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How Does God Speak?

As the Lord approached, a very powerful wind tore the mountains apart. It broke up the rocks. But the Lord wasn’t in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire came. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. And after the fire there was only a gentle whisper… Then a voice …

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Unhealthy Compromises

“…they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to him since the time of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.” (Ezra 4:2) Meditation Compromises can be either good or bad.  Wise leaders sense …

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Insights from Failure

“I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;    I refused my heart no pleasure.My heart took delight in all my labor,    and this was the reward for all my toil.Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done    and what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;    nothing was gained under the sun.”    …

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The Attentiveness of God

Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,    and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;    give glory, you sons of Jacob;    adore him, you daughters of Israel.He has never let you down,    never looked the other way    when you were being kicked around.He has never wandered off to do his own thing;    he has been right …

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Faith and Trials

Gen 22:8  “Abraham answered (Isaac), “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” Meditation Why did God ask Abraham to perform a human sacrifice.  God condemned the practice of human sacrifice when pagans performed it (Lev 20:1-5).  Asking whether God condones human sacrifice is the wrong question. He does not. It is short-sighted …

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The Dark Night

A white-tailed deer drinks     from the creek; I want to drink God,     deep draughts of God. I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, “Will I ever make it—     arrive and drink in God’s presence?” I’m on a diet of tears—     tears for breakfast, tears for supper. All day long     people knock at my door, Pestering,     “Where …

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Cause and Effect

Haggai 1:7-8 “‘Go up into the mountain and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored.’” (Haggai 1:7-8)  and “…From this day I will bless you.” (Haggai 2:19) Meditation Balance is difficult to achieve.  Good things happen to bad people.  Bad things happen to good people. …

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Samuel – Hearing God’s Voice

Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”.  Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.” (1 Samuel 3:10, The Message) Meditation: Faithful obedience. From birth Samuel was dedicated to God’s service by his parents, Elkanah and Hannah. He was apprenticed to Eli for training. Samuel tended the golden lampstand …

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Under the Sun/Son

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;     I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor,     and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done     and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; …

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Right, Wrong and Character

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Gal 5:25; NIV) Meditation Corrupted Perspective.  Rejecting and mistrusting God’s Law undermines the God-breathed character in each of us.  Sin corrupts my standing with God, completely.  Equally devastating, sin clouds my outlook on living, daily.  I rebel against the Spirit’s impulse to live …

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Be Strong and Courageous

He (Moses) said to him (Joshua) with all Israel watching, “Be strong. Take courage. You will enter the land with this people, this land that God promised their ancestors that he’d give them. You will make them the proud possessors of it. God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he …

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What’s Your One Thing?

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Rom 12:2, NIV, emphasis added) “The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or …

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Faith and Patience

Gen 21:5 “Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.” Meditation Twenty-five years is a long time to rest in a promise and have faith tested.  Recall when Abram was 75yrs old, God promised Abram that he would father a son and a nation.  When Abram was 100yrs old, the first part of …

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Faith and Discernment

Gen 14: 18ff  “Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,    Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High,    who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Meditation In Genesis 14, we learn …

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Faith in Steps

Heb 11:9-10  “By faith Abram lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”  Meditation Genesis records …

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What Am I Missing?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. ” (Mt 5:3) “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Mt 5:5) “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Mt 6:10) Meditation Recently, I discovered The Healing Light by Agnes Sanford (1897-1982).  Born in China, Agnes …

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This is a Football

Men have different gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them. There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served. God works through different men in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all. Each man is given his …

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Faith and Fairness

God said, “Abram, I am your shield and your exceeding great reward.” (Gen 15:1) Meditation In Genesis, we see twelve challenges that honed Abram’s faith. In dealing with Lot, we see Abram’s faith refined through Lot’s “unfairness”. Abram trusted God when he departed Ur and Haran. Abram trusted God to provide food and shelter through …

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The Role of Prayer

It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.  (Mk 1:35, NIRV) Jesus life and teaching underscores the importance prayer.  See Mt 6:9-13, Mt 7:7-11, Mt 14:23, Mt 26:41, Mt 21:13, Mk 1:35, Lk …

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Read. Reflect. Relate…

“My mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips—     whenever I ponder you on my bed,     whenever I meditate on you             in the middle of the night—     because you’ve been a help to me and I shout for joy in the protection of your wings”.  -Psalm 63:6-7, CEB “I meditate on your …

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From Absurdity to Obedience

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:33-34, …

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Manly Leadership

These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. (Deut 6:6-7, CEB) Meditation God expects me to …

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What’s Your Goal?

Jn 10:10 “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Meditation In business, we ask, “What is your goal?” What do you hope to accomplish in your endeavor. Is your goal to be the biggest? Is your goal to create newness? Are we trying to set new standards …

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Don’t Walk Alone – The 5th Spiritual Law (Part 3)

Man’s Relational Needs:  “It is not good for man to be alone” Gen 2:18, NIV Needs Training (Discipleship):  ”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Tim 3:16-17 Needs Fulfilled (Coaching):  Paul instructs the Ephesian Church …

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Don’t Walk Alone – The 5th Spiritual Law (Part 2)

Man’s Relational Needs: “It is not good for man to be alone.” Gen 2:18, NIV Needs Training (Discipleship):  ”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Tim 3:16-17 Meditation In “Don’t Walk Alone” (Part #1), we …

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