that forgiveness.  Or sometimes we forgive, but we let them know in no uncertain terms that … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:38, 44; Mark 15:27, 32; Luke 23:32-33, 39-43; John 19:18 — Railing at God, humbling ourselves before him

This is one of the most famous stories from the cross.  Along with Jesus, two robbers were crucified by his side.  And at first, both mocked him.  In the ESV, it says One of the criminals who were hanged railed … Continue reading

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Luke 23:34 — Forgive them

Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things people struggle with.  The reason is that the hurts we experience go straight to the depths of our hearts.  And as deep as our wounds go, they can be very difficult to heal. … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38 — A God who knows our weakness, and accepts us anyway

When Jesus told the disciples that he was leaving for a place they could not follow, it must have really troubled them.  He was their teacher, and they couldn’t imagine life without him. As usual, it was Peter who spoke … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:18-30 — Betrayal

As I’ve mentioned before, harmonizing these passages is a little tough.  One question is whether Judas participated in the first communion.  Luke seems to imply so, while the other gospel writers seem to say Judas didn’t.  It’s just my opinion, … Continue reading

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Luke 17:3-6 — Forgiveness

As I was reading this passage, something new struck me as I was reading the ESV. Jesus is, of course, talking about forgiveness here.  He said, If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  (3 — … Continue reading

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John 8:1-11 — You are not condemned…so go

This is probably my favorite story in the Bible. Jesus is teaching in the temple courts early in the morning, and a huge crowd of people are surrounding him, listening to him teach. But all of a sudden, there’s a … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:21-35; Mark 9:49-50 — Seasoned with mercy, seasoned with fire

It’s been interesting putting all the accounts of this one discourse into one place.  But let us go back once more to the start of it:  an argument between the disciples about who was the greatest.  And probably during the … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:18-20 — Loosening God’s hand in those who hurt us

This passage is similar to what we see in Matthew 16, and I have to admit, both are difficult to interpret within the context. In Matthew 16, Jesus talks about binding and loosing.  That whatever you bind on earth would … Continue reading

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Luke 7:36-50 — Where’s your love?

As I look at this passage, I suppose the question I ask myself is, “How much do I really love Jesus?” We see in this passage two people.  One was a woman who lived a sinful life.  What she did, … Continue reading

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Luke 6:43-45 — What is in your heart

One thing that I notice about Jesus is that while he will repeat illustrations, he’ll apply it to different situations.  In Matthew, we see him apply the idea of a good tree bearing good fruit and a bad tree bearing … Continue reading

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Matthew 7:1-2; Luke 6:36-38 — When we judge others

It is so easy to judge others for their shortcomings.  To rail on them for their character or their deeds.  It’s especially easy to do so when they’ve hurt us. I think it’s very interesting that in the Lucan account, … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:7 — Mercy

I remember having a dream one night about being at some kind of ministry training seminar or something in China of all places (I’ve never been there), and during it, our teacher told us, “You all know your Bibles well, … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:13-14; Luke 5:27-28 — Never beyond redemption

I love these passages because it teaches us one thing.  We’re never so far gone that God’s love can’t reach us. One day, Jesus was walking past the tax collecting booth of a man named Matthew.  I kind of wonder … Continue reading

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Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:18-26 — The power to forgive

Who was this Jesus?  Just a great religious teacher?  A good, moral man?  A miracle worker?  Or something more? From this passage, we can see that Jesus was something much more.  Jesus was back in Capernaum where he had made … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16 — The One who cleanses

I love the compassion of Jesus that we see in this passage.  A man covered with leprosy came to Jesus, begging him, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.  (Matthew 8:2) Being leprous back in those days … Continue reading

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John 3:16-18 — The other side of the gospel

The word “gospel,” as most people know, means “good news.”  But the good news can’t really be understood until you understand the bad news.  What is the bad news?  It’s found in verse 18 of this passage. Whoever does not … Continue reading

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Luke 1:57-80 — Salvation

One wonders all that Zechariah thought during the nine months his mouth was stopped due to his unbelief.  Somehow, one gets the feeling that while he regretted his unbelief, it nevertheless didn’t put a damper on his spirit, because his … Continue reading

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Psalm 130 — A God of forgiveness and mercy

This is a very short, but sweet psalm which reflects on the forgiveness and mercy of God in a time of distress. The date of this psalm is not known, but it has the feel of someone writing after the … Continue reading

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Psalm 123 — A cry for mercy

This is a very interesting psalm in the imagery it gives.  The psalmist writes, I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven.  As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, … Continue reading

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Psalm 109 — Bitterness and forgiveness, mercy and justice

This is another of the imprecatory psalms, where we see the psalmist calling for the judgment of God on those who have wronged him. A lot of people, including myself, get disturbed reading these kinds of psalms, because it seems … Continue reading

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Psalm 103 — The love and mercy of God

This is a psalm of praise for the love and mercy of God.  When David wrote this, we don’t know, but I kind of think it was written after his sin with Bathsheba or perhaps his sin concerning the census. … Continue reading

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Psalm 65 — The God who saves us and fills us

It’s hard to tell in what situation this psalm was written.  It’s possible it was written after a time of famine or drought as a result of God’s judgment, followed by a time of repentance and blessing. The psalmist starts … Continue reading

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Psalm 35 — When people hate us

When I was a kid, I had a friend that I would often hang out with.  But by the time we hit junior high school, we had kind of drifted apart, and it soon became evident that he really didn’t … Continue reading

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Psalm 25 – Crying out for God

I often wish that we had a little more insight as to the background of the songs that David wrote.  Some of the psalms have the background written in the title.  This one, unfortunately, does not. But what strikes me … Continue reading

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Job 42:7-16 — Healing

After his encounter with God, it was a time for healing for Job.  But to God, it wasn’t just about the healing of his body, or the healing of all his personal hurts from the tragedies he had suffered. It … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:27-30; Jeremiah 52:31-34 — Grace

And with one fell swoop, we finish two books, which happen to end with the same story.  We started II Kings way back in June of 2012, and many major and minor prophets later, we finally come to a close … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 31:27-40 — A new covenant

This is another one of my favorite passages.  As with Ezekiel, Jeremiah quotes a proverb that had become quite common among the Israelites, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.  (29) The idea … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 31:1-26 — The heart of a Father

This passage has one of my all-time favorite verses in it.  I like it because it really shows the heart of our Father. The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 24 — When weeping does no good

We are truly reaching the end of Judah as a nation at this point.  After years of warning from Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and many others, Babylon was now on the doorstep of Judah, ready to destroy it once and for all. … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:19-25; II Chronicles 33:21-25 — Increasing our guilt

Hey!  Finally!  We’re back in the books of Kings and Chronicles…if only for a short time. The story of Amon, son of Manasseh, is very short, but not very sweet.  Like Manasseh, Amon got into all kinds of idolatries and … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 30-31 — A call to repentance

One of the interesting things in this passage was that at a time when there were probably still hard feelings between Israel and Judah, Hezekiah reached out to the remnant that remained in the northern kingdom after the Assyrians had … Continue reading

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