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From Anxiety to Rejoicing

I have had some sciatica flare-ups and other such challenges lately that are new to me. I was sitting before the Lord this morning and began journaling (and I'm not even very good at journaling). Then I looked at what I had written and thought, "Wait a minute! I think...

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Everything!

God works everything for our good. Really? Everything? Bad things? Evil? Accidents? Sicknesses? Pain? Deaths? Divorce? Our own failures? Everything! It’s easy most of the time to believe this. I can generally push through and know that - somehow in some way - God...

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The Path to Faith

The Path to Faith Someone recently asked me how I came to believe. Interesting question. In my case, like many people, I had what might be called an “inherited childhood faith,” but inherited faith is not sufficient for life. When, as a young adult, I had that crisis...

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“Be Joyful in Hope”

“Be joyful in Hope” Romans 12:12 The Bible is a book of hope. Depression moves in rapidly if we lose hope. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). That’s good! “Those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land” (Psalm 37:9). I like that...

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Transforming Power Over Inferiority

Often, I ponder the me of the past and the me of the present. I am continually overwhelmed at the goodness of God, and I hope you do that also. Not even Martha, after those 64 years of marriage, ever totally could perceive of my crazy inferiority complexes and...

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Transition Times

We are in a new season. God is into seasons. I began talking to the Lord recently about this “transition time,” pondering where, in Scripture, He might give us insights for such seasons. My mind immediately went to the opening verses of Joshua when God challenged...

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Happy Chanukah! Merry Christmas!

Happy Chanukah! Merry Christmas! The Chanukah-Christmas season is an interesting season - a “connect” season between the Old and New Testament scriptures. Though it is a Jewish holiday, there is no mention of Chanukah in the Old Testament. The only biblical reference...

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Rejoicing Over Jerusalem

Let Scripture reign and let blessings flow! Yes, I am overjoyed that President Trump has acknowledged and declared what God declared 3000 years ago, that Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Though our congress made this acknowledgement in 1995, earlier...

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Promises Become Reality

Life in Isaac and Rebekah’s home was not always pleasant. For the first twenty years of their marriage, Rebekah was barren. Then she conceived the twins, Jacob and Esau, and the Lord told Rebekah that “the older would serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23). Isaac...

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Wisdom from Above

If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person...

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God’s Timing

October 31 is now past, but I need to tell you some of God’s timing that I did not know until this trip to Israel. Most of us probably did know that this date was the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s action that helped to trigger the reformation. Five hundred...

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In His Hands

Our lives are in His hands. Have you ever stopped to think that the enemy would like to kill every believer in the world so that the witness of Jesus would be eradicated from the earth – no witness of Jesus would be found anywhere? Like David, “[Our] enemies are in...

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Encourage One Another Daily

Jesus was the world's best encourager. He saw more in people than they saw in themselves. He saw their destiny and He called it forth. "In this world we are like him," John told us (1 John 4:17). One of our roles is to encourage: to see more in people than they see in...

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Loving Others Well

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 I love the fact that, though Jesus rarely answered questions outright, usually responding with a question, there was one occasion when this was not the case. “Which is the greatest commandment?” He was asked, and...

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All Authority

Don’t know why I was so struck recently with those last words of Jesus when He said:“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). ALL! In heaven! On earth! He’s ultimately in charge of everything! That’s the reason He can assure us that...

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“Review the Past for Me”

"Now then, tell my servant David," God told the prophet Nathan, "This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone" (1 Chronicles...

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Sabbath

Amazing how we can read Scripture over and over and still get moments of revelation that are totally fresh, like something we’ve not seen before. This happened to me recently when I was pondering the “the LORD’S appointed festivals (Lev.23:4). No report of God’s...

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What’s In Your Hand?

All Bible readers will remember the story of Moses, when he was arguing with God about his ability to lead Israel out of Egypt: "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?" "What if [Israel does] not receive me or listen to me?" "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither...

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