IYKYK 837 words | 3 minutes

IYKYK
837 words | 3 minutes

If you know, you know.  This phrase has become popular as internet slang, or, more specifically, as a brief form in conversation with someone that has inside knowledge of a matter, especially through experience. No matter what the conversation is about, true knowledge...

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Not Withholding my NOTHING 722 words | 2.5 minutes

Not Withholding my NOTHING
722 words | 2.5 minutes

"You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water." (Psalm 63:1 NIV) The LORD is always looking for a void—a NOTHING—in which to work.  In Mark’s Gospel, chapter 9, a man came...

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nothing. 728 words | 2.5 minutes

nothing.
728 words | 2.5 minutes

In the beginning, there was nothing but nothingness … and God.  “In the beginning … the earth was without form, and void.” (Genesis 1:2 KJV) We can only understand the nothingness that existed before time began if we erase from our mind’s image everything that frames...

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HE WON’T 697 words | 2.5 minutes

HE WON’T
697 words | 2.5 minutes

Living for Jesus is not complicated.  If we KNOW that God is GOOD, and we love Him with ALL of our heart, soul, mind, and strength—then living for Him is easy. A straight path. It means simply to OBEY Him. God made certain promises in his Word—promises that He never...

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Way Out 782 words | < 3 minutes

Way Out
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There’s ALWAYS an EXIT.  Ever notice? The ENTRANCE to a public building may be stunning—with elegant marble pillars, potted plants, and walls of glass. But, the emergency EXIT plan from that same building will likely NOT be out the pretty way. Rather, it will lead out...

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Songs in the Night 1023 words | 4 minutes

Songs in the Night
1023 words | 4 minutes

Do you ever gaze at the Moon, wondering why its “face” always looks straight back at you? Doesn’t the Moon rotate? Yes, it does! But … to us on earth, it doesn’t appear to. According to NASA: “The time it takes for the Moon to rotate once on its axis is equal to the...

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99 44/100% Pure 977 words | 3.5 minutes

99 44/100% Pure
977 words | 3.5 minutes

So pure … “It floats.” It was developed in 1879, in the laboratory of Proctor & Gamble Company, as an inexpensive soap. Legend has it, though, that it got its name in church. It’s said that Harley Proctor heard the beautiful words of Psalm 45:8: “All thy garments...

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When the Mountain Doesn’t Move 977 words | 3.5 minutes

When the Mountain Doesn’t Move
977 words | 3.5 minutes

“No amount of word-making will ever make a single soul to know the mountains. All that is required is exposure and purity ...’The pure in heart shall see God!'” —John Muir When we lived in Alaska, I thanked God every day for our view of the mountains. Though I was...

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When God Goes Shopping 835 words | 3 minutes

When God Goes Shopping
835 words | 3 minutes

VALUE. That’s what the world is looking for. Not just the best price—but the best value. The most bang for the buck. But what makes something VALUABLE? Of course, it totally depends on what you’re talking about. For example, with some items in the marketplace, there...

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The Gates of Praise 605 words | 2.5 minutes

The Gates of Praise
605 words | 2.5 minutes

“Let her own works praise her in the gates.” (Proverbs 31:31b KJV) Whatever we DO—what we create and accomplish—should be of such quality and skill that it is always our BEST effort. Shouldn’t what we do and give to others be done so well that we would be delighted to...

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The Gift of Praise 599 words | 2.5 minutes

The Gift of Praise
599 words | 2.5 minutes

“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” (Proverbs 31:31 KJV) One of the best reasons to have a cat is to watch them play with light. I remember watching our cat “Camai”—she was so haughty and aloof by nature. But all of her...

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My Olive Leaf 838 words | 3 minutes

My Olive Leaf
838 words | 3 minutes

“Where is she?”Any parent that has raised a child to adulthood will remember the pain of watching them go off on their own for the first time. When they DRIVE off in the family car—ALONE. I remember. Bethany had just gotten her driver’s license, and we let her take...

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Digging for Gold 1023 words | 4 minutes

Digging for Gold
1023 words | 4 minutes

There’s treasure in the digging. “It is in Him that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” (Colossians 2:3 CJB)During the Gold Rush years of 1897-1899, thousands of hopeful prospectors, facing near-impossible odds, fought their way up north to the...

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The Quiet of Spring 784 words | 3 minutes

The Quiet of Spring
784 words | 3 minutes

Gone were but the Winter,Come were but the Spring … — Spring Quiet by Christina RossettiIt’s a calm day in early spring. The sun is doing its best to warm the air. There’s not much of a breeze—everything seems to be holding its breath and only speaking in whispers. A...

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All Mine 603 words | 2.5 minutes

All Mine
603 words | 2.5 minutes

“Never read a Bible verse. Don’t read (just one) Bible verse if you want to know what a Bible verse means.” — Greg Koukl, “Stand to Reason”Throughout time, the Bible records that God gave specific promises to specific people for specific purposes. But it’s also true...

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Every Promise in the Book 591 words | 2.5 minutes

Every Promise in the Book
591 words | 2.5 minutes

Just because you READ it, doesn’t mean you OWN it. I bought a book for my daughter a while back. It was for her birthday, but it looked so interesting, I read it before giving it to her. It was a GREAT read! Recently, I asked her, “Are you finished with that book I...

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When God Sings 878 words | 3.5 minutes

When God Sings
878 words | 3.5 minutes

God loves music. He created it. Though it varies greatly from age to age and from culture to culture, God has planted in every person on the planet a certain love for music—as a part of human expression, communication and celebration. Martin Luther wrote: “When man’s...

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Love in the Present Tense 631 words | 2.5 minutes

Love in the Present Tense
631 words | 2.5 minutes

“Remember when …?” No. There are some among us who, through no fault of their own, are day by day losing their grasp on one of the most precious gifts that God has given us—memory. The longer they live, the less they remember. Due to disease, injury, old age, it’s...

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When God Takes Notes 919 words | 3.5 minutes

When God Takes Notes
919 words | 3.5 minutes

Are you a journaler? I am. Sporadically. These days, I’m not so much motivated to journal every day as I am to do it every time I’m INSPIRED. I always carry a notebook in my purse—one never knows when INSPIRATION will strike. I may hear or read or see something that...

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The Other Good Samaritan 719 words | 3 minutes

The Other Good Samaritan
719 words | 3 minutes

We all love the story of “The Good Samaritan.” The uber-compassionate “CERTAIN Samaritan” in the parable of Jesus, found in Luke 10—on Page 1095 of my Thompson Chain Reference KJV. There he was, traveling along, minding his own business, when he—BY CHANCE—saw another...

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Saved by Praise 979 words | 3.5 minutes

Saved by Praise
979 words | 3.5 minutes

His name was Willie Myrick. Many have heard and loved the true story of the 10-year-old boy in Atlanta who was abducted, thrown into the back seat of a vehicle, and told to shut up. He had good reason to be scared, but if he had learned anything by going to...

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The Consequence of However 817 words | 3 minutes

The Consequence of However
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ONE word. God heard the cry of the Children of Israel in Egypt—He saw the anguish of their suffering, the abuse of their slavery. God said, “It’s ENOUGH.” He stepped in, He selected a leader—a child of Israel raised as a prince of Egypt—and then God set him aside in...

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Filtered Light 593 words | 2.5 minutes

Filtered Light
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In our last study, we talked about FAITH being like a LENS. There are lots of different kinds of lenses for different purposes. But, the fact is, a lens is an optical device—it doesn’t change the viewed object. It doesn’t change TRUTH—or what IS. A lens only changes...

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Through the Lens 607 words | 2.5 minutes

Through the Lens
607 words | 2.5 minutes

My perspective is in my control. A lens is an optical device. We all use them, whether for cameras, telescopes, microscopes, or eyeglasses. You look through it. A lens doesn’t change the object you’re looking at—it doesn’t change WHAT IS. It only changes how YOU SEE...

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Selected and Accepted 716 words | 3 minutes

Selected and Accepted
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Ever feel unaccepted? “When God has selected you, it doesn’t matter who else has rejected you, or neglected you. God’s favor outweighs ALL opposition.” - Author unknown The angel Gabriel was sent by God to visit Mary (Luke 1:26-28), and he had three high compliments...

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Mercy in the Meantime 632 words | 2.5 minutes

Mercy in the Meantime
632 words | 2.5 minutes

In the meantime … Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. In the midst of His journey—as He came through a village on the way, He heard a group of lepers crying out to Him from a distance. Why not?! What did they have to lose? Perhaps they saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime...

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Frame of Mind 1038 words | 4 minutes

Frame of Mind
1038 words | 4 minutes

The day after Christmas, I enthusiastically challenged my nine-year-old grandson to a game of bowling. The standup video kind. We were having a blast—he was winning—until something caused me to lose my footing, and I went down. I apparently tried to break my fall with...

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Speaking Faith into My New Year 690 words | 2.5 minutes

Speaking Faith into My New Year
690 words | 2.5 minutes

Speak FAITH! “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness is from generation to generation (year to year!); You have established the earth, and it stands fast.” (Psalm 119:89-90 AMP) Research has found that there are over 30,000 promises in...

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Speaking Hope into My New Year

Speaking Hope into My New Year

Your VOICE is your CHOICE. “Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10 KJV) Feelings, often, are involuntary; but our voice is our choice. Everyday, we have the option to intentionally verbalize our thanks and our trust—our thanks...

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The Star

The Star

“Star of wonder, star of night— Star with royal beauty bright— Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.” The amazing thing is not so much that God made a star. He created billions of galaxies of them. Or even that a curious light hung over...

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The Widow’s Might

The Widow’s Might

Christmas—it’s the time of year for giving and receiving gifts. Its what we do. It’s a way of letting those we care about know that we are willing to sacrifice something for them—because we love them. It warms our heart to give or to receive a thoughtful gift. There...

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Meanwhile

Meanwhile

The story of Christmas for kids. Once upon a time, in a faraway place we call “The Holy Land,” things were far from holy. The people walked in darkness, and they were getting into more and more trouble. It seemed that the world was out of control—there was no LIGHT to...

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He Knows Our Need

He Knows Our Need

What a relief. When you’re in unfamiliar territory, you just need a little help. Three little words, that’s all. You may have a great map (or chart), and you may know precisely where you WANT to be, but the FACT is—your map will do you no good at all—and can actually...

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! There’s a lot of righteous indignation at what appears to be a movement to remove CHRIST from Christmas, and I’d like to chime in. Without Christ, there IS no Christmas, and without Christmas, there IS no Redemption Plan. Jesus was BORN … Emmanuel, God...

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Walkin’ in a Winter WONDER-land

Walkin’ in a Winter WONDER-land

Oh, the WONDER of Christmas! It’s the time of the year when we think about and celebrate that once-in-eternity moment when the little town of Bethlehem became the birthplace of HOPE. When the invisible GOD became flesh—GOD Incarnate. Each element of the story adds to...

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If it Had Not Been for… Luke

If it Had Not Been for… Luke

The power of ONE voice—to an audience of ONE. We are well familiar with the third book of the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke. But, who was Luke? He certainly wasn’t one of The Twelve. Though he likely had a close relationship with at least some of His eyewitnesses,...

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The Season of Transition

The Season of Transition

The weeks before Thanksgiving make me smile. Yes, I’m happy to be anticipating the soon coming of our “high holidays,” but during these days I also get such a kick out of the mishmash of assorted outdoor holiday decorations. Driving down the street, you may see the...

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Planting Joy

Planting Joy

My husband and I lived for a brief time in the Netherlands. It was glorious, or as the Dutch say, “Lekker lekker!!” (deliciously good!) Though just for a few months, it was long enough to fall in love forever with one of the country’s most recognizable icons: tulips....

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Let the Church Say “Amen” – Part 2

Let the Church Say “Amen” – Part 2

In our last study, we discussed how that the keystone—placed last at the very top of an arch—is the ultimate key to its strength. It is like the arch’s AMEN. Our response to the manifest Plan of God should always be “not my will, but Thine be done.” We crown His...

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Let the Church Say “Amen” – Part 1

Let the Church Say “Amen” – Part 1

Where were you on October 28, 1965? It was a monumental day. Literally. On that day, the final 10-ton piece—the keystone—was lowered into place at the very top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. That last piece marked the completion of the 630-foot tall monument,...

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First Things… First

First Things… First

“In the beginning, GOD …” In our last study, we noted that the story of the beginning of all things started with a RIGHTeous GOD. Like Hebrew reads from RIGHT to left, our life story would do well to be read from the perspective of “RIGHT FIRST.” In everything we do,...

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Right to Left

Right to Left

Hebrew text is written from right to left. Why is that? The way language is written and read, or its “directionality,” was apparently established when those languages began to be inscribed and the first alphabets were created. Languages originating in the Middle East,...

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Age is a Number

Age is a Number

Age is a number. That is all. But it is not just years. It’s moments in time—strung together like beads on a string. The string is not endless. It’s just so many mornings and so many evenings—sunrises and sunsets. It’s so many cups of coffee, pieces of toast, slices...

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A Memorial of Faith

A Memorial of Faith

YOUR testimony ROCKS! In the fourth chapter of Joshua, we read about the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River by the children of Israel. We remember that God instructed that each of the twelve tribes of Israel take a large stone from the riverbed, and Joshua set up...

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Stack of Stones

Stack of Stones

I love rocks. Take me to a rocky beach and I’m happy as a clam for hours. I love to look at them, study them, find the prettiest ones, and stack them up as high as I can as a monument to say that “I was here.” I don’t think they have any special powers—I just like...

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I Have a Beef… with God.

I Have a Beef… with God.

TROUBLE. It’s everywhere. Some trivial, some traumatic—and the purveyors of “the news” never seem to have anything ELSE to talk about. As Christians, we know we are not supposed to be surprised when we face trouble—a “fiery trial”—whether it’s personal pain, a family...

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Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is Impossible

“I don’t have nobody to blame but myself.” “Double negatives” are so confusing! There are also points in Scripture that are sometimes hard to grasp—that seem almost too good to be true. For example, some people think that the mercy of the Lord is applied only at the...

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A Positive Negative

A Positive Negative

“I can’t do nothing right.” Yes, that is a double negative. We’re looking at how double negatives are considered “incorrect” and cause confusion in standard English usage—and also in our lives. I’ve heard someone say, “Because I sinned after I got saved—after the Lord...

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Double Negative

Double Negative

“This sentence doesn’t make no sense.” A double negative is a sentence or clause using two negative words. The rules say that double negatives are not grammatically correct and should be avoided … when using standard English. In some languages, however, like Spanish,...

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Magnificent Mind Reader

Magnificent Mind Reader

“The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man …” (Psalm 94:11 KJV) “The LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee …” (1 Chronicles 28:9 KJV) Now and forever, God is a SPIRIT—Omnipresent,...

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Too Wonderful for Words

Too Wonderful for Words

God KNOWS our thoughts. In our last study, we discussed how that God needs no interpreter. He KNOWS the contents of the heart of every person—every idea, notion, intention, and belief. He knows the precise moment a heart is ready to receive the gift of His Spirit....

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God KNOWS our Thoughts

God KNOWS our Thoughts

“But he knew their thoughts … “ (Luke 6:8 KJV) God needs no interpreter—He doesn’t need anyone to translate the meaning of the imaginations or the intents of our hearts. He just KNOWS. Jesus said to the hypocritical Pharisees, “Ye are they which justify yourselves...

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An Orchard in my Heart

An Orchard in my Heart

“Lord, increase our faith.” “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.” (Luke 17:6 KJV) Jesus did NOT say, “If ye have...

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Un-Faith

Un-Faith

Remember “the Uncola?” In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s marketers for 7-Up came up with a scheme to distance their drink from the popular “dark” carbonated beverages. They sold it as the “Uncola.” Meaning to cash in on the spirit of rebellion that characterized much of...

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All in a Day

All in a Day

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22 KJV) This is as it SHOULD be. It was God who, on the 4th Creative Day, made Days, and Seasons, and Years. God created this...

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This Season Shall Pass

This Season Shall Pass

Seasons don’t last forever—they were made to END. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV) I remember spring in Alaska—REAL spring, not calendar spring—when after the seemingly endless months of winter,...

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God Without Context

God Without Context

“For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art GOD ALONE.” (Psalm 86:10 KJV) con·text (‘kän-,tekst): “the circumstances that form the setting for a statement or idea, by which it can be fully understood and assessed; the parts that immediately precede or...

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What You Don’t Know

What You Don’t Know

What you don’t know CAN hurt you. I have just come through a serious respiratory illness that suddenly appeared without warning. After several months, I was getting worse and worse, and not only did my symptoms get so severe that I was struggling to breathe, the...

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Exploring My Faith

Exploring My Faith

When I was small, my mother would go to the church on off-days to practice music or prepare songs for our Junior Choir. She’d bring me along and let me wander the big empty church building as she did her work. Our church was a vast, exciting adventureland to a curious...

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What Does Faith Say?

What Does Faith Say?

Faith has a voice. Faith speaks in our memory—where recalling the goodness of God in our yesterdays becomes trust to continue to follow Him into our tomorrows. The voice of faith reminds us of the “God moments” in our past, when we see how He specifically acted,...

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Decluttering

Decluttering

It’s time. We have come to that season of our lives when it’s time to sort through our stash—the accumulation of a lifetime. To throw out the trash, discard the broken and useless, donate what we no longer need, and keep what we can’t live without. Peeling back our...

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Altared

Altared

That is not a typo. Research data shows that because the percentage of regular church-goers is diminishing weekly, congregations have upped their marketing game to get the unchurched masses through their doors. First-time visitors get bags of free gifts, while church...

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Borrowed Vessels

Borrowed Vessels

She was a desperate woman—a widow and a mother—hopelessly in debt. (Read her story in 2 Kings 4:1-7.) The Enemy had subtracted almost everything of value from her life. He had “minused” away her husband, her resources, her ability to sustain herself … until all that...

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At the WYE

At the WYE

There is a point on the Seward (Alaska) Highway, at about Milepost 37, called “The Wye.” It’s the fork in the road where, when driving south from Anchorage, you decide whether you’re going to Seward (end of the road) or Sterling … and points beyond. You cannot get to...

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The “Unscripture” of God

The “Unscripture” of God

When you look at a page of scripture, what do you see? Verses, words, and letters? Is that all you see? Look beyond the black (or red!) letters - to the WHITE. The black is holy; so, too, is the white beneath. Without it, you wouldn’t see the black of the ink—there...

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The House of God

The House of God

Sometimes, the Man of God just gets it wrong. It happens. King David, living in his royal residence in Jerusalem, suddenly realized that the Ark of GOD was kept, not in a beautiful palace of cedar, like he, but in a lowly tent. “That is surely NOT as it should be!!”...

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Focus

Focus

Focus is a mindset. It’s a conscious filter of our thoughts, affecting how we perceive, remember, learn, reason, and make choices. Without a focused mindset - being fully IN the moment - our ability to think clearly suffers, and our efforts to reach our best goals are...

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Psalm 97:11

Psalm 97:11

“Light is sown …” God plants jewels of clear understanding and deep wisdom, in advance, in the soil of our daily path. What joy, when the righteous reader does not just tread lightly over the Word of God each day, simply skimming the surface, but will stop to dig...

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The Scroll of Days

The Scroll of Days

God’s book is a scroll - the Scroll of Days. It holds the Word of God, the Will of God, and the Plan of God. You can only see the fullness of God’s plan for your life as the Scroll unrolls. You can’t skip ahead - everything must unroll in its order. You can never be...

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Every Prayer, a Life Preserver

Every Prayer, a Life Preserver

I have learned some important, surprising things about prayer over the past few months. Since the beginning of January, I have battled a mysterious and virulent respiratory disease. It started with just a cough, that got steadily worse and worse until my entire...

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God is Near

God is Near

“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:1-2 NLT This Scripture beautifully reminds me of one simple, but absolute, TRUTH: that when I pray, God is near. I may...

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Spring Forward

Spring Forward

“For every thing there is a season …” Seasons come - and they go. This Winter WILL pass. But, just when you think Spring isn’t coming fast enough, Glory Be! - the time changes so that there’s more light … and less darkness. Somewhere, out there, there are others who...

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What is the Prayer of Faith?

What is the Prayer of Faith?

THREE PRAYERS OF FAITH “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” James 5:14-15 What is...

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When the Kids Ask Questions

When the Kids Ask Questions

GOD LOVES IT WHEN THE KIDS ASK QUESTIONS! The last month and a half, sickness has forced me to join the ranks of the “shut-in saints.” I’m not “forsaking” the church assembly; on the contrary. I’ve missed it very much. What I’ve missed most is our Elementary Sunday...

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Read On!

Read On!

Today, March 2, is “Read Across America Day”! Who knew?! Readers, unite!! Here’s seven ways to celebrate!! 1. Revisit one or more of your favorite childhood books! What ignited a passion for reading as a child? (For me, Dr Seuss! Later, Nancy Drew!! ) 2. Choose a good...

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I’m Still Praying for You

I’m Still Praying for You

Are there any SWEETER five words in the world than … “I’m still praying for you” ?? I don’t think so! I’ve been very sick the last month. I’m still in the fight - but slowly WINNING! My desperate question has been: why is my body not fighting this? Why do I feel...

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