Archive for August, 2011

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself…and God – Psalm 5:7-8

Psalm 5:7-8 (For the first two installments of this study, click here and here.) Fear is something that is generally seen as only negative.  Granted, fear can be funny, like when someone hides in a closet wearing a gorilla suit and jumps out to startle an unsuspecting victim.  It can also be quite profitable, as […]

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The Ugliness of Sin – Psalm 5:4-6

Psalm 5:4-6 They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait Some say it’s better but I say it ain’t I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints The sinners are much more fun… You know that only the good die young Billy Joel released that song in 1977, and it […]

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My Buddy or My King? – Psalm 5:1-3

Psalm 5:1-3 Every morning when Grace, my two year-old daughter, wakes up, she cries out my name.  “Daddy, Daddy, Daddyyyyyyyyyy,” is usually the equivalent of my alarm clock.  When I enter her room, sometimes there are tears in her eyes as she reaches out to me in sorrow and fear, realizing that she’s alone in […]

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First Impressions of Psalm 5

Psalm 5 Theme The theme of Psalm 5 is righteousness.  There is a definite interplay between the righteousness of the Lord and His people and the unrighteousness, or wickedness, of the evil, sinful, and unbelievers.  The word righteousness (at least as far as English translations are concerned) appears in verse eight (referring to the Lord) […]

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Forum Friday

Apparently, I need Renah Thompson to post more often at Ophelimos.  She did an excellent job on the article, and it showed, because we had the most traffic here since the launch date. The results are in from the poll last week, and an overwhelming majority of the four votes cast indicated they wanted to see […]

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Guest Response to Psalm 4

The guest response for Psalm 4 comes to us today from Renah Thompson.  Renah is a member of Faith Free Lutheran Church, where I serve as pastor.  She serves on our Christian Education Committee and is a regular accompanist for our Sunday worship services. Today was a long, chaotic day.  A day of responsibilities to […]

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Responding to Psalm 4

For the complete study on Psalm 4, here are the links for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. I think that of the eight verses in this psalm, the verses that struck me the most were verses four and five.  I love the progression in those verses.  David takes his […]

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Safety First – Psalm 4:8

Apologies to those who read Ophelimos regularly.  I had a busy (and fun) weekend and took Saturday and Monday off from blogging.  We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.   Psalm 4:8 (For the previous four installments in this study, click here, here, here, and here) Septuagint Translation 8In peace will I lie down and sleep;             […]

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Forum Friday

Trying out a new feature here – Polls! (Oh, the excitement!) Anyway, my question to you all this week is which format do you prefer for the Bible studies here at Ophelimos?  The first two psalms were more in detail but longer posts.  Psalms 3 & 4 were shorter posts, but a little less detailed.  Or […]

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A Bright & Shiny Joy – Psalm 4:6-7

Psalm 4:6-7 (for the first three installments of this study on Psalm 4, click here, here, and here.) Septuagint Translation 6Many are saying, “Who will show us something good?             Mark us with the light of your face, Lord.” 7You give joy to my heart             apart from when their grain, wine, and olive oil […]

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