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Happiness

The Lord wants us to be happy. Really, lastingly happy. From John 15:11: "I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete." So... how do we get there from here?

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The Scapegoat

The Day of Atonement

There are three states that precede yearly repentance: 1. humility through external truth; 2. a strong desire to replace our love with the Lord’s love; 3. behavior based on our understanding of the Lord’s Word. By intentionally seeking these states, we can participate in the repentance, reformation, and regeneration that the Lord is constantly endeavoring to bring to us.

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I don't want to hear it.

Ahab does not like the pattern

King Ahab is almost a comical figure in his complaining about the bad news he always hears from a prophet of the Lord. Amazingly, he seems completely unaware of the fact that he is personally responsible for the evil prophecy that always comes his way.

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Pray hard.

Worrying About the Future

Consider the simple faith expressed in this psalm to the Lord. A confidence that evil will be punished and that good will always prevail. The future is bright. There is no need to worry.

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Moses and the Burning Bush

The Burning Bush

'Take off your shoes from upon your feet' means that the powers of the senses, which form the external levels of the natural, should be removed. 'For the place which you are standing on is holy ground' means that otherwise the Divine cannot come in. '

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Three layers of meaning; A single light soap bubble photograph by Pashminu, from Wikimedia Commons.

Correspondence between Spiritual and Natural Levels

There's a correspondence between things that exist at different levels of being. The Word was written, based on these correspondences.

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Daniel and His Friends Refuse the King's Food

Daniel Refuses the King's Food

Daniel and his friends, now captives in Babylon, refuse the food that is being offered to them from the King's table.

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Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream, Portion de vitrail de la cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille (Nord), représentant le prophète Daniel de l'ancien testament. Photo By Velvet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6498086

Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel, inspired by God, is the only person who is able to interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream. It's a powerful story in the literal sense, and its spiritual sense goes deep.

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A nice mother-daughter hug.

Mother

In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some cases "mother" more specifically means the truth of the church, the true teachings the church has about the Lord and about life.

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Enghave Kirke, Børnealtertavle:Den barmhjertige Samaritaner

How Shall I Inherit Eternal Life?

Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan is sparked by a man who asks a fundamental human question: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Rev. Jim Cooper ties Jesus's answer to another place in the Gospels where that question is asked.

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Possibility

The Attractive Power of Good

A promise from the Lord - He can and will lift us up. He will take our hands and draw us out of the frustrations and pains of selfish life. He will be with us and raise us up into joy and happiness beyond our belief.

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Christ driving the money-changers from the temple

The Difference Between Anger and Zeal

God is often described as angry or jealous in the Old Testament. How does this fit into our idea of God being loving and forgiving? The answer is in understanding the difference between anger and zeal.

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