Pushed Out of our Comfort Zone

I know of someone who had been in his job for over a decade.  He was happy where he was and with what he was doing.  Then everything began to turn against him, he lost his job and went through a very difficult time. After a couple of months, the Lord opened the doors for a different opportunity and position […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith is known for his down home, good clean humor on his shows The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. However, he was also a gospel singer. Andy Samuel Griffith was born on June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He was the only child of Carl Lee and Geneva Nunn Griffith. He came from humble beginnings, but from […]

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Behind the Hymn: Lead Me To Calvary

Lead Me to Calvary was written by Jennie Evelyn Hussey. Hussey was born on February 8, 1874 and grew up on a family farm in Nenniker, New Hampshire. She was the fourth generation to live on the homestead, following her Quaker ancestors. She was a member of the Society of Friends. She began writing in her teens and in addition […]

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Names of God: The Anointed One

The Anointed One speaks of the prophesy of the one who will come and restore or rebuild Jerusalem. This refers to Christ.  Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the anointed one, the prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: it shall be built again, […]

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Cherish the Moment

Recently, I was discussing a book about Alzheimer’s with someone.  I was reminded of a quote in the book, even when you get tired of answering the same question over and over be thankful to hear their voice.  One day you will not be able to. This stuck with me.   How many times do I get tired of hearing the […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer was a leader during the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury. He brought major changes to the church during the reigns of King Henry VIII and two of his children, Edward VI and Mary I. He died a martyr’s death, which was immortalized in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and his legacy continues through the Book of Common Prayer […]

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Names of God: The Ancient of Days

The term Ancient of Day is a name used for God in the book of Daniel. The term is used three times throughout the book of Daniel and is used in the sense of God being eternal. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the […]

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The Disciples: Bartholomew Nathanael

Bartholomew is almost always mentioned in connection to being with the disciple Philip.  In the book of John, he is referred to as Nathanael. The name Bartholomew in Greek meaning son of Talmai or son of the furrows in Aramaic, while the Hebrew name Nathanael means gift of God or God has given. In the first three gospels, Bartholomew is […]

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Work for Eternal Fruit

Recently I partnered with another writer on a ministry project.   Before beginning on the project we opened in prayer. Each time she prays, she ask the Lord “let us work for eternal fruit in this endeavor”. It had been a long time since I’d heard it put this way.  However, whatever we do, we should be working for eternal fruit.  […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Jonathan Goforth

Jonathan Goforth was a Canadian missionary to China. He and his wife, Rosalind, became the leading missionaries in early 20-Century China and helped to establish and the revival of the Protestant China missions. Goforth was born on February 10, 1859 in Ontario, Canada. He was the seventh of eleven children. As a young man he sensed the call on his […]

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Names of God: Shepherd

The Lord is referred to as the shepherd.  A shepherd is a person who guides or directs in a particular direction and tends or rears sheep. A shepherd stays with his sheep to guide them, while going after the lost sheep. The best known verse is “The Lord is my shepherd” in Psalm 23:1.  The verse speaks of all the […]

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The Disciples: Philip

Philip is a Greek name meaning friend and friend of horses.  Many believe the disciple Philip may have spoken Greek. We first meet Philip right after Jesus has called Andrew and Simon Peter to follow him.  It is possible that Philip was one of two {the unnamed} disciple who was following John the Baptist.  When John the Baptist saw Jesus […]

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The Importance of a Mentor

I grew tired of spinning my wheels.  It seemed for years as if every step forward resulted in three steps back.  Looking at my to-do list, items were still on there from years ago.  I wasn’t getting anywhere.                 Lord, is this really what you want for me?  Is this your plan for my life?  Maybe I was wrong.  Maybe […]

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Faithful Heroes: J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien is best remembered for his literary works, The Lord of he Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillon. Many of his works have an undercurrent of Biblical teaching. Tolkien was a member of The Inklings, a literary group, which also included C. S. Lewis. Tolkien was influential in Lewis conversion from atheism to Christianity. John Ronald Reuel […]

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Hymn Story: No, Not One

Johnson Oatman, Jr. was an lifelong insurance agent, while also serving as an ordained Methodist minister. No, Not One is a repetitive phrase used throughout the song to remind us that Jesus came to be our friend and to save us and there is no one else like Him.  Oatman is also known for his hymns Higher Ground and Count […]

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Names of God: Ruach Hakkodesh

Ruach Hakkodesh is a phrase used in the Tanakh to refer to the spirit of inspiration. This is collection of the Hebrew scriptures found in the Torah. The rauch ha-Kodesh refres to the holy spirit and there are more than 90 mentions in the Hebrew Bible. HaKadosh means “The Holy One”. “he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and […]

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Book Review: Called to Forgive

Living in South Carolina, I remember the heartbreaking tragedy of the Emmanuel Nine.  What was meant to town a community apart, instead brought them together.  This was a surprise to so many. In Called to Forgive, Anthony Thompson shares a firsthand account of this terrible tragedy.  He shares about his wife Myra, as she prepared to teach Bible study that […]

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The Disciples: Andrew

Andrew was a brother of Simon Peter.  The brothers were from the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. The Greek culture and language were very significant in the area. His name is Greek, instead of the traditional Hebrew, of the Jews. The name Andrew means manly, brave, manhood and valour. Peter and Andrew were both fishermen by trade, […]

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