'Goodness' Tagged Posts

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Daily Devotions

Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’” vss. 23-24 Mark 1:23-26 According to Mark the demons knew exactly who Jesus was–they spotted his holiness a mile away and called him out. They not only knew his name but they knew his divine origins, and…

Daily Devotions

Psalm 90:1-4 “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” vss. 1-2 The psalmist’s sense of God was deep and profound, far beyond the silly notions we hear bandied about in our time. There is no hint that he pictured the Divine as anything other than the “ground of all being.” Even before there was…

Daily Devotions: November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019      For full passage click: Psalm 17:1-5 … “If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.” vs. 3 Some of us are quite accustomed to feeling guilty! We know that we sin against God and one another in countless ways, and are regularly reminded of our shortcomings when we worship. Over and over we’ve said the self-condemning words in…

Daily Devotions: September 25, 2019

September 25, 2020                                                                           For full passage click:  Psalm 146:5-10 … “Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.”  vss. 5-7 The Psalmist would have loved to know all the things that we know about the universe. It’s enormity, beauty, and complexity…

Daily Devotions: September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019   For full passage click: Psalm 51:1-5 … “Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.” vs. 5 According to Hebrew tradition, this psalm was David’s response when Nathan, the prophet, confronted him after his dalliance with Bathsheba. Even if the writer wasn’t David, it was surely a person struggling with deep and profound feelings of shame and guilt. Many of us know what that’s like. For one reason or another we manage to…

Daily Devotions: August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019 For full passage click: Hebrews 12:22-29 … “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe…” vs. 28 Jesus came announcing the presence of the kingdom of God and taught his followers to pray for its coming on earth as well as in heaven. Mostly though, the best we’ve been able to do is catch periodic glimpses of…

Daily Devotions: June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 16:7-11 …“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” vs. 11 The Lord was not a stranger to the psalmist! They had a connection that had begun with the breath of the Spirit in creation, and that had continued throughout his life. Not a day passed without a prayer of thanksgiving and songs of praise. Many of us…

Daily Devotions: June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 22:24-29 …“The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!” vs. 26 When all was said and done, the psalmist had a deep and profound hope for the future. In spite of all evidence to the contrary, despite his feelings of despair and alienation, he believed that the Lord would satisfy the deepest longings of all hurting people. Even the poor,…

Daily Devotions: May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 23:4-6 …“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” vs. 6 We frequently hear the 23rd Psalm at funeral or memorial services; it’s the default Scripture choice for people looking for comforting passages. And it’s a good pick! There’s something about its familiar verses, especially in the King James Version, that soothes troubled…