Monthly Archives: July 2013

Our Own Folly

A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD. (Proverbs 19:3) Sometimes, we do exactly what God wants and things still go badly—as Moses discovered in Exodus 5 when his first attempts to rescue the … Continue reading

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God Knows Best

Back in the 1950s there was a television show called “Father Knows Best.” The father in the television show was not perfect, but while human father’s don’t always know best, our heavenly Father does. Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 … Continue reading

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Good Intentions Only Pave the Road to Hell

Actions matter more than words. The author of the Letter of James writes that faith all by itself doesn’t do much. From this has come the popular notion, often criticized, that “God helps those who help themselves.” But that in … Continue reading

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The Split Baby Decision

Wisdom counts on the power of love. One day two prostitutes appeared in Solomon’s court, together with a single baby. Each woman claimed to be the baby’s mother, spinning a sad story that they had both given birth to a … Continue reading

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Get Those Weeds

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus proclaimed that people should not worry about such things as food or clothes. He pointed out that birds neither plant crops nor harvest them, yet God provides them with food. God makes flowers … Continue reading

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Leaving Everything to Get it All

Elisha left everything just to become a servant. Following his victory over the prophets of Baal in the god contest—and after his subsequent meltdown—Elijah got God’s approval for retirement, though he first had to find and train his replacement. His … Continue reading

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Song of Songs Note

Thanks to St. Augustine and then the later Puritans and many modern incarnations of the same attitude, many Christians get the impression that there is something inherently wrong with sex. Sermons are preached that “it’s not the pear in the … Continue reading

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Hosea’s Lesson About Love

In order to illustrate God’s troubled relationship with his people, he had his prophet Hosea marry a woman that would give Hosea nothing but trouble. He told her to marry a prostitute named Gomer and though Hosea seems to have … Continue reading

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Prayer in the Extreme Times

The seventh year of King Hezekiah’s reign brought crisis to both him and his nation. A recorded in 2 Kings 17-18, the Assyrian king Sennacherib had already invaded the northern kingdom of Israel and had conquered it. After deporting nearly … Continue reading

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Out of Food

Elijah told Ahab, the king of Israel, that God would not send rain again until Elijah said so. Elijah then immediately went into hiding. Although he knew Ahab probably wouldn’t believe at first, after three years of drought and then … Continue reading

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