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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Faith and Blessing

Gen 12:1-2  “The Lord had said to Abram…I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.” Meditation The Genesis record tells us that God promised Abram 1) land, 2) family, 3) blessings (to him) and 4) blessings (from him).  …

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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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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 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 Fairness

Gen 15:1 God said, “Abram, I am your shield and your exceeding great reward.” 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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Knowledge vs Passion

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to listen carefully to all he says to you, and to obey for your own good the commandments I am giving you today, and to love him, and to worship him with all your hearts and souls? (The Living Bible “TLB”) Meditation: …

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