Religion

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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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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No Greater Joy

No Greater Joy

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

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.3 John 1:4 Bob and Evon Potter were a fun-loving couple with three young sons when their life took a wonderful new direction. In 1956 they attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Oklahoma City and gave their lives to Christ. Before long, they wanted to […]

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Prayer Marathon

Prayer Marathon

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

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Do you struggle to maintain a consistent prayer life? Many of us do. We know that prayer is important, but it can also be downright difficult. We have moments of deep communion with God and then we have times when it feels like we’re just going through the motions. Why do we struggle so in our […]

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Out of the Ruins

Out of the Ruins

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

He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins.Ezra 9:9 In the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem you’ll find Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue. Built in the 19th century, the synagogue was dynamited by commandos during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. For years the site lay in ruins. Then, in 2014, rebuilding began. As city officials […]

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Just What I Need

Just What I Need

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

We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.2 Corinthians 1:4 As I stood in the back of the room at a senior citizens’ center in Palmer, Alaska, listening to my daughter’s high school choir sing “It Is Well with My Soul,” I wondered why she, the choir director, had chosen that song. It […]

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Shine Through

Shine Through

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

Let your light shine before others.Matthew 5:16 A little girl wondered what a saint might be. One day her mother took her to a great cathedral to see the gorgeous stained-glass windows with scenes from the Bible. When she saw the beauty of it all she cried out loud, “Now I know what saints are. They are people who let […]

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The Restoration Business

The Restoration Business

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

I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. — Philippians 3:8 Adam Minter is in the junk business. The son of a junkyard owner, he circles the globe researching junk. In his book Junkyard Planet, he chronicles the multibillion-dollar industry of waste recycling. He notes that entrepreneurs around the world devote […]

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Doing Right in God’s Sight

Doing Right in God’s Sight

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

Joash did what was right . . . all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.2 Kings 12:2 “Cowboy builders” is a term many British homeowners use for tradespeople who do shoddy construction work. The term is bandied about with fear or regret, often because of bad experiences. No doubt there were rogue carpenters, masons, and stonecutters in biblical times, […]

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What is the ‘color’ of your heart (soul)?

on April 29, 2018, 6:03 AM / in Religion

Came across this first quote in my Quote folder this morning and grabbed it – – –  then the Devotional from Al Garza came in and they fit so well together.  As I often say – it isn’t your SKIN COLOR – it is the color of your HEART that matters. Jackie Juntti WGEN  idzrus@earthlink.net “The soul is dyed the […]

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The Fragrance of Christ

The Fragrance of Christ

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

We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:15 Which of the five senses brings back your memories most sharply? For me it is definitely the sense of smell. A certain kind of sun oil takes me instantly to a French beach. The smell of chicken mash brings back childhood visits to my grandmother. A hint of […]

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Is There a Gospel Remedy for Our Present Ills?

Is There a Gospel Remedy for Our Present Ills?

on April 28, 2018, 7:21 AM / in Opinion, Religion

by David Fowler  | FACT Last week, I pointed to social and political phenomenon that I thought evidenced our slide into socialism. That slide, I said, would stop only if a new generation of Vivien Kellems arose, a people with the courage to stand against a totalitarian state; however, I predicted such courage would only arise from people inspired by pulpits aflame with a […]

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An Amazing Love

An Amazing Love

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

“I have loved you,” says the Lord.Malachi 1:2 The final major historic acts of the Old Testament are described in Ezra and Nehemiah as God allowed the people of Israel to return from exile and resettle in Jerusalem. The City of David was repopulated with Hebrew families, a new temple was built, and the wall was repaired. And that brings […]

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Meant to Be Understood

Meant to Be Understood

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

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us.Romans 15:4 I enjoy visiting museums such as the National Gallery in London and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. While most of the art is breathtaking, some of it confuses me. I look at seemingly random splashes of color on canvas and realize I have no idea what […]

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