I wasn’t looking for what I found when I came across Psalm 109:17-18…in fact, I was skimming over the words, ready to move on to a new Scriptural destination.  Then it happened:  the Holy Spirit had two verses jump out at me. First, a brief overall context:  Psalm 109 is considered one of the harshest…

As Heidi Baker discusses God’s “pruning” in her life, she writes,  “God was calling me to come away with Him and spend more time in worship – more time in the secret place…I agreed with the Lord that I would give Him the most precious time in my day, no matter how much the world…

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Matt. 6:33, NASB) The “things” in this familiar Scripture are earlier enumerated as “worried about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink… your body, as to what you will put on.” (Matt. 6:25, NASB) I admit it…sometimes my mind…

Ezekiel  22:30 states, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”  (NASB)  Some of us have processed our earliest identity as being part of “a praying people” by embracing…

Joy. It’s a choice.  It’s an action.  It’s a manifestation. It’s an extension of Him living in us…and of Him reaching out to others.  It’s our strength. It’s His kingdom, alive in us. John 16:24  “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.“ John 17:13  “But…

OK, I’ll admit it up front:   there’s a double entendre in Psalm 107:1-3, and I am suggesting using an interpretive road  “less traveled” in medotating on these verses and the overall message of the Psalm. Psalm 107:2 begins with “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”(NASB) and, unfortunately, that sometimes remains the only verse that…

How do we measure “the favor” or  of God” on – or in – our lives? Pastor Larry recently quoted Colossians 1:26-29 from The Message Bible translation.  It reads:  “This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open.  God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich…

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