You Can Trust The One Who Knows Every End

You Can Trust The One Who Knows Every End

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. ~Is. 46.10     Relationships are built on trust. It is very difficult to have any sort of intimate, lasting, or fulfilling relationship with someone we do not trust.  ...

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God Reigns In The Stillness Of Your Heart

God Reigns In The Stillness Of Your Heart

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46.10     What do Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin have in common? They were rulers of countries or vast...

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Beware Of The Influence Of Counterfeit Power

Beware Of The Influence Of Counterfeit Power

…the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me. ~John 14.30   Counterfeit Power   Sin entered the world when, instead of resisting Satan, Adam and Eve chose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen. 3.1-7) Since that time, all of...

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Here Is The Best Verdict Of All

Here Is The Best Verdict Of All

“Guilty!” the judge announces with confidence. Evidence was presented. Arguments were made. Witnesses were called. A conclusion was reached. And the trial is over.   We are all familiar with the courtroom scene. It is played out over and over in TV dramas and...

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COVID-19 And The Urgent Need For Perspective

COVID-19 And The Urgent Need For Perspective

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” ~Ex.17.3     There’s no doubt thirst can be a powerful force. It doesn’t...

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A Look At The Joy of Living in the Shadow

A Look At The Joy of Living in the Shadow

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”    ~Ps. 91.1-2   In our culture there is a negative aspect to living in someone’s shadow. We want...

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Two Funerals And A Look At The Lessons Learned

Two Funerals And A Look At The Lessons Learned

I recently attended two funerals in 8 days. The back to back funerals couldn’t have been more different. The first was for an 87 year-old aunt who lived a full life and was adored by her family. She never missed a family gathering and had an adventurous spirit right...

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Virtues: Putting On The Clothing Of Jesus

Virtues: Putting On The Clothing Of Jesus

I know I’m not the first person to stand in my closet wondering what to wear. Some days it is easy and I have an outfit on in no time. Other days I seem to move from one piece of clothing to another with nothing quite satisfying the event, my mood, or my physical...

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Jesus’ Unexpected Exchange For All Our Burdens

Jesus’ Unexpected Exchange For All Our Burdens

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11.28   The snow fell cold, heavy, and wet. The kind that is perfect for packing, but a lot of work to clear from driveways and sidewalks. Teenage boys would have had a mean...

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What Happens When You Pay Attention?

What Happens When You Pay Attention?

Last winter, as a I drove along the fairly large lake I live near, I made sure to pay attention. I kept a keen eye out for a large bird. When I was growing up, this bird would have been a very unusual sight. Today it is becoming more and more common. As I looked out...

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