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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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