St. Patrick’s Prayer

Christ be with me, Christ within me,Christ behind me, Christ before me,Christ beside me, Christ to win me,Christ to comfort […]

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

Christ be with me, Christ within me,Christ behind me, Christ before me,Christ beside me, Christ to win me,Christ to comfort and restore me.Christ beneath me, Christ above me,Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,Christ in hearts of all that love me,Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. I bind unto myself the Name,The strong Name of the Trinity;By invocation of the same.The […]

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Hymn Story: Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart

In 1898, Mrs. Lelia Morris was at a camp meeting in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. When the invitation was called, a woman “of culture and refinement” responded to the invitation.  Leila Morris joined the lady, where she placed “an arm around her shoulder” and whispered, “Just now your doubting’s give o’er”. The song leader joined the two women and said […]

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Names of God: Father

God is referred to as Father throughout the Bible. One source says, “In general, the title Father (capitalized) signifies God’s role as the life-giver, the authority, and powerful protector, often viewed as immense, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent with infinite power and charity that goes beyond human understanding.”  After all, a father is a parent or male parent of a child or […]

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James and John, the Sons of Thunder

Last week, we met James and John with their father, Zebedee.  Jesus has called James, John and Simon {Peter} who was with them as fishers of men.  However, he has a special command for these men also. “James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder.”  {Mark 3:17} […]

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When We Are Grateful

There are days when I struggle with depression and finding the gratitude in a situation. The other week, I heard a speaker say “When we are grateful our entire life changes”. I began to think of all the little things I take for granted, instead of being grateful for. The fact that I woke up this morning, breathe fresh air, […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was a Puritan preacher and philosopher. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian. He was born on October 5, 1703 in the Connecticut Colony. He was the fifth of eleven children born to Timothy and Esther Stoddard Edwards. He was also their only son. In 1716, he entered Yale College. He took a great interest […]

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Hymn Story: The Wonder of it All

George Beverly Shea’s deep baritone voice, set the mood during the Billy Graham crusades.  George Beverly Shea was born on February 1, 1909 in Winchester, Ontario, Canada.  He later said he gave his life to Christ at five years of age and rededicated his life at eighteen. His parents taught him to play the violin, piano and organ at a […]

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Names of God: Faithful and True

The Lord or Yahweh is referred to as “faithful and true” on four occasions in the Bible. “They said to Jeremiah, “May Yahweh be a true and faithful witness against us if we don’t do exactly what Yahweh your Elohim tells us to do.”  {Jeremiah 42:5} The people are asking for the Lord to be true and faithful is they […]

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John, the Fisherman

We are continuing our Eyewitness to Easter series with the apostle John.  Like Peter, John was a fisherman. When we meet John, he is going about his trade. “Jesus went on a little farther. He saw James and his brother John who were sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat mending their nets.”   {Mark 1:19} John is with his […]

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Heroes of the Faith: John Calvin

John Calvin was a pastor, French theologian and Geneva reformer in the Protestants Reformation. The theology of Calvinism is named for him, and he strongly developed the system of predestination, eternal damnation, absolute sovereignty of God and new forms of church government and liturgy. He was born as Jehan Cauvin on July 10, 1509 in Picardy, France. His mother was […]

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Song Story: Church in the Wildwood

This is one instance in which the cart came before the horse.  The area of Bradford, Iowa was first settled as the California Gold Rush was getting underway in the late 1840s.  William Pitts, was a music teacher, traveling from Wisconsin to Iowa to visit his future wife.  As the stagecoach horses were being changed, he began to wander around […]

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Names of God: Esh Oklah

Esh Oklah is a name of God we may not recognize as easily as some other names. The Names of God Bible says “Yahweh your Elohim is Esh Oklah, El Kanna….If you do this thing that Yahweh your Elohim considers evil, making him furious, you will quickly disappear from the land you’re going to possess on the other side of […]

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Discovering the Hidden Blessing

I often have people ask ‘how many children do you have’? For years, my heart broke as I told them none.  With two abusive relationships behind me, I’m thankful I did not have children with these men, but it also means I did not have children. This has been difficult, as it has been my dream from a young age. […]

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Faithful Heroes: Frederick Douglas

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey is estimated to be born around 1818, although his exact birth date is unknown. He chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. He believed the master was his father and was parted from his mother at a young age. He then lived with his grandmother until he was six and he moved in to learn […]

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Hymn Story: What Wondrous Love is This

What Wondrous Love Is This began as an American folk hymn, which was passed down from one generation to another through the course of time. The origins and text of the song are not known and was probably refined over time, as being passed down. Folk songs usually consist of the repetition of key phrases, to assist in learning the […]

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Names of God: Elyon

El means god or deity and can refer to any god. The word Elyon is an epithet of the God of the Israelites, which is found in the Hebrew Bible. The word is translated to mean God Most High. Elyon was known as an ancient god of Salem, which later became known as Jerusalem and equated with the Lord God. […]

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Praying for the Prodigal

Recently, I heard some disturbing news about an extended family member. My heart broke at the news and the long-term effects this may have on not only this person’s life, but also other lives.  Immediately I was stricken with the reminder of when I was the prodigal child and making bad decisions. This was the same pattern evident in this […]

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