Redemption on the Day of Pentecost


There are steps in Jerusalem that used to lead to the Temple at the top of Mt. Zion. Thirty-one of them are still there. A wall blocks the remainder. You can visit them today. In Jesus’ day, the steps led all the way up to the main level of the Temple Mount. Everyone walked up these steps. Likely Jesus did. Often.

Many believe on these very steps, the Church was born. It is where the New Testament church received its power.

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Psalm 119-5 (Hey)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-5 (Hey), verses 33-40:

God. Abba. Father.

We lift up our hands in praise to you today! You are Yahweh, the LORD, the One True God.

Teach us. May your word be the first place we turn when we need advice and counsel on how to live in this world. Give us what we need to follow your ways — they are just and true.

May we understand your guidance, as well, making it simpler to obey your word. We know that we find joy in walking the path of right, for it is good. Give us a hunger for wisdom and to devour your word. Forgive us for valuing our things, our possessions, our stuff. They are worthless and will pass away. But your word lives forever. It is the most valuable treasure we can have.

Thank you for keeping your promises to us. They are our blessing. They are our very life!

We glorify your name today, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit our comforter.


We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 119-4 (Dalet)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-4 (Dalet), verses 25-32:

God. Abba. Father.

Some days we are weary. Every door we try to go through is closed. Remind us that you allow us entrance and you prevent us entrance for our good. Help us to understand your ways. Give us your wisdom. Teach us your word. Let us ponder your miracles.

Give us strength, Lord. Breathe new life into our fatigued body and soul. As you guide, throw up barricades that lead nowhere and give us clarity in vision and purpose. Help us to stay on target to your truth, your ways, your life.

When we are confused, you give us understanding. Thank you! We commit to running this race with perseverance and diligence, learning the things you want from us, and for us. We trust you and know that you will never let us down.

We praise you! We love you.

We thank you for Jesus, in whose name we pray.


We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 119-3 (Gimel)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-3 (Gimel), verses 17-24:

God. Abba. Father.

We worship you today and ask that you might treat us with compassion and affection, oh King. In our hearts, we desire to obey your word above all else. Let us put our own wants down and exalt your name, and your ways.

Give us eyes to see the world the way you do. When you see people suffering, you see their hearts. When you see people making poor choices, you still see their hearts. Give us eyes to discover you moving in this Land and through your children. May we make the study of your word and your actions our priority.

We admit that we often feel out of place in a world that values things over people. We are strangers in a place where evil is applauded, where right is wrong, and wrong is right. Help us to see through the clutter of our lives to the clear paths that you have for us.

We thank you for your justice and for your grace. Our lives have no meaning without you. You have called us “chosen” and “set apart.” Help us to live holy lives for you are holy. Your word is life. Your word is our delight and joy!

Your word is Jesus, who became flesh and lived among us. He lives and rules forever! He has given us the Holy Spirit to be our guide. We praise you. We thank you. We love you.

And it is in Jesus’ name that we pray.


We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Romans 8. Part 1. “What’s Next, Papa?”


Earlier this year, we took a journey together through the Old Testament book of  Isaiah. Paul, as a learned rabbi and the author of the letter to the church at Rome, quoted regularly from the Prophet. So, let’s take the next few weeks together to look at the New Testament book of Romans.

Romans 8. Here we go!

We concluded the previous chapter discussing our addiction to sin, caused by the Human Condition. Paul swings the door of God’s grace wide open here. Can it be any clearer than this: “If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2, CEV).

A new power is in operation! The Spirit clears the air and frees us! Jesus took on the mess of the world… and the mess that is our life. We embrace what the Spirit has done, and is doing, in us. God didn’t tinker around when He came up with the plan to redeem us. He sent Jesus to put sin to death permanently and completely. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all.” (Romans 8:3-4, MSG).

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Light. Life. Jesus.

Jesus is the Light. He shines in the darkness. He brings Life!

Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus the Messiah. There is something very powerful and yet peaceful when His name is spoken in reverence and worship. His very name conquers fear. His very name lights our way when we feel trapped or alone or lost or consumed with darkness.

Remember when you were a kid and you were afraid of the dark? Maybe, like me, you had to have a light on in your bedroom at night. What was it about the light being on? It shined brightly in the darkness, didn’t it? It showed us that there was nothing else in the room, nothing would harm us or hurt us. The light was a comfort, wasn’t it?

Jesus said in John 8: “I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” John 8:12 (Passion)

Light is not only a comfort, but it brings life! Like the sun on the leaves of a plant, Jesus, the light of the world, brings life!

Do you believe that? Let His light shine in you and on you to give you His life. As the dawning light of a new day chases away the darkness of night, the comfort and peace of Jesus can do the same thing in your life. There is nothing so dark that His light can’t shine through and bring calm.

Maybe you need His light to bring you comfort today? Ask Him to shine His light in your life. Ask Him to let His life drive the darkness out of your life! He loves you and He will do it.


(c) Rich Ronald. 2019.