But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 07 June 2016 03:27

It’s Simple by Dave Miller

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7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.8 They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his...
Thursday, 02 June 2016 03:24

They Will Bow by Dave Miller

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Over the next four days my wife, Kerry, will be writing the devotionals as I will be on a trip without internet, electricity, or plumbing.The Lord said to My Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.   The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion, rule in the midst of your enemies! Psalm 110:1-2Take...
26 Help me, Lord my God;  save me according to your unfailing love.27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it.28 While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame,but may your servant rejoice.29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.  Psalm 199:26-29The...
21 But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.23 I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.24 My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when...
16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.17 He loved to pronounce a curse—may it come back on him.He found no pleasure in blessing—may it be far from him.18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water, into his bones like oil.19 May it be like...
It happened last year.  Though it had been digitally hovering over the video-rich waters of the internet since 2013, I didn’t see - actually “hear” - the Youtube video of JD Hall’s sermon on the “modern day downgrade” until last year.  I didn’t stumble across it, either.  Someone - I forget...
6 Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their...
4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.5 They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship. Psalm 109:4-5Perhaps you know men and women of prayer. Even though they would never admit it, everything about their lives tell you that prayer and closeness to God is who they are. Perhaps you are one of these people....
2 for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.3 with words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. Psalm 109:2-3Men and women in political leadership get criticized quite a bit. Usually it’s because they make decisions that favor very small...
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:27

The Take Charge Guy by Bud Ahlheim

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1 My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, Psalm 109:1In every critical situation we are in, we always look to one person to help us. It’s usually the “take charge” guy (or gal). This is the person who always seems to know what to do.​In our lives, we certainly want God to handle situations that are completely out of...
10 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:10-13Verse twelve of this passage is...
7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:“In triumph I will parcel out Shechemand measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;Ephraim is my helmet,Judah is my scepter.9 Moab is my washbasin,on Edom I toss my sandal;over Philistia I shout in triumph.” Psalm 108:7-9God’s response to the psalmist’s earlier...
6 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. Psalm 108:6The psalmist “reminds” the Lord of his strength (right hand) and His love, not that He needs reminding. The Israelites got into trouble quite often, and many of these psalms were pleas for deliverance.In fact, the cycle was quite common: 1) the...
Saturday, 21 May 2016 02:57

To The Nations

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2 Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.3 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;    I will sing of you among the peoples.4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens;    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;    let your glory be over all the...
Friday, 20 May 2016 03:19

Sing, Just Sing by Dave Miller

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My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Psalm 108:1Sometimes it’s just good to sing to God.The stresses in our lives can be many and very complicated.Sometimes it’s money worries or relationship worries or vocation worries or just silly, useless, nonsensical worries – the worries that we really...
Thursday, 19 May 2016 03:19

A Taste of Eternity by Dave Miller

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48 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.Let all the people say, “Amen!”Praise the Lord. Psalm 107:48We cannot grasp something without a beginning or an end. We like finality and a creation date.We kind of understand it but it’s still elusive. But that’s not a bad thing. We try to wrap...
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 03:21

Ultimate Diversity by Dave Miller

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47 Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Psalm 107:47The big rage in the West is to have diversity in everything that exists. Whether or not you think diversity for diversity’s sake is a good thing is immaterial. As the West includes and incorporates...
44 Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;45 for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.46 He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy. Psalm 107:44-46I’ve always wondered how many cries it takes for God’s people to get God’s attention.How many people are...
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 03:10

Red is Still Red by Dave Miller

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6 We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.7 When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles;they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.9 He rebuked the Red Sea,...
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 03:18

Me Too by Dave Miller

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4 Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them,5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise. Psalm 106:4-5Everyone knows what the Psalmist is trying to do: it’s sort of a reminder to God – as if He...
Monday, 09 May 2016 03:35

Blessed by Dave Miller

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Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Psalm 106:3Most people would look at this verse and move on because who ALWAYS does what is right? Of course the answer is no one, but it doesn’t mean people can’t try.This verse hints at the opposite though. The history books are filled with injustices made by the...
Praise the Lord.Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise? Psalm 106:1-2I love these types of rhetorical questions.We can certainly proclaim His mighty acts, but we do fall quite short in fully declaring His praise.If we knew all of His works...
39 He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night.40 They asked, and he brought them quail; he fed them well with the bread of heaven.41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert.42 For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham.43 He brought out his people with...
23 Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.24 The Lord made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes,25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.26 He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen.27 They performed his signs among them, his...
16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;17 and he sent a man before them—Joseph, sold as a slave.18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true.20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set...
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