Reading this weekend, I came across Psalm 32. It starts off with “Blessed is…”, of course reminding me of the sermon on the mount. In fact, this Psalm could be read to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ in eleven short verses a thousand years before his birth. Blessed is the one whose transgression is […]

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The Tree of Life

Paradise. What is paradise? How do we get there?  Is paradise the place where we will be happy all the time?   We live in America, we are supposed to be happy. It’s our right to be happy. As a matter of fact, it’s our very duty as Americans to be happy. After all, we […]

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The 1000 Mile Journey

The story of the three wise men. I know, it’s not Christmas. But I can just relate to this story right now. I’m not going verse by verse, just want to share a little about how I can relate to this famous story. “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days […]

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Not just for the Crowds

A very short, simple passage in Luke that teaches us a few things about Jesus and about ourselves. Jesus had just been in the synagogue in Capernaum, casting out demons and teaching. “And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed […]

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The King’s Table

 Sometimes I wake up already knowing what I want to write about. Sometimes I have a couple of ideas. Sometimes I have no idea. This morning I had no idea, so God put this story in my reading plan. It’s the story of Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan. Jonathan and King David had shared […]

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Breaking Chains

Reading the psalms, we can find every human emotion. We can find David and others crying out to God, praising God, giving thanks to God. Reading the psalms, we can actually be formed in the worship of God. The actual definition of the word psalm is “a sacred song or hymn.” The book of psalms […]

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Troubled Heart?

Death. What does it mean to you? How does that word make you feel? Uncomfortable? Nervous? Afraid? We have a natural-born fear of the unknown. We stay in jobs that make us miserable because we fear the unknown, fear of what comes next. We stay in abusive relationships because we fear the unknown, we fear […]

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The word from Isaiah the poet prophet, who was ultimately executed by being sawn in two. Because, remember, those poets and artists are really just weak, harmless little people… “And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and […]

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Temptation and Choices

 Had this all written yesterday when my iPad crashed and I lost the whole thing, so trying this again today. It’s been a great couple of weeks with a family vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, then a trip to Saddleback Church in Orange County California, but I’m glad to be back. Spend three days in […]

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Glory and Power

Originally posted on Not For Punks:
?At Celebrate Recivery Summit at Saddleback Church in Orange County California. ?Wrote this very early today, forgive me for being thrown off schedule. ?Hope you can get something from this. Loving the psalms. ?This is a psalm declaring the glory and power of God. ? ? The heavens declare…

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