Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 30: sovereign (2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13; Psalm 68; Matthew 17)

In 2 Samuel 6, David learned an important lesson – a humbling lesson. David was king. He had achieved great success. Israel and Judah were united. Jerusalem was the capitol city. And as the crowning act, the Ark of the … Continue reading

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April 28: heart (2 Samuel 3; 1 Chronicles 12; Matthew 15)

What message do you find in today’s readings?  Beyond a basic understanding of what is written, what message do you hear for your life? In the Old Testament, we read of the ongoing struggle to bring Israel and Judah together … Continue reading

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April 27: pray (2 Samuel 2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 142; Matthew 14)

Matthew tells us that Jesus went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Meanwhile the disciples went ahead, attempting to cross the lake in a boat when they were caught in a storm. They panicked, overcome with fear. Jesus … Continue reading

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April 26: waiting (2 Samuel 1; Psalm 140; Matthew 13)

Why doesn’t God do something? It is a question that may never have a totally satisfactory answer in this life. We are not given a direct answer to this question, but the parables in Matthew 13 point us toward the … Continue reading

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April 25: unforgiveable (1 Samuel 30-31; 1 Chronicles 10; Matthew 12)

There is an expression: “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” In other words, don’t hurt the one who is helping you. In today’s reading from Matthew, we find this verse spoken by Jesus:anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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April 22: earnestly seek (1 Samuel 25-26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9)

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1) The note in the TNIV suggests the word … Continue reading

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April 21: refuge (1 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 8; Psalm 57-58; Matthew 8)

The word refuge keeps recurring in the Old Testament. To find refuge from Saul who wanted to kill him, David found refuge in a cave. From David’s action in the cave, it became clear that the cave was not his … Continue reading

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