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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:18-20 & 53:1-4

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We are in some really interesting times. We see the depravity of men and women all around. We are living in a society that everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes. There is no fear of God! Psalm 53:1-4. I can become so complacent that I am just as guilty as they are. Do I condone sin? Psalm 50:18-20. Do I fear the Lord? I catch myself thinking at times wondering ...

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Just like Israel

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I actually wrote this nearly two years ago, but never posted it because the Spirit prompted me not to. I've made a few edits from the original draft and I hope it is encouraging to you. Growing up in the Church I've heard the account of the children of Israel wandering in the desert for forty years probably more than forty times. I don't know if you're like me, but their ...

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"I am Your Salvation"

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I was reading in Psalm today, specifically 35, and those words grabbed my attention: "I am your salvation" (vs 3). Just before those words, the Psalmist says: "Say to my soul, I am your salvation". He's writting about fighting, spears, stoping those who pursue, etc, so I'm guessing it is a plea for comfort and reasurrance. A reminder, not to our intellect, but to the v...

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A Simple Plan

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If you are a follower of Jesus, it is likely that right now you are experiencing a trial of some kind. Jesus and Paul said that it would be this way. It could be various trials, sickness, fatigue, feelings of despair or hopelessness, grieving for the loss of a loved one, persecution, the effects of someone else's sin or maybe even your own. These things happen in this worl...

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Nice Try, World!

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"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1) Today caught me a little off guard. I was going along all happy and such because next week is Christmas! (BTW - I'm still happy). At work though, I felt like the enemy was trying to derail me at every turn. Trying to get me to react...

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Rejoice - Everyday

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Ah the morning shift of getting kids off to school. One kid is happy and jumps out of bed, getting dressed, talking about the day. The other kid, GRUMPY! Everything is awful, difficult; you get the idea. I'm reminded of a song my mom used to sing to me that we sang in church. "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice". Why do I just expect my grumpy kid to be h...

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Get Out of the Way You Moron

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It can definitely be said about me that I like to take care of my problems on my own, if I am in sin my natural tendency is to "fix it" or try and overcome it on my own. This weekend, while up at the #menference in Prescott with a bunch of guys from Church, God, like He is always so faithful to do, hit me with my sin. Now we were encouraged, told, sometimes even held down ...

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Repost

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One year ago, April 22nd to be exact, I was doing this exact blog for the week and on that day God hit me with Psalm 55. Well, in God's sovereignty, I find myself one year later doing this exact blog for the week again and He hits me with Psalm 55 again. Since God has reposted this Psalm in my life, I will repost this blog in your life. Repost from 4/22/13... Psalm 55 W...

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You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!

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Last night I was with a group of people and we were talking about what verses did God use lately to speak to us. Mine was Psalms 139 which I love for a couple different reasons. It starts out with reminding us that we are never alone. This is both encouragement for when you feel alone and afraid and also a warning for when you feel like God won't be watching you in your si...

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At My Right Hand

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Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me;because He is at my right hand, I shallnot be shaken. This is one of my favorite verses. I read it again this morning in my time with the LORD. I have taught my three older sons to memorize it. They put their hands straight out as they say "I have set the LORD always before me;." As they say the next line "because He is at ...

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Growing

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“Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way, He leads the humble in justice, He teaches the humble His way.” Psalm 25:8-9 It was so easy to quickly read these words this morning during my time with the Lord. However, reading it again, I was particularly impressed by the words “instructs… leads… teaches.” I...

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Shhh...

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  My soul waits in silence for God only;From Him is my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.Psalm 62:1-2   RyanWhitson...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 55

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Psalm 55 What do you do when you don't hear God's voice?What do you do when you cry out but it seems like no one is there? v.1-2 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me.... What do you do when when life comes crashing down?What do you do when your broken down from the circumstances of life? v.4-5 My hea...

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Pray When You Are Stressed

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O God of my praise, Do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. Psalm 109:1-4 Are you experiencing a lot of stress in your life? Str...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 27:7, 8; 86:7; Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 7:7; 18:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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"What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul. " Corrie Ten Boom "...when we love God, we naturally run to Him-frequently and zealously. Jesus didn't command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' He called this the 'first a...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 107:5-6, 12-13, 18-19, 27-28

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They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:5-6 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:12-13 And they dre...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 71: 4, 6, 14

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Psalm 71 Verse 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. Verse 6 "…My praise is continually of You..." Verse 14 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. Bible theologians believe the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 71 is probably in h...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 55:1; 56: 3; 57: 9

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"Give ear to my Prayer, O God; and do not hide yourself from my supplication." Psalm 55:1 "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." Psalm 56: 3 "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations." Psalm 57: 9 These 3 chapters, as in most of the Psalms which were written by David, are a distinct glimpse into David's ...

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U of G

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Have you ever found yourself asking “where was God?” Where was He when…Where was He when she or he…Why did He allow me to be addicted to meth, porn, gambling, alcohol? Why did He allow all of the pain of loss of a loved one, a fellow Soldier, a spouse, a home, a job…etc. He was there…. He’s always there…. Always has b...

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The Blackhorse in a Ziploc

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It was a dicey mission at best, there had already been a potential of attacks against the hospital (stolen drugs, needless murder of those in beds needing help, Doctors killed)…a hotbed of insurgency that we were sent to help clean up. The hospital sat in a small section of winding roads in the middle of a community of stacked homes and winding alley ways. We knew ...

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The Ice is Too Thick…

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That icy night the General (General G. Washington) knew that if he could surprise the German conglomerate under the command of Colonel Rahl across the Delaware River – this grand experiment called the United States would have a chance…What many do not know that in the amazing portrait of General Washington crossing the river, the group with him was very eclect...

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Brother of the Original Son of Liberty

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John Adams (the lawyer made famous by defending the accused British Soldiers of the Boston Massacre) is recorded to have a profound but important reflection within days of signing the Declaration of Independence.“…(Independence) should be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty…..through the gloom (of war and d...

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His Presence

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Over the last few days, things around us at home have been falling apart causing me to invest more of my time. Leaky toilets, broken water heaters, you name it. How quickly a few frustrating trials can sneak in and try to hide God's presence in our lives and each daily moment. Of course it is our own sin which hides His spirit when we try to "handle the situation" without ...

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You Can't Go Your Own Way

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Fleetwood Mac wrote a catchy tune called "You can go your own way" sometime in the 70s. Going your own way is something that seems like a pretty good idea. I'm sure there were thousands of school assemblies just this year with motivational speakers telling kids to have a dream and go for it (I know because I've sat through a few in my day!). It feels so right to go with yo...

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How I'm Fighting For JOY

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John Piper wrote a book called "When I don't desire God: How to Fight for Joy." To be honest, I've never finished the book, but that title has always stuck out to me....How to Fight for Joy. It seems like those two things, fighting and joy, are opposites. I've been realizing more and more lately, however, that this is one of those paradoxes of following Jesus. I am natural...

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The Full Moon and God's Love

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Tonight I noticed that there is a full moon in the sky. For me, there is something very comforting about a full moon. It reminds me that God is still God. God is the one who is in control of all of my circumstances and even though I don't always FEEL like it, God loves me. I think David may have had this in mind when he said this in Psalm 8:3-4 "When I look at your heaven...

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What Does God Really Enjoy?

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It's actually kind of weird to think about God enjoying anything in the way that we understand it. I enjoy watching a good football game, eating really good food, and spending time with my wife(I should score points for this). However, when I think about it nothing gives me more joy than seeing my kids run up to me and say "Daddy", when they do something they know I want t...

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Little Fishermen

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There is nothing more dear to my heart than my children learning to love God and fear Him. I know that this desire is Godly, but I also know that my desire for my kids to love God can easily become an idol. I keep that thought in mind as I write this.I have been a professional teacher for the past 10 years. I have spent significant amounts of time around kids from Kinderga...

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Revenge Is Sweet... And Belongs To The Lord

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But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” And David said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish.1 Samuel 26:9-10 Revenge... Vindication... Something my flesh so desperately desires. But the...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 79:5a

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Psalm 79 "How long, O LORD....? Psalm 79:5a God's people have probably watched the destruction of Jerusalem and God's holy temple and are experiencing a deep sense of depression. They had a sincere desire for God to get involved and they are waiting for some action from Him. They prayed in vs 9, "Help us; O God of our salvation for the glory of Your name; And deliver us ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 71

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Psalm 71 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3 By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You. Psalm 71:6 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 55:1, 56: 3, 57: 9

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"Give ear to my Prayer, O God; and do not hide yourself from my supplication." Psalm 55:1 "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." Psalm 56: 3 "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations." Psalm 57: 9 These 3 chapters, as in most of the Psalms which were written by David, are a distinct glimpse into David's ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 25:4-5

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"Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day." Psalm 25:4-5 Why do you read the Bible? I have heard many reasons, as I am sure you have too. They seem to range from "it's got nice things in it" all the way to "it is God's Word." When I read Psalm 25 this morning I ...

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The Lord Is My Rock

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Today was just an off day. When I went to bed last night, I knew that today was going to be stressful. I was rushed this morning (aka slept past my alarm a bit) and only had a few minutes of Prayer and Proverbs before I headed out. I was met with some challenges that I have seen coming for a while, but today they came to a head. Stress & Anxiety gripped me as I fought ...

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Word of the Day: Proverbs 22:3; Psalm 51; Isaiah 1

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Proverbs 22:3; Psalm 51; Isaiah 1 Today there is a common theme about sin and what God wants us to do. He is even giving a warning in the Proverbs verse about being aware of sin and that a prudent man sees the evil coming and avoids the sin. I catch myself many times battling the mind. When I am doing my yard it seems that I do a lot of thinking to myself which is very da...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 19

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Psalm 19 I love how God's Word restores the soul at the right time. Seems like every time I start getting stressed no matter whether I am dealing with things from work, church, or people in general and I get my focus off the one true thing I should be focusing on God brings the right passage along. As the week begins my prayer is that the words of our Lord will permeate m...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 96:4a

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"For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised…"Psalm 96:4a I come before You with a heart of joy and Thanksgiving, O Lord, the Rock of my Salvation. You alone who is above all, for there is no ocean which is too deep, nor are there any mountains which are too high, because You have formed all things. I bow before You and I give You all my worship. You are my Lor...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 86:1

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"Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy."Psalm 86:1 I am sure that you have heard the phrase, "it's all about Him," at some point or another. Perhaps that phrase is not demonstrated any more than in Psalm 86. Even during the most stressful experiences of life, those times when we feel the most helpless, Psalm 86 will cause us to pause and re...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 99:6

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"….they called upon the Lord, and He answered them."Psalm 99:6 I love to pray! In my devotions I was reminded again of the account of Peter and when he was miraculously delivered from prison. The church was fervently praying for Peter. It must have been something to be there and hear the earnest and sincere prayers of these brothers and sisters in Christ. With all ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 59:11

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"Do not slay them, or my people will forget; Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord, our shield."Psalm 59:11 There is a small phrase in verse 11 that caught my eye; "or my people will forget." I have read a couple of interpretations from biblical scholars and this verse centers on how easy it is to quickly forget what the Lord has done in our lives. The B...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 127:2-3

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"It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward."Psalm 127:2-3 "Lord, cause me to fully understand and embrace this passage. I cannot build something unless you build it through me. Starting work earlier and staying ...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 106:13

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"But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel."Psalms 106:13 How is it that I can forget the works of the Lord? When my circumstances seem pretty good, and when I think all the doors are open and I can handle it, then I move without waiting for His counsel. Just this week my mind was consumed with an idea that I could do. It was something that I thoug...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 103:5

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"Who Satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."Psalm 103:5 Often times I look to be satisfied with the good of my circumstances. I arrange my schedule, spend money, save money, engage with people, disengage with people all with a focus to orchestrate desirable circumstances... why? To provide comfort and security for myself. Often times, I ev...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:21

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"you thought I was just like you." Psalm 50:21 Ever since we humans populated the earth in the sinful likeness of our 'grandfather' Adam we have shared a common ambition...control. We want control nearly at any cost. It may not feel like that, we may not even be conscious of it but it's there. Sometimes the desire to control actually looks noble, maybe even Godly as some ...

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Word of the Day: Psalms 1

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Reading: Psalms 1 'Getting Counsel' "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But hisdelight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night". Ps 1:1-2 The source of our counsel directs and influences us in every single area of our lives. The Psalmist tel...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 42

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Reading: Psalm 42 'My Soul Thirsts' "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...." Psalms 42:1-2 We have all heard it said, "A picture is worth a thousand words". The Psalmist gives us a beautiful vignette into his life. Here he uses a deer to draw us into the deepest part of his being. The creat...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 150:1

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Psalm 150:1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise the Lord I chuckle ... no, I really laugh ... every time I read Psalm 150 (the last in the Psalter). Thirteen times in 6 short verses it says,"Praise the Lord, Praise God or Praise Him".Praising God must be important. To me, praising the Lord means to prize Him and rave a...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 145:4

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Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. Memories It's Memorial Day. Day for reflection on those loved ones who passed their faith on to us. For Jo Ann and I we remember our parents .. who brought us up in the Lord. Yes, salvation is all the work of God, but there is a certain expectation in Scripture that spiri...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 119:105

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Psalm 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Moving Forward Reminds me of camp in the Wisconsin woods. A night walk with a lantern in hand and a narrow path ahead. Just enough light to see a few steps ahead. Important to keep my eyes focused on the pathway just ahead of me to avoid the holes, rocks and roots. Reading God's Word daily is like th...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 118:24

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Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. A Never Before Day If you have called our landline anytime over the last 31 years, and we are not home ... you will hear the above phrase. I really like it because, to me, it brings to light a new day .. a day I have never lived before. I am anxious to see what God will do with the ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 110:1

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Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my Lord; "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet." King of Kings David's short, but prophetic, Psalm is one that is most quoted in the New Testament. Jesus attributed the fulfillment of this prophecy to Himself. "Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question. 'What do you think...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 104:34

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Psalm 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the LORD. Meditation I chose to stay in the Psalms for the month of May because they are such unique and rich resources for contemplation. I intentionally passed over Psalm 1. It truly is more "wisdom" writing (like Proverbs) than it is "praise" (to be sung). But, I can't get through the m...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 103:1-2

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Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Remembering God's Benefits David is concentrating on God and remembering His benefits. forgiveness (verse 3) restoration of health (verse 3) rescue from danger (verse 4) kindness and mercy (verse 4) provisions (verse 5...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 95:6-7(a)

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Psalm 95:6-7(a) Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Focus A shift takes place from God our creator to God (Jesus) our redeemer. A much clearer focus on who I am ... a sheep brought into the household of God through His Son's sacrifice. God has rescue...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 91:1

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Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. The Shadow of the Almighty This verse brings to mind a book Elisabeth Elliot wrote "The Shadow of the Almighty". The story of 5 missionaries, including her husband, Jim, who were murdered in the jungles of Ecuador 55 years ago by the primitive Auca Indians. Verses 14-15 s...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 90:10

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Psalm 90:10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away. Reflections A psalm of Moses. I wonder when he wrote the words in verse 10 if he was thinking about the conversation he had with God at the burning bush. Was he thinking, "Why now, when I'...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 87:9

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Psalm 87:9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O LORD, and they shall glorify Your name. Let the Nations Be Glad This is, to me, a great missions verse. Jo Ann and I have made many trips to the mission in Costa Rica led by our son Mark, his wife Meg and our granddaughter Melinda. Time after time Mark will ask during our evening devotion, "W...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 85:8

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Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God the LORD will say; for He will speak peace to His people, to His Godly ones; but let them not turn turn back to folly. Listen Carefully From life experiences the psalmist had decided to listen carefully to what the Lord is saying. In those days the Lord spoke through the prophets who also had responded to His call to listen carefully to t...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 84:7

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Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion. From Strength to Strength Maintaining and gaining strength to stay on track in our service to the Lord requires are all. Consider verse 2, "My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God." Thinking about this stre...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 81:10

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Psalm 81:10 I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Open Your Mouth Wide The LORD never tired of reminding His people that, "It was I ... who rescued you." He found it necessary to give them stern warnings as found in verses 8 and 9, "Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 67:1

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Psalm 67:1 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. God Bless Us According to Jewish custom, the people recite the above at the end of each Sabbath day. This Psalm is based on the ancient blessing pronounced by Aaron: "May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 66:13-14

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Psalm 66:13-14 I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows, and my mouth spoke when I was in distress. Foxhole Faith During World War 2 I often heard ... there are no atheists in foxholes. Some of the men I knew who promised God to serve Him if He would spare their lives ... did just that. But most didn't. Seems that as soon as the "distre...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 62:1

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Psalm 62:1 My soul waits in silence for God only, from Him is my salvation. Waiting Quietly David was good at waiting before God. And, waiting quietly. That takes a long term and intimate relationship to achieve. He learned well from his past experiences. I am still learning even though, unlike most men, I like to shop. When it comes to Mall type experiences, I'll spen...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 59:16-17

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Psalm 59:16-17 But as for me I shall sing of Your strength; yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving-kindness in the morning. For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me loving-kindness. Songs in the Darkness The introduction to this Psalm (part of Scri...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 57:7-8

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Psalm 57:7-8 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. Awaken the Dawn I think David, the poet-king, was the greatest worship leader of the Old Testament. He wrote half of the of the Psalms ( 75 of 150), sang all his songs, chose all his choirmasters and led ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 51:2-3

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Psalm 51:2-3 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. And cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Confession After David's adultery, his planned murder and his efforts to hide the truth and chloroform his conscience, Nathan came and confronted him (2 Samuel 12:1-14). Once David faced his guilt, evil, sin and shame, he called on th...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:14-15

Psalm 50:14-15 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High; call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me. What God Wants God wanted His people to thank Him (verse 14). Why? Because saying "thank you" is evidence of a healthy relationship with Him. God also wants His people to trust Him. In the latter ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 40:1

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Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD, and He inclined His ear to me and heard my cry. Waiting Patiently I must admit that when I pray I would like quick answers. But after many years some of my prayers continue ... especially those of salvation for loved ones who are still breathing. It is interesting to note that David's natural desire for a quick answer was tem...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 30:2

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Psalm 30:2 O LORD, my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed Me. Here's to Your Health How many people do you know that seem to take good health for granted? What happens when illness strikes? I am like David. I CRY out to God. Not only for myself, but for my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren ... friends and neighbors ... the list goes on. Why? Because ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 139:13-14

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Psalm 139:13-14 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Two Births One was my physical birth ... thanks God for making me and thanks Mom for bringing me into this world. The second was my spiritual birth (being born again) ... thanks God for Your love that sent Jesus to die for ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 27:7

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Psalm 27:7 Listen to my pleading, O LORD, be merciful and answer me! Conversation with the LORD David was invited to talk with the One who had repeatedly shown He was on David's side. Verse 8 says, "When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face, O LORD, I shall seek." What was on his mind? Perhaps he remembered what he said in Verse 1, "The LORD is my li...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 25:5

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Psalm 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long. All Day Long I get up early. I awake refreshed,renewed and ready to meet the day. But, when my night owl friends are getting started, I'm running out of gas.Nevertheless, we, both morning and evening people, need to make it through the day. The middle of ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 23:1

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Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. If the Lord is my shepherd, I must be a sheep. That means I am dumb, dirty, timid, helpless and defenseless ... at minimum. Isaiah 53:6 says, "All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way'. So, I am also a self-indulgent individualist. I really do need a shepherd. Jesus said, "I am the ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 19:14

Word of the Day

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Praising God God gave me His Word. It speaks to me where creation is silent. His Word is "sweeter than honey" (19:10). It is there I find truth that revives and encourages me, warnings that protect and preserve me, instructions that command ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 18:35

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Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great. Gentleness and Greatness When I look at David's life and the way God worked in it, gentleness is not the first thing that comes to mind. But perhaps David's greatest moments were not when he was triumphant on the field of battle. Let me look ag...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 15:1

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Psalm 15:1 O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? True Worship David brings to mind the need to prepare my heart for worship in His sanctuary. Only God knows my heart, and He alone can say if I am truly ready for worship in His sanctuary. In the formalized worship of the Jerusalem sanctuary,the people would ask, "Who may worship in your sa...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 12:1

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Psalm 12:1 Help, O LORD, for the Godly man ceases to be, for the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. Endangered Species There once was a large, clumsy bird called the dodo that had a problem. It couldn't fly. This probably led to it's extinction. Now all that's left is the expression, "As dead as the dodo." Before I became a follower of Jesus, I, too, was as ...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 109:4

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Psalm 109:4 "In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer". Many years ago in Seattle, Diana and I participated in a quiet Christian demonstration. What it was for isn't really important and probably today we wouldn't be involved, not because it's wrong, but since then we have learned that making a statement for Christ is much more effective one on o...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 119:46

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Psalm 119:46 "I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings and shall not be ashamed." I was attending a meeting with about 15 of my contemporaries from around the country. We were sitting at tables formed in the shape of a horseshoe. During one of our breaks and as everyone was talking with each other, a person from across the room asked me what my secret was for s...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 81:13

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Psalm 81:13 "Oh that my people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!" I see God's desire for me - listen and obey Him. It sounds so easy, and maybe it should be. Sometimes there is a fight within me between doing what I know God says to do and what my human nature wants me to do. I love the listening part - being in the Word every morning, hearing and le...

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Word of the Day: Psalm 50:14

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Psalm 50:14 "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving…." Do I really have a thankful heart, or do I just have a "polite" heart that looks thankful on the outside? 1 Samuel 16:7 says God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. My "polite" heart might fool people around me, but this heart does not impress the L...

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