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Wonder and Inquiry - Diane Jacobson on Psalm 121

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My favorite Bible passage for today is Psalm 121.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come?
2 My help is from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; your keeper will not slumber.
4 In deed, he will neither slumber nor sleep, the keeper of Israel.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD

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My Favorite Bible Passage - Rolf Jacobson

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Rolf Jacobson. Article by Rolf Jacobson.

You have turned my mourning into dancing!
   You stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. -Psalm 30:11

One of my favorite teachers, Professor James Armstrong of Princeton Theological Seminary, used to say, “We teachers don’t have favorites ... and Dave Janzen is one of them.”

I feel the same way about the Bible. I was recently asked to blog about my favorite Bible

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Psalms of Praise: Rolf Jacobson

Rolf Jacobson talks about praise psalms and their importance for our life today.

According to Jacobson, praise serves two functions in the psalms:

  1. as a form of testimony, to show others how God has acted in the world (i.e., "We are called to praise God not for God's person, but for God's mission."); and
  2. as a form of direct communication with God, as a part of our relationship with God. 

Jacobson concludes that praise is neither for transactional purposes nor for affirmation of God; rather,

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