John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

Psalm 119:113

December 13, 2019

I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law.

I hate the double-mindedness that You reveal in me, Lord. Transform me into a single-minded follower after Your law; a man of fixed determination to walk in Your ways always and in every aspect of my life; that Your word would be permanently stored in my heart so that I would not sin against You.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 114

Mid-day: 119:121-128

Evening: Psalm 149

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Psalm 79:11-13

December 12, 2019

Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die! Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord! But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Lord, I lift up the Persecuted Church, both here and abroad. Here we duck and bob and weave, avoiding any semblance of criticism or censure. Give us the backbone to face the world and challenge the Lie. Be with our brothers and sisters who face daily threats to their lives; thank You for their willingness to be called to account for Your name and to be faithful to Your Word.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 113

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 148

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Psalm 79:8-10

December 11, 2019

Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake! Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!

Our sins are legion; we have not confronted the culture; we have allowed the self-driven mores of the society around us to seep into our lives as we accept the standards of greed, lust, sexual iniquity, covetousness, slander, gossip, murder that are rampant. Bring us to our knees, LORD God Almighty, in repentance and seeking Your forgiveness.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 112

Mid-day: 119:105-112

Evening: Psalm 147

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Psalm 79:5-7

December 10, 2019

How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire? Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation.

Lord, restore Your Church, bring her again into that place of witness to You. Give her a hunger and a thirst for Your presence, restore her as Your Bride shining in the reflection of Your glory. Let Your mercy and grace pour over her as she once again steps into her rightful place as Your people on earth.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 111

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 146

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Psalm 79:1-4

December 09, 2019

A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the heavens for food, the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth. They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them. We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us.

 

And we, Your people, have allowed it, this invasion and have acquiesced to the lies of the culture around us.

 

I, Lord, have embraced the lies of the age, accepted the promises, made the priorities of the age, my priorities. I have not kept Your Word ever before me to seek You and Your righteousness first.

I repent, Lord, for I have forgotten/ignored/not followed Your righteous Law and call to be an ambassador of reconciliation to the age. Help me to keep that before me today -- that I am the bearer of the Good News -- not the beneficiary of the wares of the age.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 110

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 145

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Exodus 20:1-2, 13

December 08, 2019

And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... You shall not murder"

Leviticus 19:17-18 "You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Lord, there have been a few neighbors in my life that downright refused to reason frankly with me. How can I be expected to put up with their unwillingness to see the reasonableness of my suggestions? You are telling me that I am only responsible for my own attitudes and words? That I am to approach each situation with an attitude of love, grace, and service that flows out of the well of Your love for me? This is a hard teaching, Lord, I need the Holy Spirit.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 109

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 144

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Psalm 119:108-109

December 07, 2019

Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me Your rules. I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget Your law,

Lord, how precious it is, to be able to come to You, freely offering praise to You and to Your name, without compulsion, not of duty but of gratitude, love and joy. You have transformed me from a dirge of rebellion into a hymn of praise. You have opened the eyes of my heart to see Your glory shining all around me in creation and in the advancing Your Kingdom.

You teach me and reveal Yourself to me through Your word and law, showing me where life is to be lived but always allowing me to choose to obey. There are times, Lord, when I am awestruck to think that the Master of the Universe would have the grace to allow me to freely choose a life of joy or a death by self.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 108

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 143

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Psalm 78:56-64

December 06, 2019

Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols. When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel. He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe. He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage. Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

What are the idols of the church today, Lord? Pride? Fame? Wealth? Acceptance? Choice? Self? Greed? Sexual iniquity? Possessions? Gossip? Anger? Celebrities? A partial listing. All these and more are what we turn to to find solace and freedom from our mundane lives. Where Oh where is the urge to turn to You and Your peace?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 107

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 142

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Psalm 78:56-64

December 05, 2019

Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols. When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel. He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe. He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage. Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song. Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.

What are the idols of the church today, Lord? Pride? Fame? Wealth? Acceptance? Choice? Self? Greed? Sexual iniquity? Possessions? Gossip? Anger? Celebrities? A partial listing. All these and more are what we turn to to find solace and freedom from our mundane lives. Where Oh where is the urge to turn to You and Your peace?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 106

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 141

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Psalm 78:40-55

December 04, 2019

How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert! They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power or the day when he redeemed them from the foe, when he performed his signs in Egypt and his marvels in the fields of Zoan. He turned their rivers to blood, so that they could not drink of their streams. He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave their crops to the destroying locust and the fruit of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamores with frost. He gave over their cattle to the hail and their flocks to thunderbolts. He let loose on them his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels. He made a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death, but gave their lives over to the plague. He struck down every firstborn in Egypt, the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham. Then he led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won. He drove out nations before them; he apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

How can the church forget Your mighty hand in delivering us from the bondage of sin and death? Is it that we never truly believed that we were slaves to sin? Do we not recognize that only the obedience of Jesus Christ on the cross is our salvation? How can we not be on our knees without ceasing in praise for Your love, grace and mercy?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 105

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 140

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Psalm 78:32-39

December 03, 2019

In spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe. So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror. When he killed them, they sought him; they repented and sought God earnestly. They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer. But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues. Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.

When catastrophe strikes, the church prays. When the sun shines, the church deserts You for the gods of the culture. The faith of the church cannot endure the lures and siren calls of the world, it is weak and spineless with no resistance against mammon and the gods of the age.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 104

Mid-day: 119:41-48

Evening: Psalm 139

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Psalm 78:17-31

December 02, 2019

Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, "Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?" Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power. Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven, and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; he rained meat on them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings. And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved. But before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths, the anger of God rose against them, and he killed the strongest of them and laid low the young men of Israel.

Israel, delivered from bondage in Egypt, quickly forgot that they had been redeemed from slavery by Your grace and mercy, testing You for trivialities and the materialisms of Egypt. Give us the garlics and leeks, forgetting the toil and labor. In like manner, the church lifts up their voices crying for worldly goods, decrying the transformation of their retirement funds; we forget the sin and death from which we have been lifted, give us our garlics and leeks.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 103

Mid-day: 119:33-40

Evening: Psalm 138

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