Monthly Archives: June 2017

Smitten

Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53 (day six) “…yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God.”-The People, Isaiah 53:4b In the ancient Hebrew mind (and even now with the prosperity gospel) suffering comes to the unfaithful. The verse above is … Continue reading

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Heart Call

Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53 (day four) Appearances are not always as they seem.  The Messiah appeared despised and forsaken.  He looked to be stricken and smitten of God.  But He was high and lifted up.  He was greatly … Continue reading

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Rogue

Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53 (day three) “He was numbered with the transgressors.”  First, consider humanity’s rogues gallery—those unsavory individuals who represent all that’s wrong with the human race: History’s most notorious megalomaniacs make the list, plus domestic terrorists, … Continue reading

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Silence

Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (day two) He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth…53:7a He kept quiet. Our first reaction when we see injustice is to shout, rage against the machine, cry out for right. Jesus … Continue reading

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Fear Tactic

Re: Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day seven) “They were all trying to frighten us.”–v 9. It is a familiar strategy.  Our enemy (Satan) uses it against us (Christians) with great regularity.  Step 1–Create fear (cancer, job loss, abandonment, a new pastor. … Continue reading

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Moving Mountains

Re:Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day six) Faith moves mountains, but most often it uses a shovel. There was nothing magical about Nehemiah’s faith in God’s promises to his people. He repented, prayed, strategized, stayed the course; he used a shovel to … Continue reading

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Fear of God vs. Fear of Man

Re:Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day four) It was the social media of the day.  Sanballat and Tobiah were not having any success with deterring Nehemiah from his task.  They sent an open letter to try to get public opinion against him … Continue reading

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Creep

Re:Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day three) “Each time I gave them the same answer.” Nehemiah kept guarding himself against mission creep.  He understood the alternative.  Pretty soon, you’re building a wall—and crafting diplomacy toward unfriendly nations.  And strengthening alliances with friendly … Continue reading

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Distractions and Detractors

Re:Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day two)  So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” vs. 4 You have … Continue reading

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Who He made me to be

Re:Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day one)  “Should a man like me run away?. . .I will not go!” v 11. It is powerful moral logic.  It can sound prideful, but isn’t necessarily.  Who did God make me to be?  What is my … Continue reading

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