While studying today I found this gem. “The moment you begin to testify for the Lord, someone will oppose you. . . . John Calvin lived in Switzerland as a refugee from France. John Knox, the Scottish Presbyterian, lived in danger of his life, because of government opposition to his preaching. John Wesley was stoned, … More What Stops You?
Sunday Afternoon Musing “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 “If we kept that commandment all the other commandments would be obeyed. If we secure this queenbee we are given the swarm. To put nothing ‘before’ God! What is left in the circle of obedience? God first, always and everywhere. Nothing … More Keeping the First Commandment – How to Build a World
Read Psalm 90 and 130 There is joy after tears when tears are humble. May all your tears flow from a humble heart. A Morning Prayer of Lament Taking Psalm 90 Personally 6205 days left. Six thousand two hundred days left. Six-thousand-two-hundred-days left. I can’t stretch them. Only You know if they or more are … More Day 7, Saturday — Waiting, Watching, in Wonder
There is perhaps no one who believes in God who has not on ocassion asked this question? How Long O Lord? How long before a marriage improves, a son repents, a daughter expresses humility, a sorrow ends, an illness is overcome, a job situation improves, a depression ends? How long Lord, before this pain I … More Thursday, Day 5 — How Long O Lord?
Read Psalm 74 and Psalm 38 Lament : to mourn aloud; to wail. 1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for, … often demonstratively : to mourn 2 : to regret strongly Still another aspect of Lament in the Psalm literature of the Old Testament is confusion. The lamenting soul is tormented by confusion over … More Calling Out from Pain — Day 3
Read Psalm 60 A Morning Lament in Time of Crisis “O God, we feel abandoned. We feel like Your anger with us is unrelenting. Our country is torn open and the whole land quakes with uncertainty and fear. We can’t survive without You. Repair our hearts for we stagger like drunken men, like men who … More A Lament for Monday — Day 2
All this week I will be publishing a series of Laments to correspond to the three Jewish “prayer hours” of the day. I hope that they are helpful. Sabbath Week of Lament — Day One, Sunday Read Psalm 44 A Morning Prayer of Lament “God, You have done so much for Your Church. You determined … More A Sabbath Week of Lament — Day One, Sunday
Lament : to mourn aloud; to wail. 1 : to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for, … often demonstratively : to mourn 2 : to regret strongly A new series begins next Sunday. Each day at midnight, I will post a series of three laments, one to correspond to each of the three “hours” … More A Sabbath Week of Lament — Sunday
A Morning Praise of the King of King “Our Jewish friends will rest this day in praise of You for creation and Your command to cease from work. And many of us who have believed in their blessing— the Promised One, the Messiah, will rest in the grace that has been given to Gentiles. And … More A Sabbath Week of Praise — Saturday
A Thursday Praise of the King “There may be enemies and battles ahead in this day, but we will run to the refuge of Your promises. Others may string their bows to shoot our hearts, but we will run to the refuge of Your promises. We will praise You because You are in the seat … More A Sabbath Week of Praise — Thursday