Palm Sunday Reflections

For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].  – Rom 8:19 AMPC Meditation At this 2020 Easter season, God is using the Covid-19 isolation, paranoia and weariness plus spiritual disciplines to shore-up my gratitude for how He …

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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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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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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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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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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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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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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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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 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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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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