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Nov 22 2012

Psalm 102 – Affliction and Restoration

Psalm 102 has three parts. In the first part the psalmist cries to the LORD in distress. In the second part he speaks of the LORD’s deliverance from distress. The third part speaks of the LORD’s actions as a testimony to others. The LORD allows affliction – Psalm 102:1-11, 23-26 We do not want to …

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Nov 17 2012

Luke 7 – Self-righteousness, Forgiveness and Love

Luke 7:40-48 records Jesus’ use of situation to teach. He is at dinner with pharisee who failed to show him common courtesies. These include washing to dust off Jesus’ feet, giving a greeting kiss, and giving him oil to brighten his hair and face. These failures show he has no love for Jesus. By way …

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Nov 13 2012

Psalm 101 – I Will Focus On Nothing Worthless

I am so taken by David’s ethical standards in Psalm 101 that I want to focus on another in Psalm 101:3 We can read the first line of that verse as I will focus On nothing worthless On what do I focus? What occupies my mind? To what do I pay attention? With what do …

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Nov 12 2012

Psalm 101 – The haughty and arrogant / Do not endure

Psalm 101 – Biblical royal ethics In Psalm 101 David sets the ethical standards for his court. I have taken the one in Psalm 101:5 and worded it as a directive. The haughty and arrogant Do not endure There are at least seven other ethical standards in this Psalm. Which one do you find most …

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Nov 11 2012

Psalm 100 – God made us / We did not make ourselves

For many of us Psalm 100:3 is obvious God made us We did not make ourselves But how often to we think through even a few of the ramifications? Since God made me He owns me. God can do to me what He pleases God can do with me what He pleases What I do …

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Nov 10 2012

Psalm 99 – The LORD answers, forgives, and corrects

Psalm 99:8 summarizes a significant Old Testament pattern. The LORD answers those That call upon Him He forgives them Yet corrects their sin The LORD does answer when His people call out to Him. Those who cry or call out to him need to see themselves as totally dependent on Him: unable to fix this …

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Nov 09 2012

Luke 7 – The self-righteous still judge / One who was forgiven

In Luke 7:36-39, 48-50 Jesus has dinner with a self-righteous pharisee. The pharisee’s self-righteousness shows in his judgmental attitude toward one of the by-standers. She is a sinner. She showers affection on Jesus. Why? From Luke 7:48 we learn of her earlier forgiveness. Her actions display her response to that forgiveness. So here we see …

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Nov 06 2012

Luke 7 – Doing godly deeds / May offend some

In Luke 7:13-23 Jesus does the Godly deeds that the Old Testament predicted Messiah would do. However some people, especially the religious leaders take offense. They want others to think that they are the most direct link to God. Jesus does Messianic signs that show that He, a lowly person by material measures, is a …

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Nov 05 2012

Luke 7 – One’s present actions point to / One’s future status

When John the Baptist begins to doubt that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus points to His current ministry as adequate evidence that He will fulfill all the prophets said about Messiah. See Luke 7:18-23. In other words One’s present actions point to One’s future status Is the same not true for us? Does not what …

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Nov 04 2012

Luke 7 – People are intimidated / By an evident act of God

My time with my Bible this morning had me working in Luke 7:11-17. Here Jesus raises from the dead the son of the widow of Nain He also restores him back to her. As a result of this clear act of God the English text says (Luke 7:16) that “Fear gripped them.” The word “fear” …

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