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Collateral Damage of Obedience

Okay, if I’m doing the math correctly, with today’s price for silver the gig paid each “mighty man of valor” from Israel about 27 bucks. I don’t know if that’s a “fair wage” for a mercenary or not, but I’m … Continue reading

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Face to the Wall

The news was devastating. “Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.” Not what King Hezekiah wanted to hear. Though at the point of death, how he had hoped that the prophet’s visit would have … Continue reading

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It Has Been Granted to You

Minds set on the things of God rather than minds set on the things of man — that’s been running through my head this week as I prepare to speak, Lord willing, at our gathering this Sunday. Not surprising it … Continue reading

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There’s Always a Benefit

Nobody’s looking for troubles. To avoid sorrow and suffering, if it were possible, might well be on everyone’s to do list. Hardship and hurt aren’t things we pencil into our calendars — rarely are they predictable, never do they wait … Continue reading

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Manifested

Since reading Rankin Wilbourne’ book, Union with Christ, I have been more mindful of the implications of “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). That not only am I “in Christ”, but … Continue reading

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Joseph and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days

It’s easy, especially when it comes to well known stories we’ve heard since Sunday School, to read them again with the end in mind. To skim over details until we get to “the lesson.” To rush through the “back story” … Continue reading

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Not a Dumb Bird

I’m two chapters into God’s Twenty Questions session with Job (actually, I have no idea how many questions God has peppered Job with over these 70+ verses — but it’s a lot). But I think there’s only a couple of … Continue reading

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The How of Suffering

Not to oversimplify, and not to be overly influenced by the ways of our current culture, but it seems to me that Job and his friends had become quite polarized in there back and forth, round-and-round-we-go debate. Though they at … Continue reading

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Good Bottom-Line Advice from a Miserable Comforter

I think for many years, when I read Job, I didn’t really read, or at least try to listen too closely, to chapters 4 thru 37. Influenced by the big idea that Job’s friends were “miserable comforters,” while Job himself … Continue reading

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While Doing Good

A quick thought this morning from Peter’s concluding exhortation to those who were going through a season of suffering. Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (1Peter 4:19 … Continue reading

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