Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 26: taking responsibility

“I appeal to Caesar!” (Acts 25:11) Paul felt compelled by God to go to Rome. In yesterday’s reading, we heard Jesus tell Paul that he would go to Rome. What we discover in today’s reading is that Paul had to … Continue reading

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October 25: comforter

“You are miserable comforters, all of you!” The first five verses of Job 16 say a lot about what not to do and what to do in the presence of someone who is suffering. Job’s friends have been increasing his … Continue reading

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October 20: signs and wonders

Do you remember the prayer for boldness? (Acts 4) Enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. Today there … Continue reading

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October 18: why?

The words of the hymn come to mind: If thou but suffer God to guide thee, and hope in God through all thy ways, God will give strength, whate’er betide thee, and bear thee through the evil days. Who trusts … Continue reading

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October 12: overcoming jealousy

Chapter 7 of Nehemiah describes how even with the wall completed around Jerusalem, the enemies – and most noteably Tobiah – still did not want Nehemiah to accomplish the goal of rebuilding Jerusalem. Tobiah had relatives in the city, they … Continue reading

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October 11: Stop, Drop and Pray

But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” (Nehemiah 6:9) Nehemiah had mastered the practice of Stop, Drop and Pray. From the very beginning, we read how as a cupbearer to the king he hears a report about how poorly things … Continue reading

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October 9: betrayal

Betrayal. It is always personal. Whenever I think I am more important than you. What makes me shudder is just how personal betrayal can be. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Jesus was Jewish enemy number one. The guards did … Continue reading

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October 8: drowning

We have a daughter who is afraid of the water. When she was a child, she unknowingly stepped into the deep end of a swimming pool and began to drown. This was a hotel pool without a lifeguard, and if … Continue reading

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October 4: Hallelujah

I cannot say the word hallelujah without doing what the word means. The last three letters of the word form the first three letters of the Hebrew name for God. Hallelujah means praise the Lord, and just by saying the … Continue reading

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