Bible expositions

The Blessed Conflict

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 If you want to send a ripple in the pond of polite secular society, use the word blessed in a conversation. We often rub shoulders with people who have only two units… Read More »The Blessed Conflict

#Blessedness Guaranteed

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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 I was incredulous as I stooped to pick it up from my doorstep – a package that threatened to undermine a foundational principle in my childhood instruction. I was taught from a… Read More »#Blessedness Guaranteed

We Are Munsters

The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. Nahum 1:2-3 As adults, we often think of things we did as children and cringe. I am embarrassed to say I was a big fan of a TV comedy called The Munsters. Today,… Read More »We Are Munsters

Fear and Favor

Fear not, O land;be glad and rejoice,for the LORD has done great things!Fear not, you beasts of the field,for the pastures of the wilderness are green;the tree bears its fruit;the fig tree and vine give their full yield. Joel 2:21-22 Praych It! Have you ever heard somebody praych? That is, have you listened to someone pray and suspected they were really preaching to you instead of speaking to God? It may be that someone has heard us pray that way… Read More »Fear and Favor

Who Knows?

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“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God?… Read More »Who Knows?

Tell Me a Story, Grandpa

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Hear this, you elders; give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers? Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. (Joel 1:2-3) Just when you thought it was safe to go into the wheat field… LOCUSTS! Okay, maybe it will not be a blockbuster thriller hitting the big screen anytime soon, but in ancient Palestine an… Read More »Tell Me a Story, Grandpa

Lasting Significance

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Let your work be shown to your servants,and your glorious power to their children.Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,and establish the work of our hands upon us;yes, establish the work of our hands!(Psalm 90:16-17) Good Work Contrary to popular opinion, work is not a dirty word. So it should not upset us that Moses ends his song with the theme of work. In fact, it is work that provides us with lasting significance. His song… Read More »Lasting Significance

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Psalm 90:14-15 The hit song by the Rolling Stones, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” showed how a catchy tune along with an outstanding performance could overcome even the worst grammar. It also resonated a truth that we find inescapable… Read More »Satisfaction Guaranteed

What’s in a NAME

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Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! (Psalm 90:13) Every morning during the school year, my mom would get up early to fix breakfast and prepare bag lunches for her nine children. My oldest brother, Tom, was in high school when I was in grade school, so he had to leave for school before me. Occasionally, he grabbed the bag marked Tim, leaving me no choice but to take his lunch. Instead of a delicious peanut butter… Read More »What’s in a NAME

Moses in the Hands of an Angry God

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Moses in the Hands of an Angry GodFor we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble;… Read More »Moses in the Hands of an Angry God