Song Story: It Is No Secret What God Can Do

It Is No Secret, was written by Craig Stuart Hamblen, who also wrote Until Then. Hamblen was the son of a Methodist minister and is considered one of radio’s first “singing cowboys”. He lived a life of “destructive behavior” before attending a Billy Graham crusade in 1949. He met Rev. Graham when he appeared on Hamblen’s radio show. He was […]

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The Disciples: Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot is the most reviled of the 12 disciples, after all he was the one who betrayed Jesus. The name Judas is Hebrew and means praise or the praised one, while Iscariot is Greek and means man from Kerioth. Today the name means traitor. We are told early in the gospel accounts that Judas betrayed Jesus.  “Judas Iscariot, who also […]

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Asking the Lord for Help

Martin Luther said  “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” There was a time when I thought prayer was only when in trouble or a form of corporate worship. However, the only way I survived domestic abuse was to continually turn to the Lord in prayer. I had no one and […]

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Song Story: Through It All

The song Through It All was written by Andráe Crouch and is his biography and testimony wrapped up into one. Andráe Crouch was born on July 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He experienced devesating loss when he lost his father, mother and brother all within two years of one another. He said, “Probably the hardest time in my life…Just […]

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Names of God: Yahweh Shalom

Yahweh Shalom means the Lord of peace. Shalom is not dependent on circumstances and speaks of wholeness, harmony, completeness and peace. If you remember in the book of Judges when the Lord appeared to Gideon. He was afraid he would die. He Lord said, “Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die”.  {Judges 6:22-24}

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The Disciples: Thomas

The disciple Thomas is commonly known as doubt Thomas, but we’ll get to that in a moment. In the first three gospels {and book of Acts}, Thomas is only mentioned as one of the disciples of Jesus and nothing else is mentioned about him. The name Thomas is Hebrew and means twin.  The name Didymus is Greek and means twin. […]

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We Are All the Same

Working in skilled care, we have a variety of people and personalities. Some came from the poorest of situations and little education, while others are well educated and have considerable money. However, we treat everyone the same, regardless of their background, riches or education. I remind my residents on a regular basis we are all part of the family of […]

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Hymn Story: Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit was written by gospel songwriter Doris Mae Akers. She was born in Brookfield, Missouri on May 21, 1923. She was one of ten children and developed an interest in music at an early age. By the age of six, she had taught herself to play piano by ear. She wrote her first song, “Keep the […]

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Names of God: Yahweh

Yahweh was the god of the Israelites.  This was the name revealed to Moses. This is regarded as the personal name of God. Scholars believe the personal name of God was known long before Moses and used at least by the Levites. After the Babylonian exile, this name was replaced with the more common name Elohim, meaning God, the universal […]

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The Disciples: Simon the Zealot

Simon the Zealot is one of the most obscure of the disciples. The name Simon is a Greek name meaning to listen. Luke listed in the list of the apostles, “Simon called Zelotes.”  {Luke 6:14-16} The Zealotes were a political movent in the Jewish temple of the first century. This group sought to incite a rebellion against the Roman Empire. […]

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From Impossible to Doable

Hudson Taylor, who was a missionary to China, said  “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” His words resonated and I thought about my own struggles, especially to get healthy.  What first felt impossible is now just difficult.  However, it has […]

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Hymn Story: Surely Goodness and Mercy

Surely Goodness and Mercy is another beautiful hymn that I grew up singing but only recently did I read the amazing story behind this hymn. The hymn was the collaboration of two well known gospel music writers, John W. Peterson and Alfred B. Smith. In 1958, the two men collaborated to write a song based on Psalm 23. Mr. Smith […]

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Names of God: Yeshua

Yeshua was a common alternative to the name Yehoshua or Joshua. In Greek, the name is spelled Jesous, which was translated into the Latin Jesus. This is also the English spelling used. The Messianic Jews used Yeshua, which is why many in the area uses the name for Jesus.  The 2004 films The Passion of the Christ, uses Yeshua to […]

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The Disciples: Matthew Levi

Matthew once again is a disciple we do not know much about.  Many scholars believe he is also the tax collector Levi and as with Simon Peter and Judas Thaddeus, his name is interchangeable. The name Matthew means gift of God, while Levi means joined and attached. “And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, […]

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The Disciples: James the Less

James the Less is often referred in this way, because there were two James in the apostle.  The other was James, the son of Zebedee, who is often referred to as James the greater.                 We know very little about James the less, but let’s explore the little we are told.                 In the list of Jesus disciples, we discover […]

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Praying through the Struggle

Recently, a friend encouraged me to write prayers for thirty days to the Lord.  I decided to not only use this for my writing but also for my weight loss.  Each short prayer was accompanied with a scripture verse.  As each prayer is answered there is a place to make note of the answer and accomplishment. While doing this I […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Ruth Bell Graham

Ruth Bell Graham was the wife and life partner of evangelist Billy Graham. She was born on June 10, 1920 in Qingjiang, Jiangsu, Republic of China. Her parents L. Nelson and Virginia Leftwich Bell were medical missionaries to Shandhai. She enrolled at the age of 13 in the Pyeng Yang Foreign School in Pyongyang, Korea. She then graduated high school […]

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Behind the Hymn: God Will Take Care of You

God Will Take Care of You was written by Civilla D. Martin. She also wrote the well known His Eye Is on the Sparrow. Civilla Martin was born in 1866 Nova Scotia. She was the daughter of James N. and Irene Hardin Holden, a Baptist Minister. She married Rev. W. Stillman Martin, a well known Baptist Evangelist. One Sunday in […]

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Names of God: The Lord of Hosts

David uses the term Yahweh Tzevaot which means “the God of the armies of Israel”. In Hebew Tzevaot, Tsebaoth or Sabaoth refers to the armies or armed hosts of the Isrealites in Exodus and of Isaiah and he prophets. The King James Version usually translated this into the “Lord of Hosts” or “Lord God of Hosts”. The term is also […]

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