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Posts from April 2015

Be An Imitator of God

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children…” – Ephesians 5:1 What thought goes through your mind when you wake up each day? Do you review the events of the previous day? Do you put together – in your mind – a plan for the day to come? Do you just barely struggle out of […]

Give Thanks Today and Always

“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” – Psalm 136:1 The psalmist begins Psalm 136 with the words above and proceeds to name 20+ amazing things God has done, following each with the refrain, “for his steadfast love endures forever.” Each day, after I wake up, I go through a routine that […]

Norms

“He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms” – Isaiah 40:11 Walter Bruggemann wrote about Jesus’ time (and all times, I think), “the one unpermitted quality of relation was compassion. Empires are never built or maintained on the basis of compassion. The norms of law (social control) […]

Being a Sheep

Simon Tugwell wrote about shepherd imagery for God: “Another picture that our Lord loves to use is that of the shepherd who goes out to look for the sheep that is lost. So long as we imagine that it is we who have to look for God, then we must often lose heart. But it […]

O Christians, Hope in the Lord

Yesterday, I reflected on the first verse of Psalm 131. Today, I’d like to move on to the third verse. Just a quick reminder, yesterday’s verse was all about us trusting in God and as a result not occupying ourselves with things that are beyond us. Verse 3 fits in well with this notion: “O […]

“If You Follow My Statutes and Keep My Commandments…”

“If you follow my statutes and keep my commandments and observe them faithfully…” – Leviticus 26:3. In Leviticus, God provided the Israelites (on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land) more laws and regulations concerning the practicing of their faith than we would likely be comfortable with. ┬áThere were laws concerning offerings and sacrifices, […]