Provocative Devotion: Psalm 41:1-3 “What Goes Around, Comes Around”

The Bible says that you reap what you sow. Put another way, what goes around comes around. In other words, your actions have consequences and if your actions are good and helpful and just, then eventually goodness, help, and justice will come your way. If your actions are cruel and deceitful and wicked, then eventually …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 40 “God Does Not Want Your Religion”

Bashing religion has become something a the intellectual sport du jour. If you want to make a splash then write a book about the death of God ro the evils of religion. Even among evangelical Christians religion bashing, and bashing the church along with it, has grown in popularity to immense proportions. People think it …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 39:1-7 “Life is Short, Make the Best of It”

Average life expectancy continues to climb thanks to the advances in medicine, hygiene, nutrition, and improved working conditions. Yet life is still relatively short compared to eternity. David writes this Psalm asking God to make him aware of the fleeting nature of life in order to be focused and make the most out of every …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 38:1-9 & 21-22 “The Failure of Self-Esteem”

Clearly David has self-esteem issues. The guilt that drips from the verses of this Psalm is palpable. He is feeling God's displeasure. God's arrows have pierced David's heart and the hand of the Lord's discipline weighs heavy on Him. For many people today such a view of self and of God is rejected out of …

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Provocative Devotion: Psalm 35:1-8, 11-14 “It is Hard to Love Some People”

We have seen it time and again in the first 35 Psalms, David crying out to God because there are people who seek to do him harm. They have ill will in their hearts towards him and in some case want him dead. Each time David has cried out to the Lord for His protection …

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Friendship in an Age of Social Media Polarization, Soundbites, and Vitriol

I have recently noticed a rash of statements along these lines, If you support (insert controversial cause/organization/political position here) then unfriend me now. It is the latest social media trend of polarization and follows on the heels of the name calling, truth stretching, innuendo flinging, and assuming the worst possible motives of others that is …

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