August 7, 2020
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God...
Part 11 August 5, 2020“You Anoint My Head With Oil; My Cup Runs Over”
In last week’s devotional I suggested, “You prepare a table before me,“ is to be understood as a lavish feast and not as only a simple meal. The clues that makes this clear, is not the mention of the “table,” but the two elements that...
July 31, 2020The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.Psalm 19:7
Scientists from around the world have released seismic hazards maps detailing the entire planet’s earthquake hazard zones. Places like southern California,...
Part 10 July 29, 2020
“You Prepare A Table Before Me In The Presence of My Enemies”
The line in the 23rd psalm, “ You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies ,” always confused me. Why would anyone want to hold a banquet in the midst of adversaries, in the middle of a battle? To understand this line, one has to have...
July 24, 2020
The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Part 9 July 22, 2020
“Thy Rod & Thy Staff They Comfort Me”
The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7).
The 23rd psalm teaches us, “The fear of the Lord,” may also be the , “beginning of comfort.”
It is said, humans are “creatures of...
July 17, 2020
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
There are a number of great passages found in the book of Proverbs, which come from King Solomon. Solomon in his God given wisdom understood...
Part 8 July 15, 2020
“Yea, Though I Walk Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death, I Will Fear No Evil”
What is it that makes the 23rd psalm, not just one of the most beloved portions of the Bible, but one of the most beloved pieces of all literature?
Years ago I heard the psalm perfectly described when a speaker introduced...
July 10, 2020I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber
When you need help, where do you look? When the psalmist lifted up his eyes to...
July 8, 2020Last spring I received a humbling request from Ruth Coghill, a seasoned and passionate Bible teacher, and a vibrant part of our Trentside congregation and Bobcaygeon community. Ruth asked if I would be willing to read a rough draft of a book she was working on, and if possible, write an endorsement for it. I had two immediate thoughts, one...