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

Click here to listen to the podcast: A Man of Righteous Sorrow

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

Weekly Bible Reading for May 2-8: Behar (On the Mount) & Bechukotai (In My Statutes)

This coming week, May 2-8 2021 (21-28 Iyar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Behar (On the Mount); Bechukotai (In My Statutes)

02 May Leviticus 25:1-18 Job 39:1-40:24 Acts 12:6-25 Psalm 89:38-52
03 May Leviticus 25:19-28 Job 41:1-42:17 Acts 13:1-25 Proverbs 24:1-6
04 May Leviticus 25:29-38 Isaiah 1:1-2:22 Acts 13:26-52 Proverbs 24:7-12
05 May Leviticus 25:39-26:9 Isaiah 3:1-5:30 Acts 14:1-28 Proverbs 24:13-18
06 May Leviticus 26:10-46 Isaiah 6:1-7:25 Acts 15:1-21 Proverbs 24:19-23
07 May Leviticus 27:1-15 Isaiah 8:1-9:21 Acts 15:22-41 Proverbs 24:24-28
08 May Leviticus 27:16-34 Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Acts 16:1-34 Proverbs 24:29-34

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:

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

Click here to listen to the podcast: The Disappearing Railroad Blues

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.

Weekly Bible Reading for April 25-May 1 2021: Emor (Say)

This coming week, April 25-May 1 2021 (14-20 Iyar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Emor (Say)       25 April – 1 May 2021 (14-20 Iyar 5781)

25 Apr Leviticus 21:1-15 Job 30:1-31:23 Acts 9:1-22 Proverbs 23:19-25
26 Apr Leviticus 21:16-22:16 Job 31:24-32:22 Acts 9:23-43 Proverbs 23:26-30
27 Apr Leviticus 22:17-33 Job 33:1-34:22 Acts 10:1-16 Proverbs 23:31-35
28 Apr Leviticus 23:1-22 Job 34:23-36:19 Acts 10:17-33 Psalm 87:1-7
29 Apr Leviticus 23:23-32 Job 36:20-37:24 Acts 10:34-48 Psalm 88:1-18
30 Apr Leviticus 23:33-44 Job 38:1-41 Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 89:1-14
01 May Leviticus 24:1-23 Ezekiel 44:15-31 Acts 11:19-12:5 Psalm 89:15-37

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:

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

Click here to listen to the podcast: Take the Old King Off Life Support

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