Posts Tagged John

Thinking about Scar and not Aslan – Psalm 7:1-2

Psalm 7:1-2 [1] Lions have performed in a broad spectrum of roles in popular culture.  In movies, television, and literature they have been both the antagonist and protagonist, hero and villain.  Just think of the difference between Scar and Aslan. The lion is also used in a variety of images in the Bible: In Isaiah […]

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Guilt and Consequences – Psalm 6:6-7

Psalm 6:6-7 (For the first two studies on Psalm 6, click here and here.) [1] We’ve all played the blame game at some point in time or another.  We’ve all tried to deflect the guilt we feel onto something or someone else. Why? Because guilt doesn’t feel good.  It makes us feel bad.  Often times really […]

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Marooned on a Desert Island – Psalm 6:4-5

Psalm 6:4-5 (For the first study on Psalm 6, click here.) Often, in preaching and in teaching, I have stated that the most quoted verse in the Bible isn’t John 3:16, but rather it is, “God helps those who help themselves.”  The only problem is this verse is not in the Bible.  Go ahead, look for […]

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Responding to Psalm 5

Psalm 5 (Here is the complete study on Psalm 5: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.) I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I wrote yesterday on Psalm 5:11-12.  The verse that has kept popping into my mind is, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” […]

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The Blessing of Hope – Psalm 5:11-12

Psalm 5:11-12 (for the first four installments of the study on Psalm 5, click here, here, here, and here.) Hope is an interesting thing in our day and age.  We hope for many things.  As a sports fan, I hope that the particular teams to which I dedicate my allegiance do well, and ultimately win a […]

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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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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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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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Walk This Way – Psalm 4:4-5

Psalm 4:4-5 (For the first two installments of the study on Psalm 4, click here and here.) Septuagint Translation 4Be angry, and do not sin;             ponder in your hearts and on your beds be greatly troubled. 5Offer sacrifices of righteousness,             and hope in the Lord. The first phrase of verse four is cited […]

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