READ: Proverbs 30, Luke 18, Revelation 10 LORD, HAVE MERCY Jesus loves it when we are persistent in prayer, when we keep coming back to Him over and over again in faith. Luke 18 tells us that if an unjust judge can be moved by the persistence of a supplicant, how much more shall the…

READ: Psalm 122, Zechariah 1, Matthew 4, 2 Thessalonians 2 HELPING GOD . . . WITH EVIL INTENT  There have been days to my shame that I wanted some Muslims to go to hell. My wife and I have now lived in the Arab world for over twenty years, and it can feel like every…

READ: Psalm 110, Nahum 1, John 14, Philippians 4 CUSTOM MERCY “Look upon me and be merciful to me as your custom is toward those who love Your name” (Psalm 119:132).  God’s nature is mercy based. God is both more merciful and more terrible than we imagine. He is not a tame god.  God is not…

READ: Psalm 102, Jonah 4, John 6, Ephesians 2 UNCHANGED  The New Testament God is not Jehovah 2.0. God does not change and His character does not evolve to accommodate the renaissance or relapses of humanity. God has ever been merciful and will ever be just. The seemingly harsh God of the New Testament is…

READ: Psalm 90, Amos 2, Luke 18, 2 Corinthians 9 MERCY’S SURRENDER The quicker we surrender to Jesus, the better. Mercy (God’s best for us no matter how much it hurts) is so satisfying if only we would surrender to it. We tend to unwittingly fight God’s mercy, resist the very thing that will deliver…

READ: Psalm 61, Ezekiel 16-18, Mark 5, Romans 12  GOD IS FAIR God has always been open with humanity. God does not change the rules and He has no moral surprises. From the beginning God sat down with man and clearly explained: The soul who sins shall die (Eze. 18:4, 20). Humanity has ever known that God…

READ: Psalm 58, Ezekiel 7-9, Mark 2, Romans 9  JUDGED AND REWARDED We must constantly be vigilant not to reduce God to a manageable deity by playing His complementary characteristics against themselves. Because our minds so desperately (and sincerely) want to understand God, we reduce Him to a formula and end up with a zero-sum…

READ: Psalm 54, Lamentations 1-3, Matthew 26, Romans 5 MERCY CONTEXT In Bible interpretation it is often said that “context is king” or “a text without a context is a pretext.” Some of the most popular and comforting Scripture passages are in effect sadly modulated for lack of appreciation for their context. Lamentations 3:22-24 is…

READ: Psalm 48, Jeremiah 37-39, Matthew 20, Acts 27  EVIL EYES Ancient Egyptians painted two eyes on their boats to protect them from misfortune–a practice still common in the Mediterranean. Many Muslims live in fear of the “evil eye”–a curse or difficulty brought on by the jealousy of another. The evil eye of jealousy is…

Read: 1 Kings 13-15, Psalm 103, Matthew 14, 1 Timothy 2 GRACE AND MERCY If grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve, mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve. The cross affords both:  At Calvary, “mercy there was great and grace was free.” The real question in life is not “Why…

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