Religion

Called to Be Saints

Called to Be Saints

on July 5, 2013, 7:56 AM / in Religion

“Called to be saints.” Romans 1:7 We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject […]

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Inadequate Treatment

Inadequate Treatment

on June 24, 2013, 6:37 AM / in Religion

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, “Peace, peace!” when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 6:14 A sprained ankle, so common during summer activities, can cause lingering problems if not properly treated. Minor sprains respond well to RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. But people who ignore a serious sprain and keep going in spite […]

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Gaining Respect

Gaining Respect

on June 23, 2013, 7:10 AM / in Religion

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. – Daniel 1:8  When a professional musician nicknamed “Happy” became a Christian, he quit playing in nightclubs and offered his services to a rescue mission. Some time later, he received a phone call from a club manager who wanted to hire him to do a show that would have […]

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Christianity’s Best Argument

Christianity’s Best Argument

on June 22, 2013, 4:06 AM / in Religion

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. – 1 Peter 3:15 What’s the best argument we can give those who ask why we have accepted Jesus as our Savior? How can we most persuasively bear witness to our faith? “Always be ready,” Peter urged, “to give […]

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Shooing Satan

Shooing Satan

on June 17, 2013, 4:51 AM / in Religion

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James 4:7  Down in Texas where I was raised, the standard way to respond when someone sneezed was to say, “Scat!” It was common practice, but I never knew why we said it. Now I know. It’s an old custom dating back to ancient times, when folks believed that sneezing […]

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That’s The Way It Works

That’s The Way It Works

on June 16, 2013, 4:48 AM / in Religion

Strive together with me in prayers to God for me. – Romans 15:30 In his book Dear Zoe, Max De Pree writes, “The way to turn problems over to the Lord is to ask His people for help.” Before flying to Europe on business, Max learned that his daughter was pregnant. Her marriage, however, was in serious trouble. Sorrow and […]

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Working Wisely

Working Wisely

on June 15, 2013, 4:46 AM / in Religion

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. – John 9:4 In a photo on my wall, a rusted rake leans against a post in a vegetable garden overgrown with weeds. I took the picture several months after my father-in-law died and there was no one to care for his usually well-tended garden. One […]

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We DO Have Some Problems Here

We DO Have Some Problems Here

on June 14, 2013, 8:34 AM / in Opinion, Religion

This column is archived here. Breitbart.com recently carried a report saying, “During his speech in San Jose, California on Friday, President Obama took one question from the press on national security monitoring of Americans. Without any sense of irony whatsoever in the aftermath of the IRS’ targeting of conservatives, the administration’s stonewalling on Benghazi, the Department of Justice’s targeting of […]

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He’s Always On The Bridge

He’s Always On The Bridge

on June 14, 2013, 4:43 AM / in Religion

I will not leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5 My friend Ralph had the thrilling experience of going on a short cruise on the aircraft carrier USS Kennedy. He saw jet fighters take off, land, and demonstrate maneuvers. He was told that whenever the planes are taking off or landing—dangerous operations—the captain watches from the bridge. Even if […]

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Spiritual Deafness

Spiritual Deafness

on June 13, 2013, 4:41 AM / in Religion

The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. – 1 Corinthians 2:14 Some people suffer from a strange hearing disorder—they can hear sounds but can’t understand words. They have no trouble hearing a bird sing or a watch tick, but words are as unintelligible as if they were a […]

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Have A Heart

Have A Heart

on June 12, 2013, 4:38 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 […]

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Heaven’s Asphalt

Heaven’s Asphalt

on June 11, 2013, 4:36 AM / in Religion

The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. – Revelation 21:21 The story is told about a miner who struck gold and carried his bag of nuggets with him everywhere. One day he died and went to heaven, still carrying his precious nuggets. When he arrived, an angel asked him why he was carrying asphalt. “This isn’t […]

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Eyewitness

Eyewitness

on June 10, 2013, 4:34 AM / in Religion

That which we have seen and heard we declare to you. – 1 John 1:3 “You don’t want to interview me for your television program,” the man told me. “You need someone who is young and photogenic, and I’m neither.” I replied that we indeed wanted him because he had known C. S. Lewis, the noted author and the subject […]

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Touching Bottom

Touching Bottom

on May 29, 2013, 7:43 AM / in Religion

Jesus . . . has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. —2 Timothy 1:10 Read: Revelation 1:10-18 Crowds gathered each week to hear the soul-stirring sermons of Joseph Parker, the famous pastor of London’s City Temple in the late 19th century. Then a crisis hit him hard. His wife died after an agonizing illness. […]

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Change the Word?

on May 24, 2013, 10:50 AM / in Religion

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable.  – 2 Timothy 3:16 The Bible, God’s written Word, changes lives. Its message of salvation makes the most profound change, of course, but Scripture can also change the way we treat others. It can provide a firm foundation for society with its clear teachings on institutions such as marriage, […]

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Duff Stuff

Duff Stuff

on May 17, 2013, 4:11 AM / in Religion

 You are . . . mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men. — Jeremiah 32:19   When something big happens—a blessing or a tragedy—we recognize it immediately and respond with praise or pleadings to God. When we find a long-sought-after job, hear of a loved one coming to Christ, or get […]

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Our Very Best

on May 16, 2013, 4:08 AM / in Religion

By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. — Ephesians 2:8 Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was a lonely and unhappy child, with no siblings or friends. One day he was investigating the backyard of his home and discovered a hole in the fence surrounding the yard. Suddenly a small […]

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A Noble Request

A Noble Request

on May 15, 2013, 4:04 AM / in Religion

So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” — Acts 9:6 As a seminary student I was often impressed by stories of Christians who made a great impact for God. So I asked the Lord to give me the same spiritual insight and power they had. On the surface that looks like a noble […]

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Our Changing World

Our Changing World

on May 14, 2013, 6:04 AM / in Religion

I am the Lord, I do not change. —Malachi 3:6 Read: Psalm 102:25-27 Change is one thing we can be sure of in this life. Our relationships change as we move to new places, experience illness, and ultimately face death. Even the cells in our bodies are always in the process of change. When cells wear out, most are replaced […]

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God and Dog

God and Dog

on May 12, 2013, 9:48 AM / in People, Religion

Dale Morton posted this on facebook on August 8th, 2010 and I viewed it and smiled. I remembered that Meadows (the cat) was curled up in my lap and Oliver in his recliner, both waiting for their walk. As I remember Dale, I remember this.

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