Monthly Archives: September 2017

Seeds of Blessings

Matthew 13:31 (NIV) He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.” Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed. … Continue reading

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Radical Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14 (NIV) For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. For 100 days in 1994 Rwanda was a killing field. Saveri Nemeye was one of the aggressors. With a machete he brutally killed Rosaria Bankundiye’s husband and their four children. Released … Continue reading

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Pray for our leaders (they need it more than they realize)

President John Adams, before he joined his wife Abigail at their new official residence in Washington, D.C. sent her a prayer, which more than a hundred years later President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered inscribed over the fireplace in the State Dining Room: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of … Continue reading

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Family

“If your family doesn’t appreciate you, take heart. Jesus faced the same thing in his family.”—Max Lucado Luke 2:48 (NIV) When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” … Continue reading

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When the “doing” fails to match the “teaching”

Matthew 23:1-4 (NIV) 1  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3  So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not … Continue reading

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Patterned on His Steps

1 Peter 2:21 (NIV) To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “Original ministries are the result of men and women patterning themselves after the Son of God.”—Warren Wiersbe Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, … Continue reading

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Be a Witness to the Light

“A saint is someone whose life makes it easier to believe in God.” —William Barclay Matthew 5:15 (KJV) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations … Continue reading

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The End of Time

Life has an orientation, a final end toward which everything moves. I realize, however, that I can say this only because I am a Christian. I know that the human adventure moves on to fulfillment, not in glory, but in a rupture followed by a re-creation which is the consummation … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Rejection

The love of God, with arms extended on a cross, bars the way to hell. But if that love is ignored, rejected, and finally refused, there comes a time when love can only weep while man pushes into the self-chosen alienation which Christ went to the cross to avert.—Michael Green … Continue reading

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A void only Jesus can fill

Our youngest daughter, Kimberley, was born with a heart murmur. When she was four, her oldest sister Jenni tried to tell her this.  “Kim, did you know you’ve got a hole in your heart?”  “Yes, I know,” Kim said.  Puzzled, Jenni didn’t understand how Kim could be so unconcerned. Then … Continue reading

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