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Revelation 16 — Though judgment falls

We saw in chapter 14 the warning of eternal judgment that would fall on all those who rejected God, and instead took the mark of the beast. And like I said earlier, there are those who really get upset at … Continue reading

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I John 5:16-21 — A sin that leads to death

John has a somewhat curious thing to say in verses 16-17. He says, If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those … Continue reading

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2 Corinthians 13:5-14 — Seeking God’s best in people

As we wrap up this letter, we see Paul’s heart for the Corinthians, that they would know God’s best in their lives. Paul starts out by challenging them, saying, Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 7:8-10 — Two kinds of sorrow

Satan’s name means “accuser” or “adversary,” and for good reason.  He often comes at us accusing us for our sins and trying to point out to us what miserable wretches we are. The thing is, most times we deserve what Satan … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 7 — True love

It strikes me as I look at the last part of chapter 6 and the whole of this chapter, that we see a reflection of God’s love for us in Paul’s love for the Corinthians. Paul implored with the Corinthians … 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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I Corinthians 11:27-34 — Searching our hearts

As I’ve mentioned earlier, God does call us to search our hearts whenever we take communion. Paul says, Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the … Continue reading

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Acts 19:18-20 — Putting away the past

Happy New Year! After taking a day off from blogging due to a cold, I’m back.  🙂 I suppose as we head into a new year, it’s only natural to think of it as a time to start anew.  And … Continue reading

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Acts 19:1-7 — Going beyond repentance

In this passage, we see some people that were similar to Apollos, but different.  Like Apollos, they had been disciples of John, but unlike Apollos, they were unaware of the one John had been pointing to. So while they had … Continue reading

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Matthew 27:1-10 — A sorrow that leads to death

Here we see the end of Judas Iscariot’s life. Upon seeing that Jesus had been condemned to death, he became remorseful, and went to the priests and elders saying, I have sinned…for I have betrayed innocent blood.  (4) He even … Continue reading

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Matthew 11:7-15; Luke 7:24-30 — Rejecting God’s purpose for us

We were made for a purpose.  God’s purpose.  What is that purpose?  First and foremost, a relationship with him.  Second, a relationship with those he has put around us.  To touch them and to be touched by them.  And finally, … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:8 — To see God

There are so many songs that express a desire to see God.  Back when I was a kid, we had a song, Open our eyes Lord, We want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch him. To say that … Continue reading

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Psalm 141– Lead me not into temptation…

As Psalm 140 was a prayer similar to our Lord’s in asking for deliverance from evil, Psalm 141 continues that theme and adds the other part of that verse in the Lord’s prayer. Lead us not into temptation.  (Matthew 6:13) … Continue reading

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Psalm 85 — Repentance and mercy

It’s not certain when this psalm was written.  Charles Spurgeon seems to have thought it was written by David, but I tend to agree with the scholars who say it was written after the Babylonian captivity. The psalmist writes, You, Lord, … Continue reading

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Psalm 79-80 — The consequences of sin

These two psalms seemed linked, so I’m putting them together.  Both apparently happened after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon, and are very similar in tone to Lamentations. Psalm 79 opens with this lament: O God, the nations have invaded your … Continue reading

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Psalm 30 — When God disciplines

Looking back, I really should have put this psalm back in the life of David.  I missed it somehow.  It has been conjectured that this psalm was written just after David’s sin in conducting a census of the people out … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 9 — God’s grace in the midst of our unfaithfulness

In this passage, we see the people coming before God to confess their sins.  And in this prayer, we see two things.  The unfaithfulness of the Jews and God’s grace. The prayer starts with how God created everything, and then … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 8 – Joy

After the wall was built, the Jews came to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets as commanded by God in Leviticus 23. And on this day, Ezra the priest read the law of God to the people.  Several things strike me … Continue reading

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Zechariah 12 — That we may see

In this passage, we see a glimpse of Israel’s future.  Sometimes people think that God has abandoned Israel, and that God’s promises to them have all been transferred to the church.  But that’s not true.  As Paul said concerning Israel, … Continue reading

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Zechariah 1:1-6 — Learning from the past

Zechariah started his ministry at the same time as Haggai, and together they helped the Israelites get back on track with the rebuilding of the temple.  As well as being a prophet, he was also a priest. By the way, … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 33 — How then shall we live?

In this passage, Ezekiel repeats some themes from earlier in the book. God once again warns Ezekiel, “Don’t be silent when I tell you to speak.  I will hold you accountable if  a person dies in their sin and you … Continue reading

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Lamentations — Mourning unto repentance

I could go chapter by chapter through Lamentations, but I think I’ll take it as a whole.  The major themes are pretty consistent throughout (at least to me), and I see no need to get too repetitive going through this … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 37-38 — A futile hope

Zedekiah is kind of a difficult guy to figure out.  Here is the son of the last good king of Judah, Josiah.  So he had an example of what a good king was.  He also saw how two of his … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 34 — Temporary repentance

And so we continue jumping through Jeremiah to somewhat keep our chronological order.  It’s a bit unclear when these events happened, but it appears to be before Jeremiah was put in prison (where he was in chapters 32-33). Jeremiah first … 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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Jeremiah 25-26; 36 — Responding to hard words

Nobody likes discipline.  Nobody likes hearing hard words.  But how we respond to them can shape our lives for the good or the bad. Jeremiah had many hard words for the people of Judah, namely words of judgment for their … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 11 — When God won’t listen

“I’m already saved.  So I’ll just sin and God will forgive me.” That’s the unfortunate attitude of many people that say they are Christians, but continue to live their own way.  But God makes clear here that he doesn’t tolerate … Continue reading

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II Kings 23:1-28; II Chronicles 34-35 — A superficial repentance

We now come to the beginning of the end for Judah.  Josiah was the last great king of Judah.  And on the surface, it looks like there was true repentance under his leadership.  He destroyed the false idols and altars.  … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 3-4 — False repentance

Every once in a while, my daughter will do something wrong, and we’ll tell her to apologize.  But when she does, she sometimes makes light of it, almost singing, “I’m sorrryyy.” And that’s how Judah was.  God said of them, … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:1-18; II Chronicles 33 — Never too late

“It’s too late for me son.” George Lucas called the Star Wars saga the redemption of Darth Vader.  How a young man got corrupted by evil but was eventually brought out of it through the love of his son. In … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 32:1-5, 24-26; II Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38 — Humbled

Once again, a small caveat on the chronology of events:  I’m purely guessing here.  Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t put in one book, the blow by blow events of what happened.  So all I can do is try to piece together … 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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Isaiah 13 — The day of judgment

This chapter starts a series of judgments that God proclaims against the different nations.  And in this chapter, Isaiah starts with Babylon.  But as Isaiah talks about Babylon, we also see in it the judgment that is yet to come. … Continue reading

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