Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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Trust the Providence of God

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 In the providence of God, yesterday I had one of those “everything is against me” mornings. It involved a church van, an expired license, the DMV and a tight schedule involving the church van. Just before all that fun, I had written a sample prayer for us - “Dear God...

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Rehearsing the Truth

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Are some people innately more optimistic or pessimistic than others? I’m not sure. If so, I tend to be the latter. If I’m asked, “How are you today?” I will probably reply with something like, “Fine, but it’s early.” Behind the intended humor is a bit of...

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Who Can Be Against Us?

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Patterns are tough to break. Jacob’s entire life was built on scheming and scamming. Those do not mesh well with resting and trusting in the providence of God. And when the scheming is no longer working, life is depressing! If it’s not working for us, then we conclude it surely is...

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Evidence of God’s Invisible Hand

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If we were convinced that everything was against us and that was never going to change, why would we even want to continue living? That was Jacob. Sometimes, that’s where we are. We are not ignorant of Romans 8:28, but from where we sit it doesn’t seem to apply! “All these...

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All these things are against me!

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We have a hard time not believing that everything is working against us for our demise! That’s a common perspective when multiple things go awry. But when that is our life’s motto, we have a problem. That was true for the OT patriarch, Jacob – “All these things are...

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Intermittent Trust

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Intermittent trust – Elijah struggled with that and so do we! He trusted God to keep His Word to bring discipline to disobedient people. He trusted God to make it rain after three years of drought at a precise moment after the people repented and pledged their allegiance to God. He trusted...

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Don't Be Put On The Sideline

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 It’s probably overstated to suggest that Elijah’s death request was solely related to his physical exhaustion, but that was the trigger that opened the way to self-pity, excessive fear, and doubt concerning the promises and provision of God. When we get to the end of our...

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What Are You Doing Here?

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I can’t help myself. There is so much to be made of the story of Elijah, but the primary take away for many is the “still small voice” of God. Go back to the text. Elijah ran away to Mount Horeb (Mt. Sinai). He ran into a cave to hide and pout. And the Lord spoke &ndash...

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Why Are You Downcast?

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Last time we left Elijah collapsed under a broom tree after a 150-mile getaway, telling God, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” Did God give Him a lecture? Elijah probably needed one. Did God discipline him? Surely it was deserved!...

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Success Breeds Celebration

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Success breeds celebration. When we win we get happy. And that’s okay, but if we fail to remain vigilant, we are set up for defeat. That happened to Elijah. The day started early and was mostly a waiting game. Toward evening the activity picked up. There was altar building, water carrying...

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