Psalm 1: A Devotional for the Wise

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by Tzvi HaLevi Berger (b.1924, Transylvania)

“That kind of person is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water.
It always bears its fruit at the right time.
Its leaves don’t dry up.” (Psalm 1:3 NIrV)

 The wise are the “happy” and “blessed” (Psalm 1:1). They find themselves consumed by the things which please the LORD. They hang on His every word. His stories fill their dreams. His commands are their delight.
These happy saints sing His songs. They pray His prayers. They are washed by the waters of His cleansing and they eat His bread and drink from His cup. And they live. And they give life.
They find themselves planted by a stream of water where their roots find continuous sustenance. Their very life is maintained by this happy home where that life never fails to flow in, through and from them.
These happy trees are not blown away by the winds. They are not dried up when the rains cease. They do not withhold their fruit, because their fruit never stops growing. They have found the very source of life itself in their being planted in the garden of the LORD. Their leaves bring healing to the nations of the world who echoes their ceaseless praises to the Lord and Giver of Life. And the fruit of their lives is the fruit of that never ceasing river.
Such trees never cease to produce all that is good and right and enduring. And these righteous ones are that tree of life promised to the overcomers who are faithful to the LORD in all things and their reward shall never be taken from them. And they will flourish in His garden forever.
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To be published by myself in Grow Deeper: A Devotional by Trinity Bible College (2015).

The Life of Abraham Podcasts

GenesisThe final which I assigned for my Advanced Preaching students was to produce a devotional podcast on a preselected portion of Genesis concerning the life of Abraham (those doing the first two chapters did not submit so sadly I don’t have anything on Genesis 12-13). I am happy to post these ones here and welcome feedback.
Some are done with music. One as a video. And one in Spanish (by my request). Here is the total repository for all of the podcasts from my students for your listening pleasure:
Genesis 14.1-16 – Jay Crane (4:02)
Genesis 14.17-24 – Liz Gonzalez (3:54)
Genesis 15 – Ronnie Hern (5:30)
Genesis 16 – Janae Kjetland (3:10)
Genesis 17 – Paige Koch (4:10)
Genesis 18.1-15 – Daniel Lopez-Flores (en Español; 5:20)
Genesis 18.16-33 – Claudio Martinez (You-tube video; 4:16)
Genesis 19 – Thomas McComas (3:12)
Genesis 20 – Brandon Owens (3:02)
Genesis 21.1-21 – Katie Poling (5:04)
Genesis 21.22-34 – Abigail Townsend (4:36)
Genesis 22 – James Webster (4:29)