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Take an Honest Look …

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ in in you? unless indeed you are disqualified.” (2 Corinthians 13:5) The Bible enjoins examination!  It calls upon each one of us to do periodic checks of our spiritual welfare in order to ascertain whether […]

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Beware of the Label …

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) He had just finished preaching a very sobering and powerful sermon on the subject of SIN.  After the service, one of the leaders of the […]

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“Don’t You Have Room at Your Table for Just One More?”

“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” (Psalm 27:10) The bags are being packed early … just in case.  The travel arrangements have already been made.  Time off from work has already been approved.  What’s this all about? Lord willing my wife of 50+ years, along […]

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How Is Your Soul?

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  (Mark 8:36, 37) It could be said of so many that they are guilty of taking for granted that their souls are healthy and doing pretty […]

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Why Try Smiling?

“A merry heart does good like medicine …” (Proverbs 17:22) Sometimes this writer will play a little game in dealing with people …especially those who seem to be having a bad day or might be just a little on the grouchy side.  It is not a mean or unkind game … it is a genuine […]

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Turning Loose …

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) It rained last night.  Actually it stormed for awhile and then it was gone.  […]

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A Beam of Sunlight …

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.  (Deuteronomy 31:6) Stop for just a moment and re-read this passage of Scripture and think about it … Some days […]

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One Corner of the Universe …

“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8) There is no pleasure to be found in going in for a doctor’s visit and realizing that you not only were not prepared for the actual visit […]

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The Hardest Math of All

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  (Psalm 103:1-2) Some folks seem to be born with an innate interest in math while others acquire an interest in elementary or secondary education.  I was not […]

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Furrowed Hearts … Tilled by Trust

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from Heaven, and do not return there, But water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return […]

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