Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween

It’s Halloween.  It’s All Hallows E-en.  It’s a Christian holiday when we prepare for All Hallows Day.  All Hallows Day or  All Saints’ Day is a day when we remember those heroes of the faith who have lived in exemplary … Continue reading

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Powerful Songs

My blood was stirred watching The Royal wedding when the congregation sang Jerusalem.  The words are strange.  They give the impression that Jesus walked through the land of England and preached there.  However, it is used quite often for English … Continue reading

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Karma?

Karma is a concept in the eastern religions that suggests a person’s fate is based on their actions in this life.  It is also related to the concept that the things that happen in this life are a just repayment … Continue reading

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Guidance in Despair

In 1 Samuel 30 David returns to his home in Ziklag to find it plundered.  His men are on the brink of mutiny because all of their relatives and possessions are gone.  Unlike Saul who turned to the occult to … Continue reading

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Saved from Shame

David marches into battle with King Achish against the Israelites.  It seems that the circumstances around him are forcing David’s hand.  He can no longer pretend to slay Israelites to stay alive, he must now kill some real ones. However, … Continue reading

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Magic, Witches, the Occult and The Bible

As an elementary education educator, I am frequently asked, “Should children read Harry Potter?”  My answer is, “With Care.”  I have had parents who were very concerned because of C.S. Lewis’ use of witches and magic in his children’s books.  … Continue reading

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Deception in The Old Testament

God’s own people are commended for their deception in the Old Testament.  How can this be?  Bill Arnold states in his commentary on 1 Samuel 27:8-12 says: Verses 8-12 relate David’s military campaigns during his Philistine sojourn.  In this also … Continue reading

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Once More With Feeling

david had the opportunity in a cave to kill the king who was hunting him down.  In the open the same opportunity occurs.  David shows how he is submitted to God’s will and God’s annointed by demonstrating his power over … Continue reading

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A Wise Wife

What I like about the story of Abigail is how a wise and selfless wife is rewarded by God.  In ancient times and in many countries today marriages were arranged.  A woman needed to come to peace with her circumstances … Continue reading

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God-given Restraint

It is sometimes hard to tell in circumstances whether we are given the opportunity to do what we want or what God wants.  It is wonderful when what we want for ourselves and what God wants for us coincide.  Sometimes, … Continue reading

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