How God Sorts Out His Own

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Rescuer holds a hand of a student survivor of the collapse of La Promesse College, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. UN Photo/Marco Dormino, November 7, 2008, via Flickr.

It’s easy – too easy – to write people off as lost causes when it seems that God is judging them. If it is judgment, then it may be such people are simply suffering the natural consequences of poor choices. But what if the people suffering the most are not the ones who made those choices? And what if those natural consequences doom them to make those same choices and perpetuate the cycle? Do we let them perish, or do we break into their suffering somehow, at least to ease their pain, even if they never find the path to redemption?

Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24, 6:22-25; Deuteronomy 7:1-6; Matthew 1:1-6; 2 Timothy 1:3-7 

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Music: “Forgiveness,” Mason Clover, Perception, Abiron Records 2019. Mason Clover’s music is available at https://www.masonclover.com/

Coping with Unfair

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Sad little boy. Photo: David Shankbone, May 2009, via Flickr.

It is inevitable that we encounter undeserved adversity. That’s been part of human existence for as long as anyone can remember. We can’t eradicate unfairness, which means we have a choice: we can complain and make ourselves more miserable, or we can bear it as best we can while finding a way to grow through it.

Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25; Genesis 6:5, 9:8-16; Matthew 1:18-25; 26:36-39; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; Ephesians 5:21-33

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Music: “Crisis of Belief,” Mason Clover, An Intimate Look, Abiron 2008. Visit https://www.masonclover.com/ to hear more by Mason Clover.

Be A Deliverer

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Moses Laid Amid the Flags, James Tissot, 1896-1902, The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn (image via Wikimedia Commons).

Can we really save ourselves? Is it really possible to “pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps” and fix all our problems? We can fix some things, but sometimes our solutions mess up life for someone else. Truly we need a Deliverer to save us from ourselves – but until the final redemption of the world, we still have an obligation to make things better for those around us.

Exodus 1:1-6:1; Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23; 1 Chronicles 4:18; Hosea 11:1; Matthew 1:18-25, 2:15; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 11:23-29; Revelation 5:6-14, 13:8

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Music: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” OCP Session Choir, Glory & Praise: Third Edition, Vol. 7, Oregon Catholic Press 2016.  

Prayers of A Good Hearted Woman

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For as long as men have sought good times over quiet homes, good-hearted women have quietly waited for them to come home, and fervently prayed for them to come to their senses. (Photo by Nenad Stojkovic, August 31, 2017, via Flickr.) 

When God said it is not good for man to be alone, was He thinking that men might benefit from female companionship, or that they might not survive without it?

Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8; 1 Samuel 25:1-44; Matthew 1:1-17, 15:21-28; Galatians 5:19-23; James 5:16

Click here to listen to the podcast: Prayers of A Good Hearted Woman

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Music: “Good Hearted Woman,” Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, Wanted! The Outlaws, RCA Records 1976. Listen to the song at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI-KOqRKlcs.

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