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One of the highly influential books in my preteen childhood was a series of Bible stories, “Line upon Line. Mom read them to us, probably at nap times until we began to read on our own. I’m sure, a major factor in my learning to read preschool. A word search…
Teth You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. The…
And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is…
“Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. The Jewish leaders who came with Peter were amazed that the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.…
Acts 1:4-5And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts…
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant! A lot of thinking and prayer is the last few days have not produced a significant degree of writing. There has been a considerable body of research, but I have not found any verse…
My initial thought was to do an occurrence by occurrence commentary on ‘praise’, writing a deep and profound analysis on each occurrence. I can hear the snickers all the way from Washington State. Then I thought of grouping the occurrences by some commonality of object. Aha, that began to work…
I concluded, a few days ago that the verb, praise, may easily be the most important verb in the Psalms when I describe the Psalms as the LORD-God-Almighty’s “Handbook for Worship.” The first step was to write a meditation, or prayer, based on each Psalms. That step begun in February…
(Yes, I am repeating a portion of yesterday’s column for a purpose. Stick with me.) Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with…
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!…
Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be…
Heth The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies. I hasten and do not delay to keep your…
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! So I took a short break. Back to the task of examining the LORD, God’s, the…
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes…
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name…

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