Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Exodus 20:11; Deuteronomy 5:15 – The 10 Commandments In Christ

| September 23, 2015

The meaning of the Sabbath rest in the first giving of the 10 Commandments is different than in Moses’ second reiteration. In Exodus 20 it is based upon God resting after creation. In Deuteronomy 5 it is based upon God freeing Israel from slavery. These are not two distinct ideas although they are two distinct […]

Deuteronomy 6:5; John 14:15 – Why Loving God Good for God

| September 19, 2014

I find this profound, and I hope you do to. We are told to love God. To love means to seek the best of the other. Therefore if we are commanded to love God, we are commanded to seek the best for God. What can we give God that He needs? Nothing, but we can […]

Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5 – The Ten Commandments for Christians

| May 28, 2013

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me, including sex, work and money which means stop being your own god! 2. Thou shalt not make any idols for yourself, whether fancy cars or clothes, whether fame or fortune, or thinking that I am with you just because of fancy church buildings or thinking a […]

Deuteronomy 33 – Praying through the Bible #63 – A Prayer of Last Words

| May 22, 2013

Certain cultural norms are more meaningful and worth emulating than others. Talking to our children before we die is definitely one of those. Before Moses dies, he blesses his “children” (Dt 33). Moses “looks at each tribe and prays for its well-being in the light of its characteristics, inclination, and capacities. The blessing, a poem […]

Deuteronomy 32:1-43 – Praying through the Bible #62 – A Prayer that is a Honest Song

| May 15, 2013

To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I want to be as perfectly honest as this song reveals. I prefer the naïve hope of “I’ll Never Forsake My Lord” which promises “Though the tempter in efforts bold, Or in subtly as of old, Should essay to allure my soul – I’ll never forsake the Lord.” […]

Deuteronomy 26:12-15 – Praying through the Bible #61 – A Prayer of Religion Done Right

| May 8, 2013

True religion always puts God first, and when we put God first, we help others. God commands His people to use His blessings as blessings. The blessed are not fortunate because they are blessed, but because they give blessing to others. Religion has never been about God only, or sacrifices for the sake of sacrificing, […]

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 – #60 Praying through the Bible – A Prayer of Total Dependence

| May 2, 2013

Many things are beyond my comprehension, but one of the most simple is fully grasping how totally dependent upon God I am. Intellectually I know it, but I can get so busy working and providing for my family that I don’t think about it. How easy is it to think when I look at my […]

Deuteronomy 21:1-9 – #59 Praying through the Bible – A Prayer for Innocence Among Murderers

| May 1, 2013

Around 40% of all murders in the USA go unsolved. That’s 6,000 murders per year where the authorities are unable to bring closure and justice. No doubt these numbers vary yearly, and city to city. No doubt such is a stain on the moral standing of a nation and a destroyer of hope among the […]

Deuteronomy 9:26-29 – Praying through the Bible #58 – A Prayer of Reminding

| April 26, 2013

Not all memories are good memories, but even the bad ones can be good. At Trunnel Elementary School, in Louisville, KY, I had just won the “Most Improved Reader” Award – two tickets to the upcoming skating party given in honor of all the award winners. Immediately I invited my best friend, Paul Dean. The […]

Deuteronomy 4:1-8 – Praying through the Bible #57 – A Prayer that Reveals God

| April 25, 2013

If others do not know our God and all they know is what they see and hear from us, what would they think they know about the God of the Bible? What rules would they think this Righteous One has revealed as to how we should live? What kind of God do we reveal? According […]