Religion

Meant for Evil. Used for Good.

Meant for Evil. Used for Good.

on April 7, 2020, 8:54 AM / in Religion

By Erick Erickson “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20 (ESV) Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery. They were jealous of him and meant to harm him. But God turned it around on them. In His […]

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The brightest supermoon of the year: A Holy Tuesday invitation to risk-taking faith that changes eternity

The brightest supermoon of the year: A Holy Tuesday invitation to risk-taking faith that changes eternity

on April 7, 2020, 8:39 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison Many of us are praying for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to recover from COVID-19 after he was moved to intensive care yesterday. As of this morning, he is not yet on a ventilator but is receiving oxygen support. Meanwhile, the “biggest, brightest supermoon of 2020” is rising tonight. April’s full moon is a supermoon, meaning that it is full […]

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Consider Him who endured such hostility

Consider Him who endured such hostility

on April 7, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Consider Him who endured such hostility . . . , lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. – Hebrews 12:3 I was in my second year of widowhood and I was struggling. Morning after morning my prayer-life consisted of one daily sigh: “Lord, I shouldn’t be struggling like this!” “And why not?” His still, small voice asked me […]

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His Plans or Ours?

His Plans or Ours?

on April 7, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

“Who am I, Lord God . . . that you have brought me this far?”1 Chronicles 17:16 When my husband was 18 years old, he started a car-cleaning business. He rented a garage, hired helpers, and created advertising brochures. The business prospered. His intention was to sell it and use the proceeds to pay for college, so he was thrilled […]

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Churches of Ten in an Epidemiocracy

on April 6, 2020, 7:39 AM / in Religion

Before God destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-25), in chapter 18, verses 20ff Abraham pleads with Him to spare the inhabitants thereof for the sake of the righteous there.  Abraham starts out at fifty as the number of righteous people God would stay His judgment for, but steadily reduces that number, first by fives, and when he gets to forty, […]

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The Hollywood Hills Cross

The Hollywood Hills Cross

on April 6, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Galatians 6:14 One of the most recognizable images in the US is the “HOLLYWOOD” sign in Southern California. People from all over the globe come to “Tinseltown” to gaze at cement footprints of stars and perhaps catch a glimpse of celebrities who might pass by. It’s hard […]

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Words of Faith: The Red, White and Blue; Prayer Banning; and others

on April 5, 2020, 7:01 AM / in History, National News, Religion, State News

On June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a Resolution that read as follows: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” With those words, the American flag was born. The […]

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Don’t Walk Away

Don’t Walk Away

on April 5, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Before you were born I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5 In 1986, John Piper nearly quit as minister of a large church. At that time he admitted in his journal: “I am so discouraged. I am so blank. I feel like there are opponents on every hand.” But Piper didn’t walk away, and God used him to lead a thriving […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is now a bobblehead: How to be able to say, ‘I arise today through mighty strength’

Dr. Anthony Fauci is now a bobblehead: How to be able to say, ‘I arise today through mighty strength’

on April 4, 2020, 8:55 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison I’m sure you’ve seen Dr. Anthony Fauci on television in his role as the United States’ top infectious disease specialist. But you may not know that Dr. Fauci’s face is now appearing on socks. A Rochester, New York, shop is also selling doughnuts with his face topped with red, white, and blue sprinkles. Dr. Fauci is even […]

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Wisdom and Grace

Wisdom and Grace

on April 4, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault. James 1:5 On April 4, 1968, American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated, leaving millions angry and disillusioned. In Indianapolis, a largely African-American crowd had gathered to hear Robert F. Kennedy speak. Many had not yet heard […]

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The Blacksmith and the King

The Blacksmith and the King

on April 3, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.  Colossians 3:23 In 1878, when Scotsman Alexander Mackay arrived in what is now Uganda to serve as a missionary, he first set up a blacksmith forge among a tribe ruled by King Mutesa. Villagers gathered around this stranger who worked with […]

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How to Explain GOD

How to Explain GOD

on April 3, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Bedtime Stories, Religion

It was written by an 8-year-old, Danny Dutton of Chula Vista, CA, for his third-grade homework assignment.  The assignment was to explain God.  Wonder if any of us could do as well?” EXPLAIN GOD……. One of God’s main jobs is making people.  He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of […]

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Why Me Lord?

Why Me Lord?

on April 3, 2020, 6:00 AM / in People, Religion

I had wondered as a young man, as to why should I should suffer disappointment, or sorrow, or tribulation? What have I done that God should send me these trials? Was He displeased with me? I am positive all have these questions. Each day, I learn of someone’s neighbors wife or husband or child has the same cancer that my mother in […]

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Joe Buck will make your home movie: Finding meaning in crisis through solitude with God

Joe Buck will make your home movie: Finding meaning in crisis through solitude with God

on April 2, 2020, 8:24 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison Joe Buck has one of the best-known voices in America. He has called twenty-two World Series and six Super Bowls. The son of legendary announcer Jack Buck, he is ubiquitous in the world of sports broadcasting. Now you can have his voice on your home videos. People are sending him videos of dogs chasing each other in an empty field, chickens […]

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How to Love Your Spouse through Chronic Illness

How to Love Your Spouse through Chronic Illness

on April 2, 2020, 8:20 AM / in Religion

By Kathryn Graves |  Crosswalk  When we’re young, most of us think the only people who have to deal with a chronically ill or disabled spouse are older folks. We live our lives on the fast track, and rarely stop to think about the prospect of aging, never mind getting sick with some dread disease. Our schedules with children, jobs, […]

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Too Close

Too Close

on April 2, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 I grew up in Oklahoma where severe weather is common from early spring through the end of summer. I recall one evening when the sky boiled with dark clouds, the TV weather forecaster warned of an approaching tornado, and the electricity went out. Very […]

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The Gallery of God

The Gallery of God

on April 1, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

The Lord is good and his love endures forever.   Psalm 100:5 Psalm 100 is like a work of art that helps us celebrate our unseen God. While the focus of our worship is beyond view, His people make Him known. Imagine the artist with brush and palette working the colorful words of this psalm onto a canvas. What emerges before […]

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Follow Me

Follow Me

on March 31, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  Mark 2:17 Health clubs offer many different programs for those who want to lose weight and stay healthy. One fitness center caters only to those who want to lose at least 50 pounds and develop a healthy lifestyle. One member says that she quit her previous fitness club […]

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Easter Start

Easter Start

on March 31, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.   John 20:27 One detail in the Easter story has always intrigued me. Why did Jesus keep the scars from His crucifixion? Presumably He could have had any resurrected body He wanted, and yet He chose one identifiable mainly by scars that could be seen and touched. […]

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He Has Risen

He Has Risen

on March 31, 2020, 6:00 AM / in National News, News, Religion

On George Washington’s tomb is engraved the Scripture, John 11:25, where Jesus told Martha: “I am the Resurrection and the Life; sayeth the Lord. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.” Martin Luther remarked: “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not […]

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