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Habits of Hope

by Jed Brown

We’ve been at this lockdown thing since St. Patrick’s Day – enough time to drop old habits, and pick up new ones. I therefore invite you to begin assessing the habits in your life, and make wise plans for exiting the lockdown with the right ones.  How do we determine if a habit is “right”?  […]

Underneath Prayerlessness (Numbers 20)

by Jed Brown
house on black mountain covered by snow

I’ve never forgotten what Darrin Patrick said about prayer, in a talk he gave. Essentially, he said:  When you are having trouble praying, when you go silent on God, look for disappointment with God as the reason.  There are of course other reasons for prayerlessness:  A lack of sleep. Sometimes the best thing we can […]

Beholding the Giver

by Jed Brown
yellow trees near mountain and boy of water

God is intent on doing deep, sweet work in us, when we pray – beyond just the thing we pray for. He is out to produce in us humility. This is a hard word for some, but it wasn’t for Jonathan Edwards, who said that the pleasures of humility are some of the most refined, […]

Fighting Fire with Fire – Numbers 16

by Jed Brown

Some lessons from Korah’s rebellion, in Numbers 16, will land us on prayer. The short version of the story is that Korah cultivates 250 followers from Israel, and they rebel against Moses and Aaron. Their major claim is “You’ve gone too far!” (v. 3). They resent Moses and Aaron’s singular, special leadership. Some observations from […]

Moving Forward Together

by Jed Brown
short-coated black dog sitting

We all come to the coronavirus situation with preconceived notions of what is best; ideas and political leanings established in the past, by our upbringing, experiences, jobs and training, etc. And not all of our notions will agree with one another’s. Thus we have sought from the beginning to keep one finger on God’s “preconceived […]

Wailing for Quail – Numbers 11

by Jed Brown
variety of fruits

The story of the quail and the prophets, from Numbers 11, is strange to us, in many of the details. But the point could not be more contemporary.  The people are on the other side of the Exodus, and are three days into a new season of their journey. But they complain, sentimentalizing their slavery […]

The Refuge That’s Merciful

by Jed Brown
lightning strike at night

David is hiding from Saul – from “storms of destruction”:    Psalm 57 1  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,   for in you my soul takes refuge;   in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,   till the storms of destruction pass by.  2  I cry out to God Most […]

What’s “Essential”

by Jed Brown
chief standing near body of water

In order to effect the lockdown, many governments have categorized types of works as either “essential” or “non-essential”. This is because most governments, for a variety of reasons, have not quarantined only those who are ill or exposed, but everyone. This differs from the historic and Scriptural versions of quarantine (Lev. 13:45-46; 14:33-53). But my point […]

Praying for God’s Desires for Government

by Jed Brown
white concrete building under sky

We are to pray a lot for governing officials, commands Paul, in 1 Timothy 2: 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in […]

On Submitting to Governing Authorities

by Jed Brown

Governing authorities exist because God instituted them. Romans 13: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are […]