Category Archives: Old Testament

Haggai

I knew I’d have a good story to tell after today’s sermon, and I was right. The scripture verse came from Haggai 1:15-2:9. Whose ever heard of Haggai? Can you find it quickly in your Bible? It only has two … Continue reading

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A Relationship with God

Deuteronomy 7:7-11 God didn’t choose the Israelites because there was anything particularly wonderful about them. And He continues to choose people who are no big deal in the eyes of the world. Again, it isn’t about me, it’s about God. God … Continue reading

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Switching Gears

The lectionary readings weren’t working out. It was mostly the constant bad news that God kept sending to the Israelites over and over. It might be interesting to count how many times God sent a prophet to tell the people … Continue reading

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So What is the Rest of the Story?

Psalm 79:1-9 Someone is calling out to God, crying about how the foreigners have destroyed Jerusalem. DUH! That was God’s punishment on the Israelites for their rebellion. He pleads with God to give them a break, to turn His rath … Continue reading

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Is This a Good Idea?

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The first verse of this scripture passage:      My grief is beyond healing,           my heart is sick within me. Powerful words. I thought of Terry at his wife’s funeral. Grief so deep and painful. Read on and … Continue reading

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My Hope is Lost

This is the response to Psalm 14 found in the United Methodist Hymnal, page 746: “My hope is lost; breathe life upon me.” And what does Psalm 14 say? Fools, corrupt, abominable They say there is no God. No one … Continue reading

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The Prophets’ Message

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 It’s always the same. Doom and Gloom. Israel is sinful. Judgment is coming. The people are idiots. God will erase the country. No doubt about it. It will be done. When will the prophets bring good news? … Continue reading

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