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He raises the poor from the dust

Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hand over your mouth. (Job 21:5 ESV) This should be our response when we look at the suffering in Haiti. Disasters such as the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti can prompt us to ask, “Why?” No doubt the theology of earthquakes and natural disasters and God’s sovereignty […]

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He knows what you can endure

You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:3) God knows your heart, He knows exactly how much you can bear. That may be more than you think, but He has promised not to put upon you more than you can endure (1 Corinthians 10:13). Because […]

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On demand: God’s Word

You know when I sit and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:2 God knows every thing I do. He also knows every thought I have. Therefore He knows when my thoughts, attitudes and actions do not line up. God sees me as other people see me, as you see […]

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A beautiful verse

Shower, O heavens, from above,and let the clouds rain down righteousness. Let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I, the LORD, have created it. (Isaiah 45:8 ESV) In His goodness and sovereign power God ordains that righteousness and salvation should shower down from […]

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Search me

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! (Psalm 139:1-4) This has profound implications for prayer. My own heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and my prayers inarticulate (Romans 8:26), yet God knows exactly what I need before I even ask (Matthew 6:8). He knows if there is secret sin in my heart (Psalm 90:8), […]

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Inspired again

I was feeling distinctly uninspired about blogs today – I am noticing how banal and trivial many blogs are, even (perhaps especially) blogs written by Christians (I expect a bit more depth from Christians). I then noticed how trivial our culture is as I walked through town at lunch time and felt even less inspired. […]

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Ownership dispute

In our first encounters with Jesus in the New Testament he is telling John to baptize him, using God’s word to refute Satan’s temptations, and preaching “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. After this he calls certain men to follow him and according to Matthew they immediately leave everything to do so. […]

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Biblical reinterpretation?

Your teacher and friend sums up what he expects of you in one sentence during a dinner conversation. Later that evening he is arrested on false charges, tried in an illegal court and executed. Do you live up to his expectations? I am confronted with this question regarding Jesus Christ. Three times in John 14 […]