Tag Archives: obedience

A Curse-based Oath vs. Grace-based Determination

You gotta hand it to Nehemiah & Co. They did it! Despite unrelenting opposition they rebuilt the walls. But perhaps more impressive, after decades of exile in a foreign land they rediscovered the Word. The Law read resulted in hearts … Continue reading

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The Word Had Its Way

Though rebuilt it was still a shadow of the glory it had been in the day. Sure the walls were in place, the gates re-hung, the temple again marked by the ascending smoke of offerings to the Lord, but it … Continue reading

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Working It Out While He Works It In

There is a divine dynamic revealed in Philippians 2. An apparent partnering of man’s determination and God’s direction, of human effort and holy enabling. A matter of individual pursuits and Sovereign pleasures. Chewing this morning on the implications of working … Continue reading

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Listen to Me

Was awake earlier than I had hoped this morning. So, did a “double portion” of my reading plan. And reading Psalm 80 and Psalm 81 back-to-back provided context for a conversation between God and His people that I would have … Continue reading

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Grace Abounded All the More

Honestly, for me Deuteronomy 29 through 31 has to be one of the most depressing and troublesome parts of Scripture. On the outskirts of the promised land. A new leader in place. A new rallying cry to gather unto: “Be … Continue reading

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Love Genuinely

Hovering over Romans 12 this morning.  Not all of it.  But, in particular, four words of it.  Not at the edges of it–neither the part about offering our bodies as living sacrifices, nor the part about not being overcome by … Continue reading

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The Heart of God

I’m sure there must be other places where God speaks with such longing, but I can’t think of any right now. And, it occurs to me, my first thoughts of God tend not to be of what He passionately desires … Continue reading

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