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Shout for Joy

  Psalm 100 is a passage of Scripture my dad referred to quite a bit when I was a kid, and it is certainly lovely. My parents went through a parenting phase where they would pay us $1 for every... Continue Reading →

Extravagant Displays of God’s Handiwork

  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. ~ Psalm 19:1-2 One of the saddest things about living in the city... Continue Reading →

Is God’s Presence Enough for Me?

  About a year and a half ago, I was standing out in my parents’ front yard with my dad. It was early evening, and I’d just had dinner with them. As we were talking next to my car, Dad... Continue Reading →

From Fearful to Radiant

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. ~Psalm 34:4 I remember the first time I read this – really read it, I mean – how struck I was by what the Lord... Continue Reading →

The Saddest Day in History

In the last three weeks, I've explored the story of Creation from Genesis 1 and 2: Creation Panoramic, The Garden of Eden, and the up-close-and-personal creation of Adam and Eve. So, we come to Genesis chapter three and four. Remember, there were no chapter/verse divisions in... Continue Reading →

God: the First Boss & the First Matchmaker

In my post on Genesis chapter 1, I wrote about Creation in the panoramic view.  In Genesis chapter 2, we meet our characters more close-up-and-personal.  Chapter 2 is the first installment of the first real story we get in the Bible.  If you have... Continue Reading →

The Garden of Delights

Genesis chapter 2 starts off with God resting from His labors of creation.  I didn’t really spend much time on this in my last post about Old Testament stories, but God's rest is an interesting way to start off the chapter that... Continue Reading →

The Lord is this Urban Girl’s Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. ~ Psalm 23:1 There are no two ways about it: I’m an urbanite.  I grew up in the city (mostly), went to college in the city, and have lived all my... Continue Reading →

The Opening Act, Panoramic Views

As Fraulein Maria sings in The Sound of Music, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start!  When you read, you begin with A B C."  When you read the Bible, you start with Genesis 1.  Cue the... Continue Reading →

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