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What Would You Ask For?

What Would You Ask For?

Imagine for a moment that God appeared to you, and in great kindness asked what you would like him to do for you. There are at least two times recorded in the Bible when a situation like this took place. One appears in the Old Testament, and one in the New Testament....

Supernatural Peace

Supernatural Peace

In the 1840s a poet named Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned a work titled, “The Rainy Day.” It’s said that he did so while recalling the death of his young wife as she suffered a miscarriage. In the first two stanzas Longfellow speaks of how dark and dreary his life...

Degrees of Faith

Degrees of Faith

It’s clear from the New Testament that not everyone whom Jesus encountered had the same degree of faith. He commended some for their faith, while he rebuked others for their lack of it. Our English word faith has its roots in the Latin “fidere,” which means to trust....

Staying Connected

Staying Connected

The two leaves above are from the same Mango tree. This was planted from seed some ten years ago, and is flourishing. It’s now almost twenty feet high. The only difference between these two leaves is that one was removed from the tree a few days ago while pruning, and...

Be of Good Cheer

Be of Good Cheer

Luke 12:54-56 (NIV) records the following words of Jesus: He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You...

Contrasts

Contrasts

This is the fourth day in the month of July. In the United States we celebrate this as the date in 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared independence from England. This is remembered as the moment when Patriots living in the American Colonies chose to...

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

For much of history people depended on the Lord somewhat more directly than we do now. They worked the fields, planted their crops, and waited for the Lord to provide the rains that would bring a harvest. Life became more complicated after the Industrial Revolution....

Washed by the Word

Washed by the Word

The Bible, otherwise known as the word of God, is a collection of 66 books written over many centuries by a variety of individuals led by God. The Bible serves many purposes. One is to make it clear to us that every person ever born was born into sin, and has thus...

Quiet Reflection

Quiet Reflection

The first six months of the year 2020 have been challenging in a number of ways. For months, many have been shut away in their homes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Millions have become unemployed, some for the first time in their adult life. In an effort to stay...

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