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Reflection 96

1/29/2018
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In Reflection 96, we return to the Gospel of Matthew. We pick it up in chapter 3, covering the first two verses. We consider Baptism, preaching, repentance, the "kingdom of heaven", John's prophetic place, and the cyclic nature of Scriptural prophecies. It's free, and found at www.reflections.libsyn.com, along with all the others. This may be the last one published for a while, since we're preparing to put it back on radio. If you'd like it broadcast in your area, please let us know. As...

Duration:00:13:33

Reflection 95

1/21/2018
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The newest Reflection, number 95, is now available. It's with all the others, at www.reflections.libsyn.com. Remember, there's no cost & no obligation. We continue with Psalm 10, considering what Scripture means when it says God "sees". How relevant are His promises to "the fatherless" today? Then we turn to the topic of Triumph and God's Kingship. We outline God's perception of the three different kinds of people on earth, and consider who the "humble" are. Finally, we look at "the man of...

Duration:00:11:00

Reflection 94

1/14/2018
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Please visit www.reflections.libsyn.com to hear Reflection 94 (and all the others)! It's less than 15 minutes long, and continues considering Psalm 10. We only get as far as verses 12 & 13, But that includes requests for God to "arise", God's "hands" and what the impressively long word "anthropomorphisms" means. I explain why I DON'T pray for God to "make me humble", and consider occasions where someone "speaks in his/her heart", and we conclude with a word about...well, I'll leave that...

Duration:00:10:22

R 93

1/8/2018
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I've just published Reflection 93 at www.reflections.libsyn.com! We begin Reflecting on Psalm 10, which is reminiscent of Job's complaints. We connect this to the Book of Esther, where Haman gets his in the end. I share my definition of the ACLU, and consider where our own culture is heading. Then we see the 3-fold description of "the wicked", and remember that God will have the ultimate victory! I share this with the hope that it'll be a source of comfort and blessing!

Duration:00:10:47

Reflection 92

1/2/2018
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Reflection 92 is available at www.reflections.libsyn.com! Job continues, determined to speak out. We learn how God understands extreme emotions, though they should be temporary. We note the reference to the "Watcher", and end with God's forgiveness. As always, I hope it's a blessing!

Duration:00:12:11

Reflection 91

12/17/2017
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Reflection 91 is available at www.reflections.libsyn.com! We start Job chapter 7, where he continues responding to Eliphaz. Several inspired insights; particularly about the brevity of life.I know it will bless, because it's God's Word (and NOT because it's my voice! LOL)

Duration:00:10:26

Reflection 90

12/10/2017
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The 90th Reflection is now available at www.reflections.libsyn.com (along with the other 89, of course)! Job continues responding to Eliphaz. The places named were real, and give credence to the Book's historicity. I refer to an uncomfortable personal memory regarding Job's words. He rebukes his accuser, and rejects the accusations. This is something we should re-learn today. Here's one quote from the Reflections" "Things universally despised are universally practiced." I hope this is an...

Duration:00:10:23

Reflection 89

12/3/2017
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In Reflection 89, now available at www.reflections.libsyn.com, Job responds to Eliphaz's first challenge. He admits his words in chapter 3 were rash...and they were, but I still think they were understandable. We briefly consider "terrors" the way Job referred to them, and commend him for never considering suicide. I especially like this words "I have not concealed the words of the Holy One". We define "repentance", and mention how much of the Bible is necessary. Hoping it's a...

Duration:00:11:15

Reflection 88

11/26/2017
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In Reflection 88, located at www.reflections.libsyn.com, we have Eliphaz finishing his first speech. There are more examples (and there's more coming!) of the damage when right words come from a wrong heart, or when general truth is misapplied to a specific situation. Imagine promising "long life" to someone who's already said he wishes he'd never been born! But I've heard Christians do that to each other AND to seekers! I make a quick reference to "pulpit pugilists", who I hope never to...

Duration:00:11:23

Reflection 87

11/18/2017
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Tomorrow I'll be doing domestic chores: mowing (hopefully for the last time this year), raking, etc. So I'm publishing Reflection 87, at www.reflections.libsyn.com a day early. We continue in Job 5, as Eliphaz continues exhorting Job. He continues to be a great example of what NOT to do. While he says things no believer would disagree with, it contains self-praise disguised as reverence. He's an example of those who listen to themselves rather than considering others, AND those who must...

Duration:00:10:17

Reflection 86

11/11/2017
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Reflection 86 is now published at www.reflections.libsyn.com. Eliphaz continues his "comfort" for Job. Why is the Book of Job in the Bible? Who are the "holy ones" Eliphaz refers to? Are his tactics practiced today? What's the full meaning of the Hebrew word for "trouble" in verses 6 & 7? The danger of applying general truths to specific trials. I love the "apologetics" ministry (overcoming objections to Biblical faith), but this attitude is a danger when confronting belligerent and...

Duration:00:10:40

Reflection 85

11/6/2017
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Reflection 85 is now available at www.reflections.libsyn.com. But I have to warn everyone: DON'T listen to it if you think "super-spiritual experiences" are a valid source of authority, OR if you think "kitchen prophecies" ("Don't tell anyone, but this is what God wants you to do.") are from God. This passage from God's Word, showing the first use of such tactics, might traumatize you. Blessings!

Duration:00:11:39

Reflection 84

10/29/2017
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2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that "ALL Scripture is God-breathed...", including the parts we don't care to read. Reflection 84 brings us back to the Book of Job, probably the first Book of the Bible to be written. It's found at www.reflections.libsyn.com. We pick up in chapter4, the first speech of Eliphaz the Temanite. His techniques have been copied in many modern corporate seminars and training sessions. We should learn how to respond to these challenges, which are still being employed as...

Duration:00:12:13

Reflection 83

10/21/2017
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In the 83rd Reflection, now available at www.reflections.libsyn.com, we conclude Psalm 9. We begin with God's judgment, noting that most of the Bible is about something most people -- even Christians -- don't want to think about, and faithfulness to God's Word versus pleasing people. We give a brief outline of Scripture versus tradition regarding Sheol and the afterlife, why the churches are largely responsible for America's condition today, and end with a quick reference to the "sheep and...

Duration:00:11:28

R 82

10/16/2017
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Reflection 82 is now available at www.reflections.libsyn.com. We continue Reflecting on Psalm 9. David exhorts others to SING praises to the LORD. We consider God as Avenger, and what it means to "tell of His praise". Finally, we consider "rejoicing in His salvation." I know we believers all have our favorite Psalms, but God included every one of them in His Book. As always, I pray this Reflection is a source of blessing and encouragement!

Duration:00:10:48

Reflection 81

10/8/2017
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Reflection 81 is now available! When I was in Youth With A Mission (YWAM) I heard Bill Blatz teach "The Old Testament is a manual of spiritual warfare!" This is exemplified in Psalm 9, which I continue to Reflect on here. Why wasn't David afraid (and why should we be)? David had enemies, and so do we. God doesn't GIVE us a refuge; He IS our refuge! It's found here: www.reflections.libsyn.com. As always, I hope everyone who listens is blessed, strengthened and encouraged!

Duration:00:11:38

Reflection 80

10/1/2017
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This time we start considering the 9th Psalm. I need to start with a clarification. When I say "Neither Isaac nor Joseph did actually die", meant Isaac didn't die on Mount Moriah in Gen. 22, and Joseph didn't die when his father thought he had in Genesis 37. Both of them did, eventually, die. We mention the connection between praise and testimony, describe "evang-elastically speaking", and mention God's "marvelous works." The relationship between conscience and conduct, , being glad in the...

Duration:00:12:26

Reflection 79

9/22/2017
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Starting in verse 13, we consider God's instructions for the Ark. Please excuse the dated references to Bill Cosby. I confess what Noah's Ark and the Shroud of Turin have in common for me. The ark's dimensions are specific, and have been reproduced by Ken Ham. We note God's justice, and when it's right for Him to apologize. This passage contains the first mention of the word "covenant", a vastly important Biblical concept. What were the "kinds" of animals on the ark? How similar is our world...

Duration:00:14:53

Reflection 78

9/17/2017
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We look at humanity's condition in the pre-Flood world, and compare it to ours today...briefly. Then I explain my statement: "Sometimes it's important to notice what the Bible does NOT say." Many people say that God is cruel in light of events like the Flood. We consider God's grace IN judgment, and in what sense God Noah was "perfect". Finally, we consider "the world" as it relates to "the earth", and how both can be corrupt. I know it doesn't sound pleasant, but it's in God's Word and...

Duration:00:14:17

Reflection 77

9/10/2017
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The beginning of Genesis 6 is controversial, and, as I say in the podcast, we may have to "agree to disagree agreeably". We briefly mention "the myth of over-population" before devoting the rest of the time to the question "Who were 'the sons of God'?" And we close with a conjecture about the possible meaning it might have for us in these days. All this, without once referring to the rightly-rejected "Book of Enoch". It's the latest addition at www.reflections.libsyn.com. As always, I hope...

Duration:00:14:11