Religion

When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them. — Matthew 9:36

When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them. — Matthew 9:36

on July 25, 2013, 6:40 AM / in Religion

Read: 1 Timothy 1:12-17  A Scottish preacher spoke of evangelism as a fellowship of reconciled, forgiven sinners who don’t simply preach but live out their faith. They also offer to others the same reconciliation and forgiveness they have received from God. The apostle Paul expressed the same conviction: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I […]

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Garbage Detail

Garbage Detail

on July 24, 2013, 6:51 AM / in Religion

  All of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility.  –1 Peter 5:5  It was once my privilege to preach in a church where love and warmth were especially evident. I was impressed by the members’ willingness to pitch in and work. On the Sunday I spoke, three services were scheduled. The women of the church […]

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Crowd Pleasers

Crowd Pleasers

on July 23, 2013, 6:14 AM / in Religion

They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. – John 12:43   How many people do we know like this? I once read a newspaper story about an old carnival headliner nicknamed “Cannonball.” In his younger days, he was blasted out of a cannon 1,200 times, pulled a 90-pound weight across a table with his eyelids, and […]

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Wounded Oysters

Wounded Oysters

on July 22, 2013, 5:58 AM / in Religion

  God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. – Genesis 41:52  When seemingly needless suffering invades our lives, we often ask ourselves, “Who needs all this grief?” But consider, for a moment, the origin of pearls. Each pearl is formed by an oyster’s internal response to a wound caused by an irritant, such as […]

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Living Stones

Living Stones

on July 20, 2013, 6:39 AM / in Religion

You are an epistle of Christ, . . . written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. – 2 Corinthians 3:3   I’ve seen a number of recent reports about efforts to remove monuments with the Ten Commandments from public places in […]

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Thought for Today……

on July 19, 2013, 8:33 AM / in Religion

Psalm 139 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the […]

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Mysterious Ways

Mysterious Ways

on July 19, 2013, 6:31 AM / in Religion

[God] works all things according to the counsel of His will. – Ephesians 1:11  Read: Romans 8:28-39  The twists and turns in the life of Jacob DeShazer sound like the plot of an intriguing war novel. But taken together, they show us the mysterious ways in which God moves. DeShazer served the US Army Air Corps in World War II […]

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A Brilliant Idea

A Brilliant Idea

on July 18, 2013, 6:11 AM / in Religion

Help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You. – 2 Chronicles 14:11  An ancient Indonesian fable tells of a turtle that could fly. He would hold on to a stick with his mouth as it was carried by geese. When the turtle heard the onlookers on the ground saying, “Aren’t those geese brilliant!” his pride was so […]

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Running to Home Base (Heading Home)

Running to Home Base (Heading Home)

on July 17, 2013, 6:20 AM / in National News, News, Religion

Editors Note: Becky is the wife of Dave Black with whom I have known for about 10 years. His site is:    restoring our biblical and constitutional foundations By Becky Lynn Black   For almost five years you have journeyed with me. Since my diagnosis we have had many turns and unexpected events. But God has worked out His perfect plan as […]

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Forgiven

Forgiven

on July 17, 2013, 5:58 AM / in Religion

There is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared. – Psalm 130:4  God is highly dangerous. We are sinful and He is holy. Sin can no more exist in the presence of God than darkness can exist in the presence of light. To stand before Him in self-righteousness would be to invite our destruction. The psalmist wrote, “If You, […]

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THE CLIMB TO CALVARY

THE CLIMB TO CALVARY

on July 16, 2013, 7:38 AM / in Religion

Meditations on The Seven Last Words of Christ By Jim Daly “Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34). In some ways, at least from a worldly perspective, these first recorded words spoken by Jesus on the cross are the most startling of all seven […]

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No Looking Back

No Looking Back

on July 15, 2013, 7:21 AM / in Religion

No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:62  When I was a boy on the farm, my dad would tell me, “You can’t plow a straight row if you look back.” You can test this for yourself by looking back as you walk through snow or […]

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From Sunset To Sunrise

From Sunset To Sunrise

on July 14, 2013, 7:41 AM / in Religion

As it is appointed for men to die once, . . . so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. – Hebrews 9:27-28 Kariel was riding home from a children’s program at church with her neighbor friends. Admiring the sunset, she said to Gini, the driver, “That sunset is so beautiful it looks like heaven!” So Gini […]

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Good Question

Good Question

on July 13, 2013, 5:57 AM / in Religion

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:30-31  “Finding the right questions is as crucial as finding the right answers,” says devotional writer Henri Nouwen. Yet how easy it is to run ahead of God’s Spirit as we talk to unbelievers about Christ, […]

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Beginning From The End

Beginning From The End

on July 12, 2013, 4:13 AM / in Religion

May the day perish on which I was born. – Job 3:3  At age 30 she was ready to give up. She wrote in her diary, “My God, what will become of me? I have no desire but to die.” But the dark clouds of despair gave way to the light, and in time she discovered a new purpose for […]

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The Rule of Paul

The Rule of Paul

on July 11, 2013, 6:42 AM / in Religion

By Dave Allen Black Church meetings today tend to be somewhat monolingual. By contrast, the early church seemed to welcome participation by all. This becomes clear when we read 1 Corinthians 12-14. The power of Christ’s upside-down kingdom lies in the corporate and community life of its citizens. Interestingly, this notion of mutual participation, this dialogical liberty, was described by […]

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Just Watch

Just Watch

on July 11, 2013, 4:09 AM / in Religion

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:1  The young boy looked up at his grandfather and wondered aloud, “Grandpa, how do you live for Jesus?” The respected grandfather stooped down and quietly told the boy, “Just watch.” As the years went by, the grand-father was an example to the boy of how to follow Jesus. […]

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Do We Know God?

Do We Know God?

on July 10, 2013, 4:06 AM / in Religion

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:3 American writer Mark Twain was known for his wit and charm. On a trip to Europe he was invited to dinner with a head of state. When his daughter learned of the invitation, she said, “Daddy, you […]

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No Bad News

No Bad News

on July 9, 2013, 7:05 AM / in Religion

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28  Read: Esther 1:1-9 The unwillingness to listen to bad news has been blamed for everything from space shuttle disasters to corporate collapses to the spread of terrorism. Lengthy studies aren’t needed to determine why this happens. Bad news reveals problems; […]

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What you fear will test your faith in God the most!

What you fear will test your faith in God the most!

on July 7, 2013, 6:24 AM / in Religion

Think about that for a second! What is it you fear? There was this rather campy movie about football which starred Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves in which the coach played by Hackman asked this very question of his team players. Most thought of the standard, first thing that came to mind answer…. Spiders, dark places…. But Reeves’ answer was […]

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