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Remember, Remember, Remember

Remember, remember, remember . . . oh, and do not forget! It has amazed me how many times the Lord says the words “remember” or “do not forget.” Whenever reading the Old Testament, I often seek to understand the application for us as believers today. Many of the admonitions to remember…

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Keep Watch

“Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence.” Psalm 105:4, The Message I have been reading through The Message this year to surprise my mind with new and fresh ways of looking at Scripture. I try to read through a different translation every year or so.…

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Background Noise

Are noises and distractions bombarding your life? Sometimes it happens so subtly we do not even realize it. We watched an interesting movie last night (and surprisingly finished it). I say “surprisingly” because it moved rather slowly even for a drama. Our minds are being conditioned to have action or at least fast moving frames…

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Giving It Everything You’ve Got!

This morning I read 1 Corinthians 9 in The Message translation. The following verses inspired me. I hope they inspire you. 24-25 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.…

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Of Sheep and Shepherds

Have trouble letting go and trusting God with your children? I do! Sitting down on a friend’s back porch with a cup of tea recently, I opened my Bible and read the Twenty-third Psalm. This very familiar Psalm has guided and comforted me many times through the years.This particular day it took on a whole new dimension!

Thorny Yet Fragrant

A Rose This one is like a wild rose— Beautiful, strong, fragrant, and Full of thorns. A domestic rose, thorn-free kind, Is just as  beautiful but not as strong, not as fragrant. —DH Stewart © 2012   Luke 7:37-50 (NIV) — 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was…

99 and 1

Oh, the comfort we can find in knowing that God likens himself to a good shepherd!  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:4 And if he finds…

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Better Than Thousands

God’s dwelling place. In studying Psalm 84: 1-12 (NIV), I compared and contrasted the psalmist’s experience visiting the Temple of the Lord with Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (6:19-20) regarding those who follow Jesus being the temples in which God dwells.

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Fighting Inner Giants

she talked about the other kinds of giants that effect many of us and many of those around us, such as: “addictions, feelings of personal inadequacy or unworthiness, fear of failure, brokenness from failed relationships, guilt over past mistakes, feelings of isolation, fear of disease or death.” God knows our giants!

Who Cry Out

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1-8, NIV) Through the years, this story about the persistent widow has been both a lifeline and a reminder to persevere and not give up. This morning as I was reading this passage again in…

Sweet!

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord…

Under His Wings

Today God inspired me to write a song through Psalm 91, Matthew 23:37, a half dozen other Bible verses about wings, and my circumstances… My God is like an eagle, when I’m battered by the waves. My God’s like a snowy dove, when I’m scared and afraid. My God is like a mama hen, when…

With Great Joy!

Good News from the book of Jude today! Jesus is able to keep me from stumbling and make me stand in His presence blameless with great joy! Praise the Lord! What does He ask of me? Contend earnestly for the faith… Build up my faith… Pray in the Holy Spirit… Keep in God’s Love… Wait…

Affirmation

Several times in my life I have had the joy of sharing with others how I know that I am a child of God and will definitely spend eternal life in heaven with Him. During those conversations, I usually share Romans 8: 9, 11, & 16– 9 You, however, are not in the realm of…

The Bottom Line

I have heard it said that theft is behind most (or all) sin. For example, murdering someone is like stealing their right to life or stealing someone else’s right to a husband or wife, a son or daughter, a sister or brother. Adultery is stealing someone’s right to a pure relationship with his/her spouse. Lying…