All posts tagged Old Testament

What Motivated Job’s Friends?

Job’s friends is often a derogatory term for people whose attempts to console make a sufferer feel worse. I’ve been one, I’ve had Job’s friends in my life and I’ve observed them frequently in the wild. They mean well but, like so many in our American generation, they don’t really know how to comfort well. […]

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How I Read My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost

I’ve been reading My Utmost for His Highest since before the turn of the century. This is how I use it. As a Devotional I’d never used a devotional book before I opened My Utmost for His Highest. I’ve written about Christian devotionals here, including a bit of history. Devotional writers generally take a passage […]

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Three Candles for Advent Joy!

Advent joy

Advent joy is looking forward to the birth of the Messiah. Most people understand Christmas and joy–with the music and the parties and the gifts, it’s a happy time. Advent joy, however, is about looking forward to joy to come. It starts in the past. Old Testament Isaiah 9:2 prophesied about the Messiah God would […]

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Beware Bitterness: 4 Tips

bitterness

Today always provokes bitterness in people. It doesn’t even matter what day it is, bitterness overcomes and erodes who you are. It’s got a definition:  “negative emotion or attitude, similar to being jaded, cynical or otherwise negatively affected by experience.” That person you’re furious with is imago dei–made in the image of God. S/he may […]

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WHY Study the Bible? 5 Reasons

Bible

“I don’t understand why you keep studying the Bible. I read it once, isn’t that enough?” I laughed out loud when an innocent acquaintance asked a genuine question. Um, no. I’ve studied the Bible since I became a Christian in the dark ages of my teen years. I’ve led, facilitated or taught Bible study for 30 […]

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