Religion

Grandma’s Recipe

Grandma’s Recipe

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

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy 32:7 Many families have a secret recipe, a special way of cooking a dish that makes it especially savory. For us Hakkas (my Chinese ethnic group), we have a traditional dish called abacus […]

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Lurking Lions

Lurking Lions

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

The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.   Numbers 14:9 When I was young, my dad would “scare” us by hiding in the bush and growling like a lion. Even though we lived in rural Ghana in the 1960s, it was almost impossible that a lion lurked nearby. My brother and I would laugh and seek out the […]

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Leaning into the Light

Leaning into the Light

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

[He] called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9 One day I received a bouquet of pink tulips. Their heads bobbed on thick stems as I settled them into a vase, which I placed at the center of our kitchen table. The next day, I noticed that the flowers were facing a different direction. The blossoms […]

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Growing Up

Growing Up

on February 28, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

From him the whole body . . . grows and builds itself up in love.    Ephesians 4:16 Watching my young grandson and his friends play T-Ball is entertaining. In this version of baseball, young players often run to the wrong base or don’t know what to do with the ball if they happen to catch it.  If we were […]

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Taking Notice

Taking Notice

on February 27, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?”   Job 38:4 When I clean my house for a special event, I become discouraged because I think that guests won’t notice what I clean, only what I don’t clean. This brings to mind a larger philosophical and spiritual question: Why do humans more quickly see what’s wrong than what’s right? We […]

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How to Grow Old

How to Grow Old

on February 26, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

I will sustain you and I will rescue you.   Isaiah 46:4 “How are you today, Mama?” I asked casually. My 84-year-old friend, pointing to aches and pains in her joints, whispered, “Old age is tough!” Then she added earnestly, “But God has been good to me.” “Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham in […]

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Thoughts to live by…..

on February 25, 2018, 8:32 AM / in Bedtime Stories, People, Religion

Author unknown Tips My Grandmother Gave Me My beloved grandmother, may she rest in peace, used to carry an old notebook with her wherever she went. She would fill it with beautiful thoughts and advice she got from wise people. Throughout my childhood, I would see her writing things down in that little notebook. I always thought they were her […]

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Go Fever

Go Fever

on February 25, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.  Psalm 37:7 On January 28, 1986, after five weather-related delays, the space shuttle Challenger lumbered heavenward amid a thunderous overture of noise and flame. A mere 73 seconds later, system failure tore the shuttle apart, and all seven crewmembers perished. The disaster was attributed to an O-ring seal known to […]

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The Forward Look

The Forward Look

on February 24, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Simeon . . . was righteous and devout . . . and the Holy Spirit was on him.  Luke 2:25 When the great Dutch painter Rembrandt died unexpectedly at age 63, an unfinished painting was found on his easel. It focuses on Simeon’s emotion in holding the baby Jesus when He was brought to the temple in Jerusalem, 40 days […]

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“Racism” as Spoken of in the Bible

on February 23, 2018, 7:41 AM / in Opinion, Religion

By Willie Martin While we are not concerned with “Universalism” herein we are concerned with “Racism” as spoken of in the Bible. Now let us search the Scriptures to see whether they teach “racism.” We will let the Scriptures speak for themselves and we will not take them out of context. The first Scripture we are going to consider on […]

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A Better View

A Better View

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

Because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  Luke 19:3 As a child, I loved to climb trees. The higher I climbed, the more I could see. Occasionally, in search of a better view, I might inch out along a branch until I felt it bend under my weight. Not surprisingly, my tree-climbing days are over. I […]

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Be Still

Be Still

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

Be still, and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10 Years ago I responded to letters within a couple of weeks and kept my correspondents happy. Then came the fax machine, and they seemed content with receiving a response within a couple of days. Today, with email, instant messaging, and mobile phones, a response is expected the same day! “Be […]

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Well done, Billy Graham – you’re home now

Well done, Billy Graham – you’re home now

on February 21, 2018, 3:48 PM / in People, Religion

By Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com) Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99. Some of the most notable people within evangelical Christian circles remember Graham’s impact. Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (Charlotte, NC) and former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, believes that “if there were an evangelical Mt. […]

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The View from the Mountain

The View from the Mountain

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

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above.  Colossians 3:1 Our valley in Idaho can be very cold in the winter. Clouds and fog roll in and blanket the ground, trapping frigid air under warmer layers above. But you can get above the valley. There’s a road nearby that winds up the flank of […]

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Four Ways to Look

Four Ways to Look

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

I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.  Psalm 77:12 Joan was struggling with some difficult issues with her children when she sat down for a worship service. Exhausted, she wanted to “resign” from motherhood. Then the speaker began to share encouragement for those who feel like quitting. These four thoughts that Joan heard that […]

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The Voice of Faith

The Voice of Faith

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

Though the fig tree does not bud . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord.  Habakkuk 3:17-18 The news was numbing. The tears came so quickly that she couldn’t fight them. Her mind raced with questions, and fear threatened to overwhelm her. Life had been going along so well, when it was abruptly interrupted and forever changed without […]

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Serving With Limitations

Serving With Limitations

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

My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9 When he was not yet 4 years old, Itzhak Perlman was stricken by polio, making him unable to use his legs. But he compensated for that loss by devoting himself to his violin. In the years that followed, he delighted multitudes of people […]

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Solitude and Service

Solitude and Service

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

He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.   Luke 9:11 Comedian Fred Allen said, “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well-known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” Fame often brings loss of privacy along with a relentless frenzy of attention. When […]

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Opening Doors

Opening Doors

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

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.  Matthew 28:19 Charlie Sifford is an important name in American sports. He became the first African-American playing member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour, joining a sport that, until 1961, had a “whites only” clause in its by-laws. Enduring racial injustice and harassment, Sifford earned his place at the game’s highest […]

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Written on Our Hearts

Written on Our Hearts

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

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.   Deuteronomy 6:6 In my neighborhood, religious inscriptions abound—on plaques, walls, doorposts, commercial vehicles, and even as registered names of businesses. By the Grace of God reads an inscription on a mini-bus; God’s Divine Favor Bookshop adorns a business signboard. The other day I couldn’t help smiling at […]

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