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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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