Category Archives: friends

brutal chickens

Psalm 35:11-16 Psalm 35:11 Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know. Psalm 35:12 They repay me evil for good, making my soul desolate. Psalm 35:13 Yet when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; … Continue reading

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a friend with us

devotional post # 2230 Numbers 1:22-23 Num 1:22  Of the sons of Simeon, referencing their historical lineage, by their clans, by their patriarchal houses, those of them who were mustered, according to the number of names, head by head, every … Continue reading

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choosing patients

Mark 2:13-17 13 And He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd was coming for themselves to him, and he was teaching them. 14 While passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the … Continue reading

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when friends let you down

Mark 2:1-4 1 And days after coming again into Capernaum, it was heard that he was at home. 2 So many were gathered, resulting in no more room, not even at the door, and he was speaking the word to … Continue reading

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unlikely relationships

Genesis 26:23 – 35 23 He went up from there to Beer-sheba. 24 And the LORD appeared to him in that night and he said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Do not fear, for I am with … Continue reading

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neck exercise

Proverbs 29 A stiff neck is one that refuses to move, even when there is cause for it.  This is how the sages described a person who was rebuked many times for engaging in destructive behavior, yet never changed.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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sharpening friends

Proverbs 27-28 One of the tests of real friendship is the courage to rebuke when your friend needs it.  We are all fallible, and the LORD sometimes calls on us to point out the rough spots in the lives of … Continue reading

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The LORD is my friend

Psalm 25 The LORD who is a shepherd in psalm 23 is a friend in psalm 25.  He is by David’s side to teach him the right way to go, to forgive and forget his sins, and to guard and … Continue reading

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trial by implication

Job 31 Job’s therapists had not brought formal charges against him, but he fully understood their implications.  In his final appeal, Job answers those implied charges:   marital unfaithfulness – not guilty (1-4) theft of conspiracy to steal – not … Continue reading

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it’s who you know

Philemon 23-25.  Paul concludes his letter to Philemon with a short list of associates who were probably well-known by the believers in Colossae, or at least by Philemon himself. Epaphras had been a messenger for Paul, bringing his letters to … Continue reading

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