Memorial Day: Here I raise my Ebenezer

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1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” — When we think of the name Ebenezer today, it is very hard for us to separate it from Charles Dickens’ memorable character from “A Christmas […]

Joshua, the son of Nun

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Exodus 33:11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. — In any teaching relationship, there are two responsibilities: that of the teacher […]

The meek – Part 1

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Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.” — I think there is today a negative connotation associated with the word “meek.” I’d say that most of the time, when we use “meek” to describe someone, we usually mean to say that they have no courage, that they are, as one […]

Beatitudes: Those who mourn

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Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” — Like many people, I have had my fair share of mourning, and like most mourners, I have indeed been comforted. When my beloved wife died unexpectedly just 33 days after our wedding, my friends and family rallied around me and kept me […]

Beatitudes: The poor in spirit

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Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — The Sermon on the Mount is widely regarded as a foundation for Christian doctrines. In that one long sermon (Matthew 5:3-7:27), Jesus lays out an approach to living that fulfills the spirit AND the letter of God’s law by […]

That I may live

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Psalms 119:73-80 73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. 74 Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, Because I have hoped in Your word. 75 I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have […]

Abide in My love

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John 15:9-10 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” — I think it’s safe to say that most of us have had […]

While you are with Him

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2 Chronicles 15:1-7 1  Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded. 2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by […]

Jesus wept

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John 11:35 Jesus wept. — Why do we weep? Weeping is not just crying. Crying is something we might do if we drop something on our foot, or if we are terribly afraid. Weeping is something different from that. According to the Random House Dictionary, “weep” has a couple of meanings that pertain to people […]

Journey of a Disciple: “Do you love Me?”

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John 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” […]