Posts categorized under ‘Notes & Exhortations’

2012 Resolution: Redeem the Time

I’m not a big practitioner of new years’ resolutions, but I do have one for 2012. I want to redeem my time (Eph 5:16). I want to make the most of every opportunity for God’s kingdom purposes. I can so […]

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A Wake Up Call For God’s People

Almost one year ago, I mentioned a worldwide simulcast scheduled for September 11, 2011 (the 10th anniversary of 9/11) called A Wake Up Call For God’s People. Well, that simulcast occurs this weekend. The simulcast will include teaching from Anne […]

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The Response: a call to prayer for a nation in crisis

On August 6, 2011, Americans will gather in Houston, Texas for a solemn assembly of prayer and fasting for our nation.  The Response, as it is being called, is modeled after the exhortation found in the Old Testament book of […]

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Happy Birthday, America!

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [Fourth of July]? – And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our […]

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Reading vs. Studying

As students of the Bible, we may spend much of our Bible study time digging into the details of a verse, passage, or chapter to gain a better understanding of the text.  And that’s good and necessary!  (I’m a proponent […]

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I Will Bless Israel

In Genesis 12, God promises Abraham: I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.  –Gen 12:3 I am disheartened that the current leadership of the United States of America is less than […]

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9/11: Past, Present, and Future

Remembering the Past I turned on the television this evening with the intention of listening to the news while I worked on various projects around the house.  It didn’t quite go according to plan. The first sights and sounds that […]

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Why is life so frustrating?

Why is life so frustrating? The simple answer is that we live in an imperfect world as the result of sin, and that imperfection inevitably leads to frustration.  But let’s take a closer look. We become frustrated when we want […]

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Jeremiah 5 | Faithfulness

“O Lord, do not Your eyes look for truth?”  Jer 5:3 That was how Jeremiah responded to God’s command to roam through the streets of Jerusalem and see if he could find even one man who did justice and sought […]

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Are you Christ-worthy?

The message I heard in church today stemmed from Hebrews 11:38 where, after describing holy men and women of God from the Old Testament who were counted as righteous because of their faith and who endured harsh treatment by the […]

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Jeremiah 3-4 | Return to Me

Jeremiah’s message is hard.  God’s justice and holiness demand satisfaction against sin. Yet God is also merciful.  He is compassionate.  In fact, He says, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mat 9:13 ESV quoting Hos 6:6 ESV). In the midst […]

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Jeremiah 3-4 | Harlotry

Harlotry.  It is an offensive word.  That is because the act of harlotry — physical and spiritual infidelity — is offensive. In Jeremiah chapters 3 and 4, God condemns the harlotry which His people, Israel, have committed.  In Ezekiel, a […]

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Jeremiah 2 | Emptiness

Do you feel empty?  Do you feel like everything is pointless?  It’s because you have turned away from God and walked after emptiness. The message of Jeremiah chapter 2 is that the people had forsaken God (Jer 2:13).  They had […]

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Jeremiah 1 | Jeremiah’s Call

I’m currently studying through the fascinating book of Jeremiah with Precepts For Life, a daily teaching program offered by Precept Ministries International.  I will post chapter notes along the way. Some people say that the ancient prophets, such as Jeremiah, […]

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Psalm4 | Bible Study Resources

Psalm4 is a blog about Bible study resources. I am not a scholar or a theologian. I am simply a conservative, evangelical Christian with a passion for the Word of God and a desire to share the wonder of His […]

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