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When Your House Is at the Top of the Hill (a Metaphor of the Christian Life?)

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Posted by on April 7, 2018 in christian life


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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 9)

Psalm 9[a][b]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

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    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.



11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
    Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,
    and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[c]
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
    all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
    let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in the Psalms, Uncategorized


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“I have to get that ball!”

I think these pictures of dogs going after tennis balls are amazing.  Full-tilt, no distraction, total concentration on the task!  I find often that my attention is so distracted and disjointed that my best energies aren’t invested.  And how quickly ennui or boredom or satiety (words we discussed in our previous blog) inflict themselves on me!

As I study the picture above, I see a pooch whose eyes are fully open, whose mouth is ready to clamp down on that orange tennis ball, whose whole being is determined to accomplish one task:  get that ball whatever the cost!

If I were that little guy, my eyes would be slammed shut or squinting, my mouth would be closed in fear of swallowing some water, and retrieving an old tennis ball would be the last priority on my mind.  My passion, my determination, would result in a very poor picture.FirefoxScreenSnapz240

What is one determination of your life, one priority that you would say motivates you, inspires you to step out of our flattening, comforting, inertia-infected culture to pursue that goal no matter the cost?

The Apostle Paul said to the Corinthian believers:  “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (I Cor. 2:2).  Where is your determination — and mine?

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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in excellence


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