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Loving the Hard-Hearted Family Member

This grown woman was hard as rock — an adult mean girl. Rude and disrespectful, hurtful and heartbreaking, her actions were made worse because of her target – her own mother. “She yells at her,” my friend said. “Her mom has Alzheimer’s, and when the mom forgets things or does something ‘wrong,’ her daughter just lets her have it, putting her down, screaming at her.” My friend then got quiet. “It breaks my heart.” I listened, knowing one way to describe what she was witnessing – elder abuse, whic...
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"A Certain Kind of Dream Quality": An Interview with Donovan Quinn

In what ways do you feel like your songwriting has changed from 2012 to now? I know the album contains reworkings of older material, so that might be a little harder to answer, but how can you chart your evolution as a songwriter? Well, as you get older, you get to know yourself better and better. I think this can be a good or a bad thing because you start to know specifically what your talents are, what it is that you like, and you don't like. Also, in terms of songwriting, probably the bigg...
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Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s first reading focuses on David’s anguish over the death of his son, Absalom. His anguish has been called one of the most heartrending passages in Scripture. “My son, my son Absalom! Would I had died in your place! Absalom, my son, my son!” The Scripture comments, “the day’s victory was turned to mourning for all the troops, because they learned that the king was grieving for his son.” Unfortunately, it was David who had created the situation that led to his son’s death. Go back to yes...
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Reflection for the Solemnity of the Holy Family 2020

Bricks andmortar. Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience On this Second Sunday after Christmas we reflect on and honor the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As I reflected on this Solemnity, I just kept coming back to the term “bricks.” The Holy Family is of course the perfect model of family. It is built with a solid foundation and perfect bricks. It is a structure fully showing what God intends when ...
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On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: From the author ...
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Pray to Receive Your Reward: Five Lessons from Jesus’s Prayer Life

Prayer can be difficult. As one theologian of the past said, “There are times in my life I’d rather die than pray.” When it comes to communion with God through prayer, we often need all the help we can get. One way for us to find some success in our prayer life is to consider the prayers of Jesus. Instead of being made to feel guilty that we do not pray enough — which may be true — we should fix our eyes on Jesus and see if his example can help us in our understanding and enjoyment of praye...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Spirit, Jesus, John, Christ, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Abraham, Isaac, Isaiah, Capernaum, Absalom, Gethsemane, Joseph David

Wonderful Counselor

I am turning my attention away from blogging for the next few days. Here is some homiletical content for our readers to ignore! Deism became an immensely popular idea during the 1700s in Colonial America, an idea held among some of our Founding Fathers. They believed that God made the world but that he stepped back and let it work on its own without intervening or interfering. The God of Deism is disconnected and uninvolved with the affairs of this world. That is not the God we worship. He is ac...
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The Joy We Know Only in Suffering

The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I see that sufferers often have secret access to happiness. I used to think Satan loved suffering, that it was his weapon of choice against our faith. But while he certainly (and viciously) tries to make the most of it, I now suspect Satan secretly hates suffering. He’s simply seen it draw too many people closer to Christ. He has watched, for thousands of years, while God has taken all that he meant for terrible evil and worked it for undeniable good ...
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2 Samuel Proverbs 9   Last week Eric Trump, son of President Trump, tweeted “I truly hate disloyal people.” Of course, the internet immediately reminded him that his own father had been disloyal to each of his three wives, including Eric’s mother. We may shake our heads at such blindness and betrayal. It’s the sort of banal family drama that might make for a Lifetime Movie of the week, but when it comes to betrayal, the Trumps are really small potatoes when compared to Ahithophel. Ahithophe...
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Absalom the Just

2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33 John 6:35, 41-51   Choose your bread wisely.   Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Well, I’ve got news for you:  I am hungry and I am thirsty.   I thirst for justice that rolls down like water, and righteousness like an never-failing stream.  Yet, my observation is that justice fails over and over.   In the belly of my life, I hunger for love and faithfulness to meet, for righteousness an...
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Too late for crying

II Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! David, the king, had failed in raising Absalom. He didn’t take care of discipline in the home when he needed to do so. He had allowed his children to fight and sin and get away with it. Now after years of ignoring and provoking his son to wrath Absalom is dead. He cries f...
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by Linda McMillan   Sometimes things are not the way we think they are going to be. They may be much better or much worse, or just much different, but it’s not like what we imagined. I suspect it was this way for Jesus’ disciples too. They thought the Kingdom of Heaven would be one way, but Jesus knew that they were mistaken and he tried to manage expectations. Jesus was not a plain-spoken man, at least not in the way that we think of plain speaking. It was hard, though, because he was really sp...
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Love Other Mothers as Thyself

Every so often as he toddled across the park, he would stop, lock eyes with his mother, and break into a smile as broad as the horizon. Her eyes reflected back his joy, and she guided him with a tenderness lifted from the pages of storybooks. Her propensity to love seemed as natural as breathing. While her son still delighted in the simple act of beholding her, she made a comment that startled me. “My other mom friends say I’ve put him at risk by vaccinating him,” she said, her face lined ...
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A Father’s love

II Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! David loved his son Absalom, but he had failed to be expressive of that love. Now Absalom has been killed. David is mourning. Undoubtedly it was too late to be this passionate. His son had disappointed him. His son had done several things to get his attention, but David w...
Tags: Religion, David, Samuel, Absalom, Daily Bible Devotionals, Amnon, Tom Pumford

Jesus & the Prophecy of David

“Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming!” (Mark 11:10). “Hosanna to the son of David!” through whom life and salvation have come to us (Matt. 21:9). The psalms of David are the gospel of Jesus Christ in song, in transports of affection, in thanksgiving, and in holy desires. “This is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). This is where the psalms begin. The first shows the happiness of the one who keeps the law of...
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Best Friends Make the Worst Enemies

Our best friends always make the worst enemies. Opposition of any kind can make life miserable, but opposition of a particular kind multiplies the misery. We rarely give our enemies enough latitude to really hurt us. They can hurl insults, stand in our way, and even inflict pain, but we always have our guard up. But with our friends and family, we let them through the gates, inside locked doors, to the most vulnerable places. And too often, those we let near in love leverage precious trust...
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Petty Distractions – Satan’s Subtle Weapon Against You

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5 NASB) It was summertime, and the temperatures were rising quickly. The shepherd looked up the mountain and saw the nebulous, dusty cloud on its peak. It would be another dry, dreadful summer in Judea. He walked towards his flock, frowning while approaching the dirty sheep. The mosquitos and gnats that filled the Judean Mountains that time of the year were already plaguin...
Tags: Religion, Freedom, America, David, God, Peter, Solomon, Judea, Absalom, Heart Matters, Patricia Holbrook, Judean Mountains, NASB Solomon

What Would the Author of “Amazing Grace” Say about Social Media?

John Newton wrote a beautiful letter to a friend which is called in his collected works, “On Controversy”—because that friend was about to engage in public controversy over Christian doctrine; Newton wanted to give him some scriptural counsel. I have read it 20 times over nearly as many years, and thought of it countless more. In order to more fully get the principles into my own soul—because I, frankly, have not always lived up to them—I have taken the liberty of “transculturating” it for toda...
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David’s friend came

II Samuel 15:37 So Hushai David’s friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem. There is nothing like having a real friend. David was in trouble. His son was kicking him out of his kingdom. He was on the room to save his life. The verse is so simple. Hushai David’s friend came. David got in trouble. He was in many ways alone but his friend came. I ask myself today what kind of friend I am. Do I go when my friend needs me. Am I going in when everyone else is leaving. Am I there in...
Tags: Religion, Jerusalem, David, Samuel, Absalom, Daily Bible Devotionals, Hushai David

2FAB #50: 2Samuel 14-19

Luci and Jordan are working their way through the Bible, looking at the stories from a feminist perspective.  In this episode; Absalom’s rebellion from Second Samuel   Like ( 0 ) Dislike ( 0 )
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Stick Men - Time's Insane Ashes (from "Absalom")

For thosse who have lucky enough to attend a King Crimson show recently and have stopped by the merch table are likely to be familiar with the Stick Men compilation album KONNEKTED (blue). They have released a free… (in post Stick Men: free compilation album "KONNEKTED" from Here comes the flood. More by this artist at )
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Lord, Give Me Yourself

Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem and saw not the king's face, though the king was his own father. Are there not many in the kingdom of God who have no awareness of God, who seem not to know that they have the right to sit at the King's table and commune with the King? This is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is a hard and grievous burden. To know God, this is eternal life; this is the purpose for which we are and were created. The destruction of our God-awareness was the ...
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Absalom and Achitophel Essay - 2043 Words - StudyMode

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Salvation Belongs to the Lord | Psalm 3:7–8

7           Arise, O Lord!             Save me, O my God!             For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;             you break the teeth of the wicked. 8           Salvation belongs to the Lord;             your blessing be on your people! Selah We should appreciate David’s dual desire—victory over his enemies, but also their good.  That’s because, in this case, his enemies are his kinsmen.  Just as Paul faced persecution from his fellow Jews but also desired th...
Tags: Israel, Religion, David, Salvation, Jesus Christ, Samuel, PAUL, Absalom, Psalms, Devotionals, Eternal Security, Shaun Marksbury

Absalom Rebels Against David: Preschool Sunday School Lesson

Lesson Title:  Absalom Rebels Against David Bible Reference: 2 Samuel 15:1-12; 17:1-12; 18:1-18 Target Age Group: Preschool Learning Context: Children’s Church Target Time Frame: 1 ½ hour Gospel Connection: Being David’s son you would think that Absalom would respect his father’s crown and see that God had appointed David to be king. But that’s not the case. Absalom was a selfish man who desired to be king. He was well-liked by many people and used his popularity to his advantage. He tricked eve...
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Tomorrow I will vote, and I will vote my conscience

Tomorrow is election day, and what a year it has been leading up to this point. If anyone back then had said that the two major candidates would be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the rest of us would have nodded in agreement to the first prediction and shaken our heads and laughed at the second. Yet here we are. To call this election “contentious”, even among evangelicals, would be an understatement. I think most of us are ready for November 9 so we can see the end of robocalls, political ads...
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Holy crap: toilet found in an Iron Age shrine in Lachish

In September, the Israel Antiquities Authority made a stunning announcement: at the ancient Judean city of Lachish, second only to Jerusalem in importance, archaeologists have uncovered a shrine in the city’s gate complex with two vandalized altars and a stone toilet in its holiest section. “Holy crap!” I said to a friend when I first read the news. The Daily Mail was more subtle, publishing stunning photographs of the finds under the headline, “The Wrong Kind of Throne.” My social media feeds q...
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If you could get everybody to read one book, what would it be?

Anil Dash recently asked his Twitter followers: “If you could get everybody to read one book, what would it be?” Dash followed up right away with his answer: The Power Broker by Robert Caro.1 Here are some of the other interesting responses: Letters from A Self-Made Merchant to his Son by George Horace Lorimer. George Horace Lorimer was an American journalist and author. He is best known as the editor of The Saturday Evening Post. His Letters From A Self-Made Merchant To His Son is a timeless ...
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Race Mixing in 'Absalom's Daughters' (Review)

This is not an attempt to rewrite Faulkner as much as it's a cogent effort at bringing women and people of color to the forefront of a Faulkner-inspired work. [Author: Shyam K. Sriram]
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6 Books for Late Summer Reading

I don't really want to think about the fact that two weeks from today it will already be September. How did that happen? On the other hand, I don't count summer over until after Labor Day so that means there's still plenty of time to get to the summer books I haven't read yet. Here are six that remain on my list. Have you read any of them and can you recommend them? Which ones call to you? Contemporary Life Around the World This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell. Set in Irelan...
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