Religion

God of the Ordinary

God of the Ordinary

on June 14, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.1 Corinthians 10:13 Hearing testimonies about how God did something spectacular in someone else’s life can challenge us. While we may rejoice to hear about answers to prayer, we may also wonder why God hasn’t done anything amazing for us lately. It’s easy to think that if God showed […]

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Repeat After Me

Repeat After Me

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

Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.Psalm 141:3 (nlt) When Rebecca stood on stage to speak at a conference, her first sentence into the microphone echoed around the room. It was a bit unsettling for her to hear her own words come back at her, and she had to adjust to the faulty sound system […]

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Foundations On Sinking Sand

on June 12, 2018, 6:11 AM / in Opinion, Religion

by Rob Pue  |    News with Views Today’s children are growing up in a world that most of us parents cannot easily relate to.  Its a world far removed from the ideals of  Mayberry and Leave it to Beaver. Such television shows of yesteryear portrayed solid families, with solid morals and values. There was such a thing as absolute […]

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Have A Heart

Have A Heart

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

You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. —Exodus 22:21 People who lack feeling for others are like cold fronts on the weather map in winter—you’d rather see them going than coming. An example is the homeowner who treats the paperboy like the neighborhood pest. He acts as if the […]

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THE GREAT COMMISSION?

on June 11, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Opinion, Religion

Note: As Christians, we find this point of view difficult to believe especially since the apostles themselves, those closest to Christ, stepped beyond the word of Christ.  By Thomas A. Ventimiglia ICONOCLAST “Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” Galatians 4:16. There is not a single thing you or I can contribute toward our own […]

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Safety Net

Safety Net

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

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.Matthew 5:48 For years I thought of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7) as a blueprint for human behavior, a standard no one could possibly meet. How could I have missed the true meaning? Jesus spoke these words not to frustrate us, but to tell us what God is like. Why should […]

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Our New Name

Our New Name

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

I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it.Revelation 2:17 She called herself a worrier, but when her child was hurt in an accident, she learned how to escape that restricting label. As her child was recovering, she met each week with friends to talk and pray, asking God for help and healing. […]

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“Dumb Ox”

“Dumb Ox”

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

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7 When Thomas Aquinas began to attend classes at the University of Paris in the 13th century, he seldom spoke up in class. His fellow students thought that his silence meant he wasn’t very smart, so they nicknamed him “the dumb ox.” His peers […]

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Above All

Above All

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

He who comes from heaven is above all. – John 3:31 In the mid-1800s, Ralph Waldo Emerson became a leader in a philosophical movement known as “transcendentalism,” which says that truth comes from personal insight. Emerson wrote, “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is […]

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A Vision That Transforms

A Vision That Transforms

on June 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

We all . . . are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 In one version of the mythical tale of King Arthur, the young king is hiding in a tree, nervously awaiting his betrothed. After falling, he felt he had to explain himself to […]

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A Friend To The End

A Friend To The End

on June 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24 Traditionally, medical schools have trained their students to help patients live, while offering little instruction in helping them face death. But that is changing with the addition of courses in end-of-life care. Physicians are now taught that when they have used all their medical expertise without achieving […]

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Have A Great Day!

Have A Great Day!

on June 4, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. —Psalm 118:24  I was in a convenience store one day, standing in line behind a man paying for his groceries. When he was finished, the clerk sent him off with a cheery “Have a great day!” To the clerk’s surprise (and mine) the man […]

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I’ll Pay You Later

I’ll Pay You Later

on June 3, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

You shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. – Luke 14:14  Suppose a boss were to say to an employee, “We really appreciate what you’re doing around here, but we’ve decided to change the way we pay you. Starting today, we’re going to pay you later—after you retire.” Would the employee jump for joy? Of course not. That’s […]

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Five-Finger Prayers

Five-Finger Prayers

on June 2, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Pray for one another.  – James 5:16 Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger […]

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God Said That

God Said That

on June 1, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4 When 8-year-old Jacob visited his Grampa in the hospital, he came with his own custom-made “Get Well” card. It was an 81/2″ x 11″ piece of stiff white paper folded in half. On the front he had written, “Hope you feel better soon.” On the […]

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Knowing and Doing

Knowing and Doing

on May 31, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.Mark 10:27 Chinese philosopher Han Feizi made this observation about life: “Knowing the facts is easy. Knowing how to act based on the facts is difficult.” A rich man with that problem once came to Jesus. He knew the law of Moses and believed he had kept […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  “There can be no peace with the forces of evil. Peace comes only through the establishment of the supremacy of the forces of good.” -President Coolidge, Memorial Day, 1923

American Minute with Bill Federer “There can be no peace with the forces of evil. Peace comes only through the establishment of the supremacy of the forces of good.” -President Coolidge, Memorial Day, 1923

on May 30, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, People, Religion

Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in which over a half-million died. Many places claimed to have held the original Memorial Day, such as: Warrenton, Virginia; Columbus, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Waterloo, New York. One such place was Charleston, South Carolina, where a mass […]

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Praise from Pure Hearts

Praise from Pure Hearts

on May 30, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

A broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.Psalm 51:17 During my friend Myrna’s travels to another country, she visited a church for worship. She noticed that as people entered the sanctuary they immediately knelt and prayed, facing away from the front of the church. My friend learned that people in that church confessed their sin to God before […]

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Prayer

Prayer

on May 29, 2018, 7:57 AM / in Religion

By John Piper  Sooner or later in your life — young people, heads up, old people know this. Sooner or later in your life, pressures and problems become almost overwhelming. • Physical problems — “Give me bread.”• Relational and mental problems — “Please forgive me.”• Moral problems — “Don’t let me go into that temptation again.” And what I want you […]

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Can’t Die But Once

Can’t Die But Once

on May 29, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10:28 Born into slavery and badly treated as a young girl, Harriet Tubman (c. 1822–1913) found a shining ray of hope in the Bible stories her mother told. The account of Israel’s escape from slavery under Pharaoh showed her a God who desired freedom […]

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