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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 5)

Google states, “In a fraction of a second, Google’s Search algorithms sort through hundreds of billions of webpages in our Search index to find the most relevant, useful results for what you’re looking for.” David wrote: “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on

The famous Swiss theologian Karl Barth was asked by a student during a seminar in United States, “Dr. Barth, what is the most profound thing you have ever learned in your study of theology?” Barth thought for a moment and then replied with the words of a children’s song: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” At first the students thought his answer was simplistic, even humorous. But then they slowly realized that Barth was serious. Even simple

Abandoned by friends, without their support, as the apostle Paul sat all alone in prison, the Lord himself stood by him and gave him inner strength. He tells us further: “And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth” (2 Timothy 4:17). Some see this as a metaphor for evil people like the Emperor Nero whose fury was increasing toward the Christians, or his accusers who stood before him in the court. Psalm 22:21 carries a similar image: “Rescue me from the mouth

Ben E. King expressed the hopes of all lonely hearts as he sang: “When the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we’ll see. No I won’t be afraid, oh I won’t be afraid, just as long as you stand, stand by me.” When no friend stood as an advocate for the apostle Paul, when he felt abandoned and all alone, he tells us: “But the Lord stood at my side” (2 Timothy

Someone prayed, “Dear Lord, help us to realize that some of our greatest times of devotion to you come when we are the loneliest. Amen.” At the end of the apostle Paul’s life and ministry, imprisoned in Rome for the second time, realizing he would not be released, soon facing death as a martyr, Paul described an occasion he felt abandoned and all alone. Yet in that desperate situation, he allowed it to bring him into a deep encounter with the Jesus. “At