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Follow Jesus' Pattern

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Have you ever tried to make multiples, cut out a cloth or wood pattern several times?  Tried to follow a map drawn from memory? It doesn’t take long before the last does not resemble the original. Psalm 119 tells us to follow the right, or original way, if we want to go toward our...

Psalm 90

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Sometimes life seems to be crawling along and at other times speeding by at warp speed. Moses wrote the 90th Psalm and I bet he knew something about waiting. He waited 40 years for God to rescue the Jews from their Egyptian oppressors until he took matters into his own hands and killed an...

Forgiveness

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Psalm 51 Forgiveness is so counter-intuitive. When someone wrongs me, my natural inclination is not to forgive and forget. Instead, I tend to become angry and resentful. Perhaps, this reaction is my mind’s way of protecting me from future disappointment and emotional pain. After all...

Psalms 22-24

Posted by Janet Wingard on

Psalm 23 is one of the most familiar and quoted passages from the Bible. Most of us know these comforting words by heart! They paint a picture of Christ the Shepherd, who guides, provides and comforts us as we walk through valleys, trials and dangers in this world. Psalm 22 and Psalm 24 are not...

Psalm 1 & 8

Posted by Tyler Cadwell on

Psalm 1: Two Ways As you read Psalms chapter one you quickly see two paths: the path of the righteous and the path of the wicked. These two paths promise two different experiences in life. The Wicked Path in verses 4 & 5 promises a life of no substance, like chaff blown away when...

You Give & Take Away

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“I know that you can do all things;    no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,    things too wonderful...

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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Why do bad things happen to good people? Have you ever asked this head shaking question? Perhaps your own difficult circumstances or those of a dear friend or family member prompted this inquiry? Job was experiencing this dilemma himself. Remember Job, the most influential man in his region...

Unshaken Faith

Posted by Alan Phillips on

All Job wants is his day in court. He boldly summons God to write out an indictment to which Job will gladly answer in court. Even with God as the judge, Job has nothing to fear, for God will vindicate him if he ever gets a hearing. Job accuses Bildad of tipping the scales of justice in favor of...

Friends? Who Needs 'Em?

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Job’s friends would have helped Job more to simply share his grief and admit that they did not know all the “whys” of life. Why is it those closest to us try to analyze our circumstances and start telling us exactly what is wrong with us and what we need to do to get...

...and shoud I dare complain, contemplate Job...

Posted by Cary Curry on

JOB 2 This short chapter captures so much of the emotion of the Book of Job. It’s painful to read, as it provokes emotions in us that we hope are never a reality in our lives. We see, however, that there is a world vying for us – a world that is not what God intended for us &ndash...

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