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  1. Who is Lot? -- An Account of Abraham's Sidekick

    Chapter 12 of Genesis wastes no time! It has no time for things like "origin stories" or "background" or "context". The Bible reader receives no real introduction to Abraham - who he is, what his relationship with God is. Nevertheless, God, out of the blue it would seem, picks Abraham for one of the most important missions of all-time - to begin a clan called the Israelites; they would create a religion (Judaism) that would eventually influence 4 billion people (the "Abrahamic faiths" of...
  2. Take unto you the whole armour of God:

    Psalm 18:25-47 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; [26] With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. [27] For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. [28] For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. Luke 1:79.. To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into THE WAY OF...
  3. What do should I do if I meet an Angel? (part 2)

    (See Part 1) 3. Show Faith The only topic of conversation that's recorded in the Bible during the meal Abraham and the angels have together is that God will fulfill the promise he gave Abraham earlier (Genesis 17:15-16) that Sarah (his wife) will bear him a son. The angels say it will be so and happen by the time they return next year. Keep in mind Sarah is ~90 years old at this time! To accept this promise requires amazing faith. Sarah fails this test by laughing at the promise. In...
  4. What do should I do if I meet an Angel? (Part 1)

    What comes to mind when you think of an angel? Sometimes we think of divine beings zipping around invisibly up above. Psalm 91 says "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalms 91:11). We believe angels offer words of caution to us or protection, but always out of sight. But not just content to operate in ways we can't see, the Bible makes clear that angels take human form! They appear human, just like you or I. This is kind of a big deal....
  5. Weapon of Choice

    Come forward and get your teeth smoked, word Come forward and get your teeth smoked, word Come forward and get your teeth smoked, word Come forward and get your Come forward and get your Come forward and get your Come forward and get your Come forward and get your Don't be shocked by tone of my voice Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice Don't be shocked by tone of my voice Check out my new weapon, weapon of choice yeah Listen to the sound of my voice You can check it on out, it's the...
  6. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 2)

    (Click here to read Part 1) Overreach? Keller says the Elder Brother was trying to use his obedience to the father to control him. He says: If we think about it, we realize that [the older brother] wanted the same thing as his brother…. He, too, wanted the father’s goods rather than the father himself. However, while the younger brother went far away, the Elder Brother stayed close and “never disobeyed”. That was his way to get control. His unspoken demand is, “I have never disobeyed...
  7. The Plague of the Elder Brothers -- A Book Review of "The Prodigal God" (Part 1)

    I wasn’t sure what I felt about “The "Prodigal God" until the very end of the book. Until then, I alternated between being in vehement denial of the author Tim Keller's assertions (thinking he made arguments which were a "stretch") to feeling completely enlightened & "fully sold" on the very next page. And back around again. I wrestled with Keller's ambitious take on one of the Bible's most well-known & puzzling parables "The Prodigal Son". It was a cognitive roller-coaster, one that was...
  8. Comparative liturgics

    Comparative liturgics, whose principles and method were developed so brilliantly by Baumstark, has delivered an even more serious blow to the hypothesis of the monastic origin of the daily cycle. This study has shown that the epoch of the development of the daily cycle after Constantine was marked by a rivalry and even conflict between two types of daily service: ‘corporate’ and ‘monastic’ in Baumstark’s terminology. We will have occasion to dwell on this rivalry in greater detail in the...
  9. RELEASING OF HOLY SPIRIT POWER -- THE POWER OF RESURRECTION

    The main idea for breakthrough comes from the breakthrough of water from 2 Samuel 5:20: "So David went to Baal Perazim (which means "possessor of the breaches"), and David defeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." The word breakthrough comes from the Hebrew word "perets" which means "To break out." In the areas that we are believing God for breakthrough in, we should also believe Him to break out from the very center...
  10. In fact we can go further

    In fact we can go further. First, the texts which are usually used to defend the exclusively private nature of the prayer of hours and times very plainly show that this prayer could and actually did have an ecclesiological character, was offered in the assemblies of the community. Thus, in the Apostolic Tradition, immediately following the prescriptions to pray each morning, it is said: ‘but if there is instruction by the word (catechizatio) let every one prefer to attend that, since when he...
  11. Daily Devotional - June 18, 2020

    Psalm 25:12 - "Who is the man who fears the LORD?" The abiding consciousness of the life is to be God, not thinking about Him. The whole of our life inside and out is to be haunted by the presence of God. We are to live and move and have our whole being in God, to look at everything in relation to God, because the abiding consciousness of God pushes itself to the front all the time -- nothing else can get in, no cares, no tribulation, no anxieties. Affirmation: Today, I carry my open...
  12. A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." - Luke 4:18 God is bringing us to a place where we know the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. If we have not got to that place, God wants to bring us to the fact of what Jesus said in John 14, "...I will pray the Father, and He shall give...
  13. Daily Devotional - June 17, 2020

    Revelation 3:20 - “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” When He walked the earth He stayed open as a door—a passageway between Heaven and Earth. He released the Kingdom of God from His Spirit, His inner man, to the outer world. Jesus, as a door, was fully open to our Father in Heaven and fully open to us on Earth. Through Him, Father worked freely. At the very door of your...
  14. Daily Devotional - June 16, 2018

    Psalm 42:2 - "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" How can you acquire an intimate experience of the presence of God in your communion with Him? Believe with your whole heart that He offers Himself as the listener. Give God the occasion to make Himself known to you when you approach Him in prayer. You will never discover this, however, if you do not take time to have genuine fellowship with God. The power of prayer does not lie in the number or...
  15. Daily Devotional - June 15, 2018

    2 Kings 13:17-19 - “Elisha declared. ‘You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.’ Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, 'Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, 'You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it.” Be silent no more! Strike the ground! Believe that you are powerful and step into the fulfillment of God’s...
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