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Posts by Rev. Paul C. Ziemer (Page 5)

Whispering Hope

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And…

Cursed No More

See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:5). It seems the…

Repent

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17) The great reformation of the Holy Christian Church did not begin with the closed fist of defiant rebellion. The 95 theses posted on a church door in Germany in 1517 started with a call for sorrow over…

Keeping
Count

The total number of persons belonging to Jacob—his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons—who came to Egypt: 66. And Joseph’s sons who were born to him in Egypt: two persons. All those of Jacob’s household who had come to Egypt: 70 persons. (Genesis 46:26,27) A WWII Veteran once remarked: “In war, life…

Once Was Lost

“However, Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, her father’s household, and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent to spy on Jericho, and she lives in Israel to this day.” Joshua 6:25 It’s a false dream that suggests humans can earn the favor of God by living a good life.…

Delivered to Evil

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in…

Deadly Doubts

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted (Matthew 28:16). Doubts are like stones thrown onto our path.  Small doubts may just make us pay attention to our footing.  Large doubts can become spiritual IEDs. The person…

Famine

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). We have heard about famines. We have seen the pictures of emaciated adults and small children whose…

The Tie That Binds

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and…