A Lifetime of Sorrow

“I will be sad about my son until the day I die.” So Jacob cried for his son Joseph. —Genesis 37:35 In a moment of casual cruelty born out of sibling rivalry, Joseph’s older brothers sold him into slavery. Then to cover up their crime they led their father Jacob

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Waiting Is The Hard Part

Lord, listen to my words. Understand my sadness. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, because I pray to you. Lord, every morning you hear my voice. Every morning, I tell you what I need, and I wait for your answer. —Psalm 5:1-3 The “cry for

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The Source of True Strength

But you have made me very happy, happier than they are, even with all their grain and new wine. I go to bed and sleep in peace, because, Lord, only you keep me safe. —Psalm 4:7-8 The passage above from Psalm 4 is actually quite a good commentary on the

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Don’t Fight Back

But I tell you, don’t stand up against an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other cheek also. If someone wants to sue you in court and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. But I say to you, love

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The Hero And The Humble

They are blessed who are humble, for the whole earth will be theirs. —Matthew 5:5 It’s so bizarre reading Genesis 10 and Matthew 5 together (see the Bible reading list below). After the flood there’s this mad dash to colonize the uninhabited wild west (so to speak), and you get

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375 Days of Judgement

Water flooded the earth for forty days, and as it rose it lifted the boat off the ground. The water continued to rise, and the boat floated on it above the earth. The water rose so much that even the highest mountains under the sky were covered by it. It

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Pay Attention: It May Save Your Life!

Noah did everything that God commanded him. —Genesis 6:22 Now there’s a statement that makes me shake my head in amazement. God had asked Noah to embark on a massive project, requiring enormous engineering expertise in an area he probably knew nothing about (boat building), plagued by logistical nightmares (two

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Does Not Take Criticism Well

The Lord asked Cain, “Why are you so angry? Why do you look so unhappy? If you do things well, I will accept you, but if you do not do them well, sin is ready to attack you. Sin wants you, but you must rule over it.” —Genesis 4:6-7 I

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New Year’s Resolution

Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do. —Psalm 1:1 During all the busyness leading up to Christmas the idea of making a list of New Year’s resolutions (or even just one!) had never occurred to

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Keep Calm And Carry On

Today’s Reading: Revelation 19:6-22:21 First of all, congratulations to everyone who stuck it out to the end and finished the reading. Bravo! We did it. We started as a church and we ended as a church. Second of all, happy new year to everyone!!! So we’re done reading the Daily

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