Blessed Are Those (II) | Psalm 119:2

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,who seek him with their whole heart, Psalm 119:2 ESV Blessed are those who both keep and seek. Both actions are decidedly fixed upon the LORD Himself. His testimonies are what He has testified to us about Himself. He is the God who speaks, who reveals Himself to His …

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Blessed Are Those (I) | Psalm 119:1

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,who walk in the law of the LORD. Psalm 119:1 ESV Verses 1-3 are the preamble to this magnificent and glorious psalm, while the remaining 173 verses are a long-form plea to God for this blessed description to become a reality within our hearts and lives. Blessed is the …

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The Darkness Has Not Overcome It | John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:5 ESV The world is dark. Even the most steadfast optimist must admit that there is something fundamentally wrong. Why else do we weep because of the lives lost to murder? Gun control will not end killings, just as no treaty …

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Bread from Heaven | Exodus 16:4

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. Exodus 16:4 ESV True to character, the people of God began …

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Unity, as Seen at Babel | Genesis 11:4

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4 Unity is not an intrinsic good, as the episode of Babel reveals. Humanity was never …

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They Know Me Not | Jeremiah 4:22

For my people are foolish;they know me not;they are stupid children;they have no understanding.They are ‘wise’—in doing evil!But how to do good they know not. Jeremiah 4:22 ESV Foolish. Stupid. No Understanding. Knowing not. So does the LORD describe His people. But why are they foolish, stupid, and without understanding? They know me not. “The …

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Lift Up Your Eyes | Psalm 121:1

I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come? Psalm 121:1 ESV Life under the sun is vanity. Even in places of justice and righteousness, we still find wickedness. No one does good, not even one. Some die young. Others die old. Some are rich. others are poor. Some love life. …

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Good Medicine | Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 ESV We all know the feeling. When someone is steeped in joy, it radiates from them. It illuminates rooms with more than mere light. We are drawn to it like moths. But it also repels. Nocturnal creatures hide from …

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No Good Thing Does He Withhold | Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 ESV Sin can only offer a false promise, a moment of pleasure followed by death. It strips us of the strength that it promises, corroding and binding …

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A Reason to Accuse | Luke 6:7

And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. Luke 6:7 ESV The previous verse provides three details regarding the context for this verse: Jesus was teaching in a synagogue.It was the Sabbath. There was also man …

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