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Light Or Darkness

Light Or Darkness

Light and darkness are polar opposites: the darkness of a stormy night with no light in sight verses the brilliance of the mid-day sun in a cloudless sky. This is the contrast of two kingdoms, the kingdom of God (which is light) and the kingdom of Satan (which is darkness). The question is which kingdom […]

The Beauty Of The Flowers

The Beauty Of The Flowers

An old song says, “Give me the roses while I live, trying to cheer me on; useless the flowers that you give after the soul is gone.” As we walk the “road of life” we are given the opportunity to be as a sweet perfume emanating the fragrance of Christ, and like the flowers that […]

When Jesus Prayed

When Jesus Prayed

In Luke “the Lord said, Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Repetition of a name was considered an expression of love, and I suspect that it would also spark attention to the importance of the message that would follow. Jesus spoke directly to Simon, possibly because […]

A Living Hope

A Living Hope

In 1 Peter 1:3-5 we are told that “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 fade away, reserved in heaven […]

The Glorious Hope

The Glorious Hope

  The disciples were going to have to face life without the physical presence of Jesus in the near future. This was very devastating to Peter, and likely to the other disciples as well. Facing life and the world without His physical presence would be difficult indeed. The same hostilities that He had sustained them […]

God’s Inclination

God’s Inclination

Psalm 40:1-8 begins in verse 1 saying, “I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord, and He inclined to me and heard me” (Amplified Bible). The Scriptures emphasize that God is constantly keeping watch over His children. While His eyes “are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good” Proverbs 15:3, 2 […]

From Distressed To Rest

From Distressed To Rest

Looking at Psalm 143, we are told that the Greek Septuagint makes a reference to the rebellion of Absalom in the title, which rebellion is recorded in 2 Samuel 15.Whether this is the backdrop for this Psalm or not, one thing we know is that David has been crushed and persecuted by his enemy, and […]

Gloom or Sunshine

Gloom or Sunshine

Gloom and joy are totally opposite of each other; where one is present the other will quickly take flight. Gloom, despair, and all of their relatives come from Satan; how do I know that? Because joy, the very opposite, comes from Jesus, who in John 15:11 said, “These things I have spoken to you, That […]

Grandparents

Grandparents

Our thoughts this week are focused on grandparents, and the role they play in the lives of grandchildren. While the word “grandparents” is not used in the King James Version of the Bible, the thought of grandparents and their role in family definitely is portrayed. “Children’s children” is a term that is used in the […]

We Are Family

We Are Family

 While the word family only occurs one time in the King James New Testament (Ephesians 3:15), there are many references alluding to the fact that God views us (born-again Christians) as family, assuming the role of our Father, making us His children, and bonding us together as brothers and sisters. One of His greatest concerns […]