Religion

Our Main Calling

Our Main Calling

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

I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. – Exodus 19:4   In our performance-driven world, Christians often assume that God’s main calling on their lives is to work for Him. But working for Christ should be secondary to our devotion to Him. As Oswald Chambers warned: “The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him.” […]

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Big people, small God, big problems

Big people, small God, big problems

on August 23, 2018, 6:33 AM / in Religion

(A simple but powerful biblical worldview framework in Ed Welch’s biblical counseling book When People Are Big and God is Small.) I recently read Ed Welch’s book, When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man. It is a good book in general and one I would recommend. It struck a chord with me […]

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Perfect

Perfect

on August 23, 2018, 6:00 AM / in People, Religion

“A man could spend his whole life searching for the perfect petal and it would not be a life wasted” It’s Monday night and I am sitting by the PC writing to you as I always have for 20 years. I will turn 65 in a couple of months, and I thought that I would leave you with something of myself. When […]

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THE SHORTENED 23RD PSALM – PRICELESS

THE SHORTENED 23RD PSALM – PRICELESS

on August 23, 2018, 5:29 AM / in Religion

In his beautiful book, “I Shall Not Want,” Robert Ketchum tells of a Sunday School teacher who asked her group of children if anyone could quote the entire 23rd Psalm. A golden-haired, four-and-a-half-year-old girl was among those who raised their hands. A bit skeptical, the teacher asked if she could really quote the entire psalm. The little girl came to […]

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I know Him

I know Him

on August 22, 2018, 6:40 AM / in Religion

We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know Him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him. We can be sure that we are in God only when […]

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Even the Smallest of Affairs

Even the Smallest of Affairs

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

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. —Colossians 3:23 One of England’s most admired heroes, General Charles Gordon (1833-1885), was a devout Christian. Unconcerned about status and wealth, he was passionately ambitious to do God’s will. Gordon desired to serve the Lord faithfully, whether it was a big responsibility or a small, unnoticed […]

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Attics Are For Mice

Attics Are For Mice

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

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord. —Psalm 145:21 I read about a young man who flunked out of the University of Michigan. In shame, he decided to disappear. For the next 4 years he hid in the unused attic of a nearby church. Taking great pains to conceal himself, he quietly prowled around only at night, living […]

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Yielding Good Things

Yielding Good Things

on August 21, 2018, 6:00 AM / in People, Religion

I like to read; Sally and I are not much into buying books, but we still have an extensive library. Most of what we own would put some to sleep as I spent years acquiring a engineering and graduate degrees. All of that, of course, occurred long before Google and, amazingly enough, Amazon.com. But I don’t like it when publishers refer to […]

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Giants in the Land

Giants in the Land

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

We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it. Numbers 13:30 After being encamped near Mt. Sinai for two years, the people of Israel were on the verge of entering Canaan—the land God had promised them. God told them to send twelve spies to assess the land and the people living there. When the spies […]

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Are You Still Looking For Proof?

Are You Still Looking For Proof?

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

He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. —Hebrews 11:6 A friend and I were talking about God and life after death. “There is one thing I wish,” he said. “I wish I had proof that there is a God.” In Hebrews 11:6 we read, “He […]

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That Thing You Do

That Thing You Do

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

The people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 2 Chronicles 13:18 As the convoy waited to roll out, a young marine rapped urgently on the window of his team leader’s vehicle. Irritated, the sergeant rolled down his window. “What?” “You gotta do that thing,” the marine said. “What thing?” asked the […]

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Courage To Stand Alone

Courage To Stand Alone

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

There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. —Daniel 5:11 It was a morally dark night in Babylon—darker than your workplace, school, or community. King Belshazzar had willfully blasphemed God by desecrating the sacred goblets looted from the temple in Jerusalem. Now Babylon and Belshazzar were about to face God’s judgment. Yet […]

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Wisdom For Witnessing

Wisdom For Witnessing

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

The woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” John 4:9 We can learn a lot about effective witnessing by examining our Lord’s encounter with the woman at the well (John 4:5-26). He broke all social protocol by talking to this Samaritan woman. And asking her […]

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‘Here I Come’

‘Here I Come’

on August 15, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. —Psalm 23:4 When I was about 10 years old, I climbed a big pine tree in our yard. Grabbing the topmost branch, I pulled myself up to gain the highest vantage point possible. Suddenly the tip of the old pine snapped and I […]

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Your Father Knows

Your Father Knows

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

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8 I was only four years old as I lay by my father on a floor mat on a hot summer night. (My mother, with a baby, had her own room at the time.) This was in northern Ghana where the climate is mostly dry. Sweat covered my body, […]

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Church Security and ISIS

on August 13, 2018, 6:00 AM / in National News, Opinion, Religion

Attached is a document everyone who attends church, or knows someone who does, should read and share, especially with pastors and church staff. The name of this 5-page document (it’s a quick read) is “Christian Churches Must Prepare for Battle with ISIS, or Close Their Doors”. (Of course, as long as churches wage the spiritual battle of bringing the lost […]

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I believe in God

I believe in God

on August 13, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Opinion, Religion

I believe in God. You Remember, the One in the Bible.   I know that in making that statement I am condemning myself to a world that views what I just pronounced as the most counter-cultural statement a person could ever utter today.   I have always wondered why the so called western world, has increasingly grown hostile to the […]

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once upon a schoolhouse

once upon a schoolhouse

on August 12, 2018, 4:22 PM / in People, Religion

If only the example set forth by both Joey and Rory Feek could be THE example set forth for all Americans to follow and replicate.  We wouldn’t have the stories like those out of South and West Chicago – or any of the other GONE WILD children.  What is the BASE of the Feek story?  The BIBLE – God’s Word. […]

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Self-Pity Or Rejoicing?

Self-Pity Or Rejoicing?

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

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! —Philippians 4:4 Temperament seems to be something that each of us is born with. Some of us have upbeat dispositions, while others play the music of life in a minor key. Yet how we respond to life’s trials also affects our overall disposition. For example, Fanny Crosby lost her sight […]

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Secrets

Secrets

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

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever. —Deuteronomy 29:29 After reading a short passage of Scripture, a preacher took off his glasses, slammed his Bible shut, and said, “This morning I intend to explain the unexplainable, find out the undefinable, ponder over the imponderable, […]

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