A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

– Pray – Read Job 20:20-29 “The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise against him.” Job 20:27 – Observe NOW what is Zophar talking about? How does the sky expose someone’s guilt? How does the earth rise up against someone? Since this is probably an agricultural society, he is probably referring to […]

– Pray – Read Job 20:12-19 “For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses that he did not build.” Job 20:19 – Observe Whoa! That is a serious accusation being thrown at Job! Yet it sounds very much like stuff I’ve heard from some protestors lately. They accused the […]

Our pastor reached out and poked my heart in a tender spot yesterday. We’ve been studying the theology of work, so I’ve been hearing a lot about how I should work and what attitude I should have. I feel like I’ve got a good idea how that goes and was feeling like I wasn’t too […]

– Pray – Read Job 20:1-11 “His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.” Job 20:10 – Observe Zophar’s speech about how God punishes the wicked has not been adjusted for Job’s situation. Job’s children are all dead. Zophar’s claim that he is inspired by his own […]

– Pray – Read Job 19:23-29 “And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.” Job 19:26 – Observe Job had been declaring his desire to stand before God, and his desire for God to defend him against God. Now, he is prophesying that, in the end, he will […]

– Pray – Read Job 19:13-22 “Have pity on me, my friends, for the hand of God has struck me.” Job 19:21 – Observe Here is what Job wants from him friends: pity, instead of criticism. Their message was: Repent and you’ll be fine. But Job had nothing to repent. A simple, “I’m sorry that […]

– Pray – Read Job 19:1-12 “Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me.” Job 19:3 – Observe Has it been ten times already? I wasn’t counting. Apparently, Job was. He was listening carefully to everything his friends said, waiting in vain for comfort from them. Their lack of comforting words started […]

I recently witnessed a dramatic example of how quickly pride can disrupt the goal of carrying the Kingdom forward. It’s amazing just how fast things can grind to a halt when pride, reputation, and self-importance get in the way. At the same time, I also witnessed the wisdom of God being used to cut right […]

– Pray – Read Job 18:11-21 “Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who knows not God.” Job 18:21 – Observe If this is the “know” as in: Adam “knew” his wife Eve and she conceived, then Bildad has set a really high standard. He is basically […]

– Pray – Read Job 18:1-10 “You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be removed from their place” Job 18:4 – Observe Bildad considered his belief in God punishing only the wicked to be foundational to the universe. To ask […]

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