Training to Compete

Then David said to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous and get to work. Don’t be frightened by the size of the task, for the Lord my God is with you; he will not forsake you. He will see to it that everything is finished correctly.”  (1 Chron 28:20, The Living Bible, emphasis added) Meditation Reflecting …

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Holy Stubbornness

”It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt …

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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 …

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The Fear of the Lord

“Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commandments always.”  (Deut 5:29, NIV) “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man.” (Eccles 12:13, NIV) Meditation A quick search will tell you that …

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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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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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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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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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Faith and Discernment

“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. – Gen 14: 18ff  Meditation In Genesis 14, we …

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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 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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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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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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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 Trials

“Abraham answered (Isaac), “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” – Gen 22:8  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 …

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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 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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Character in Tough Going, Frustration and Defeat

“Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding;    a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.”  – Prov 14:29 “An angry person stirs up conflict,    and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.”  – Prov 29:22 Meditation At some point in high-profile team sports, emotions come center stage.  Frustrations surface in the final minutes of any contest.  Pushing and shoving flairs when …

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Loving the Game

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God.  -Eccles 3:12-13 Meditation As I grew, I competed more.  At first, competitive events …

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Coaches and Players

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  –  Heb 12:1, NIV Meditation We are in the throws of the Super Bowl season as I sit to …

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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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