Posted on June 20, 2008 by shawnbarr
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
The Stones have made a mint with this song and caused the phrase, “I can’t get no satisfaction,” to forever be associated with their melody when it comes to our minds. However, the concept is far from original.
Ancient writers have long conveyed their lack of ability to find satisfaction; including the Biblical writer of Psalm 17. For some reason, this life rarely brings the complete satisfaction we long for.
Oh, there are times of great satisfaction; including the birth of a child, the achievement of a goal, being in a great relationship, or the quiet and peace found over a morning cup of coffee on your deck. (more…)
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Posted on March 30, 2008 by shawnbarr
Job 38: 27 ….(who) causes to spring forth the growth of tender grass?
We were sifting our fingers through the soil and filling peat pots. My wife, oldest daughter and I were planting tomato, pumpkin, watermelon and flower starts. After digging little holes in the earth we dropped in the seeds; the melon and pumpkin seeds were planted little deeper than the tomatoes. The flower seeds we barely covered. I love springtime and getting my fingers dirty. We finished our work and set our starts in front of the kitchen deck doors with anticipation.
It’s a magical time of year really. You mix seeds, soil, sun, and water and voila! A few days later little living things peek out of the soil. (more…)
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Posted on March 16, 2008 by shawnbarr
Letters which look like chicken scratches, flash cards, memorization, relating new words to odd memory aids; such is the life of beginning Hebrew students. It’s hard to describe what learning Hebrew is like. There’s a lot of necessary repetition. I’d compare it to brushing your teeth. As a seminary student you need to do it, but it’s more of a necessary obligation than an exercise you look forward to. (more…)
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