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It is September, and I just finished reading Jeremiah.  I was so blessed!  Really.  I know the book of Jeremiah can be a difficult read, but it is also full of encouragement.  God feels the same way about the sins of Israel and the surrounding pagan nations as He does today.  We like to think that God is longsuffering and merciful here in our Age of Grace, but He was longsuffering and merciful in the Old Testament too.  Many times He waited a...

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at The Child of God under Law.  I drew a correlation between Law and Childhood because that’s what Paul did in Galatians 3:21-25.  God has treated us differently in the Age of Law than He does in the Age of Grace.  Likewise, parents treat their children differently in the “Dispensation of Childhood”...

One of my favorite verses of the Psalms.  The Psalmist reminds us that it is alright to stop our overloaded schedules and take time to meditate on God’s Word.  Indeed, it is necessary!  In Christianity, meditation is not disengaging the mind, but rather focusing the mind on God’s character and what He has told us.  Laying aside distractions is a essential part of growth.  Pulling the weeds that threaten to choke out our joy and peace is necessary.  Vance Havner once said, “If you don’t...

I like to walk.  It’s probably my favorite exercise.  Hiking would be a close second.  Walking is an activity that is close at hand, something that I ought to do each day but sometimes fail to do that simple action of putting on my shoes and stepping out the door.  Once I’m on the walk, it’s much easier to continue, and when I’m done I feel satisfied and refreshed.  It’s true.  Running or jogging would have a greater...

During this Easter season, we are reminded of how faithful God is and how fickle we are.  From the beginning of time, God has always been ready to help his fallen creation.  He was even gracious and loving in giving us a free will.  He did not want mindless minions, but rather He wanted to fellowship with those who have freely chosen to fellowship with Him.  His heart must have been breaking when Adam sinned, and we sinned in Adam.  But God was there ready to forgive, and ready to make a way back to Him.  His...

It’s almost the end of March, and many have just finished reading Deuteronomy…finally.  We’d rather have been reading Joshua and  some historical narrative again.  Ah yes, the dreaded law books.  How in the world do we read this very long, detailed account of the Law of Moses with joy and grace?  After all, we are people who love God and love His Word.  We love all  of God’s Word.  But how does one read those...

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