Religion

Good Morning, It’s a Blessed Wednesday

Good Morning, It’s a Blessed Wednesday

on May 23, 2018, 6:03 AM / in Religion
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Why Me?

Why Me?

on May 23, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Why have I found such favor in your eyes? Ruth 2:10 Ruth was a foreigner. She was a widow. She was poor. In many parts of the world today she would be considered a nobody—someone whose future doesn’t hold any hope. However, Ruth found favor in the eyes of a relative of her deceased husband, a rich man and the […]

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Paddling Home

Paddling Home

on May 22, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13 I like Reepicheep, C. S. Lewis’ tough little talking mouse in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Determined to reach the “utter East” and join the great lion Aslan [symbolic of Christ], Reepicheep declares his resolve: “While I may, I sail East in Dawn Treader. […]

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God’s Dwelling Place

God’s Dwelling Place

on May 21, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Revelation 21:4 James Oglethorpe (1696–1785) was a British general and member of Parliament who had a vision for a great city. Charged with settling the state of Georgia in North America, he planned the city of Savannah according to that vision. He designed a series of squares, each […]

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These Nashville attorneys fought for marriage equality at the Supreme Court, in their United Methodist church

on May 20, 2018, 6:58 AM / in Religion, State News

The United Methodist Church has been preyed on from the heretic on the left for years because they were considered weak in their faith at times. Even a few of their own ministers fell from grace over the issue. Why might you ask? We suspect it is because as a church some feel they can save mankind from the depths […]

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Restoring Spiritual Sight

Restoring Spiritual Sight

on May 20, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. —Psalm 119:130 Sanduk Ruit is a Nepalese doctor who has used his scalpel, microscope, and simplified cataract surgery technique to give sight to almost 70,000 people over the past 23 years. The poorest patients who visit his nonprofit eye center in Katmandu pay with just their gratitude. […]

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War In Heaven

War In Heaven

on May 19, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

War broke out in heaven . . . . [And Satan] was cast to the earth. —Revelation 12:7-9 Philip Pullman is a gifted writer of fantasy books. His Dark Materials trilogy includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass and is very popular among young readers. But below the surface of these sympathetic characters and compelling subplots […]

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The Heavenly Alternative

The Heavenly Alternative

on May 18, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. —2 Corinthians 5:8 Recently, I wished a young friend “Happy Birthday” and asked him how it felt to be a year older. His playful response? “Well, I guess it’s better than the alternative!” We smiled and laughed together, but later […]

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Time to Grow

Time to Grow

on May 17, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9 In Debbie’s new home, she discovered an abandoned plant in a dark corner of the kitchen. The dusty and ragged leaves looked like those of a moth orchid, and she imagined how pretty the plant would look once it had sent up new bloom-bearing […]

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Is He Good?

Is He Good?

on May 16, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

He said to the woman, “Did God really say . . . ?”Genesis 3:1 “I don’t think God is good,” my friend told me. She had been praying for years about some difficult issues, but nothing had improved. Her anger and bitterness over God’s silence grew. Knowing her well, I sensed that deep down she believed God is good, but […]

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Always in His Care

Always in His Care

on May 15, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.Psalm 139:2 Veteran news reporter Scott Pelley never goes on assignment without his travel essentials—a shortwave radio, camera, indestructible suitcase, laptop computer, phone, and an emergency locator beacon that works anywhere. “You extend the antenna, push two buttons, and it sends a signal to a satellite […]

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Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday!

on May 13, 2018, 6:44 AM / in Religion
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Unseen, Yet Loved

Unseen, Yet Loved

on May 13, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Though you have not seen him, you love him. 1 Peter 1:8 Like others in the blogging community, I’d never met the man known to us as BruceC. Yet when his wife posted a note to the group to let us know that her husband had died, a string of responses from distant places showed we all knew we had […]

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Ambassador of Love

Ambassador of Love

on May 12, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Read: John 3:9-21 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15–16; John 3:1-18 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 In my work as a chaplain, some people occasionally ask if I am willing to give them some additional spiritual help. While I’m happy […]

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Start Afresh

Start Afresh

on May 11, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Read: Psalm 86:5-15 | Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 13–14; John 2 His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 When I was growing up, one of my favorite books was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. In one amusing passage, young Anne, by mistake, adds a skin medication instead […]

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Statements of Interest

on May 10, 2018, 6:30 AM / in History, Religion

Thanks to Bobbie Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad….  Matthew 5:10-12a “All who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 […]

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Our Divine Defense

Our Divine Defense

on May 10, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Ephesians 6:17 Under Nehemiah’s supervision, the Israelite workers were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. When they were nearly half finished, however, they learned that their enemies were plotting to attack Jerusalem. This news demoralized the already exhausted workers. Nehemiah had to do something. First, he […]

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Keep Climbing!

Keep Climbing!

on May 9, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Encourage one another daily. Hebrews 3:13 Richard needed a push, and he got one. He was rock climbing with his friend Kevin who was the belayer (the one who secures the rope). Exhausted and ready to quit, Richard asked Kevin to lower him to the ground. But Kevin urged him on, saying he had come too far to quit. Dangling […]

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Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

on May 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

I will not forget you!Isaiah 49:15 At her mother’s 50th birthday celebration with hundreds of people present, firstborn daughter Kukua recounted what her mother had done for her. The times were hard, Kukua remembered, and funds were scarce in the home. But her single mother deprived herself of personal comfort, selling her precious jewelry and other possessions in order to […]

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The Promised Spirit

The Promised Spirit

on May 7, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.2 Kings 2:9 Tenacity and audacity—Elisha had heaps of both. Having spent time with Elijah, he witnessed the Lord working through the prophet by performing miracles and by speaking truth in an age of lies. Second Kings 2:1 tells us that Elijah is about to be taken “up to heaven,” […]

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