Category Archives: Psalms

For You Observe Trouble And Grief

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette delivered at the United Church of God congregation in Portland, OR on Sabbath, March 9, 2019.] One of my favorite genres of book to collect is called theodicy [spell out word].  … Continue reading

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Our Picture Of God’s Judgment

[Note:  The following is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, January 5, 2019.] Imagine the following scene.  You are on the third floor of the Washington County … Continue reading

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God Gives To His Beloved Sleep

For a variety of reasons I have often looked at Psalm 127 and its importance (often alongside Psalm 128) [1].  Although Psalm 127 is short, it touches on a lot of themes that are of deep personal interest to me, … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Musician Looks At The Psalms

A Musician Looks At The Psalms, by Don Wyrtzen This book is not quite as good as I thought it would be.  I must admit as a musician and singer myself who deeply loves the Psalms [1] that I had … Continue reading

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Book Review: Meet Yourself In The Pslams

Meet Yourself In The Psalms, by Warren W. Wiersbe From time to time I enjoy reading and writing about the psalms [1], and this is definitely a book that I found to be interesting.  It is a short book and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Everyman’s Bible Commentary: Volume 1: Psalms 1-21

Everyman’s Bible Commentary:  Volume 1:  Psalms 1-21, by Kenneth D. Baker [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Westbow Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] How you appreciate this book is likely to depend on a … Continue reading

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The Magnificat Of Mary

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given on June 17, 2017 at the United Church of God congregation in Hood River, Oregon.] I promised you all last Sabbath when you visited Portland that I would have a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Garden Psalms

Garden Psalms:  God’s Gift of Comfort and Abundance, written by Margaret Langstaff This book manages to combine in deft passion two subjects I greatly enjoy reading about, gardening [1] and the Psalms, and manages to combine them in a beautiful … Continue reading

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Thou Mayest Smile At All Thy Foes

For various reasons my relationship with the hymn “Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken” has always been complicated [1].  The music itself comes from the patriotic and nationalistic German song Deutschland, most famous for having been Hitler’s national anthem with … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: What Is The Connection Between The Bible And Pop Music

Many readers of this blog will know that I write at some length about both the Bible and popular music.  It was only a matter of time, I suppose, before the two would be discussed in some detail, even though … Continue reading

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