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Psalm 42 - Thirsty

Put your hope in God
  for I will yet praise Him.
     My Saviour
        My God

Many in our 'material world'
Put hope in their gods —
   their possessions
   their bank balances
   their positions in society
   their connections.

They look at me and sneer
"Where is your god?"
I might not have many visible possessions,
My bank balance might be very low,
        even less than zero.
In the eyes of society, I might be a "Nobody",

But I know that
 the God of Heaven is my Abba —Father
 God is my Rock and Redeemer.

When things look bad,
I will yet praise Him.
When I am feeling sad
I will yet praise Him.

God is my Hope
A very present help in troubled times

I'm thirsty — I crave the Water of Life
I search for the eternal spring,
I find its source in Him.

They're thirsty —
       but their wells are dry.
They run to their resevoires,
       but cracked as they are,
The sustenance, on which they relied,
       has dried.
       They cried.

They madly dash ab…
Joshua 22 Effect of Exclusion
I have been mulling over this chapter over the past few days. It intrigues me. I will admit that it is narrative I was not familiar with. I know lots of Bible narratives, but this one had escaped my notice. So in case you like me had skipps over this bit let me try and give you the story in a nutshell.
These events come in, as you probably guessed, when Joshua was still in charge, The promised land had been occupied by the "Children of Israel". Who was Israel? He was Jacob, renamed Israel, and the children, were the descendants of Israel, and they belonged to "tribes named after the sons of Jacob and sons of Joseph (for the half tribes). Back track a bit to before they crossed over the Jordan, they were camped in the region on the Eastern side of the Jordan for quite a while. Now, as you do, a bunch of them kind of liked where they were living and wanted to stay. These people who were from the Tribes of Reuben and Had and the half tribe of…

"Christ is preached to an Ethiopian"

I thought I would check out the lectionaries readings for tomorrow. The 1st reading is Acts 8:26 - 40 and so I went to www.biblegateway.com and put the reference in the search engine. Up it came with this title:
Christ is preached to an Ethiopian

So what, I hear you ask is wrong with that - that is what the passage is about isn't it.

If you are going to add subtitles to the Biblical text, please do not miss the main point. If you are unsure as to what the main point is, then consult the text. And since you are publishing a version, you should consult the text in its original language. Read it and see what is repeated. If you do that with the text in question, you will find that he word Ethiopian is not repeated but the word  eunuch is.

So what is the big deal about that? Jews did not have a problem with Ethiopians. Remember the "Queen of Sheba" . However, Jews did have an issue with eunuchs. A eunuch was cut off from the assembly, in accordance with Mosaic law. For the Chris…