Tag Archive: Psalms

Sep 07

What do we do when we want to change our lives but can’t?

My Dental Cleaning When I was in seminary I went for a scheduled dental cleaning. The hygienist looked in my mouth with tools in hand and a suction device in place and said, “I see you are afflicted by a tooth grinding demon.” I mumbled something and when I checked out she asked, “What are …

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Jul 03

Three characteristics of prayer

Prayer is complex Prayer is complex. Jesus gave the Lord’s Prayer as a model in the Sermon on the Mount. Later, in private, the disciples asked him to teach them how to pray and he gave them essentially the same model. (Matthew 6:5-14; Luke 11:1-4) The night before he died Jesus prayed in the garden. …

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Jul 27

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God A Mighty Fortress Is Our GodI grew up in a Lutheran home and we often sang the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” at church. This “battle hymn of the Reformation” was written by Martin Luther in the late 1520s, about ten years after he posted his Ninety-Five …

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Jun 06

Habakkuk 3- The Just Shall Live By Faith- Habakkuk’s Psalm

Habakkuk’s Psalm Chapter three of Habakkuk is a psalm. In the last verse of the book he wrote “to the choirmaster with MY stringed instruments.” (Habakkuk 3:19, my emphasis. The possessive is not translated in some translations.) Habakkuk was probably a leader among the Levitical musicians. This psalm answers the question of chapter one. The …

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Mar 14

Followers of Jesus must be fruitful

Jesus knew that the time of his death was near Jesus knew that His hour had come as He approached the final night with His disciples. He washed their feet as an example of humility. He then told them that one of them would betray Him. He told them that He was leaving and that …

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Feb 19

Moses’ Staff.

The oldest Psalm In the oldest dated Psalm, Moses reflected on the finiteness of humanity and observed that we are on the earth for seventy, maybe eighty years. We live fleeting lives (Psalm 90:10). Moses was an old man Moses was an old man when he stood before the burning bush and began his work …

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Jan 25

Confession, Repentance, Transformation.

We have a annual ritual of New Year’s Resolutions and most of them soon fade and fail. This ritual is a limp imitation of a real invitation that God gives each of us. We are challenged to change our lives There is a standing call to change No matter how bad and regrettable our mistake …

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