One More River to Cross

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Woodrow Wilson Bridge, looking northwest over the Potomac River toward Alexandria, Virginia. Traffic flows freely in this photo taken in December 2008, but several months earlier, the final stages of construction on the new bridge severely constricted traffic in both direction. (Virginia Department of Transportation, December 14, 2008, via Flickr.com.)

There is some comfort in knowing that our Creator expects us to fail. It’s part of the lengthy training process He has over seen for millennia to prepare a redeemed people for His eternal purposes.

Exodus 4:22; Leviticus 25:1-27:34; John 10:29; Galatians 3;26-29; 1 Peter 2:9

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Music: “One More River to Cross,” The Hinsons, The Lighthouse, Calvary Records 1971.

A Man of Righteous Sorrow

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Football: a Southern rite of passage. This photo by David Clow is from the game between Kent Island and North Carolina high schools in Stevensville, Maryland, on November 14, 2009. (Photo via Flickr.com).

Why do bad things happen to good people? Maybe it’s because they are far better able to handle adversity than those whose connection to the Creator is tenuous. Maybe the righteous suffer not only because they can endure trials, but because their Redeemer wants to refine them for something eternal.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Matthew 25:14-30; Hebrews 12:4-11

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Music: “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow,” Carter Stanley, performed by The Soggy Bottom Boys, O Brother Where Art Thou, Sony BMG, 2000″.

The Disappearing Railroad Blues

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The Illinois Central’s City of New Orleans at Kankakee, Illinois, August 1964. Photo by Lawrence and David Barera, via Flickr.com.

Our finite human nature often has difficulty appreciating the past and the future while simultaneously living in the present. Old and new tend to clash, with one or the other taking primacy of place. Which we choose depends on our age and point of view. But we serve an Eternal God Who exists outside of time. Is there some way, as His disciples, that we can reconcile old and new in our daily lives?

Isaiah 65:17-19; Matthew 13:52; Luke 5:36-39; Revelation 21:1-4

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Music: “The City of New Orleans,” Steve Goodman, performed by Arlo Guthrie, Hobo’s Lullaby, Reprise Records, 1972. The full song can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF1lqEQFVUo.

Take the Old King Off Life Support

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“Uzziah Smitten with Leprosy – 2 Chronicles 26:9.” London, Cassell & Company Ltd, c.1860 (via Blue Letter Bible).

We want the Lord to move and make things right, but often we ourselves are the reason He is holding back. Maybe instead of hoping He will fix the old things, we should ask how we can help Him usher in something new and better.

Leviticus 12:1-15:33; Numbers 12:1-15; 2 Chronicles 26:1-23; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 7:18-23; 2 Timothy 3:1-17

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Music: “I See The Lord,” Paul Baloche, performed by Promise Keepers, Turn the Tide 2001, Maranatha, 2002.

Heroic, Hopeful, or Wishful Thinking?

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King Leonidas of Sparta, hero of the Battle of Thermopylae. (Photo by Dan McLean, June 4, 2005, www.flickr.com.)

It’s easy to be optimistic in the good times, or even in the moderately bad times, but what about when the world as we know it is coming to an end? 

Judges 7:19-22, 8:10; Job 1:21, 13:14-16; John 6:66-69

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Music: “Ben Hur,” Marc Reift, Philharmonic Wind Orchestra & Marc Reift Orchestra, 87 Greatest Hits for Concert Band, Marcophone, 2014.