Becoming an Ebed-Melech

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 79; 2 John

Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 38:1-13


In today’s key passage, we find another of the lesser-known heroes of the Bible.  The prophet Jeremiah was very unpopular in his day, and our story begins with him being thrown into a cistern by some of the king’s officials. (Vs. 6)  Jeremiah was stuck in the mud at the bottom of the cistern, and would surely die without intervention.  Ebed-Melech, whose name literally translates to “servant of the king”, was an official in the royal palace.  When he heard what happened to Jeremiah, he faced a dilemma.  Because of his faith in God, He realized that the murder plot was wrong and wanted to come to Jeremiah’s aid, but speaking out in Jeremiah’s defense could have been dangerous and could have caused him to face his own persecution.  Fortunately for Jeremiah, Ebed-Melech’s…

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The Simplest Defintion


Let me ponder over this, and some other attributes of God.

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 52; Revelation 1; Psalms 143, 144

Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 1:12-18


During my career as an investigator, I have interrogated thousands of people.  While the purpose and the ultimate course of each interrogation were different, I began each one in exactly the same way.  After a brief introduction, I would ask each of the people I was interrogating to tell me a little about themselves.  I was always fascinated by the way some people chose to define themselves.  Some people would talk about their childhood.  Others would talk about their spouse or their children.  Some people simply were not able to tell me anything about themselves, either because they were nervous or because they had never really thought about how they would sum up their lives in a few short minutes.

Many people throughout the ages have spent a lot of time trying…

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What is the meaning of the Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)?

Originally posted on altruistico:

The first thing we notice about this parable is its similarity to the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:2-9. In some ways, this parable expands on Jesus’ teaching of how the “good soil” (a receptive heart) receives the “seed” (the Word of God).

In the Parable of the Growing Seed, Jesus tells of a man who scatters seed on the ground and then allows nature to take its course. As the man who sowed the seed goes about his business day by day, the seed begins to have an effect. First, the seed sprouts; then it produces a stalk and leaves, then a head of grain, and, finally, fully developed kernels in the head. Jesus emphasizes that all of this happens without the man’s help. The man who scattered the seed cannot even fully understand how it happens—it is simply the work of nature. “All by itself the…

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The Emotions of Jesus

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 3, 4; John 11

Today’s Key Passage – John 11:32-36


Have you ever noticed that some cars look like they have emotions?  Most car manufacturers design the front of their cars with a particular emotion in mind, and that comes through in the placement and shape of the grill and headlights.  Some cars look happy, while others might look sad or angry.  I remember as a child when we would go on family road trips, I would often try to pass the time looking for the different emotions in the cars that were going by on the other side of the highway.  Interestingly, while it is relatively easy for most of us to picture a car having emotions, it can sometimes be more difficult for us to picture God having them.

Many people tend to think of God as a mysterious being in the…

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Isn’t it somewhat ironic, that God, who is great and sovereign in power over all creation, sees the worst in us, that nobody else can, but yet He loves us more than anybody else can? That He came down in the form of a man to pay the disgusting sins of His own creation, who turned their back on Him? That was Unfathomable love. No one else will ever do that.


Unconditional Love

Originally posted on The Daily Bible Plan:

Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 7-9; John 13

Today’s Key Passage – John 13:1-20


Most of us today hear a lot about unconditional love.  We hear about it at weddings as the bride and groom promise to love each other unconditionally for the rest of their lives when they recite their vows.  We see it in the love a parent has for a child.  It is referred to in movies and television shows as characters claim to love one another unconditionally, only to later show that their love is really more conditional in nature.  In today’s culture, the idea of unconditional love has almost become a bit diluted, which can make it difficult for us to fully grasp its true meaning.   Fortunately for us, to truly understand unconditional love, one needs to look no further than the life of Jesus Christ.

In today’s key passage, we get to…

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Still Waters

Originally posted on The Life Project:

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In the cool of the evening, the Lord leads us beside still waters; He leads us to calm places.

Of course we usually don’t follow Him there… we are just too busy.

Did the kids get their homework done?

Did you take the trash out?

When’s dinner going to be ready?

Did you bring work home again?

Hurry up, my show’s going to start!

Young lady, it’s your turn to do those dishes!

Clean up your room!

Ah yes, the familiar sounds of domestic bliss…

You know, those calm waters are looking pretty good right about now. Isn’t there some way we can figure out how to fit the Lord into our lives; to follow Him to those still waters?

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