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Ecclesiastes 3:17

February 28, 2015 Leave a comment

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work (NRSV).

Categories: Ecclesiastes, judgment, time

Proverbs 25

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them; they refresh the spirit of their masters (v. 13).
Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble (v. 19).
Categories: proverbs, time

Psalm 37:39

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble (NRSV).

Categories: psalm, time

Job’s Challenge

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Why are times not kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know him never see his days? (24:1)

Categories: God, job, time

Esther 4

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”

Categories: Esther, time

Unexpected Result

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Sometimes things appear hopeless, and only a miracle with change the outcome.

The city of Jerusalem is under siege, and people have become so desperate they’ve resorted even to cannibalism to survive.

This hopeless situation changed overnight. Check out 2 Kings 6-7 for the full story.

 

Categories: 2 Kings, Jerusalem, time

Faithfulness

February 20, 2015 Leave a comment

In 1 Kings 18, we read the story of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal.

Elijah waits patiently and goes second, only after his opponents demonstrate no ability whatsoever to call on their god.

Categories: 1 kings, elijah, patience, time

Obedience and Patience

February 19, 2015 Leave a comment

In 1 Samuel 13, King Saul impulsively ignores the Lord’s command and enters into battle without waiting for Samuel’s support.

According to this story, it is better to be obedient and patient than impulsive and reactive.

Categories: 1 Samuel, time, time management

Time for Debts, Time for Forgiveness

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment

The policies outlined in Deuteronomy 15 are drastically different than how credit and debts are handled in the US today.

The Bible has a much more forgiving and liberal approach to credit than we have today.

This is an especially meaningful passage to me today since I was able to schedule my final revolving credit card payment less than 2 hours ago. I’ve carried revolving debt since 1993.

Sure it was my fault. But the Israelites would have forgiven my financial sins within 7 years, not the 22 years I’ve spent repaying my foolish choices.

The God of the Old Testament is much more financially-forgiving than Wall Street, Democrats, and Republicans today.

Exodus 23

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment

“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.

“Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

“Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

“Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord.”

Categories: Exodus, time
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