July 28, 2019

It shall come to pass in the latter days
    that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
     and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,...

July 25, 2019

Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
    and make crooked all that is straight,
who build Zion with blood
    and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
    its priests teach for a price;
    its prophets practice divination for money;
yet they lea...

July 17, 2019

Three times in this psalm David speaks of waiting upon the Lord. For example, "None who wait for you shall be put to shame" (3), "Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long" (5), "May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you" (21).   

There is nothing easy about these seasons of waiting.  In this particular psalm, David has t...

July 14, 2019

As we read our text today we find that the prophets had declared war upon the poor and the disadvantaged. They had declared war with the righteous, the godly and the upright. Those who could not give them what they wanted, or who would not give them what they wanted, they sought to destroy. But those people who would give them the things that they declared “Peace” upon. As a result of this, some were embroi...

July 12, 2019

The other day our cat escaped from the house.  When I realized that Chester had gotten out I quickly went outside to find him.  The grass is tall around our home so I was hoping that he had not ventured beyond the lawn.  It would be impossible to find him if he ventured into that area.  When I came around the corner, there he was crouching in the grass.  He saw me as I turned the corner. I am pretty sure th...

July 11, 2019

This morning a group of us got together and talked about Matthew 17.  In this chapter Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where they witness the transfiguration of Christ.  This is how Matthew describes it, "And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.  And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him."...

July 9, 2019

In just a couple short months from now I am going to be sending my daughter off to college.  I am both excited and apprehensive.  I know that she will have her good days and she will have her bad days.  I know that some days she will feel tlike she has everything under control, but then there will be other days when she will feel like everything in life is spinning helplessly out of control....

July 7, 2019

Micah 3:1-7 states,

“And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice? - you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones, who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron. The...

July 6, 2019

This past week we celebrated the Fourth of July with a large group of people.  At one point, I happened to turn in the direction of a man telling a young boy a joke.  The joke was crude and inappropriate even among adults, but this was spoken to a younger child.  I looked on as the dad, who was part of the group, seemed to laugh and sense nothing inappropriate about what was said.  

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July 3, 2019

In 2 Peter we are told that Peter is sensing clearly that his life is about to come to an end.  This alone would give Peter a sense of focus and intentionality as to how he would spend his days and what he would devote his remaining time to doing.  He says in verses 13 - 14, "I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will...

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