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David Bahn - Reflections

David Bahn - Reflections

By David Bahn
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David Bahn - Reflections

The Danger of Self-Serving Fear
Self-serving fear is so powerful! It can derail our obedient faith. It can thwart our proper place in God's reign and rule. It can short-circuit prayer and an even greater reliance on God.
June 15, 2021
Drastic times call for...
Drastic times call for drastic actions. But the most drastic action is that of continued faithfulness in the face of temptation and fear. The most drastic action is that of loving God and relying on him in every situation.
June 14, 2021
Signs of Success
The greatest sign of success is seen by God alone. It is the sign of a broken and contrite heart, taking refuge in God's goodness and mercy.
June 14, 2021
Family Affair
Faith is a personal matter. But the influence of family has a powerful impact on faith's formation and expression. 
June 10, 2021
Rejoicing Along the Way
Are you missing the blessings and joy of life today in anticipation only of what might come tomorrow? 
June 9, 2021
Giddy up and Go!
Following Jesus means going with him as he is on the move in your heart, family, neighborhood, and world. 
June 8, 2021
Blessed to be a Blessing
Are we blessed to be blessed? Or does God bless us so that we can bless others? The latter is our calling as children of Abraham.
June 7, 2021
God's Calling
Do you think of being called as the providence only of pastor types and their families? Think again. Our text is Genesis 12:1-9
June 6, 2021
Sudden Stops
God brought an abrupt halt to the work on the Tower of Babel. Why doesn't he do that more often today?
June 3, 2021
Bloom Where You are Planted?!?
Is this an invitation or a challenge? A prod or an encouragement? A stick or a carrot? Consider how God is inviting you to bloom where you're planted no matter how you got there. 
June 2, 2021
Pray and Prepare or Predict and Plan
We may wish we could predict the future and then plan accordingly. But God calls us to pray and prepare for how he will use us for his kingdom's sake. 
June 1, 2021
Keeping Up Appearances
Maybe you know someone who wants to look good at all costs, but everyone sees right through them. God sees us for who we are and welcomes the repentant sinner rather than those who try to cover their faults and sins with outward success. 
June 1, 2021
Bricks or Sticks? No or Go?
How well do you understand the worker at the fast food drive through window? How about even worse misunderstandings? What's the source of true understanding? 
May 30, 2021
To your children, and their children, and their children...
May the blessings of God abound to your children and their a thousand generations!
May 27, 2021
Curses and Blessings
Do you bless others? How about cursing them? God is in the blessing business. 
May 26, 2021
The Art of Overlooking
Some things are better left unseen. God's love, grace, and forgiveness is not one of those things!
May 26, 2021
For Shame
How do you handle shame? Noah gives us a clue. Jesus gives us the cure.
May 24, 2021
Don't say, "Oops!"
Our sins require more than a simple "oops." And God's forgiveness is a rich treasure for those who acknowledge their sin.
May 23, 2021
Do all dogs go to heaven?
I'm not sure all dogs go to heaven, but I do have a strong opinion that animals will be part of the New Heaven and New Earth that God is preparing for his creatures. 
May 20, 2021
What's Better than a Promise of God?
God's promises are sure and precious. But there's something even better than God's promises: That's his promises believed, trusted, and lived-out.
May 19, 2021
Would God actually need a reminder? Listen today to find out.
May 18, 2021
Have you ever needed a do-over? Of course you have. Learn how completely different God's do-overs are in today's post.
May 17, 2021
How do you read the Bible?
Is the Bible only a rulebook for godly living? Or is it a love letter calling us to faith in Jesus?
May 17, 2021
Ark Builder Becomes Altar Builder
God doesn't need a place to be. He is present everywhere. We need a place to worship. Noah builds an altar as a place of worship.
May 14, 2021
As Long As...
God has grand plans for the world he created. As long as life goes on, let's not miss the divine appointments he has set for us.
May 12, 2021
Seasons of Life and Rhythms of Living
Seasons are blessings from God. Rhythms help us experience them more fully. 
May 11, 2021
Why Not Harsher Treatment?
God wants more than mere outward obedience. He want our hearts.
May 10, 2021
What Noah Did Not Do
Noah did not direct that a monument be erected in his honor. He built an altar and worshipped the Lord God. 
May 10, 2021
Coming Home
We live after the deliverance; but still wait for the fullness of our salvation to be experienced. 
May 6, 2021
Twenty-Five or Six to Four?
Do you know what time it is? God's time? Your time? When they intersect great blessings emerge. 
May 5, 2021
Waiting for the Sprig
Let's remember Noah's 150 days, his additional 2-½ months, and his 40 more days. And the dove. And the sprig of the olive tree that the dove will bring. I'm believing that the wait will be well worth it.
May 5, 2021
Day 152
What do you do while you wait for the final victory celebration to begin? You don't lose hope.
May 4, 2021
Day 151
Is today the 150th day of waiting? Maybe tomorrow will be day 151...a day of God's remembering.
May 3, 2021
Let's be real about God's people and the world's need for mercy, grace, and salvation.
April 30, 2021
What do we really know?
We know precious little about God - and even the flood and Noah's ark. But the little we know is precious.
April 28, 2021
What's the big deal?
Do you obey God because his commands make sense, or because you respect his character? 
April 26, 2021
The Breadth of God's Provision
How much do we really need along life's way? 
April 23, 2021
Noah and...
The story of Noah and the ark is really the story of Noah and God. We all have a place in the Story of God...through Jesus, for his glory, and our eternal joy.
April 21, 2021
The Power of One Little Word
God will destroy the world, but he will save Noah and his family and the animals. Times may be difficult BUT God is always at work for our good. 
April 21, 2021
Decks, Cubits, Doors, Rooms, and Windows
God goes beyond just the basics - even when directing Noah to build the ark.
April 19, 2021
Do you want to be the exception?
Too often we want to fit in rather than stand out from the crowd. God wants people to be exceptional in their love, grace, godliness, and mercy. Noah was such a man. Jesus is The Exception for all time. 
April 19, 2021
What would make him do that?
We do what we do because we believe what we believe. What do you believe? Are you showing it in everyday ways? 
April 16, 2021
The Perfect Exception
Evil is easily seen and all too often obvious. God's people need to be exceptions to that. And when we fail, we can thank God for the perfect exception in Jesus!
April 14, 2021
Object Lesson Writ Large
How do you learn the hard lessons of life? Your own school of hard knocks? Or through the mistakes of others? Noah has something to teach us about God's ways - far beyond the flood. 
April 14, 2021
Why are you sorry you made man, O God?
What kind of grief did God experience in these ancient days when the evil of men and women grew unfettered? 
April 13, 2021
Angels, Warriors, and Heroes
Who are your heroes? Large and in charge people? Godly and humble servants? The Hero of Heaven is mighty to save...and we need such a hero desperately!
April 12, 2021
How do you spell relief? "N-O-A-H"?
Noah's name means relief, rest, or comfort. But relief is not spelled N-O-A-H, or C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N, or S-P-O-U-S-E. There is, nonetheless, even here a prospect of something more.
April 8, 2021
How long do you want to live?
Lots of people want to live to a ripe old age. How old do you want to get?
April 7, 2021
No Exceptions
Do you make exceptions? Do they become the new rule? What about God. Be glad he doesn't make exceptions to his promises we receive by faith!
April 6, 2021
930; 912; 910; 895, But Who's Counting?
Would you want to live 930 years? Or are these lifespans in Genesis 5 simply symbolic? Even at face value, there's a lesson here, reflected in Psalm 90:13: Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
April 6, 2021
The Facts of Death (Make the Message of Easter ever More welcome!)
Genesis 5 has a refrain, "And then he died." It's a result of sin, and it makes the message of Easter ever more welcome!
April 4, 2021
Easter Fear, Love and Trust
Easter joy is abundant, and rightly so. But the fullest experience of Jesus' resurrection will lead us to fear, love, and trust in the God who saved us through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection!
April 4, 2021
The Most Profound Prayer of Good Friday
Do you know the three prayers of Jesus on Good Friday? Which of these is the most profound?
April 2, 2021
The Power of Prayer
Is it my fervent intensity or God's gracious promise and name that gives prayer its power?
March 31, 2021
When is it NOT a good time to pray?
Is prayer ever not appropriate? Don't be too quick to answer, even though praying in Jesus' name is always appropriate. 
March 31, 2021
Ruthless Arrogance
What do we do when we're confronted with bullies and those who take advantage of their power for their own good and to our or others' harm? Pray! 
March 30, 2021
Sin's Creeping Encroachment
A little nibble here. A larger taste there. Pretty soon you're downing giant gulps. That's the way with sin, and we see it unfolding in these last verses of Genesis 4
March 29, 2021
Did you grow up around here?
We all grew up east of Eden. That means the best we might experience in this world is but a dim reflection of the Paradise of God to which God invites us.
March 25, 2021
Our actions have ripples. They can be ripples of love and grace or ripples of harm and danger. 
March 24, 2021
What are the impact of our actions on others? Are you aware of how your actions might lead others toward or away from Jesus?
March 24, 2021
Better Bloodspeak
How are you with the idea of blood? How does Abel's blood compare with Jesus' blood? Listen as it speaks...
March 23, 2021
Far Better than Karma
Do you really want repayment from those who have wronged you? Are you ready to repay your harm of others? There is a better hope in the blood of Jesus.
March 22, 2021
"Am I my brother's...?"
Are you your brother's keeper? Careful with your answer. Listen to find out. 
March 22, 2021
Crouching Menace
David Bahn Reflections for March 18, 2021
March 17, 2021
Worship Wars
Did the worship wars begin in the 1980's or much, much earlier? Listen today and find out. 
March 16, 2021
Worship Wars
Did the worship wars begin in the 1980s or did those wars start much earlier?
March 16, 2021
When Tough Love is Truly Love
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March 16, 2021
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
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March 15, 2021