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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 60 – Riding the Rails

Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?  Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.  With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 59 – Relying on God

You are my strength, I watch for you;   you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. (Psalm 59:9-10) READER’S NOTE: This week’s Thirsty Thursday was originally posted on September 19, 2019 Relying on God I was reading this morning about a significant event in our nation’s life that is being celebrated this week....

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 58 – Toothless?

Break off their fangs, O God!    Smash the jaws of these lions, O LORD!May they disappear like water into thirsty ground.    Make their weapons useless in their hands. (Psalm 58:6-7, NLT) Toothless? This past Sunday we once again remembered the horrific events of 9-11, now 21 years behind us…but never really behind us. And we could add a...

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 57 – The Space Between
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 57 – The Space Between

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. (Psalm 57:9-11) “The Space Between” Before I became a pastor and church...

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 56 – Time to Throw Down
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 56 – Time to Throw Down

Thirsty Thursday But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? (Psalm 56:3-4) Time to Throw Down Writing these weekly “Thirsty Thursday” posts for the past year has made me keenly aware of other, clever weekday alliterations....

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 55 – Losing Sweetness
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 55 – Losing Sweetness

If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers. (Psalm 55:12-14) Losing Sweetness As she got older,...

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 54 – The Problem with Free Will
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 54 – The Problem with Free Will

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good. (Psalm 54:4,6) The Problem with Free Will For centuries, theologians and philosophers have discussed the “problem of free will.” To what degree do we humans have the ability to...

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 53 – The Answer
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 53 – The Answer

God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? (Psalm 53:2-4) The Answer My family has a fun habit of...

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 52 – Bad Heroes
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 52 – Bad Heroes

“Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin.” (Psalm 52:1) Bad Heroes In 1966, Italian film director Sergio Leone produced the classic Spaghetti Western, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” starring...

Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 51 – The Power of Then
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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 51 – The Power of Then

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways so that sinners will turn back to you. (Psalm 51:12-13) The Power of Then If you know me personally, or if you’ve read enough of my Thirsty Thursday posts, you know that I love words....