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Different Bodies for Different Purposes?   2 Corinthians 5:1-4 NKJV — For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from […]

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WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP!   1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV — Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we […]

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Cost of Obedience   Hebrews 5:7-9 NKJV — who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned (experienced) […]

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Do we Measure Up?   James 2:18 NKJV — But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.   The Basics We know that the Bible says that to be a Christian we MUST be born […]

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From Such Turn Away   2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV — But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure […]

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How Quickly Things Change Proverbs 27:1 NKJV — Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Recent Unplanned Events On May 28, I jumbled off of a platform that I shouldn’t have. I should have sat down and then lowered myself off of the platform or else […]

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For Ever and Ever   Revelation 14:11 NKJV — “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 20:10 NKJV — The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the […]

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Unexpected Coming   Matthew 24:43-44 NKJV — “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do […]

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Who is Going to be the Boss? Genesis 3:5 NKJV — “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:16 NKJV — To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; […]

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Wailing versus Comfort Revelation 1:7 NKJV — Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Mourning or Wailing When the Lord reveals Himself to the world at His second coming there […]

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A Good Man Acts 4:36-37 NKJV — And Joses (or Joseph), who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. Acts 11:24 NKJV — For he was a […]

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Chastening by the Lord Hebrews 12:7-8 NKJV — If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.  My Personal Chastening I have been […]

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Sorrow turned to Joy John 16:20 NKJV — “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. Definition Joy has to do with gladness or cheerfulness. It is usually an emotion associated with a […]

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Envy–Is it Ever a Good Thing?

1 Corinthians 13:4 NKJV — Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. The Seven Deadly Sins We often hear of seven deadly sins. They seem to have been enumerated as part of Roman Catholic theology. They are pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, sloth, […]

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Suffering

Luke 24:46 NKJV — Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day. Synonyms for suffering Suffering has to do with pain. Some words that are often used to describe suffering are DISTRESS, SUFFERING, MISERY, and […]

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For I am Sorry that I Made Them Genesis 6:5-8 NKJV — Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He […]

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Giving Account

1 Peter 4:5 NKJV — They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. Hebrews 13:17 NKJV — Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and […]

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Finding the Book

2 Kings 23:25 NKJV — Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him. Josiah The revival under King Josiah who ruled […]

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Itching Ears

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears […]

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He Whom You Love is Sick

The Love of a Friend Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”(John 11:3 NKJV) Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (John 11:5 NKJV) The Love of a Friend Mary, Martha and Lazarus were loved by the Lord.  The word used for love when referring […]

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Reading, Hearing, Guarding

        Blessed is he who reads (probably publicly) and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep (guard) those things which are written in it; for the time is near (always ready). (Revelation 1:3 NKJV) The Pandemic Because of the coronavirus, there is a lot of interest in the prophetic plan of God.  […]

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A Solemn Warning

     “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV) “Not everyone […]

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Perfect Peace

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) A Possible Translation Thou will keep him in peace peace (word is repeated for emphasis) whose thoughts are supported by You, because he trusts in you. We tend to take old testament promises that […]

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Loving your Neighbor

        Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and great commandment. […]

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Being Real

          Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:13 NKJV) We all Get Tested If the Lord Jesus could be led into a waste land for forty days by the Spirit of God and then at His weakest point could be tested by the Devil, […]

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Together!

       And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV) What is the Definition of the Church? The word […]

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Weeping!

      Jesus wept. (John 11:35 NKJV) Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it. (Luke 19:41 NKJV) Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard […]

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Giving or Getting

        And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He […]

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Take Courage

    Matthew 9:2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” […]

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Our Work Ethic verses our Rest Ethic

Lev 23:3  ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath (cessation of work) of the LORD in all your dwellings. Ceasing Work The Jews had holidays where they could not work at all […]

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Do we Believe What we say we Believe?

And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24 NKJV)   Are we putting on the New Man? Christians are not sinless, but they should have a conscience about sin.  They should sin less than they did before they were “born again” as […]

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Take up the Cross

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV) The Cross The cross in the Bible is a place where criminals (or those judged to be criminals) lost their lives.  Most would say that […]

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Sound Doctrine

  Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any […]

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How Foolish can a Person Be?

And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go." (Exodus 5:2 NKJV) Ten Times? Pharaohs were considered to be gods by their subjects at the time when Moses confronted this ruler of Egypt about freeing […]

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Sorrow

The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. (Psalms 116:3 NKJV) Life is full of Sorrow! Recently I received news of a young married mother who had died from cancer.  She and her family were close friends in my younger years. That family […]

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How Would A Person Have Known?

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son […]

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The Leading of the Holy Spirit

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1 NKJV) For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18 NKJV) Why? Why would the Holy Spirit lead the Lord into the wilderness to be […]

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Glory

So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here." (Genesis 45:13 NKJV) Word Study Glory usually has to do with splendor, or great beauty or with honor.  The glory of the Lord is a vast […]

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Mary the mother of Jesus

And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.  (Matthew 1:16 NKJV) Who was She? “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the […]

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The Great Epiphany

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing (epiphany)  (2 Timothy 4:8 NKJV). Definition An epiphany is a supernatural manifestation or appearance.  Some dictionaries even […]

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Can People become Believers by Legislation?

Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language who were living in all the land: "May your peace abound! "I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel; For He is the living God […]

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Futility of their mind

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, […]

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Then they shall know that I am the LORD

"Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall […]

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As Obedient Children

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also […]

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Things the Lord did not Delegate

Luke 24:15 Jesus HIMSELF drew near The Lord is touched by the feelings of our infirmities, and He took time to make two sad people glad.  The two traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus had thought all hope was lost when the Lord was crucified.  Instead they were rewarded with His very presence after the resurrection […]

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The Very Least Point of Scripture is Important

And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. (Luke 16:17 KJV) What is a tittle? According to Easton”s Bible dictionary, A tittle is a point, (Mat_5:18; Luk_16:17), the minute point or stroke added to some letters of the Hebrew alphabet to distinguish them from others […]

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As

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12 NKJV) Definition of Debts When the whole passage is read in context, it is quite clear that the debts referred to are trespasses or sins.  We are to forgive those who sin against us so that God can forgive us and hear and […]

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We Need to Keep on Keeping On

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 NKJV) But let us who are of the day […]

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We Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV) My Bucket List I had the Grand Canyon on my bucket list (things I wanted to do before I die) […]

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A Good Man

For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. (Acts 11:24 NKJV) None Good We know that we are all born sinners.  We sin because that is our nature.  In Mark 10:18 a rich young ruler called the Lord good […]

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Power of Satan

So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I […]

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Guidance of the Holy Spirit

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8:14 NKJV) Our Guide Today most of us drive using GPS navigation.  When the little voice in our phone says go left, we do our best to go left.  When it says go right, we try to go […]

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How do we Know?

So the king said to him, "How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?" (2 Chronicles 18:15 NKJV)   Confidence in the Bible and in the Work of the Holy Spirit We have a Bible that the Lord says is dependable […]

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Spring is Coming

My beloved spoke, and said to me: "Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. The fig tree […]

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In His Name

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing […]

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Our Ah-Ha Moment

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8 NKJV) We need Hope and Joy We all need something that motivates us to […]

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The Lord is Touched

I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me. (Psalms 69:2 NKJV) Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, […]

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The More I Spend the More I Save

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) Common Sense We have a grocery store that is going to make me rich.  They advertise that the more you spend the more you save.  Now I think if I take time on a Saturday morning to take advantage of all the […]

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Where will you Spend Eternity?

  Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his ETERNAL HOME, And the mourners go about the streets. (Ecclesiastes 12:5 NKJV)   Our Eternal Home The preacher in this book encourages people to […]

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Can We Be Trusted?

Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. (Job 32:2-3 NKJV) Job […]

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Looking Back

Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue. (Job 14:1-2 NKJV) And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few […]

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Do the Work of an Evangelist

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5 NKJV) Three Recent Experiences On three occasions recently, I have had opportunity to ask people if they knew what an evangelist was.  One was a girl who was cleaning my teeth.  I found it […]

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Of One Accord

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1 NKJV) Forty Days In Acts 1 verse 3 we read that the Lord presented Himself alive (to his apostles) after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them for forty days and speaking of […]

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Loyal or Perfect or Whole Hearts

Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a loyal heart. (2 Chronicles 25:1-2 NKJV) Have to vs Get to Many of us do what […]

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Expressions of Endearment

But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." (Genesis 22:11 NKJV) The Lord Addressing His Own I have been thinking about the fact that the Lord called Martha’s name twice in Luke 10:41.   There are a number of times (perhaps eight) in […]

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What makes a Good Teacher?

And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (Luke 24:27 NKJV) Where was Recording Device? The Lord was obviously a good teacher.  What made Him a good teacher?  He knew what He was talking about.  I doubt that he covered every portion of […]

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Set your House in Order

In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ "  (2 Kings 20:1 NKJV) One of the Good Guys Hezekiah was a good king […]

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Mary, the Mother of the Lord

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 NKJV) Mary was Privileged Mary had the privilege that only one woman has had […]

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Woe is Me if I do not Preach the Gospel!

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!  (1 Corinthians 9:16 NKJV) What is My Gift? One question I have been asked frequently by other Christians is, “What is my gift?”  “How can I […]

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Your Brother will Rise Again!

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes […]

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I Believe, Do You?

    Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from […]

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Worried and Troubled

  And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. (Luke 10:39 NKJV) And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. (Luke 10:41 NKJV)   Mary vs Martha Martha, bless her heart, was a worker.  She was preparing […]

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Who is my Neighbor?

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10:29 NKJV) How do we obtain eternal life?  At first it would seem that this story is telling us that we obtain eternal life by being a good neighbor when in fact it is teaching us that we obtain eternal […]

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A Woman Who Was a Sinner

  And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the […]

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Two men, Two Deaths, Two Destinies

  And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43 NKJV) But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ (Luke 12:20 NKJV)     The Question? Would […]

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Unity of the Spirit

  Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. […]

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Give Me Children

    Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die!"  (Genesis 30:1 NKJV)   Our Burden Wouldn’t it be great if the burden of each Christian’s heart was, “Give me children or else I die!”  Wouldn’t it be […]

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Perfect Peace

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.  (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) Anxiety Anxiety is a common problem among my friends, and it is a problem that I experience more and more as I get older.  Why should we be anxious when the Lord has told […]

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Who is the Lord?

And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go." (Exodus 5:2 NKJV)  Knowing the Lord is more than knowing about Him.  We can know about people without really being their friends or without really having […]

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Beauty is only skin Deep!

"Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you. (Ezekiel 28:17 NASB)  The Allegory This section of Ezekiel is describing the King of Tyre, but it seems to allegorically describe […]

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Will We?

Then all the people answered together and said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do." So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. (Exodus 19:8 NKJV) One Commandment Adam and Eve were given one commandment in the Garden of Eden and they disobeyed.  Now the children of Israel are […]

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True Humility

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4 NKJV) In general, what we think is right is wrong. That is, what makes sense to us in a natural way is wrong when it comes to spiritual things. Here are some examples: Children We all want […]

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Good and Evil

  And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9 NKJV)   See, I have set before you […]

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Also

  Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1 NKJV)   There are little words with important meanings in the Scripture.  For example, in Romans 5:8, there is a “but” that catches my attention.  “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for […]

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Our Five Year Plans

  And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil (hard or difficult) have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the […]

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The Book of Remembrance

Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. "They shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "On the day that I make them My […]

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The Desire for World Peace

  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world  (John 16:33 NKJV).   In the movie Miss Congeniality, Gracie Hart played by Sandra Bullock is an undercover cop at a beauty pageant.  […]

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Is there Evil in the Church?

  3 John 1:1 NKJV The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: 3 John 1:9 NKJV I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 3 John 1:12 NKJV Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. […]

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Our Minds don’t like to Mind

    Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.   Big Topic Whenever we look at the mind from a Biblical point of view, we have a big […]

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They Have it Good!

    We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 NKJV   Death seems so Final I have received word this week of two more friends who have passed into eternity.  That makes five in the last two months.  One […]

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Choosing not to Remember

    No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." (Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV) […]

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Following the Instructions

    For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV) […]

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Is There any Word from the Lord?

    Then Zedekiah the king sent and took him out. The king asked him secretly in his house, and said, "Is there any word from the LORD?" And Jeremiah said, "There is." Then he said, "You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon!"  (Jeremiah 37:17 NKJV)   Babylon is going […]

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The Unpardonable (Unforgivable) Sin

    Matthew 12:31-32 NKJV "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be […]

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Lessons from the Wind

    The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8 NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for […]

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Moving Mountains

  So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV)   Can We Move Mountains? The […]

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Eternal Conscious Punishment

  And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name." (Revelation 14:11)   The Saved Recently I went to the funeral of a man who had trusted the Lord Jesus as […]

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The Coming Liar

  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth—by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. (Revelation 13:14 NKJV)   Coming Deception Whom does one […]

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What is Christian Fellowship?

    And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42 NKJV)   In our congregation we have a gathering to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and then we break for a time of "fellowship".  I often hear that we are going to have "fellowship" […]

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What About the Gift of Healing?

  Surely He has borne our griefs (infirmities) and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV)   The […]

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Are We Happy?

    Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! (1 Kings 10:8 NKJV)   The Queen of Sheba Solomon was on the throne of the Kingdom of Israel.  He was known for his wisdom and for his riches.  His reign was glorious in […]

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It is Time to be Honest!

    If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. (Psalms 130:3-4 NKJV)   We Know ALL have Sinned Romans 3:23 makes it very clear that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory.  That is we haven’t represented Him […]

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Have I “Believed” Right?

    "FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY. NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM." But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the […]

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Numbering our Days!

    So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalms 90:12 NKJV)   The Perspective of Age When we are young, we have enthusiasm (usually), and goals and dreams.  But we don’t have the perspective that age brings.  We often live as though we will live forever.  […]

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Context, Context, Context

  Who "WILL RENDER TO EACH ONE ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does […]

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I am Jesus!

    So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ (Acts 22:8 NKJV)   Three times In Acts 9, Paul’s abrupt meeting with the Lord is recorded for the first time and we read these words “I am Jesus.”  In Acts 22:8 […]

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Truths that are Self-Evident

    He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:29-31 NKJV)   Things that are not so Obvious Our Declaration of Independence has these words: "We […]

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Pleasures Forevermore!

    You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)   Pleasures for ever More! Many people look for pleasure, that is for things that make them feel good, in different ways.  Some seek money, some seek honor, […]

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For He was a Good Man

    Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would […]

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Can we Miss our Purpose and Calling?

  For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"  (Esther 4:14 NKJV)   The Story Line The book of […]

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Father’s Day

  There are a number of things that I have been thinking about since the world tells us that Sunday is (or was) Father’s day.  Now every day should be Father’s day, just as every day should be Mother’s day, Children’s day, Family day, etc.  But since we are talking fathers, let us think about […]

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Friend or Betrayer?

    Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him." Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. (Matthew […]

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Seeing the Lord Jesus

Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." (John 12:20-21 NKJV)   We see a lot of hatred, violence, war, and new diseases on the news and […]

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The Rainbow causes God to Remember

    It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow […]

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Deception and Evil and Impostors

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation […]

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Mother’s Day for the Hurting!

    To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you." (Genesis 3:16)   A Different Perspective Mother’s day is a big deal for most people.  It is one day […]

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Paradise

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not […]

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Faith and Works or Faith alone or Works alone?

    But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18)   My Concern Before I trusted Christ for salvation, I was impressed with how long eternity is and as a result I wanted […]

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Right Thinking

    All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)   We are all like Sheep We would like to think we are all leaders but the Bible is clear that at least […]

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The Futility of Life

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then […]

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Do you Want to see Water turned to Wine?

  John 2:5  His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."   Does the Lord Speak to us Today? The Lord spoke to Joseph, Daniel, and Job through dreams.  He spoke to Kings through prophets.  He speaks to us today thought His Son.  The writer of Hebrews tell us, “God, […]

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Oh, Believe it!

  Rom 3:3-4  For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?    Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND MAY OVERCOME WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.”   The Importance of […]

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The Wilderness Experience

Luke 4:1  Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.   What a Way to Begin! As the Lord began his public earthly ministry, I notice several things.  One, He was baptized and the whole trinity was involved.  The Lord was there, […]

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Little Faith

  Mat 8:26  But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.   The Difference The difference between little faith and great faith doesn’t have to do with the intensity of our believing but […]

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Musings on the Truth

  John 8:44  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is […]

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The Stoning of Stephen

  Act 7:51-52  "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.  (52)  Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and […]

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Does Anything Really Matter?

  Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days […]

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Doing Nothing!

  "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR […]

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The Simplicity of the Gospel

    And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:30-31 NKJV)   Heaven or Hell? Most of us who are believers wonder just what it is that the […]

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Fellowship, what is it?

  Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.   Definition The Strong’s dictionary defines fellowship as “partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction.  The Greek word has been translated communicate or communication, communion, distribution, fellowship.   The Vine’s […]

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I do not Know the Lord

    Genesis 50:20  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I […]

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Seeing the Lord!

  Genesis 46:30   And Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are still alive." Luke 2:29-30  "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;  For my eyes have seen Your salvation. John 9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had cast him […]

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Fear not!

    Deuteronomy 10:12-13 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  and to keep the commandments of the […]

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Our Crown of Rejoicing

    Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe […]

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Remembering

    Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. "They shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "On the day that I make […]

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The Greatest Gift, the Greatest Love

  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice)  for our sins. (1 John 4:10) What The World Needs Now Is Love– What the world needs now Is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little […]

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The Comings of the Lord

  The Lord’s first coming is being celebrated by a world that by and large does not believe in Him in a Biblical way.  Many celebrate Christmas but do not get baptized scriptually nor do they celebrate the Lord’s supper often as the Lord requested.  In many cases they do not love their neighbors.  But […]

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Image and Likeness of God

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own […]

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Why do You not Believe Me?

John 8:44-46  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a […]

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Then Shall They Know

Ezekiel 7:4  “My eye will not spare you, Nor will I have pity; But I will repay your ways, And your abominations will be in your midst; Then you shall know that I am the LORD!” Ezekiel 34:27  Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. […]

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He left All!

Luke 5:27-28  After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me."  So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.   Publicans Matthew (Levi) was a tax collector.  He was a Jew who was collecting taxes for the Romans […]

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Character Counts

  1 Samuel 10:27  But some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.   God’s Choice We are often told that Saul was the choice that made sense to the children of Israel and that he was man’s choice to […]

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I Couldn’t have said it Better Myself!

  Hebrews 1:1-3:  (1) God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  (2)  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;  (3)  who being the brightness […]

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Do We always Rightly Divide the Word of Truth?

  Jeremiah 17:5-8  Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD.  For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt […]

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What should a Christian look Like?

  (1 Corinthians 15:32)  If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE!" (1 Corinthians 15:33)  Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Corinthians 15:34)  Awake to […]

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What is it Going to be like to Face Christ As the Judge?

Rev 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him […]

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Properly understanding our Manual

2 Timothy 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.   Some Things are Hard to Understand I am convinced that many well-meaning Christians have never been taught how to rightly divide the Word of Truth.  They think that […]

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Jesus, there is Something about that Name!

Matthew 1:21  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."   The Irreverence shown to that Name When people are going to swear today, it is often the name of the Lord Jesus that they use.  While there are other […]

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Futility!

  Ecclesiastes 1:2  "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." Ecclesiastes 1:14  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:17  Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was […]

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Full of Grace and Truth

  John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.   The Incarnation John 1 gives us a theological explanation of the incarnation of Christ.  We find out that the the Lord is […]

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Listening to that Still Small Voice!

  1 Kings 19:11-12  Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an […]

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This is My Lord!

  John 20:28-29 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."   R. Carradine wrote the following song.  I can say that I believe that they nailed […]

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God’s Awesome Creation

  Psalms 40:5  Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done.   God has done marvelous things.  When He created this world, He said that it was good.  When He got done creating a woman on the sixth day, He stepped back and considered everything that He had done and […]

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SO Loved!

  Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.   Three Rules to live By Here we have a threefold statement that should be the guiding principles of all of our lives.  The natural (unsaved) person is not likely to do this, the carnal or immature Christian […]

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Are we really Happy or Blessed?

    Matthew 5:3-12 (3)  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (4)  Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. (5)  Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. (6)  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. […]

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Has the Manna become Stale?

    Exodus 16:31  And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.   Numbers 11:6-8  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.  And the […]

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You Do Not Know!

  Revelation 3:17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—   Blindness Eyesight is a great blessing.  Being able to see the clouds, the rain, the rainbows, the stars and all of God’s creation is exhilarating.  […]

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Confidence in the Lord in the Midst of Adversity

  The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, representatives of the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the LORD; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died, when […]

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Salvation

  Romans 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power (like dynamite) of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.   The definition of Salvation–Salvation is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from […]

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What Should a New Christian Look Like?

Act 15:11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they."   The Problem No matter where you go and whom you talk to, there is always an emphasis on something besides the grace of God when it comes to being a […]

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Things that are not true in Scripture!

James 1:19  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.   The Truth about Misconceptions I am convinced that the Bible always tells us the truth.  But sometimes it tells us the truth about misconceptions and lies.  When we read the book of Job, the […]

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The Unseen Battle

    Ephesians 6:12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Where are these heavenly places where the wicked spirits do their dastardly deeds?  We are here on planet […]

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There are Fathers and then there are Fathers

  2 Corinthians 6:17-18  Therefore "COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.  I WILL BE A FATHER TO YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY.   Becoming a Father Becoming a father in a […]

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The Real Deal

    Acts 4:12  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."   Problem–myths Many people have given me many reasons for not wanting to believe the Bible.  Some say that the Bible is a set of myths.  It […]

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Are We Growing?

    1 Peter 2:2  as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.   Peter the Shepherd Peter was called as a fisherman to become a fisherman.  He had a business fishing for fish.  Then he became an evangelist fishing for souls.  But Peter learned that he had […]

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Death is a Great Teacher

    Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.   Memorial Day This weekend is a […]

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What Can we Learn from the Genealogies?

    1Ch 1:1  Adam, Seth, Enosh, 1Ch 1:2  Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, 1Ch 1:3  Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 1Ch 1:4  Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.   All Scripture is Inspired I know that all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness (2 […]

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Honor or Value Your Mother

  Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  "HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER," which is the first commandment with promise: "THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU AND YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH."   Healthy Families We have celebrated another Mother’s day and I have seen a […]

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Cunningly Devised Fables?

2 Peter 1:16-18 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is […]

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Shammah and the Lentils

    2Sa 23:8  These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: 2Sa 23:11-12  And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. But he […]

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The Centurion had a Teachable Attitude

Acts 10:33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God."   Background The centurion was a Roman soldier who either had or who was converting to Judaism.  He was sincere in his desire […]

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Supposing vs Knowing

John 20:15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away."   My thoughts are not your Thoughts Sometimes we say […]

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Is There Really Going to be a Second Coming?

  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:3).    We do Know that The Promise is Sure The Lord speaking to His disciples says, “And if I go and prepare a place […]

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Fools

  Psalms 14:1 The fool has said in his heart,"There is no God." Psalms 53:1 The fool has said in his heart,"There is no God." Luke 12:20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’   Saturday was […]

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Devotion or Duty?

  Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do […]

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He will be Great

    Luke 1:31-33 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the […]

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Open His Eyes!

    2 Kings 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us […]

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Are we Faithful?

Nehemiah 7:2 that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many. Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?   What are the Characteristics of […]

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Wouldn’t it be Great to have the Gift of Healing?

James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he […]

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Why?

  John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep (guard) My commandments.   The Options Since the Bible is so clear that “keeping” or guarding God’s commandments brings blessing and rejecting His commandments brings disaster, why is it so easy to stray from the straight and narrow way?  We know by experience and by observation that […]

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She Hath done what She Could

  Mark 14:8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.   Great expectations Most of us have dreams and expectations when we are younger.  Sometimes we want to do things that we simply cannot do.  In some cases it is because of lack of money and […]

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Religious Pride is a Real Deal Breaker

  Matthew 23:1-12 (1) Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, (2) saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. (3) Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. (4) For they […]

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Friendship with the World

  Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself […]

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Grace and Truth

  John 1:16-17 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.   What is Grace? There are some words that are hard to define because they mean different things in different situations.  Grace is one of […]

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Lying seems to be the Name of the Game

  John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is […]

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The Next Stop is Elim

  Exodus 15:23  And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.   The journeys of the children of Israel are instructive since we see parallels in the life of a New Testament Christian.  The children of […]

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Comforting Grace for Scary Times

  Revelation 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.   Scary Times The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is scary.  Most of its message has to do with judgments on this earth because men would rather worship anyone and anything other than the Lord Jesus.  But with […]

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No hope!

  1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.   A Depressing Situation One thing a person doesn’t want to hear when they go to the doctor is the statement that “you have no hope.”  […]

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Merry Christmas?

  Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"   So for whom was the first Christmas Merry? It wasn’t really merry for Mary and Joseph.  They had to travel to […]

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Last Days

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: (2) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, (4) traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than […]

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The Cost of Obedience

  Hebrews 5:7-9  who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,   though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He […]

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How can we Know?

John 17:17 Sanctify them (or set them apart as a special people) by Your truth. Your word is truth.   This Got Me to Thinking! I was awakened on a recent Saturday morning by a call from a man who told me that he and his family were without food and that they couldn’t get […]

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Who is Really in Charge?

  John 16:11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world (society) is judged. 1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world (society) lies under the sway of the wicked one. Ephesians 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course (age) of this world (society), according to […]

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What is a Christian?

    Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.   […]

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The Mark of the Beast

    Revelation 13:8  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.    Evil Personified I know some of you are waiting for me to tell you what the mark of the beast […]

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I am Jesus!

    Act 9:3-6 (3)  As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. (4)  Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" (5)  And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I […]

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It is Really Pretty Simple

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.   The Problems The Corinthian church had problems.  I am always encouraged when I read the letters that Paul wrote to the saints or set apart ones at Corinth.  We tend to complain about the problems in […]

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What do we Know of Contentment?

    Philippians 4:11  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.   Contentment, What is it? This Greek word for contentment is only used here in the Bible.  I am not enough of a Greek scholar to know if variations of the […]

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Great Preaching?

  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be […]

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Christ Lives in Me!

  Galatians 2:20-21  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace […]

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God’s Curse verses God’s Grace

    Malachi 4:5-6  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.  And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. […]

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What we Say and How we Say it is Important

    Eph 4:29-32   Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil […]

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Masters of the Guilt Trip

    2Ti 2:12-13  If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.  If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. Mat 26:34  Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me […]

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Does Love Really Make the World Go ‘Round?

  1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.   On a recent Saturday morning as I pulled out on the highway, I saw a woman and a young boy walking along the side of the road.  They were holding hands.  He was holding a […]

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Fellowship is Precious

  1 Corinthians 1:9  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.   Faithful or Trustworthy The Corinthians had problems.  They were believers. They had been called into the fellowship of the the Lord Jesus Christ whom they and Paul called Lord.  But they were […]

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There is Rest and Then there is Rest!

  Psalms 116:7  Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.   Rest, What is it? Most of us probably think of a good night’s sleep when we think of resting.  Resting in this passage could mean a number of things but it seems to be primarily a […]

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Precious Promises

   2 Peter 1:1-4  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine […]

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Are there Few That Be Saved?

  Luke 13:23-30 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and […]

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Jeremiah Had it Right

  Jeremiah 17:5-10 (5)  Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. (6)  For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In […]

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Acceptable Thinking

Psalms 19:14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.   God has Spoken David had a privilege many of us have not had.  He had an unobstructed view of the sky while keeping sheep.  It made Him realize […]

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VIP’S

    Hebrews 2:6-9 (6)  But one testified in a certain place, saying: "WHAT IS MAN THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM, OR THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF HIM? (7)  YOU HAVE MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND SET HIM […]

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Wanting to be “As gods”

Luke 18:14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.   Don’t we all Want to be Great? In Acts 8 there was a sorcerer named Simon who practiced magic arts […]

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The Best Father

  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For […]

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Refreshing! Another Fortune is Made!

    Proverbs 25:25  As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.   Most News today is not Refreshing! When I get up in the morning, one of the luxuries I allow myself is a good cup of coffee.  While I am drinking it, I also watch the […]

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Things we Don’t Understand

  John 11:3  His sisters therefore sent to him, saying: Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. (That is, your friend is sick) John 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister Mary and Lazarus. (That is, Jesus wanted what was best for Martha and Mary and Lazarus).   We don’t Understand the Lord’s […]

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Neither Shall they learn War Anymore!

  Isaiah 2:1-4 (1)  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. (2)  Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall […]

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Telling it Like it Is!

John 8:21  Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 1 Thessalonians 4:16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. […]

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Where Is the Compassion?

  Matthew 27:35-36 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "THEY DIVIDED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS."  Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.   Matthew 27:54  So when the centurion and those with […]

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What About the Singles?

  (1 Samuel 1:27)  For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. (1 Corinthians 7:34)  There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in […]

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Betrayed by a Kiss

  Proverbs 27:6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.   Showing Affection and Love A kiss is a way of showing true affection and love.  In the Bible, New Testament Christians were to greet one another with a holy kiss.  I am not sure what a […]

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Blindness is Hereditary!

  Genesis 48:10  Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.   Blindness is a physical infirmity but it is also a spiritual infirmity.  I have often wondered what it would be like to be […]

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God Uses the Unqualified

  Judges 6:13  Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered […]

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Loving the Lost!

Luke 12:4-5  "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to […]

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What Compassions are New Every Morning?

  Lamentations 3:21-23  This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.  Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.   This Morning I got up refreshed after a good night’s sleep this morning.  That doesn’t always happen.  Some times […]

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Resurrection Sunday

  John 20:27-29  Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen […]

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So What?

  Ecclesiastes 2:11  Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.   I know About Profits Having studied accounting, having passed the CPA exam, having […]

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Inasmuch!

  (Matthew 25:40)  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:45)  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do […]

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Are we Too Rich to be Saved?

  Mark 10:25-27 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not […]

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Musings on the Lord’s Commands

    Luke 8:39  "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.   Do We Tell People What Great Things the Lord has done for us? A great miracle […]

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What and Who can we Believe Today?

    1 Timothy 1:15  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.   What is a faithful saying?  It is a saying that is trustworthy.  It is a communication that is true.  One should be able to […]

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Winners and Losers

  2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.   Some Win and Some Lose We are constantly being bombarded with winners and losers in this life.  Presidential debates have winners and losers—at least that is how the press describes the debates.  We have […]

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Too Much Giving!

    Exodus 36:5-7  and they spoke to Moses, saying, "The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded us to do."  So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, "Let neither man nor woman do any more work […]

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Preparing for that last Great Trip

    John 5:39  You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.   Definition Eternity is defined as time that has no beginning and no end.  In most translations of the Bible, God is described as eternal (see Deuteronomy 33:27).  Our home […]

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The Church will Survive!

    Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.    The Battle No one has to tell us that there is a constant battle going on between good and evil in […]

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Lessons from Peaches

    Romans 3:11  THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS; THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS AFTER GOD. Luke 19:10  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." John 12:32  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." Luke 14:23  Then […]

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Music to the Ears!

    Matthew 8:2-3  And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."  Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.   The True Story of What Happened This leper needed to be […]

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When Did Boorish Behavior in Public Become Acceptable?

  Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification (building up the hearer), that it may impart grace to the hearers.   The Nature of Mankind I tend to only watch the last quarter of the important football games that I need to know something […]

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Neither Shall they Learn War Anymore!

  Micah 4:3  He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.   There is a Day of Universal Peace Coming! Wouldn’t it be wonderful […]

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Who is the Overcomer?

  1 John 5:4-5  For whatever (whosoever) is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   The Apostle John and the Overcomer John writes a lot about […]

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Radical Christianity

    James 5:16  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.   Last week was another week of bad news.  It was also another week where news and social media arm-chair quarterbacks were certain that they […]

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Where are the Profits?

Ecclesiastes 2:11  Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun. Black Friday this year does not seem to be very black.  The sales on the […]

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The Solution for a Troubled Heart!

John 14:1  "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. Hopelessness! Recently we had terrorist attacks in Paris and of course it reminds us that we had a major terrorist attack in the US on 911 of 2011.  We had the Boston bombings.  We read about the plight of […]

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It Will be Awesome!

Ezekiel 1:28  Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One […]

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Are we Living in Religious Babylon Today?

  Ephesians 4:4-6  (4)There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;  (5)  one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  (6)  one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.   One Body Ephesians is written to a local […]

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Only Luke is with Me!

  Proverbs 25:25  As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.   We could Use Some Good News We could use some good news from a far country today.  It would be nice to see Isis (or Isil or whatever they are supposed to be called) lay down […]

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Strange, Isn’t it?

  John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. Luke 23:43  And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." Heaven or Paradise The […]

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The Calling of Matthew

  Luke 5:29  Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. The Tax Collector I identify with Matthew (also called Levi) because he was a tax collector.  As a former CPA, I know what it is […]

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So They Despised Him!

1 Samuel 10:26-27 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched. But some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace. Rejection I remember what it was like to be chosen […]

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How do we Keep the Unity of the Spirit?

    Ephesians 4:1-3  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,  with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,  endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.   Saints, Slaves, Prisoners Christians […]

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Blood Moons

  Mat 24:44  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.   Frantic Expectation There is a certain frantic expectation in the fall air.  It is associated with a fourth blood moon that is set to occur on an important Jewish feast day, the […]

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The Question

    John 15:12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.   Four Words for Love The Greek language has four words for love.  One of the words is the word often […]

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Meditate on These Things!

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.   The Ugliness of September 11, 2011 Today as I am writing this meditation, we are being reminded of the terrible tragedy known as […]

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The Truth of the Lie

  John 18:38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”  John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   The Lies Never Quit The Unites States in the middle of another national election cycle.  These campaigns just go on […]

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The Depths of Despair

  Psalms 142:4  Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.   Background   This is a prayer of David, the man who had been anointed by Samuel to be king.  He had slain the giant;  but now […]

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The Problem with the Doing Plan

    Luke 5:12-13 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, […]

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Until He Comes!

  1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. How to Get Depressed […]

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Context! Context! Context!

  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Question? Do all things work together for GOOD to those who love God?  The Lord says that they do so they must, but in what sense is […]

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Paradise–a place of extreme Beauty, Delight, or Happiness

    2 Corinthians 12:2-4 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of […]

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An Old Preacher’s Wisdom

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.   Beauty This planet is a beautiful place.  It is teeming with all different forms of life.  There are birds for the sky, plants for the earth, fish and other mammals for the sea as well as a multitude of other […]

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Paul was Faithful, Are We?

    Acts 20:27 “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.”   A Cause for Reflection As I am writing this, I am faced with the loss of another close friend.  I received a text message last night a little after midnight.  It said that my friend had […]

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Personal Lessons from Job

    Job 1:8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”   There is only one really perfect man and that is the God-man Christ Jesus.  But if a […]

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Freed from all Charges!

  Acts 13:38-39  “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.   Background Paul and his band had gotten as […]

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All have Sinned (Except for the Man on the Middle Cross)!

All have Sinned (Except for the Man on the Middle Cross)!   1 Peter 2:23 Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.   What is God really like? Wouldn’t it be nice if we who claim to […]

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The Lord wants to be your Chef!

  Psalms 107:8-9:  Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.   I just finished eating a wonderful breakfast.  The menu was eggs over easy, hash browns with […]

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What if?

  Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”   Consequences I am meditating on a very solemn subject this week.  That subject has to do with the consequences of offending God.  Our society today is much like the Roman society that Paul was describing in this epistle.  Paul uses Old Testament […]

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Faith, Hope, Charity!

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abide faith, hope, love (charity), these three; but the greatest of these is love (charity).   Permanent Gifts The permanent gifts of the Spirit are faith, hope and charity.  The greatest of these gifts is love or charity.  This is the love that God had for the world when He […]

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Unbelievable!

John 11:47-48 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”   The Miracle Lazarus the friend […]

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What a Story She Had!

  John 8:9  And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.   Things that the Lord Remembers The Lord made a promise after he destroyed the earth with a flood.  His promise was that He would never do that again.  He has set a rainbow in the clouds as a memorial […]

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Almost is not Good Enough

Acts 26:28-29  Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”   The Apostle Paul Paul was given the […]

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One Mother’s Answered Prayer

  1 Samuel 1:27  “For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.   Hannah’s Desire Hannah is a case study in maternal love.  She was childless and apparently in competition with another wife.  Her husband loved her even though she was childless.  The other wife […]

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Salvation is Free, Worship is Costly

  2 Samuel 24:24  Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.   The […]

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The True Report

    Luke 19:32  So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them.   Loosing the donkey that the Lord Needed Can we depend upon what the Lord says?  The short answer is “yes.”  The long answer is that when it comes to the eternal blessings […]

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Why Indeed?

Isaiah 61:1-2  “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of […]

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Oh for the Good Old Days!

    1 Samuel 10:24  And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said “Long live the king!”   When the Lord chose Saul to be the first King of […]

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According to the Scriptures!

Paul says: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.   The Lord says: Mark 8:31  And He began to […]

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Does the Lord Trust Me?

  Colossians 4:2  Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains.   The Church When Paul preached the Gospel, He looked for doors that […]

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The Potholes of Life

    Acts 13:38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins.”   Last Friday was the first day of spring.  It even felt like spring and smelled like spring.  After a hard cold winter when the wind has been howling and snow […]

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The Last Great Enemy

    Mark 14:34 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”   The Last Great Enemy Most people want to avoid death if at all possible.  Even Christians who say that they are not afraid to die tend to wear seat belts, they go to […]

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Even Saved People Make Dumb Decisions

    Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.   Aladdin’s Lamp In the Middle Eastern folk tales called “A […]

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All Men (and women) Everywhere!

  Acts 17:30 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.   Limiting the Gospel I have noticed over the years that there is always a tendency on the part of different groups of people to limit the Gospel.  Some limit it to ethnic groups.  Some limit it […]

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Are we Reproducing?

Luke 8:11-15  “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. “Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, […]

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What is this Greater Love?

  John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”   February 14 is Valentine’s Day.  It is the one day in the year when we tell our significant others that we love them.  And then that is supposed to carry them through another year.  I […]

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Godly Counsel

  Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   Human Counselors When people with “problems” go to counselors, they usually seek out those who […]

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The Lord wants to Dwell Among His People

  Exodus 25:8  “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. “According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.” 1 Corinthians 3:16  Do you not know that you are the temple […]

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My Two Cents Worth!

    Romans 2:11-12 For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law.   Recently the Patriots played the Colts for a chance to go to the 2015 Superbowl, […]

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Wheat or Tares? False or Genuine?

   Matthew 13:24-25  Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.   The Enemy is at Work The Bible addresses the truth.  One […]

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Whom not What!

  2 Timothy 1:12  For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.   The Making of Many Books is only Wearisome Solomon, the preacher, admonished […]

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Let’s Make Someone truly Happy this Year!

    Genesis 6:5-9 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD […]

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Our Topsy Turvy World

    Luke 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.   As we come to the end of another year, I think it is always wise to review the past year to see if there was anything in it that amounted to anything.  We […]

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The Quandary

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report?  And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?   The Wise Men In Matthew 2, wise men from the East saw the Lord’s star which had to be in the west.   They were being led from the east to the west to find and worship […]

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The Ever Existing One

  Revelation 4:8  “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”   The Unanswerable Questions Some of us lay on our beds at night and ponder questions that simply have no rational answer.  One of them has to do with the question of how God can exist if He […]

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His Wish was their Command!

  2 Samuel 23:14-17 David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” So the three mighty men broke through the camp […]

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Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing

    2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.   I heard a good sermon this weekend.  One of the seven points had to do with Timothy fulfilling his ministry and keeping the main thing, the main thing.  I got to thinking, “Just what should the main thing […]

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Forbidden Fruit and Sorrow!

Lamentations 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?  Behold and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which has been brought on me, which the LORD has inflicted in the day of His fierce anger.   This life is a life of contrasts.  It has hills and valleys.  It […]

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Surely!

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”   Eve had a choice.  She could believe God who had said she would die […]

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Prioritizing God’s Way

  Matthew 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.   Busyness Likely we were all busy today.  We were all busy this week.  We have been busy all year.  But did we give the highest priority to being busy with the Lord’s […]

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One Man!

    Romans 5:15  But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.   Does one man or one woman make a difference?  Yes they […]

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Everlasting Destruction

2 Thessalonians 1:9  These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.   The two words “everlasting destruction” have been bothering me a great deal of late. In this letter to suffering Saints, Paul encourages them by telling them that their suffering at the […]

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It is nice to Arrange so long as we let the Lord Rearrange!

John 10:3  “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.   Some weeks are really frustrating.  It seems […]

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Wouldn’t a Modern Day Miracle be Nice?

Luke 16:31 But he said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead."   The Miracles of the Lord The Lord did unusual miracles when He was here on earth and those miracles made no difference to those who would not […]

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Some of the Important Scriptures that Guide My Life

The Scriptures including Paul’s writings are Inspired 2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Peter 3:15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to […]

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The Beauty of the Clouds at Sunset

Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. God must be an Artist The God who created this world must be an artist.  He has created a lot of […]

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The Preacher Got this Right!

Ecclesiastes 7:2 Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart. King Solomon as an Author King Solomon started out as a wise spiritual King.  He did not improve with age.  He […]

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King Ahab Didn’t Need to be Told!

 King Ahab Didn’t Need to be Told! 1 Kings 22:15 Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the hand of the king!” So […]

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Unity

John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.” John 17:22 “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:   One God I believe in God:  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  I do not believe in God the Father, God […]

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To Whom am I Listening?

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. The Adversary An adversary is an opponent, an enemy, a foe, one who […]

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Always Number Two

John 3:30  “He must increase, but I must decrease.”   Introduction   John the Baptist is an interesting study.  I have wondered if I would have been happy to have had his calling on my life.  How would I have liked to be the one to point out the sin of the nation of Israel?  […]

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A Matter of Integrity!

John 16:13  “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.   Divine Inspiration and Divine Interpretation The Scriptures are God breathed according to […]

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The Time is Near or Ready

  Revelation 1:1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. […]

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The Lord is the Supreme Accountant! ‏

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.   Accountability Accountability is taught throughout the Bible.  Christians […]

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Is it Good Enough for You?

1 Timothy 2:4 (God our Savior) desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Is it really true? Many people say that they cannot believe the Bible and others say that they cannot believe God.  Why is it so hard to believe?  It is because we have to […]

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Peter got it Right!

 Matthew 16:13-16 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that […]

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It Boggles my Mind!

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. The Importance of Prayer Prayer is an important subject. Whom we pray to indicates whom we trust and whom we worship. Prayer is a conversation with God. It can be supplication, intercession for others and praise. It can’t be properly done unless the supplicant believes that the God to […]

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We often don’t Have a Clue!

Job 12:2 “No doubt you are the people, And wisdom will die with you!   Life is full of Tragedy Recently, life in our corner of the world has been filled with tragedy.  God has been good to us personally, but people that we know have experienced unusual accidents illnesses and sorrows   I have noticed […]

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Have we been truly Liberated?

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. Today all of us want to make our own mistakes and make them we do! We think we have become enlightened about moral issues and refuse […]

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What is in a Name?

What do you think of when you hear the name Jeroboam?  What about the name Baalam?  What about the name Paul?  What about the name Jesus?  I think that most who read their Bibles would agree that Jeroboam made Israel to sin, that Balaam was covetous, that Paul was faithful and that the Lord is […]

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The Best Father in the World!

Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” John 335 “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I […]

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Are the Warnings all Hype for Naught?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor […]

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True Joy is just over the Horizon!

Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Definition Dictionary.com defines joy as the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.  I know of two families who probably think that joy is going to be gone forever from their lives.  […]

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The God of This Age

2 Corinthians 4:3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. Memorial Day This […]

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Don’t the Meek end up on Crosses?

Matthew 5: 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Definition Humble and gentle are two words that are usually used to define the word meek.  Humble means not to be proud or arrogant.  So a meek person is not proud, self-assertive, or abusive in any way.  The Lord says that these […]

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Why did God Send His Son into the World?

John 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  Work, Purpose, Results Most of us who love the Lord love the Gospel as set forth in John 3:16-18.  I often say that John 3:16 tells us of the work […]

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Does God Really Love Us?

John 11:3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” (Love = tender affection of a friend) John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (Love = self-sacrificing devotion) John 11:5 These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus […]

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Am I a True Friend?

2 Samuel 15:37 So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the city. And Absalom came into Jerusalem. David had sinned   He had confessed that sin, and the Lord had forgiven him.  However, He told David that there would be earthly consequences to murdering Uriah so he could have his wife.  When Absalom decides to rebel against […]

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AH-HA MOMENTS!

Luke 24:39 “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” Some things are hard to believe.  People have a hard time believing that a great fish swallowed Jonah.  Some have trouble with the story […]

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God’s Dear, Precious, Special, Unique and Only Son!

Luke 9: 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”  A person could be known in a lot of different ways in this life.  Some want to be known as President, some as CEO, some as rich, and some as intelligent.  But there is nothing quite […]

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Is God ALWAYS in control?

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. We who are believers in the Lord, believe that God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere present).  As a result, when […]

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Blessings instead of Curses

Joshua 23:14-15: Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word […]

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Being Where We Should be, When We Should be There, Doing What We Should be Doing!

Luke 2:49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” The Lord and the Heavens The Lord was always where He should be, when He should be there.  He was obedient to his earthly parents even when they thought He was […]

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The Importance of our Souls

  Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (NKJV) Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and […]

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That Day!

Luke 23:33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.  “Seeing” What Happened at Calvary that Day! When we preach sometimes we like to explain the meaning of the Scripture that we are reading.  Sometimes […]

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Forever and Ever!

  Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Time that never ends I have been thinking about how long forever and ever is.  It is time […]

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What do I Hear?

Mark 4:23-24 “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Introduction The Bible talks a lot about the way people hear or listen.  […]

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An Adventure with God

Luke 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Difficulty Faith in the Lord Jesus is what saves.  In addition, we walk by faith and not by sight after we are saved (1 Corinthians 5:7).  Sometimes I think it is more difficult to believe God when it comes to the practical […]

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God’s Perspective vs Man’s

Exodus 30:15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. Each man had equal value When the children of Israel came out of Egypt they were numbered.  A census was taken […]

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Do we Really Mean What we Say?

Exodus 19:8 Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. Exodus 24:3 So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered […]

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Right Question, Wrong Answer!

Matthew 27:22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” The Jews were Clever but Cruel The religious leaders of the Jews had cleverly maneuvered Pilate so that he was between a rock and a hard spot.  Pilate knew […]

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The Wisdom of Fearing God

Genesis 42: 18 Then Joseph said to them the third day, “Do this and live, for I fear God:  Joseph Fears God Joseph’s dream had finally come true.  He had been sold into slavery in Egypt because of the hatred of his brothers.  As a result, he had become second in command to Pharaoh.  God […]

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Scheming instead of Trusting

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God. And this stone which […]

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Walk in Unity

Ephesians 4:1-3:  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Introduction God desires to see His people […]

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Perfect Peace from the Rock of Ages

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength (or the Rock of Ages). (Isaiah 26:3-4) Reflecting on the End of Another Year As we come to the end of another year, it […]

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Banking on the Truth

2Timothy 3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them. Deception Abounds! As we get closer and closer to the Lord’s return, it is harder and harder to make sure that what we believe is true.  I can find news reports […]

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Where’s the Good Works!

James 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Introduction Year’s ago, there was an ad by a fast food restaurant where the question was asked, “Where’s the beef?”  The ad implied that other […]

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Sin Separates us from God!

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Hiding from God Adam and Eve had it made.  They lived in paradise, and […]

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Beauty is more than Skin Deep

Isaiah 53:2   For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,  And as a root out of dry ground.  He has no form or comeliness;  And when we see Him,  There is  no beauty that we should desire Him.  Three things that we enjoy When we go on vacation, we like to do […]

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Agonizing instead of Asking

James 4: 2-3  You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.  What is the Problem? The problem is […]

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What is it Going to Take?

Psalm 107:8-9 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. The Cost of Departure The children of Israel had rebelled against the Lord and had been taken into […]

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Should we Fear God?

Romans 3:18   “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Fear is from the Greek word phobos.  It is from a primary word phebomai (to be put in fear); alarm or fright.  The word has been translated:  be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror. Fear Defined and Explained Sometimes fear is looked at as reverence […]

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Bullying is Not New!

Psalm 22:12 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. Dictionary dot com, the online dictionary, defines bullying as “a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.”  Our school children were not the first people to be bullied.  Bullying was used by the rulers of […]

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Our Weeping Savior!

Luke 19:41-43 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,  saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment […]

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I’m Looking for Robins!

Song of Solomon 2:10-13 10 My beloved spoke, and said to me:“Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. 11 For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard […]

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Would we Recognize Truth if it Bit us?

John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Truth is difficult to recognize in this life.  A really good used car salesman can convince most of us that the car he wants to sell us is a cream-puff that will drive forever.  But of course he will also convince us that the […]

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What are the Desires our Hearts?

Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Some years back I had a friend who was sick with cancer.  He and his wife and at least one friend all seemed to take courage from a promise made in one of the Psalms.  I think […]

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The Best Story Ever

James 4:14 Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  My mom recently passed into the Lord’s presence at the age of 95.  In a few more weeks she would have been 96.  Up […]

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An Earth Where Righteousness Dwells? Really?

2 Peter 3:12-13  Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Has there ever been […]

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Let’s Think about Eternity!

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4:3 that the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap […]

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A Foolish Leap in the Dark!

1 Corinthians 15:34  Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak  this  to your shame. 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. […]

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Try It! It Works!

Matthew 11:28-30   Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Labor […]

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How Much are we Worth?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20   Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. Who in […]

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Is that so Hard? Really!

Psalm 107:31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Four times over the writer of this Psalm repeats this desire of his heart.  We do not know for sure who wrote the Psalm, but we do know that whoever wrote […]

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The Art of Bible Banging!

Matthew 4:4   But He answered and said, “It is written,  ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” The Lord had been fasting for forty days and forty nights.  Luke says that he ate nothing during this fast.  Both Luke and Matthew said he […]

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That Troublesome ALL!

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Some days a person hates to turn on the news because the moment we do we are bombarded with sin and its justification.  The heart of man has not changed since the fall of Adam.  But things that used to remain […]

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Some Remarkable People!

Numbers 26:9-11  The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. These are the Dathan and Abiram, representatives of the congregation, who contended against Moses and Aaron in the company of Korah, when they contended against the LORD; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died, […]

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Is there Such a Thing as Righteous Judgment?

2 Timothy 4:8  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. Likely by now everyone knows the names of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.  My […]

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We Don’t Know that we Don’t Know!

Job 13:15  Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. The older we get, the more we know that we don’t know much.  God is all knowing.  Man is anything but.  We all think God should be like us, and do what we want […]

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Breathless at 14, 000 Feet!

Matthew 14:23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. Mountain top experiences are found frequently in the Bible.  Some of them are great experiences and some of them are not so great. Moses spent a lot […]

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Where did the Time Go?

Psalms 90:10  The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. When I was young, on my birthday we would read a children’s book about a farmer who […]

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OOPS! Haman didn’t see that Coming!

Esther 6:6  So Haman came in, and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?" The little book of Esther in the old testament is one of the most captivating […]

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A Breakfast like no Other!

Meditation for the week of June 16, 2013 John 21:12-13  Jesus said to them, "Come and eat breakfast." Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are You?"–knowing that it was the Lord.  Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. Simon Peter and some of […]

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Enjoying the Trip!

Meditation for the week of June 9, 2013 John 14:5-6  Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. How would we […]

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Would We Cross the Street to See Him?

Meditation for the week of  June 2, 2013 John 12:20-21  Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.  Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Why did these Greeks want to see Jesus?  They […]

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Remembering what we should Forget, Forgetting what we should Remember!

Meditation for the week of May 26, 2013 "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM," then He adds, "THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE." (Hebrews […]

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A Refreshing Commendation

Meditation for the week of May 19, 2013 2 Kings 22:2:  And he (Josiah) did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. This is a refreshing commendation.  Josiah did what […]

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The Simplicity of an Equal Sign!

Meditation for the week of May 12, 2013 John 3:36  He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." Mother’s produce children that they love.  The child that a mother brings into the world has […]

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Enjoying the Nearness of the Lord

Meditation for the week of May 5, 2013 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5) I like technology.  I especially like a program that we use on our computers at home called Skype.  That program has made it possible for us to call our family members and […]

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One Night of Sin, One Lifetime of Sorrow!

Meditation for the week of April 28, 2013 Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: "O my son Absalom–my son, my son Absalom–if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!" (2 Samuel […]

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He Emptied Himself!

Meditation for the week of April 21, 2013 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of […]

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A Simple but Powerful Message!

Meditation for the week of April 14, 2013 Luke 13:3, 5  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. This must be an important statement since it is repeated.  In this chapter we have people who think they are saved but they are not.  Even though we don’t like to […]

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We can and should Enjoy life, but not Everything is about Having Fun!

Meditation for the week of April 7, 2013 Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment Heb 12:11  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by […]

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I’m Going With the Empty Tomb!

Meditation for the week of March 31, 2012 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12 Accountability is the name of the game in this life.  It is also the name of the game in the next.  We are all going to give account to the God who created […]

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Did Christ Really Die?

Meditation for the week of March 24, 2013 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) Why does this passage […]

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How Often do we Forsake the Lord and Flee?

Meditation for the week of March 17, 2013 Mark 14:50  Then they all forsook Him and fled. 2 Timothy 4:16  At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. This is the time of the year when we remember the crucifixion and resurrection of […]

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A Wonderful Savior Is Jesus My Lord!

Meditation for the week of March 10, 2013 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalms 121:1-2) Does our help come from the hills or does it come from the Lord?  Obviously, it […]

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What are We Going to Do?

Meditation for the week of March 3, 2013 Mark 8:8  So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. We live in a day of great uncertainty.  The government is cutting back on its spending.  Inflation is rampant.  Many workers have been laid off and many have lost […]

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His name is Jesus and we call Him Lord.

Meditation for the week of February 24, 2013 Psalms 23:3  He restores my soul! You coffee drinkers know how great that first cup of good coffee tastes in the morning.  Some of you know how great a cold Coke or Pepsi tastes on a hot summer day.  Or perhaps you have been refreshed by a […]

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Do You Know what You are Missing?

Meditation for the week of February 17, 2013 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.  (Psalms 69:4) Recently  I was listening to an ad on the […]

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A Word for the Wise!

Meditation for the week of February 10, 2013 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  (John 3:17) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.   […]

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Peer Pressure

Meditation for the week of February 3, 2013 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?"  (Matthew 21:23) The Lord had just made his “triumphal […]

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Does it really Matter?

Meditation for the week of January 26, 2013 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus […]

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Moved with Compassion!

Meditation for the week of January 20, 2013 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14) According to Dictionary.com, compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong […]

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God’s Friend Was a Flawed Man!

Meditation for the week of January 13, 2013 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS." And he was called the friend of God. (James 2:23) Abraham was the friend of God.  He was the model that God uses to explain faith.  Yet when I […]

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Guilt trips, Who Needs Them?

Meditation for the week of January 6, 2013 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. (Romans 3:19) Every so often I get a rather good email having to do with […]

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What a Day that will Be!

Meditation for the week of December 30, 2012 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (Revelation 21:5) We are coming to a “new” year.  The designation of a new year on the calendar is really […]

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The Disappointment of an Unappreciated Gift!

Meditation for the week of December 23, 2012 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) This is the gift giving season.  I have never figured out how worship of the Lord by the Magi who gave the Lord gifts of […]

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Grace is not Satan’s Middle Name!

Meditation for the week of December 16, 2012 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18) This last week we had an unimaginable kind of horror inflicted on innocent children by a very demonic adult.  At […]

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Who AM I?

Meditation for the week of December 9, 2012 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. (3 John 1:11) John, the aged apostle, must have been grieved to see the churches of God become organizations that […]

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Casting Pearls Before Swine!

Meditation for the week of December 2, 2012 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. (Matthew 7:6) Bible interpretation is an interesting art.  As we read commentaries and listen to preaching, it is […]

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The Problem of False Warnings!

Meditation for the week of November 25, 2012 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s […]

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Memory, Sometimes it is nice to Lose it!

Meditation for the week of November 18, 2012 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (Malachi 3:16) And their sins and iniquities will […]

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Perfect Balance!

Meditation for the week of November 11, 2012 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) The Word in this verse is the Lord.  He is the way God has communicated to […]

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Renovating this old House

Meditation for the week of November 4, 2012 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and […]

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Call Me Satisfied!

Meditation for the week of October 28, 2012 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalms 107:8-9) Have you ever been out hiking on a hot day […]

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The Lord IS Coming!

Meditation for the week of October 21, 2012 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ (Luke 19:13) The Lord has promised to come again.  One aspect of His second coming is given to us in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 where the church […]

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Number Two’s

Meditation for the week of October 14, 2012 the week of October 14, 2012 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  Matthew 16:24 Most people want to be leaders—they might not admit it, but facts are facts. […]

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Thank you, Father!

Meditation for the week of October 7, 2012 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.  (Hebrews 13:15) I see prayer as a conversation with God.  We talk to Him and He talks to us.  Sometimes He talks […]

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Wrong Again!

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus,  (Ephesians 1:1) Does the phrase “faithful in Christ Jesus” describe a certain class of saints in Ephesus or is it further describing what it means to be a saint?   I have quoted […]

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That’s Bananas!

Meditation for the week of September 23, 2012 "But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. (Luke 15:22) The fact that a believer in the Lord Jesus has “Christ in Him (Colossians 1:27, Romans […]

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Christ is in us? Really?

Meditation for the week of September 16, 2012 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?" (John 1:38) Wouldn’t it be nice If we could invite God into our homes for dinner tonight?  […]

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Say What?

Meditation for the week of September 9, 2012 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth– those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. (John […]

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Taking Inventory

Meditation for the week of September 2, 2012 What I am supposed to be doing all the time: 1. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding  (Proverbs 3:5) 2. I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every […]

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Putting God to the Test

Meditation for the week of August 26, 2012 Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." So Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?" (Exodus 17:2) Jesus said to him, "It is written again, ‘YOU SHALL NOT TEMPT THE […]

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Do We Really Love our Neighbors?

Meditation for the week of August 19, 2012 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to […]

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Making that which is Simple too Simple!

Meditation for the week of August 12, 2012 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.  (1 Corinthians 1:22-23) Over the years I have tried to help people understand the Gospel who are fairly ignorant with regard […]

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It’s called Faith!

Meditation for the week of August 5, 2012 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. (Psalms 73:1-2) We know God doesn’t think like we think (Isaiah 55:8) so we don’t always […]

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What has the Lord done for You?

Meditation for the week of July 29, 2012 Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the […]

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Saving a Few

Meditation for the week of July 15, 2012 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (Matthew 24:34-35) The message of the Bible is that all people need to […]

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Jumping to Conclusions

Meditation for the week of July 8, 2012 "Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?  (Job 4:7) Exercise is recommended for all of us today.  Even the Bible says that exercise is good even though it only profits for a little while.  But the only exercise many […]

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Birthday’s—People lose their Lives at Them!

Meditation for the week of July 1, 2012 Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to […]

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The Lord’s Desire!

Meditation for the week of June 24, 2012 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may […]

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Do we Grieve or do we Gloat at the Violence in our World?

Meditation for the week of June 17, 2012 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  (1 John 3:15) Recently I was in a Starbucks coffee shop.  They were playing Johnny Cash’s “25 minutes to Go.”  It is gruesome song about a man about […]

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What a way to die!

Meditation for the week of June 10, 2012 He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years and, to no one’s sorrow, departed. However they buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. (2 Chronicles 21:20) Recently a young missionary family lost […]

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Hard Questions!

Meditation for the week of June 3, 2012 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions. (1 Kings 10:1) Solomon had wisdom and power and riches.  Did I mention that he had wisdom?  He seemed to have […]

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Remembering!

Meditation for the week of May 27, 2012 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  (Matthew 24:6) There are some things that I wish I could forget.  My family and I made […]

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Sorry Gals, He’s Mine!

Meditation for the week of May 20, 2012 What is your beloved More than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved More than another beloved, That you so charge us? (Song of Solomon 5:9) Expositors differ on the interpretation of this beautiful love poem.  Some think Solomon is the man wooing the […]

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Death in the Stew!

Meditation for the week of May 13, 2012 Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, "Man of God, there is death in the pot!" And they could not eat it. So he said, "Then bring some flour." And […]

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The Hope of Eternal Life

Meditation for the week of May 6, 2012 Titus 3:7  that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. What does ETERNAL life mean to us?  Surely it is a never ending life, but it is more than that.  The unsaved die and exist for eternity, […]

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Betrayed!

Meditation for the week of April 29, 2012 2 Corinthians 13:12  Greet one another with a holy kiss Luke 22:48  But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" 2 Samuel 15:5  And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him (Absalom), that he […]

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The Lord’s Fairness Doctrine

Meditation for the week of April 22, 2012 1 Samuel 30:24  For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike." Those who are on the front-lines fighting wars need to have […]

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What is my Score?

Meditation for the week of April 15, 2012 Matthew 23:13  "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Many of us who preach the Gospel like to keep […]

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The Greatest Mistake!

Meditation for the week of April 8, 2012 Hebrews 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? This weekend, the fact […]

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Can we SEE Faith?

Meditation for the week of April 1, 2012 Luke 5:20  When He saw their faith, He said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." How can we SEE faith?  Faith is a matter of the heart.  The Ethiopian official was told that if he believed with all his heart he could be baptized (Acts […]

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Our Compassionate Savior!

Meditation for the week of March 25, 2012 Luke 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. The Strong’s dictionary says that compassion shows sympathy or pity to someone.  The Webster dictionary says, “A suffering with another; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow […]

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Must is a good Four Letter Word!

Meditation for the week of March 18, 2012 Mark 14:48-50  Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me?  I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures MUST be fulfilled."  Then they […]

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How can we Properly Respect the Lord?

Meditation for the week of March 11, 2012 Mark 12:6  Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, “They will respect my son.” Respect is something that is hard to come by in our day.  We are told that it is earned, but often it is given to […]

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Death, What is it?

Meditation for the week of March 4, 2012 Genesis 2:17  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." Death is the last enemy that will be destroyed by the resurrected Christ (1 Corinthians 15:26).  Most […]

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Silver and Gold I do not Have!

Meditation for the week of February 26, 2012 Acts 3:6  Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." Most of us think that we could do great things for the Lord if we […]

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“Thank you, Lord Jesus!”

Meditation for the week of Week of February 19, 2012 Psalms 56:3  Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You (The Most High God). David was running from Saul.  Saul should have been his friend since David had served Him faithfully.  However, Saul knew that David was God’s choice to replace him on the […]

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We Need to get Honest!

Meditation for the week of February 12, 2012 Luke 5:8  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" When Simon Peter was called to follow the Lord, he obviously didn’t feel “holy” enough to do that.  The Lord had used […]

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The Main Thing!

Meditation for the week of February 5, 2012 Galatians 1:8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Preaching an accurate faithful Gospel is important to the Lord and it needs to be important to us.  When […]

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Some Things that are Impossible with God!

Meditation for the week of January 29, 2012 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them […]

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Playing Nice Pays

Meditation for the week of July 22, 2012 And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:40) This world is filled with hate and prejudice.  Competition instead of cooperation […]

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What do we Really Think of the Lord?

Meditation for the week of January 22, 2012 Luke 4:22  So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph’s son?" The Lord spoke with authority, that is, He knew what He was talking about.  He wasn’t like the Pharisees […]

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Is He or Isn’t He?

Meditation for the week of January 15, 2012 Genesis 28:16  Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." Luke 2:44  but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. […]

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Does this really work?

Meditation for the week of January 8, 2012 Matthew 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Worry is one of the great afflictions of the human race.  Of course, worry is like riding a stationary bike.  It takes lots of energy but […]

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Faithfulness!

Meditation for the week of January 1, 2011 1 Corinthians 4:1-2  Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. As we come to the end of another year, I am asking myself, “What did I […]

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The Promise is Sure!

Meditation for the week of December 25, 2011 Habakkuk 2:3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. On Christmas day many are opening presents and enjoying […]

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Are we Experiencing a Famine?

Meditation for the week of December 18, 2011 Amos 8:11  "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD. The last words of the Lord given to Israel […]

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God’s Privacy Policy

Meditation for the week of December 10, 2011 Genesis 16:13  Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are- the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees me?" Proverbs 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. […]

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The Joy of an Open Door

Meditation for the week of December 4, 2011 Revelation 3:8  "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. A door usually keeps people out.  When it is open, […]

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Reasons to Rejoice and be Thankful!

Meditation for the week of November 27, 2011 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”  Mark 16:15-16 Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year.  I trusted in […]

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Grace is a Great Blessing!

Meditation for the week of November 20, 2011 (Hebrews 13:25)  Grace be with you all. Amen. The writer to the Hebrews closes his epistle by hoping that those who read the letter will be benefited by its teaching.  The fundamental theme of the epistle is that Christ and His blessings are better than the blessings […]

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God has Said!

Meditation for the week of November 13, 2011 Genesis 3:1  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?" God speaks in at least three ways […]

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Looking for the Blessed Hope!

Meditation for the week of November 6, 2011 Titus 2:13-14  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. What is the […]

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Regeneration or Reformation?

Meditation for the week of October 30, 2011 Titus 3:4-5  But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,  not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing (or renovation) of the Holy Spirit. The […]

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Should’ve had a V8!

Meditation for the week of October 23, 2011 "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns–broken cisterns that can hold no water.  (Jeremiah 2:13) Some time back V8, a tomato based drink, had an ad where the punch line was, “I should’ve had […]

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Who is Faithful and Dependable Today?

Meditation for the week of October 16, 2011 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15) Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? (Proverbs 20:6) A righteous […]

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Living Miracles of God’s Grace!

Meditation for the week of October 9, 2011 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.  (John 4:3-4) Why did the Lord have to go through Samaria on His way to Galilee?  Normally, a Jew avoided going through Samaria because while the Samaritans were people with some Jewish […]

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I know Whom I have Believed!

Meditation for the week of October 1, 2011 (2 Timothy 1:12) For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. Paul does not say that he […]

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From What Have we Turned?

Meditation for the week of September 25, 2011 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.  (1 Thessalonians 1:9) The Thessalonians who had been involved in idol worship turned from it when they were […]

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Give me Neither Poverty or Riches!

Meditation for the week of September 18, 2011 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches– Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, "Who is the LORD?" Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my […]

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Satan is Real!

Meditation for the week of September 11, 2011 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly." (John 13:27) Many of us remember certain events with absolute clarity.  I remember when I first heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated.  I remember hearing the news […]

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Labor is Good, Rest is Commanded!

Meditation for the week of September 4, 2011 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male […]

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Will there ever be peace in Jerusalem?

Meditation for the week of August 28, 2011 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.” (Psalms 122:6) Jerusalem is a very important city as far as God is concerned.  Melchizedek was King of Salem or Jerusalem long before it was established as the capital of Israel.  He was also priest […]

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Does God Punish?

Meditation for the week of August 21, 2011 Hebrews 12:6  FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. Most of us would like to think that salvation solves all of our problems.  A Christian’s path is supposed to be downhill (even though we are traveling up to heaven), the […]

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What am I Missing Here?

Meditation for the week of August 14, 2011 (Jeremiah 17:5)  Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:7)  "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. The political process of electing […]

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Occupying the Mind with Christ!

Meditation for the week of August 7, 2011 Romans 8:2-3  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.   For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in […]

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Whom are we going to Believe?

Meditation for the week of July 31, 2011 Matthew 25:41  "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. The meditation this week is one that has been haunting me.  Is there really a place of everlasting […]

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Prayer, Just do it!

Meditation for the week of July 24, 2011 Psalms 40:1  I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. Prayer is a conversation with God.  We speak to Him and He speaks to us in various ways.  Generally, He speaks through His Word and sometimes He speaks through others.  […]

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It is a Fact. The Lord Lives!

Meditation for the week of July 17, 2011 Psalms 18:46  The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. King David’s God was personal, living and real.  He spoke to the Lord and the Lord spoke to Him.  In his life and in his decisions, the LORD was as […]

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Pride, the Sin that Puffs us up!

Meditation for the week of July 10, 2011 (1 Corinthians 13:4)  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. The Corinthians had been blessed.  Good preachers had led them to the Lord. They had gifted men and women in their congregation.  They had great […]

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Overcoming Prejudice

Meditation for the week of July 3, 2011 Acts 10:33  So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God. Acts 11:13-14   And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his […]

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Wicked People!

Meditation for the week of June 26, 2011 Esther 7:6  And Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!" So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. Haman was wicked.  The men of Sodom were wicked (Genesis 13:13).  People who claim to be Christians but who persist in immorality, covetousness, worshiping idols, […]

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Whom Ye Have Crucified!

Meditation for the week of Jun 19, 2011 Acts 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Acts 2:36-37  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both […]

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The Joy of being Saved and Baptized!

Meditation for the week of June 12, 2011 Acts 8:39  Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. This official from “darkest Africa” is an example of what happens when we […]

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Making Converts by Force

Meditation for the week of June 5, 2011 2 Chronicles 15:13  . . . whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. Asa was one of Judah’s good kings.  He tried to get rid of idolatry in the land.  He […]

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Getting it Right!

Meditation for the week of May 29, 2011 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3:17 This Memorial Day weekend, many of us have spent time at cemeteries.  There were ceremonies honoring the war veterans and flowers honoring […]

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The Shrill Voice vs The Still Voice

Meditation for the week of May 22, 2011 1 Kings 19:11-12 Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in […]

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Why?

Meditation for the week of May 15, 2011 Genesis 3:1  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?" Why did Eve eat the forbidden fruit […]

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Bad Examples of Motherhood

Meditation for the week of May 8, 2011 "HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER," which is the first commandment with promise (Ephesians 6:2). Often as we grow up, we tend to rebel against our parents.  We may feel that when it comes to spiritual things, we were brainwashed and forced to attend religious activities.  We are […]

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Sweet Singing!

Meditation for the week of May 1, 2011 Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel.  (2 Samuel 23:1) David had the ability to write songs and […]

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Peace in Troubling Times

Meditation for the week of April 24, 2011 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place […]

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God, Who is He?

Meditation for the week of April 17, 2011 John 8:24  Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." Muslim’s worship Allah.  Jews worship Jehovah.  Christians worship the Lord Jesus Christ.  Are we all worshiping the […]

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Speak Lord!

Meditation for the week of April 10, 2011 1 Samuel 3:7  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him. Every person must meet the Lord Jesus personally and trust Him if they are going to be in God’s heaven.  The Bible calls this being […]

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The Library that is Lost by Death

Meditation for the week of April 3, 2011 1 Kings 12:6-8 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people?” And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today, […]

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Test all Things!

Meditation for the week of March 27, 2011 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22:  Do not despise prophecies.  Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil. Today, many preachers claim to be prophets in the modern day sense.  A modern day prophet is one who speaks for God just like old testament […]

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Something to Think About!

Meditation for the week of March 20, 2011 2 Timothy 1:4-5 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded […]

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Are we Really Wasting our Lives and Resources?

Meditation for the week of March 13, 2011 Mark 14:3-4 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.  But there were some […]

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Puppy Creep!

Meditation for the week of March 6, 2011 Psalm 104:9 You have set a boundary that they (the waters) may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth. My daughter has a very young excitable lovable puppy.  This puppy can be told to “stay” and she will lay down and “stay” […]

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Standing between the Dead and the Living

Meditation for the week of February 27, 2011 Numbers 16:47-48 Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; […]

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Throwing Good Money after Bad!

Meditation for the week of February 20, 2010 Mark 2:21-22 "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, […]

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The Best Love Story of All!

Meditation for the week of February 13, 2010 Job 4:7 "Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? Who ever perished being innocent?  The Lord did!  Fortunately He didn’t perish eternally.  He was raised from the dead; and now those who of us who deserved to perish eternally […]

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The Joy of Being in the Saving Business!

Meditation for the week of February 6, 2011 Acts 16:30-31 And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." Recently, I came out of our house and saw a car stuck […]

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What, Sell All and Give it to the Poor? Really?

Meditation for the week of January 30, 2011 Mathew 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." Money, our attitude toward it and stewardship of it, is an important subject in […]

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Thank God for Grace!

Meditation for the week of January 23, 2011 John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. I am so glad that we do not read in Scripture, “For by the law you are saved.”  Instead we read, “For by grace are you saved (Ephesians 2:5).”  The […]

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Ye shall be as gods!

Meditation for the week of January 16, 2011 2Thessalonians 2:3-4  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is […]

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How FEW Really Find the Truth?

Meditation for the week of January 9, 2011 Genesis 18:23-24 And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? "Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Genesis 18:32 Then he […]

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What do we Really Believe?

Meditation for the week of January 2, 2011 1Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word. We have reached the beginning of another new […]

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The Post Holiday Blues!

Meditation for the week of December 26, 2010 John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing […]

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Merry Christmas?

Meditation for the week of December 19, 2010 Hebrews 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. In 2005, the American Family Association targeted the Target Stores because they were banning the greeting “Merry Christmas” from their advertising and their stores.  […]

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Our Hope has been Deferred, but the Promise is Sure!

Meditation for the week of December 12, 2010 Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. My wife and I follow the journeys of a number of people whose children have cancer.  We watch as they wait expectantly for the Lord to cure the […]

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Testimony

Meditation for the week of December 5, 2010 Daniel 4:1-2 Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.  I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. People who are true converts to […]

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Trying to Convince the Unconvinced!

Meditation for the week of November 28, 2010 Ezekiel 39:27-28 When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity […]

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Thank you Lord!

Meditation for the week of November 21, 2010 Revelation 7:11-12 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever […]

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What Does it Mean to Perish?

Meditation for the week of November 14, 2010 John 3:15 "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. The Lord uses love to draw us to Himself, but He also warns us of the consequences of not trusting in Him.  In the old testament, the children of Israel were blessed and […]

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Is There any Word from the Lord?

Meditation for the week of November 7, 2010 Jeremiah 37:17 then Zedekiah the king sent and took him out. The king asked him secretly in his house, and said, "Is there any word from the LORD?" And Jeremiah said, "There is." Then he said, "You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of […]

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Are we Competing according to the Rules?

Meditation for the week of October 31, 2010 2Timothy 2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Paul sees the Christian as an athlete competing in sports.  He makes it clear however, that not only is it important to win, but the way we […]

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Silence Can be Golden

Meditation for the week of October 24, 2010 Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him. We do not live in a quiet world.  Most college courses in communication deal with debate, and public speaking.  I am not sure that I have ever taken a […]

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If I Perish, I Perish!

Meditation for the week of October 17, 2010 Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. "If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will […]

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Worship, What is It?

Meditation for the week of October 10, 2010 Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." Worship is hard to define, but we all know it when we see it.  Some people worship […]

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Treasure in Heaven

Meditation for the week of October 3, 2010 Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." We are born and about eighty years later we die.  Sometimes that cycle seems […]

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A Matter of the Heart

Meditation for the week of September 26, 2010 1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride […]

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Having Fun

Meditation for the week of September 19, 2010 Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure"; but surely, this also was vanity. Having fun doesn’t seem to be a good thing in the Bible, yet it seems to be the goal of our lives in […]

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The End is Near!

Meditation for the week of September 12, 2010 1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of […]

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Isn’t our God Great?

Meditation for the week of September 5, 2010 1 Corinthians13:4-7  Love (1) suffers long and (2) is kind; (3) love does not envy; love (4) does not parade itself, (5) is not puffed up; (6) does not behave rudely, (7) does not seek its own, (8) is not provoked, (9) thinks no evil; (10) does […]

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How is my Thinking Coming Along?

Meditation for the week of August 29, 2010 Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you. We often hear that we are what we eat.  We also hear that we are what we think.  I am glad […]

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Why is Thanksgiving a Sacrifice?

Meditation for the week of August 22, 2010 Psalm 116:17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD. A sacrifice is costly.  We give up something precious when we sacrifice.  Why would God consider thanksgiving to be a sacrifice?  Perhaps it is because it is […]

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Why do we like Birthdays?

Meditation for the week of August 15, 2010 Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Recently […]

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Loving the One we Have not Seen

Meditation for the week of August 8, 2010 1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. We who have become “followers of Christ” or “believers in Christ” in today’s world are following and trusting One we […]

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The End or the Beginning?

Meditation for the week of August 1, 2010 Job 14:10 But man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last And where is he? Recently we buried another close friend.  She had been asked by a preacher friend many years ago, “Where will you be in 100 years?”  This caused her to research […]

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A Missed Opportunity

Meditation for the week of July 25, 2010 Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Recently, I was at our local library trying to record some radio programs. My family was coming to visit and I wanted to be […]

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How do we get Faith?

Meditation for the week of July 18, 2010 Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Words are powerful.  They inform us, educate us and motivate us.  Our emotions are greatly affected by words.  Sometimes a word is the vehicle that conveys a message.   Other times a word […]

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Let’s Let God be God!

Meditation for the week of July 11, 2010 Romans 9:20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" The first commandment in Exodus 20 is "You shall have no other gods before Me.”  The other […]

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Are We Really Free?

Meditation for the week of July 4, 2010 John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks […]

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God’s Choice is (Almost) Never Man’s Choice

Meditation for the week of June 27, 2010 Acts 7:25 "For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand. Acts 7:35 "This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be […]

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Victory!

Meditation for the week of June 20, 2010 Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. When we see pictures of the earth from outer space, the beauty of the earth is phenomenal.  The majesty of what the Lord has created is hard to comprehend.  […]

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Will We be Missed?

Meditation for the week of June 13, 2010 2Chronicles 21:19-20 Then it happened in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines came out because of his sickness; so he died in severe pain. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning for his fathers.  He was […]

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Bearing Bad News

Meditation for the week of June 6, 2010 2 Chronicles 16:10 Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time. Being the bearer of bad news can get you killed in some cultures.  […]

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Understanding the Times

Meditation for the week of May 30, 2010 1Chronicles 12:23 Now these were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD: 1Chronicles 12:32 of the sons of Issachar who had understanding […]

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Knowing the Lord

Meditation for the week of May 23, 2010 Exodus 6:7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. What can the Lord do to make believers out of […]

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The Company we Keep is Important

Meditation for the week of May 16, 2010 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." The translation of the Bible called God’s Word rephrases this to say, “Don’t let anyone deceive you. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people.“  Obviously, it is important to choose our friends and associates […]

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The Sacrificial Love of a Mother

Meditation for the week of May 9, 2010 1 Kings 3:26-27 Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!" But the other said, "Let him be neither […]

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Whole-hearted Obedience is True Worship

Meditation for the week of May 2, 2010 1Samuel 15:14 But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" Saul had been told to destroy the Amalekites and everything that they owned.  He did all that the Lord asked him to […]

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Offering the World a Difference!

Meditation for the week of April 25, 2010 Isaiah 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked-But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Violence and lies are part of the culture of this world.  The Lord was different and those who […]

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Doing the Impossible

Meditation for the week of April 18, 2010 Matthew 17:18-21 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"  So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; […]

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A Very Unusual Victory

Meditation for the week of April 11, 2010 Judges 7:19-20 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. […]

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Lingering at the Empty Tomb

Meditation for the week of April 4, 2010 John 20:11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. Sorrow and disappointment are a part of life.  The Lord had experienced sorrow when He was crucified.  Many of his followers had also experienced sorrow […]

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Why the Donkey instead of a Horse?

Meditation for the week of March 28, 2010 Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. On the Sunday before the Lord’s crucifixion, he […]

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The Graciousness of God’s Grace

Meditation for the week of March 21, 2010 Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. Nearly two thousand years ago a baby was born in Bethlehem to Mary who had never been married nor had she been immoral.  The baby was called Jesus because he would save […]

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The Bible Uses Four Letter Words!

Meditation for the week of March 14, 2010 John 3:7 "Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The birth of a healthy baby is usually a joyful experience.  There is a moment of conception after which there is growth within the womb of the mother.  Then comes the time […]

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Does the Lord Really Know Best?

Meditation for the week of March 7, 2010 Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. My wife was given a GPS system by our children.  We recently left for an extended trip to Texas so I updated all of the maps before leaving.  We have […]

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How Important is Biblical Doctrine?

Meditation for the week of February 28, 2010 Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. The word doctrine means teaching.  The things that we are taught are very important which is why our children go to school for at least seventeen years […]

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Getting Things Backward!

Meditation for the week of February 21, 2010 Luke 13:30 "And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last." The Lord keeps doing things backward.  When will He get with the program and start running things like man would run them if man really were God? The […]

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Does the Lord know that we Love Him?

Meditation for the week of February 14, 2010 John 21:17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love […]

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You Were not Willing!

Meditation for the week of February 7, 2010 Matthew 23:37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Jerusalem is the center of […]

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Are we Separated or are we Divided?

Meditation for the week of January 31, 2009 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And […]

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Adversaries to the Work of the Lord

Meditation for the week of January 24, 2010 Genesis 46:33-34 "So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ that you shall say, ‘Your servants occupation has been with livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,’ that you may dwell in the land of […]

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Does God Get Angry?

Meditation for the week of January 17, 2010 Job 36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow; For a large ransom would not help you avoid it. God gets angry!  Let there be no doubt about it. The God of mercy, grace and love that we serve has a […]

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Faith, Hope, and Charity

Meditation for the week of January 10, 2010 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Thessalonians1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father. […]

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The Last Days of the Last Days

Meditation for the week of January 3, 2010 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of […]

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Is Christ the Reason for the Season?

Meditation for the week of December 27, 2009 Romans10:9 -10 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. […]

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How to Be a Successful Gospel Preacher

Meditation for the week of December 20, 2009 Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! Recently a preaching friend of mine shared the story of a young person who came to trust in the Lord […]

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Who is Wise?

Meditation for the week of December 13, 2009 Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them. Who is wise?  Is it the scientist?  Is it the philosopher?  Is […]

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Do Christians Sin?

Meditation for the week of December 6, 2009 1John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we […]

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Our Reason for Getting up in the Morning

Meditation for the week of November 29, 2009 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not […]

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Embarrassing!

Meditation for the week of  November 22, 2009 Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. I […]

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So Loved!

Meditation for the week of November 15, 2009 John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Whom do most people see as the most despicable person in the history of mankind?  Would it be Nero the […]

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Sometimes it is Good to be Foolish!

Meditation for the week of November 8, 2009 Matthew 7:12  "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. The other day, I did one of the most foolish things that I have done in quite a well.  I got involved in a […]

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Preaching is not a Popularity Contest!

Meditation for the week of  November 1, 2009 2 Timothy 4:2-3 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will […]

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The Living God compared to man’s gods

Meditation for the week of October 25, 2009 Jeremiah 10:6  Inasmuch as there is none like You, O LORD (You are great, and Your name is great in might). Humans are a peculiar bunch. We would apparently rather make our own gods than believe in the God that made us. In this passage men make […]

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Just What Have we Come to believe?

Meditation for the week of October 18, 2009 John 6:67-69 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"  But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the […]

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Unfinished Business

Meditation for the week of October 11, 2009 Isaiah 38:1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’" If an actual prophet were […]

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Growing Up

Meditation for the week of October 4, 2009 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect has come, […]

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Unexpected Unthinkable Events

Meditation for the week of September 27, 2009 Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. The day was beautiful.  We were about to enter the “Holy Land” tourist attraction in Orlando, Florida when the unthinkable happened.  My wife caught her shoe on a curb […]

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Are our Hearts Right with God?

Meditation for the week of September 20, 2009 Matthew 15:7-9 "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying, ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.  And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’" Hypocrites are […]

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Some Things I Know

Meditation for the week of September 13, 2009 Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. There are some things I know and a lot of things I don’t know.  For example, I know there is a God because of the world that He designed, but I don’t know where God […]

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Do our Lives Have Purpose?

Meditation for the week of September 6, 2009 Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect (or perform) that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. This is Labor Day weekend in the United States.   Likely there are some people who are wondering why God’s purpose for […]

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First Death, then What and Where?

Meditation for the week of August 30,2009 Luke 16:22-23 "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Saturday […]

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Grow in Grace!

Meditation for the week of August 23, 2009 2Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. “Grow to be like Christ and grow in an intimate understanding of Who Christ is.”  That would be a possible rendering […]

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The Alarm Clock is Ringing!

Meditation for the week of August 16, 2009 Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Sleeping is a good thing unless you are sleeping when you should be awake.  When you get […]

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Love—The Thing That We All Want!

  Meditation for the week of August 9, 2009 Romans 8:38-9 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is […]

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We Have Hope!

  Meditation for the week of August 2, 2009 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Peter is trying to encourage Christians whose faith is […]

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Is God concerned about the details?

Meditation for the week of July 26, 2009 Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Recently I heard a preacher say that knowing Christ and the way of salvation is important but the rest is just details.  The implication was that the details were not important.  […]

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Perseverance and Endurance, How much do I Have?

Meditation for the week of July 19, 2009 James 5:11  Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. My ability to patiently endure trials lasts about an hour.  I hate to have my […]

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Why Does Life Seem Unfair at Times?

  Meditation for the week of July 12, 2009 Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. This Psalm and Psalm 73 both deal with the question […]

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What is Paradise Like?

  Meditation for the week of July 5, 2009   Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." What is paradise and what is it like?  Webster’s dictionary says that paradise is the Garden of Eden in which Adam and Eve were placed […]

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The Sorrows of Death

Meditation for the week of June 28, 2009 Psalm 116:3 The pains of death surrounded me, And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Death is the “preacher of the old school” according to an old tract that I have.  Death preaches when people least expect it.  It doesn’t […]

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The Sins of the Fathers

Meditation for the week of June 21, 2009 Nehemiah 8:8 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah represent a period of revival in the history of the nation of Israel.  In the […]

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The Influence One Person has in Life

  Meditation for the week of June 14, 2009 Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Years ago, when the world was in its infancy, Eve made a decision; and then Adam, her husband, made the same decision.  They […]

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Some Prophets do not Tell the Truth

Meditation for the week of June 7, 2008 2 Chronicles 18:17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil? Ahab, the wicked King of Israel, and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were going to join forces and go to war against […]

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Why does God care?

Meditation for the week of May 31, 2009 Hebrews 2:6-7 But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and […]

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Memories and Memorials

Meditation for the week of May 24, 2009 Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife. Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembering.  Our current custom is to honor living and dead veterans of the wars that we have fought as […]

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What shall we do?

Meditation for the week of May 17, 2009 2 Kings 6:15-16 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"  So he answered, "Do not fear, […]

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Who is the Real “Troubler?”

Meditation for the week of May 10, 2009 1Kings 18:17-18 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, O troubler of Israel?"  And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and […]

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Religion vs. A Relationship

Meditation for the week of May 3, 2009 Galatians 1:13-14 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions […]

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Loyalty

Meditation for the week of April 26, 2009 Acts 13:21-22 "And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. "And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave […]

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Who is our Shepherd?

Meditation for the week of April 19, 2009 John 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Years ago a lady who kept sheep wanted to show some of us her flock.  She didn’t have very many sheep but […]

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Serving the Risen Lord

Meditation for the week of April 12, 2009 1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. The Lord has been raised from the dead according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:4).  […]

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The Dumb Donkey

Meditation for the week of April 5, 2009 Luke 19:30  "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. What is the difference between this dumb donkey and the  intelligent religious leaders of Israel of […]

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We are Open Books

Meditation for the week of March 29, 2009 1 Chronicles 28:9 "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will […]

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Must is a Good Four Letter Word

Meditation for the week of March 22, 2009 John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Recently I was commenting on a radio preacher of the Gospel to a friend of mine.  I had thought the man preached quite clearly.  My friend asked me if I had ever had […]

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Loneliness

Meditation for the week of March 15, 2009   Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." Tonight, I am going home to an empty […]

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Doing the thing we would never do!

  Meditation for the week of March 8, 2009 Numbers 12:1-3 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman.  So they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?" And the LORD […]

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Hurry up and wait!

Meditation for the week of March 1, 2009 Numbers 9: 18-20 At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped.  Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the […]

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Sinning Willfully

Meditation for the week of February 22, 2009 Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. We all have our own will.  Whether our will is a totally “free” will could be argued.  Ever since Adam and Eve sinned […]

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Consequences

Meditation for the week of February 15, 2009 Judges 17:6, 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. When the nation of Israel was delivered out of Egypt, they became God’s special people.  As they traveled through the wilderness, He gave them a lot […]

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When I am Weak, than am I Strong

Meditation for the week of February 8, 2009 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  2 Corinthians 12:10  We spend all of our life making sure that we are prepared to be strong when life throws […]

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Is God ashamed of me?

Meditation for the week of February 1, 2009 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  Romans 1:16 When Paul was suddenly converted to Christianity on the Damascus road, he began […]

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Have Faith in God

Meditation for the week of January 25, 2009 Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. We recently took a real vacation where we had to fly a real airplane to a real cruise ship that took us to several spots in the Caribbean Sea.  We had to trust a lot […]

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Blaspheming God (Speaking Irreverently about Him)

  Meditation for the week of January 18, 2009 Revelation 16:21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great. Armageddon is a term that inspires fear and awe in people.  If […]

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The Golden Rule

Meditation for the week of January 11, 2009 Matthew 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” The world would be a lovely place if we all practiced the Golden Rule.  Rather we tend to practice its perversion which says, “Do […]

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Coming Wrath

Meditation for the week of January 4, 2009 Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Revelation 6:17 "For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" The Bible is a book of contrasts.  There is light and dark.  There is the […]

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Coming as a Thief

Meditation for the week of December 28, 2008 Revelation 3:3 "Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. Revelation 16:15 "Behold, I am coming as […]

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The Little Word ALL

Meditation for the week of December 21, 2008 1Timothy 2:3-6 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, […]

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The Miraculous Conception

Meditation for the week of December 14, 2008 Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which […]

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Looking up

Meditation for the week of December 7, 2008 Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament (or expanse) shows His handiwork. Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth […]

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Sanctified Speculation

Meditation for the week of November 30, 2008 2Timothy 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. My neighbor came over the other day […]

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Singing and Giving Thanks

Meditation for the week of November 23, 2008 Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the […]

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God or Jesus?

Meditation for the week of November 16, 2008 Matthew 27:22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Matthew 16:15-16 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are […]

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Curing a killer disease

Meditation for the week of November 9, 2008 Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. I go to the doctor only when I know I am […]

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Lifestyle Evangelism

Meditation for the week of November 2, 2008 Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. What is the heart […]

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Expect Great Things

Meditation for the week of October 26, 2008 Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. In the collection […]

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Passing the Examination

Meditation for the week of October 19, 2008 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? –unless indeed you are disqualified. Some nights I can’t sleep and I lay awake thinking about things that bother me. Sometimes […]

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Wisdom is calling

Meditation for the week of October 12, 2008 Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded. Wisdom has called and we have refused! It doesn’t seem logical that anyone would […]

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Watching Things Happen

Meditation for the week of October 5, 2008 Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. I am told that are three kinds of people. There are those who make things happen, […]

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Praying Without Ceasing

Meditation for the week of September 28, 2008 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I suppose there have been times in history when the world has seemed as out of control as it does today. However for those […]

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Dont Quit

Meditation for the week of September 21, 2008 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Sometimes I want to quit. Life would be so much easier if I had never set out to […]

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Truth that can be depended on

Meditation for the week of September 14, 2008 John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” The Lord didn’t make His promises with his fingers crossed behind his back. We used to do that as kids so that our promises didn’t really count as promises. The Lord keeps His promises and tells […]

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How can we be “born again?”

Meditation for the week of September 7, 2008 1 Peter 1:23 Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible (seed that does not die), through the word of God which lives and abides forever. The Lord told a very good man by the name of Nicodemus that he needed to be born again. […]

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Who is the best?

Meditation for the week of August 31, 2008 Romans12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Christians are […]

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Competing according to the rules

Meditation for the week of August 24, 2008 2 Timothy 2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Some of us have been marveling at the dedication, ability and determination that have been evident in the Olympic Games in China the past couple of […]

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Walking in the flesh vs. walking in the spirit

Meditation for the week of August 17, 2008 Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Tell two year […]

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Meditation for the week of August 10, 2008

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. The narrow way is […]

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Meditation for the week of August 3, 2008

Lamentations 1:12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold and see If there is any sorrow like my sorrow, Which has been brought on me, Which the LORD has inflicted In the day of His fierce anger. Years ago I was traveling a freeway on a nice Saturday afternoon. The speed […]

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Meditation for the week of July 27, 2008

Acts 19:24-27 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. “Moreover you see and hear that not only at […]

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Meditation for the week of July 20,2008

Luke 15:10 “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Sorrow is in abundant supply in this world. Sorrow started with a simple act of disobedience. Eve likely thought that taking one bite of a piece of forbidden fruit shouldn’t hurt anyone. […]

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Meditation for the week of July 13, 2008

1 Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. Intelligence can certainly be a curse when it comes to knowing God and pleasing Him. Solomon was the wisest man on earth apart from the Lord Himself and yet he […]

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Meditation for the week of July 6, 2008

Acts 10:33 “So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.” All of us have an independent streak in us. The independent streak found in those who founded this country led to our independence. […]

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Meditation for the week of June 29, 2008

John 12:15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.” I am getting lots of emails that seem to be trying to influence how I vote in the next election. Democrats think they can give us everything and Republicans think they can give us a tax free paradise. […]

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Meditation for the week of June 22, 2008

Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. Clare Boothe Luce has said that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Peter and John could testify to the truth of that saying. They had healed a man and as a […]

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Meditation for the week of June 15, 2008

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Recently we have been subjected to catastrophic storms and floods in our […]

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Meditation for the week of June 8, 2008

Jonah 3:1-2 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” I once worked for a CPA firm where every audit had to be reviewed by a senior partner. One of the accountants used […]

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Meditation for the week of June 1, 2008

John 10:17-18 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” […]

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Meditation for the week of May 25, 2008

1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. Memorial day weekend is a sad nostalgic day for many people. Most of us have loved ones that have died. On Memorial Day we go to the cemeteries to honor and remember […]

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Meditation for the week of May 18, 2008

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Matthew 10:1-5 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles […]

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Meditation for the week of May 11, 2008

Revelation 20:2-3 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand […]

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Meditation for the week of May 4, 2008

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Giving and receiving gifts can be a hard thing to do in our culture. Most of us want to do something either to deserve the gift or to repay the person who has […]

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Meditation for the week of April 27, 2008

Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Men are notorious for not wanting to ask directions when they are lost. I, being a man, have to admit that I know what it is like to look and look for an address […]

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Meditation for the week of April 20, 2008

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. “None are so […]

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Meditation for the week of April 13, 2008

Luke 7:12-15 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, […]

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Meditation for the week of April 6, 2008

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Luke 13:25 “When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open […]

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Meditation for the week of March 30, 2008

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Reading the Bible seems like such an outdated activity. Our grandparents may have done it, but the rest of us seem to have progressed to […]

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Meditation for the week of March 23, 2008

Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” The children of Israel had been wandering for forty years in the […]

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Meditation for the week of March16, 2008

Mark 14:14-16 “Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”‘ Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” So His disciples went out, and came […]

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Meditation for the week of March 9, 2007

Numbers 9:17 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. I have friends with GPS systems in their cars. Some of the systems are very sophisticated and will […]

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Meditation for the week of March 2, 2008

Mark 5:27-28 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” What was meant by the fact that this woman “touched” His clothes? There had to be people in that crowd who had […]

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Meditation for the week of February 24, 2008

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. Sometimes when we preach the Gospel, we play “gotchya”. We preach that salvation is not a lifestyle, it is a relationship with the Lord Jesus. We preach that salvation is by grace through faith in the […]

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Meditation for the week of February 17, 2008

Matthew 15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. I get confused when people talk about legalism. Being legalistic is supposed […]

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Meditation for the week of February 10, 2008

Luke 15:6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” John 10:26 “But you do not believe, because […]

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Meditation for the week of February 3, 2008

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. The story is told of a man who wanted to teach his young child to be a businessman. He sat the child on a short stool and asked […]

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Meditation for the week of January 27, 2008

Psalm 51;16-17 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise. When we break things, we usually figure that they are unusable. God finds His […]

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Meditation for the week of January 20, 2008

1 Peter 1:15-16 But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” The Gospel changes people. It changes our minds. By our natures we think that we are right and God is wrong which is why we must […]

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Meditation for the week of January 13, 2008

Matthew 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Luke 21:34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with […]

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Meditation for the week of January 6, 2008

Genesis 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (tested) by the devil. Many years ago, the phone rang late at night after […]

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Meditation for the week of December 30, 2007

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” The Lord wants us to put Him first. We often say that our purpose for being put on this earth is to glorify or to bring honor to God. We do that when He […]

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Meditation for the week of December 23, 2007

Luke 2:9-12 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is […]

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Meditation for the week of December 16, 2007

Exodus 3:3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” Exodus 32:8 “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your […]

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Meditation for the week of December 9, 2007

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. Fear can be good. Fear usually refers to a feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger (1). If fear causes […]

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Meditation for the week of December 2, 2007

Matthew 7:24-25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. According […]

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Meditation for the week of November 25, 2007

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. We had our thanksgiving meal early at the Waterloo Senior Center. The Senior Center is never open on Thanksgiving day, so it has been traditional to have the Thanksgiving day meal the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Since I had a Bible […]

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Meditation for the week of November 18, 2007

Isaiah 55:6-7 (NKJV) Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. Norman Mailer was […]

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Meditation for the week of November 11, 2007

1Coringhians 13:4-7 (NKJV) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all […]

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Meditation for the week of November 4, 2007

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Sometimes I preach and teach the Gospel in congregations where we would expect that everyone is saved. I do this to […]

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Meditation for the week of October 28, 2007

Psalm 107:9 For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labor; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing. The word “satisfy” can have several meanings. It can mean to provide contentment by fulfilling […]

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Meditation for the week of October 21, 2007

Matthew 8:25-26 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Life can be a lot like the […]

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Meditation for the week of October 14, 2007

Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. (NKJV) Israel had become a people that did not want the prophets to prophesy to them because they didn’t want to hear what […]

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Meditation for the week of October 7, 2007

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (NKJV) John 10:3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them […]

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Meditation for the week of September 30, 2007

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. As a former practicing CPA, I have found that you can tell a lot about people by the way they handle money. Some people covet it so they can hoard it, and others covet it so they can spend it. Because money […]

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Meditation for the week of September 23, 2007

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. (NKJV) Recently, I was sitting quietly in our family room resting up to go to bed. We had the windows open because the night was cool. All of a sudden I heard a thud and then a […]

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Meditation for the week of September 16, 2007

Psalm 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. (NKJV) This last summer, I was privileged to spend some time with some of my family in Estes Park, Colorado. While my wife and daughter went shopping in the quaint […]

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Meditation for the week of September 9, 2007

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. (NKJV) Seeing the Lord is something that the unsaved should dread, however, it is an experience that the saved anticipate with joy. For the unsaved, the Lord will be a righteous judge who […]

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Meditation for the week of September 2, 2007

Luke 10:40-42 (NKJV) But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one […]

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Meditation for the week of August 26, 2007

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. (NKJV) We often think that the wealthy and powerful never experience rejection. However, that wasn’t the case with David who wrote this Psalm. David had two times of great persecution in his life. The first was […]

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Meditation for the week of August 19, 2007

Deuteronomy 33:26-27 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ (NKJV) Life seems so temporary […]

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Meditation for the week of August 12, 2007

Ephesians 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (NKJV). What are the fiery darts of the wicked one? Could it not be the doubts and questions that Satan puts in our minds about the goodness of God and […]

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Meditation for the week of August 5, 2007

Psalm 15:1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change. When I was young, there was a period of time […]

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Meditation for the week of July 29, 2007

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Revelation 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast […]

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Meditation for the week of July 22, 2007

2 Samuel 21:17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel. Romans 16:2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as […]

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Meditation for the week of July 15, 2007

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil (bad). Life is all about worship. We all worship […]

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Meditation for the week of July 8, 2007

Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, […]

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Meditation for the week of July 1, 2007

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the […]

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Meditation for the week of June 24, 2007

Matthew 7:28-29 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. When the Lord spoke, people listened. He spoke graciously (Luke 4:22), but He also spoke with authority. When we take our car […]

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Meditation for the week of June 17, 2007

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (age)? I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is […]

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Meditation for the week of June 10, 2007

John 1:11-13 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power (the right or privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, […]

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Meditation for the week of June 3, 2007

Genesis 5:21-24 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. […]

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Meditation for the week of May 27, 2007

Ex 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. Ex 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: Ex 17:16 For he […]

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Meditation for the week of May 20, 2007

1 Chronicles 27:33 And Ahithophel was the king’s counsellor: and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion. (See also 2 Samuel 15:37 and 2 Samuel 16:16) Matthew 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. Matthew 26:50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came […]

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Meditation for the week of May 13, 2007

Psalm 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. Mother’s certainly are important. They bring life into this world and they nurture their children in the hope that they will “become responsible human beings” […]

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Meditation for the week of May 6, 2007

1Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Some translators think that bodily exercise profits for a little time. When I got on the treadmill the other day, the truth of this verse was […]

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Meditation for the week of April 29, 2007

James 4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Last week, my Father who was nearly 90 died. He had been in a nursing home and unable to speak clearly because of a stroke for nearly 10 years of his life. His […]

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Meditation for the week of April 22, 2007

Ephesians 4:26-27 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. When our anger is uncontrolled, we do the work of Satan and not of God. James says to be slow to get angry since, “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness […]

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Meditation for the week of April 15, 2007

Meditation for the week of April 15, 2007 For Archived Meditations and Streaming Audio Radio Programs click on the links at http://bdcministries.faithweb.com http://bdcministries.com is a blog where you can leave comments on this meditation. John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and […]

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Meditation for the week of April 8, 2007

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Recently a friend of mine and I were trying to find a particular address in a large city. He has lived in the area a long […]

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Meditation for the week of April 1, 2007

Revelation 1:3 Blessed (happy or well off) is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand (near or ready). Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a […]

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Meditation for the week of March 25, 2007

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. The word “remember” can have different shades of meaning. It usually means to recall to the mind; but in Luke 23:42, the […]

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Meditation for the week of March 18, 2006

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Psalms 123:2 Waiting expectantly is difficult for me to do. And yet that […]

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Meditation for the week of March 11, 2007

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Sometimes we think the church as we know it is in shambles. […]

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Meditation for the week of March 4, 2007

3 John v11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. (KJV) 3 John v11 My dear friend, do not follow wrong examples, but right ones. He who habitually does what is right is a […]

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Meditation for the week of February 25, 2007

Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. All of us have an appointment that has been made […]

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Meditation for the week of February 18, 2007

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. I like to read about people who are named in the new testament. For example, […]

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Meditation for the week of February 11, 2006

2 Peter 2:1-3 (NKJV) But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of […]

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Meditation for the week of February 4, 2007

John 11:35 Jesus wept. We are indoctrinated in our society to believe that real men don’t cry. If you look up that phrase on the Internet you will find a number a poems and songs dealing with real men not crying. So either the Lord was not a “real man” or our culture is wrong […]

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Meditation for the week of January 28, 2007

2 Peter 1:16-18 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This […]

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Meditation for the week of January 21, 2007

John 21:19-22 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing […]

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Meditation for the week of January 14, 2007

Psalm 69:20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. David could have used a friend in Psalm 69. But because of shame and disgrace, his friends had forsaken him. He was alone […]

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Meditation for the week of January 7, 2007

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Most of us have trouble getting anything challenging […]

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Meditation for the week of December 31, 2006

Ecclesiastes 1:9-19 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was […]

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Meditation for the week of December 24, 2006

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; […]

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Meditation for the week of December 17, 2006

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Recently as I was making my breakfast, my eye fell on this verse which is sitting in a display on our kitchen window sill. I have read it many times, […]

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Meditation for the week of December 10, 2006

Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; […]

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Meditation for the week of December 3, 2006

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. We have all seen the bumper sticker that says, “Wise men still seek him.” This time of the year we all want to fight for the right […]

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Meditation for the week of November 26, 2006

Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity. Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, […]

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Meditation for the week of November 19, 2006

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Once Paul found out that Jesus was Lord and that he had been persecuting the One that he should have been worshipping, his first question was, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Paul had been doing what […]

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Meditation for the week of November 12, 2006

Matthew 14:30-32 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind […]

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Meditation for the week of November 5, 2006

2 Chronicles 32:24-26 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah […]

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Meditation for the week of October 29, 2006

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. In the Bible, the firstborn son got a double portion […]

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Meditation for the week of October 22, 2006

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. I enjoy sleeping. Sleeping is good if it isn’t done at the wrong time and if it isn’t used to escape the realities of life including the […]

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Meditation for the week of October 15, 2006

Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read. Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light. One preacher that I enjoyed listening to when I was younger always made me wonder why I hadn’t seen some of the points he was making on my own. His preaching was simple […]

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Meditation for the week of October 8, 2006

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. Last week, I met a young lady at a coffee shop who wants to go into Christian ministry. I asked her if she […]

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Meditation for the week of October 1, 2006

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so […]

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Meditation for the week of September 24, 2006

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. It is better to finish something than to just start it. Many start a spiritual journey with the Lord but they don‘t finish it. As a young ruler, Solomon asked God for wisdom and God gave it to him. When Solomon dedicated […]

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Meditation for the week of September 17, 2006

Philppians 3:20-21 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (NKJV) We sometimes […]

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Meditation for the week of September 10, 2006

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. The Lord says, “Ye must be born again. (John 3:7).” Now must is a four letter word, but it is not a bad word. And I think must means “must.” Many people tell me that they are born again, but they […]

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Meditation for the week of September 3, 2006

Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. There are two kinds of people that we can’t quit thinking about. If someone angers us, we have a tendency to remember what they have done. We may […]

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Meditation for the week of August 27, 2006

Mathew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts. . . Psalm 94:11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity (futile). Psalm 44:20-21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of […]

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Meditation for the week of August 20, 2006

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. I believe that one of the most misquoted verses in the Bible is Matthew 7:1. How many times have we been […]

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Meditation for the week of August 13, 2006

Philippians 4:13 I can do all (these) things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Does this verse give us the ability to play Superman and jump off a roof and survive? Can we stop a speeding bullet or even do miraculous things for the Lord based on this promise? Of course not! The Bible is a […]

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Meditation for the week of August 6, 2006

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things (that is, all these things) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Does this verse teach that everything that happens in life is designed by God for our good? Many people think that is what […]

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Meditation for the week of July 30, 2006

Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. The Lord was […]

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Meditation for the week of July 23, 2006

Acts 21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. God sometimes gives us practical knowledge that we do not use in a spiritual way. […]

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Meditation for the week of July 16, 2006

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the […]

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Meditation for the week of July 9, 2006

2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Paul says “I know”. Today most people are taking a leap in the […]

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Meditation for the week of July 2, 2006

Acts 7:25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. Moses thought he was destined to be Israel’s deliverer. He thought or supposed that his miraculous preservation from death when he was a baby was because God intended to use him to […]

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Meditation for the week of June 25, 2006

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. You cannot spend time in the presence of the Lord Jesus without it being obvious. Spending time in His presence […]

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Meditation for the week of June 18, 2006

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. One of the most precious things we can do for the Lord is to participate in a communion service where the Lord is […]

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Meditation for the week of June 11, 2006

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled (or agitated): ye believe in God, believe also in me (or possibly, have faith in God, have faith also in me). Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled (or disturbed) about many things: In the United States today […]

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Meditation for the week of June 4, 2006

1 Kings 4:20 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry. 1 Kings 10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. Is happiness a choice or does it result from […]

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Meditation for the week of May 28, 2006

Matthew 9:30-31 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. The Lord had done a great miracle, He had opened the eyes of two blind men. He had tested their faith by […]

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Meditation for the week of May 21, 2006

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? Is it possible to be sick for many years and NOT want to be made whole? I suppose that if a person wasn’t in pain; if […]

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Meditation for the week of May 14, 2006

John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! John 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. Ephesians 6:2 Honor thy father and mother. […]

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Meditation for the week of May 7, 2006

1 Samuel 17:39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. This Philistine that David was about to fight was a big […]

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Meditation for the week of April 30, 2006

1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. Samuel seemed to think that every Word that the Lord gave him was precious and important. Because the people of Israel saw his reverence for the Word of God, they recognized that […]

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Meditation for the week of April 23, 2006

Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. An eleven-year-old boy with down syndrome was an inspiration to me recently. I was a visitor at a congregation where this boy and his family worship. When he saw me, he decided to […]

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Meditation for the week of April 16, 2006

Luke 8:52-54 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn (or ridiculed Him), knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. The resurrection of the Lord […]

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Meditation for the week of April 9, 2006

Matthew15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? I am so glad that the Lord asked “why?” I know that He knew the answer before He asked the question and that the answer […]

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Meditation for the week of April 2, 2006

Joshua 24:31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that over lived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel. We are told that one of the reasons for studying history is to avoid the mistakes […]

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Meditation for the week of March 26, 2006

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Psalm 119:68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a […]

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Meditation for the week of March 19, 2006

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye […]

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Meditation for the week of March 12, 2006

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Forgiving someone is a great release. Being forgiven is a great relief. One of the great blessings of trusting in Christ is that our sins are forgiven. Paul said in Acts 13:38-39, […]

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Meditation for the week of March 5, 2006

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Following the Lord is not easy. Salvation is easy once we […]

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Meditation for the week of February 26, 2006

Numbers 5:27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and […]

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