Uncertainty in Bible: Job Loses Everything

Job went through some very uncertain and difficult times. When we meet him, he is blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil. {Job 1:1} He is described as “the greatest man among all the people of the East.” {Job 1:3} But God tells Satan he can test him and within hours Job receives word all ten of his children, a […]

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Behind the Song: Redemption Draweth Nigh

Scripture promises Jesus will return and only God in heaven knows the day and hour.  Not even Jesus or the angels know when he will return. {Mark 13:32} Luke 21:28 says, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”  The song was written by Gordon Jensen […]

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Hope in the Bible: Gideon Wins the Battle

The Israelites have done evil in God’s eyes and been enslaved to the Midianites for seven years.  Crying out in despair the Lord hears their cries.  {Judges 6:1-2} He chooses Gideon and tells him to go and save Israel.  {Judges 6:6-18} When Gideon questions this, the Lord reassures him with the following promises: “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”  {Judges 6:12} “Go […]

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Behind the Hymn: Blessed Redeemer

Harry Dixon Loes, was a popular music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute for almost three decades in the early 20th Century.One day he was listening to a sermon on Christ’s atonement, titled “Blessed Redeemer”. Mr. Loes was inspired by the sermon to compose a tune.He then sent the melody and title to his friend, Avis Christiansen, and asked her […]

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Behind the Song: If We Never Meet Again

Elvis recorded the song If We Never Meet Again on his 1960 album His Hand in Mine. The song was written by Albert E. Brumley. Brumley was born near Spiro, Oklahoma in 1905. His childhood was spent in a sparse agricultural community, working the family farm. He studied at Hartford Musical Institute and later purchased the Hartford Music Company in […]

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Fathers of the Bible: Noah, father of Clans

We are all familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark.  Noah was the 6x great-grandson of Seth and 7x great-grandson of Adam.  The name Noah means rest or repose. Noah was 500 years old when he became a father.   “After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.”  {Genesis 5:32}  The name Shem means […]

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Hope in the Bible: Sarah Has a Son

Can you imagine the joy within Sarah’s heart as she held her son for the first time? Many women long for children and undergo a variety of testing and treatments before they experience the joy of motherhood.  Back in Biblical times a woman’s purpose was to provide children for her husband. She and Abraham waited for a long time for […]

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Behind the Mother’s Day Hymn: Hail Queen of Heaven

In recognition of Mother’s Day, Hail Queen of Heaven is a song about the Virgin Mary.Hail Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star is a Marian hymn, which means it is focused on the Virgin Mary. The hymn was written by Father John Lingard a Catholic priest and historian, who helped smooth the passage of the Catholic Emancipation Act in England, […]

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Fathers of the Bible: Adam, the first Father

Over the past years we have studied Mothers, Daughters and Sons in the Bible.  This year, we are studying Fathers in the Bible.  Where better to start than with the first father, Adam. Adam, the first person and man on earth, was formed and crated by God the Father.  He breathed life into Adam. Adam was a necessary complement to […]

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Behind the Song: Whatever it Takes

Surrendering everything to the Lord and be willing to do whatever it takes to get there is difficult. I’ve both experienced and heard stories of the struggle to get to this point to state “Whatever it takes to draw closer to you Lord.” Stating “Whatever it takes”, is a statement of faith and a way to boldly approach the throne. […]

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Uncertain Times in the Bible: Noah and the flood

We all know the story of Noah’s ark, but why did God destroy the earth? “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”  {Genesis 6:5} Seeing the evil in the world, not unlike the evil around us today, […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Doubting Thomas

Upon the arrest of Jesus, the disciples disperse and only John mentioned at the cross and crucifixion.  We don’t know where the other disciples were or if they were watching from afar, which seems likely. We do know they feel lost and unsure of what’s next, believing Jesus is the Messiah.  After Jesus resurrection, we are told “That evening, the […]

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Behind the Song: On Eagle’s Wings

Father Jan Michael Joncas was returning from a meal with his friend, Doug Hall, when he discovered Hall’s father had died of a heart attack. Father Joncas longed to find a way to console his friend. In a published  interview he recalled  “I knew this was a hard, hard experience in anybody’s life, [and I] just wanted to create something […]

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Behind the Song: Holy Ground

Have you ever had an experience where you felt you were standing on Holy Ground? Moses was told “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” {Exodus 3:5; see also Acts 7:32-33} The song We Are Standing On Holy Ground was written by Geron Davis. The song […]

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Names of God: El Emunah

El Emunah means The Faithful God. Numbers 23:19 tells us “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Jeremiah 32:17 tells us “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and […]

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