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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 78 – Life Lessons

O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past— stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children;...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 77- Pain and Comfort

I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;    at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. (Psalm 77:1-2) “The Problem of Comfort” I have a problem with pain. Thanks for your concern, but my problem isn’t that I am in...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 76

Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;    let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.  (Psalm 76:11) “Resolutions” Now that the dust has cleared and all the confetti has been swept up from our December 31 celebrations…maybe this would be a good time to make some New Year’s resolutions! “But it’s...

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Thirsty Thursday – Psalm 75:1- Your Name is our favorite word!

We thank you, God, we thank you—  your Name is our favorite word;    your mighty works are all we talk about. (Psalm 75:1, The Message) “Reveal” Last week I shared with you my “word of the year” this year—a word to help encourage, challenge and guide me in the way God wants me to go throughout...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 73 – “A New Chapter”

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:23-25) “A NEW CHAPTER” Today is a day we get to turn the...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 67 – Praying into the “so that”

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.  (Psalm 67:1-2, 6-7)...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 72 – A Good King

Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.  (Psalm 72:1-2) A Good King Back when my oldest son was in college, I had the distinct privilege of being invited out for coffee on three separate occasions by three of...

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 71 – When I Am Old

From birth, I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.  My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone....

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Thirsty Thursday: Psalm 70 – Emergency!

But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God.You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.  (Psalm 70:5) Emergency! You may not be old enough to remember it, but in January 1972 an exciting new television show hit the air waves. (OK, you may not be old enough...