Thirsting for God?

When I first got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit some 37 years ago, I had a hunger and thirst to know God that was practically UNquenchable! All I did at that time was go to my part time job, read the bible and pray. I devoured the New Testament probably five times in that first 6 months. I was HUNGRY and thirsty. I had so much to learn about Jesus.

Who was this Man who died to pay for my sins? Who was this Man who loved me that much? Did He really provide healing for my body too?

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The Big Picture, Part 2

So in Part 1, we said that Jesus came to earth to show man how to legally use this dominion that God gave man from the very beginning.

Psalm 8:5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Most versions say “angels” in this passage, but the actual word used in the Hebrew language is “Elohim” which also translates as God or deities. I’m sure that can be debated, and is. Several translations show it as “a little lower than God.” And the New Testament says in 1 Cor. 6:3 “Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” Taking these two verses together, one could make the case for a translation of “God” in Psalm 8:5.

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The Big Picture, Part 1

So what’s the big picture story of man from the beginning of time? Who is man and why is he here on the earth? What is his purpose? Who is God and where does He fit into all of this?

God created the earth and everything in it. Genesis Chapter 1. God is Creator and the originator of everything.

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Are Bible Stories Still Relevant to Our Lives?

Why do I write about the great men and women of faith in the Bible? Why do I examine their stories and and pay attention to what they did and how they lived?

2 Tim. 3:16 says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

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Worship…Your Way to Victory

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

How do we behold the Lord? We worship Him. We express our gratitude to Him. When we read His word, we are beholding His glory. We read of what He has done. He is our Creator. He is great, He is magnificent, He is love. He loves us. We owe our existence to Him. He planned for each one of us to come to be on this earth with a plan for the course of our lives. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:16)

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Psalm 103: A Prayer

I find Psalm 103 to be so rich and full of the blessings of the Lord that I want in my life. David wrote this Psalm and it is a praise for the Lord’s mercies. I like to pray it out loud to the Lord directly, such as in this manner, adding some of my own prayer inspiration (one can also say “I” instead of “we”):

“We bless You Lord and all that is within us,

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Who Are God’s Friends?

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit,…”

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The Way God Does Things Is Not the Way We Do Them!

In Judges 6, we see the Israelites under severe oppression by a group of people called the Midianites. The oppression was so bad, these Midianites would come and steal the crops from the fields before the Israelites could get to them. This caused a severe food shortage for the people. (This reminds me of how the Soviet Union took all the food grown in Ukraine many years ago and the Ukranians starved by the thousands.)

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Our God Endured Torture for Us

I love patterns that show up in the bible…patterns can confirm things you thought you noticed. When it comes along twice, I really start paying attention. God paints pictures through the Old Testament bible stories. As we study them, we can see spiritual lessons emerge.

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God’s Plans Delayed?

Can God’s plan be delayed? Does man determine when things happen? Does God get frustrated when man doesn’t “follow the plan”?

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