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A Rash Vow

September 14, 2020

Did you ever make a promise you couldn’t keep? Maybe you agreed to something in haste, later regretting what you vowed?

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  • Obedience September 14, 2020

Nazirite Vows of Special Dedication

May 5, 2017

Nazirite Vows of Special Dedication One of the most famous Nazirites in the Bible is the prophet and judge Samuel. Before he was even conceived, his mother Hannah vowed to God that if He granted her prayer for a son, she would “give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head” (1 Sam. 1:11). Her...

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  • Obedience May 5, 2017

Costly Giving: Freewill Offerings and Vows

May 28, 2012

Costly Giving: Freewill Offerings and Vows We might be cynical about promises. Politicians promise not to raise taxes, professional athletes promise they haven’t used steroids, and celebrities say, "I do," many of their marriages ending disastrously, sometimes within a matter of weeks. Leviticus ends with a chapter concerning vows, and they...

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Patience: A Key Command

February 25, 2019

Patience: A Key Command As many scholars have noticed, the epistle of James is deeply influenced by the teachings of Jesus during His earthly ministry, often alluding to His words and addressing similar issues. The Moody Bible Commentary points out 24 parallels between James and the Sermon on the Mount. Today’s verse brings to mind Jesus’...

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  • Devotions February 25, 2019

Devotion for June 13, 2008

June 13, 2008

Devotion for June 13, 2008 A diptych is a traditional Christian art form in which two scenes are portrayed on separate wood panels, connected by a hinge in the middle. Sometimes these two scenes depict contrasting scenarios, one positive and one negative. Each can be instructive, one as an encouragement and the other as a warning. Saul and...

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A Taste for Worldliness

January 5, 2019

A Taste for Worldliness The word worldly is often used today to describe a person who is sophisticated or refined in their tastes. But the biblical meaning of this word is something quite different. Worldly in Scripture is synonymous with “ungodly.” Hebrews 12:16 characterizes Jacob’s brother, Esau, as a worldly or profane person because...

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Devotion for Aug. 8, 2009

August 8, 2009

Devotion for Aug. 8, 2009 In 2004, an outbreak of polio swept through children in northern Nigeria. Vaccinations are used worldwide, and the disease has largely been eradicated. But in the Nigerian state of Kano, rumors spread that the polio vaccine was intended to make the children sterile or even give them AIDS. Despite pleas from neighboring...

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The Curse of Hasty Words: Jephthah’s Daughter

January 14, 2017

The Curse of Hasty Words: Jephthah’s Daughter In 2004 the Metropolitan Museum of Art reconstructed the tomb of Perneb, replacing the discolored protective glass over its limestone carvings and reconfiguring its entrance. Now visitors are able to see how ancient Egyptians buried their dead and which objects they considered necessary for the...

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Question and Answer

February 1, 2007

One of my favorite characters in the Old Testament is Mephibosheth, to whom David showed unbelievable grace after the death of Saul and Jonathon. David vowed that he would care for Jonathon’s crippled son, and his family, which he obviously did. My question related to the events in 2 Samuel 10 when Ziba lied to David about Mephibosheth and...

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Question and Answer

May 1, 2015

I was reading in 1 Samuel 1 and noticed that Hannah alone dedicated Samuel to the Lord. Elkanah appears to be passive in the decision. Can you clarify matters? Question and Answer The narrator of Samuel does not write much about Elkanah’s role in the dedication of Samuel. The narrator’s focus is on Hannah. Hannah makes the vow. Under the...

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