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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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