What the Lord hates

Is it possible for God to hate?  Does God hate? Yes, it is possible for God to hate and yes, He does hate.  He hates anything that is contrary to righteousness.  His hatred is a means of defending His truth, integrity and good.  He is against anything that violates His standard of what is right. […]

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What is wisdom?

Huston Smith, senior professor of religion at Syracuse University, recounted his interaction with a famous author and professor: While I was teaching at MIT, Aldous Huxley joined us for a semester as distinguished visiting professor in the humanities. Needless to say, he was in demand all over New England, and my regard for him was […]

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How’s your heart?

John R. W. Stott recounts the letter written by Robert Murray M’Cheyne to the Rev. Dan Edwards on October 2, 1840 after Edwards’ ordination as a missionary: I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany.  I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture of the […]

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Identifying the fool

Say the word “fool” and the image of one who is easily duped comes to mind:  Larry, Mo and Curly, Barney Fife, Laurel and Hardy.  Yet they, and the characters they portrayed were not so much fools as simpletons who were essentially harmless, innocent, and amusing.  Not so with the fool. Scripture is clear that […]

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What God has done

For the past two days, I have been meditating on the first part of Ps. 40:5 — Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us… The words are penned by David and I have pondered what kinds of things he might have contemplated as he considered […]

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Our God who hears our prayers

Virtually every believer will acknowledge that he does not pray enough.  We don’t pray for a variety of reasons.  And one of those reasons is that we do not think highly enough about God who hears our prayers.  We have a deficient functional theology.  Oh, we would likely say the right words about God and […]

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For what do you wait?

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.” (Ps. 39:7; NASB) The plight of Merhan “Alfred” Nasseri was an unusual one, to say the least.  In 1988 he arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on a two-day trip, but without a visa.  Apparently his Iranian passport was confiscated […]

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Ready to worship?

“O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent? Who may dwell on Thy holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1; NASB) It was a simple question.  We do not know the circumstances under which it was asked, but we do know the heart from which it came.  David, the man whose life was patterned after the heart of […]

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Day and night meditation

I am neither a farmer nor a rancher.  Yet for at least two weeks during a couple of summers in my youth, I became a “temp” farmer, working on my uncle’s dairy farm.  It was a time not only for a “city-slicker” to be exposed to some life realities, but also a fun time with […]

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Understanding 1 Samuel

Recently we began reading 1 Samuel in our daily Bible reading plan.  Here are a couple of charts that you may find helpful in understanding the book.  The first provides an overview to the flow and theme of the book and the second offers a perspective of the relationships of the three kings of the […]

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It’s good to be hungry

“And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut. 8:3; NASB) […]

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Understanding Deuteronomy

This week we began reading the book of Deuteronomy.  In this book, Moses recounts for Israel the giving of the Law and recites the history of the nation in living Egypt so that they will not forget the truth that obedience to God is their singular priority (4:9, 23, 31; 6:12, 13-15; 8:11, 14, 19; […]

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Understanding Numbers

The last couple of weeks, we have been reading the book of Numbers, which is one of the Old Testament books that people are prone to skipping or skimming because it is not readily understood. Because of that, I thought a chart of the book might be helpful to comprehending the contents and flow of […]

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