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There are so many rules and regulations in today’s reading. From Festival guidelines to rules for appointing a king to recognizing a true prophet to dealing with people involved in occult practices. Like a father sending his child off to college, God goes over every possible thing He can think of before releasing His children into the Promised Land. I can almost see the Israelites... Read more

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It’s funny how a song you haven’t thought about in years can suddenly pop into your mind while reading the Bible. This morning as I read Deuteronomy 12 – 15, I began hearing a song in my head. A song I had not thought of since church camp over thirty-five years ago: “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We... Read more

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Where Power Rests

March 20th, 2019

 

Were they able to see the blessing in the manna they received every day, even though they grumbled about it from time to time along the way? Did they ever reflect on and talk about the times God sent water from a rock just when they thought they would die of thirst? And most of all, did they ever look back on their forty-year journey... Read more

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While taking senior pictures in downtown Ashland early yesterday evening, I never dreamed the middle-aged woman who passed us in an alley was a priest at a nearby church. I’m not sure if it was her sweatpants or the purple stripes in her short brown hair that threw me off. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t have chosen her as a priest in a long line-up... Read more

We’ll never feel conviction from our sins quite like the Israelites did, not only offering sacrifices every time they fell short….. but also every time they even had thoughts of falling short. We’ll never know the fatigue of wandering in the wilderness for forty years, or the awe of being led by a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of clouds by day. We can... Read more

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Blogging through the Bible is more challenging than I ever dreamed. Some mornings when I read, I find myself staring at the chapters I’ve just read and wondering, “What in the world do these words have to do with us today?” This morning I finished the book of Numbers. The journey through the wilderness is broken down into all the places the Israelites camped along... Read more

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The first time I made it through the entire Bible was 2009, the year after Nick passed away. I remember reaching these particular chapters in Numbers and finding myself upset. I didn’t know what to do with God’s command to annihilate the Midianites. I remember walking into a college Bible professor’s office in search of answers, distraught with the thought of a God who required... Read more

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If you’re wanting a “feel good” start to your day, reading through the pages of the Old Testament each morning may not be the answer. Stories like the execution of the Israelite leaders who had aligned themselves with Baal won’t send you humming a happy tune as you head toward the shower. Reading about Phinehas plunging a spear through an Israelite man and a Midianite... Read more