Psalm 38: 17-22….An Impassioned Plea.

* For I am ready to fall,and my pain is ever before me.I confess my iniquity;I am sorry for my sin.** But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,and many are those who hate me wrongfully.Those who render me evil for goodaccuse me because I follow after good.*** Do not forsake me, O LORD!O myContinue reading “Psalm 38: 17-22….An Impassioned Plea.”

Psalm 38: 1-8….A revolting infestation!

O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,nor discipline me in your wrath!For your arrows have sunk into me,and your hand has come down on me.There is no soundness in my fleshbecause of your indignation;there is no health in my bonesbecause of my sin.For my iniquities have gone over my head;like a heavy burden, theyContinue reading “Psalm 38: 1-8….A revolting infestation!”

Psalm 7: 9-13….A plea for righteous judgement.

Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,and may you establish the righteous—you who test the minds and hearts,O righteous God!My shield is with God,who saves the upright in heart.God is a righteous judge,and a God who feels indignation every day.If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;he hasContinue reading “Psalm 7: 9-13….A plea for righteous judgement.”

Mark 6: 25-29….A sad end to a glorious life.

And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. AndContinue reading “Mark 6: 25-29….A sad end to a glorious life.”

Mark 1: 12-14…..Presented facts but some hard to understand.

(The Temptation of Jesus)The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.(Jesus Begins His Ministry)Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, andContinue reading “Mark 1: 12-14…..Presented facts but some hard to understand.”

1 Samuel 15: 30-35…Sorry Saul, but….

Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honour me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the LORD your God.” So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the LORD.Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of theContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 30-35…Sorry Saul, but….”

1 Samuel 15: 22-29…Obedience v Sacrifice.

And Samuel said,“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,as in obeying the voice of the LORD?Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,and to listen than the fat of rams.For rebellion is as the sin of divination,and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,he hasContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 22-29…Obedience v Sacrifice.”

James 5: 13-20…. Final thoughts.

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one whoContinue reading “James 5: 13-20…. Final thoughts.”

1 Samuel 7: 8-14….The Philistines commence war again.

And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. And Samuel cried out to theContinue reading “1 Samuel 7: 8-14….The Philistines commence war again.”