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Devoted to Closeness

What is God looking for in his people? He is looking for people who are devoted to be close to Him. What is God looking for, especially in leaders? He is looking for leaders who are devoted to be close to Him. Continue reading

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What a Blessing! (Oct 10)

He blesses them by asking God to fill them with love for each other. He has already commended them for their love, but here he prays for even more of it. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other.” There is always need to pray for God to give us increasing and overflowing love for each other.  Continue reading

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Seeking the Blessing of God (Aug 9)

uilding the temple—it brought him to his knees. They needed “some reviving to set up the house of God, to repair its ruins…” (9:10 ESV). God had been faithful to bless, but the continued hand of the Lord was needed. Continue reading

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The Hand of the Lord (Aug 8)

This passage repeatedly mentions the “hand of the Lord.” God blessed Ezra in extraordinary ways because “the hand of the Lord” was “on him.” The hand of the Lord being upon you is his blessing. Just as in the Old Testament, where we see fathers placing their hands on their children to bless them, and just as Jesus placed his hands on children to bless them, so the Heavenly Father himself places his hand upon Ezra and extraordinary blessings followed. Continue reading

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Blessing Instead of Bleeping (Aug 1)

Every malicious word, every tasty snippet of gossip, every venomous, sarcastic comment (humor is great, but even some humor wounds), every word that is judgmental, every hasty, angry word: each one, a curse. Continue reading

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Moving On, Moving In (Mar 23)

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut in our spiritual journey. We struggle again and again with the same things. We become content and complacent with the status quo. God is calling us, like his chosen people in this text, to move on from this place and move in to the Promised Land. Continue reading

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Generous Hearts are Blessed (Mar 19)

God has compassion on all he has made and a special place in his heart for the poor and needy. So it is not surprising that God promises to bless those who bless the poor.  Continue reading

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Priestly Duties (Feb 20)

With all the struggles and difficulties life brings we all stand in need of blessing. Circumstances sometimes beat us up and put us in a place where we need a blessing. Often the wounding words of other people become as curses to us and we need a blessing to bring the healing to our wounded souls. Life is difficult and we find ourselves emotionally beat up and bruised by the words and acts of others. The world around us brings more than enough cursing. We need to be blessed. This is why this ministry of blessing the people is such an important part of the priestly duties. Continue reading

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The Blessing (Jan 24)

In a world where we hear and experience more curses than blessings, these words of blessing are needed and encouraging. Continue reading

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The Blessing of Wisdom (Jan 17)

Knowing that he can be trusted, that he is “our confidence,” brings peace in any circumstance. Knowing that he is there to keep us safe helps us deal with our fears. Resting in His everlasting arms, we are able to sleep at night (24). Continue reading

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