Names of God: Yahweh-Raah

Yahweh-Raah means the Lord is my Shepherd. Of course, the best-known scripture of this is Psalm 23. A shepherd is one who feeds his flock and leads them to green pastures. Jesus proclaims “I am the good shepherd” {John 10:14} Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Joanna, wife of Chuza

Another of Jesus followers is Joanna. “And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”  {Luke 8:3} The name Joanna means the Lord has been gracious. Apparently, Joanna is important.  Her husband is Chuza, who is Herod’s steward. Her husband worked for Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great. […]

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Faithful in a Little

Recently, a friend and I started a writer’s group in our area.  Leading up to the days of the event, we were unsure how many would attend. I must admit, moments of doubt and panic crept in when the fear that only the two of us would attend took over. Talking with my friend she reminded me of the words […]

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Hymn Story: In Times Like These

Stress and strain was part of daily living during the height of World War II.  Many did not know what to expect or what was coming next. Many families experience personal “sorrows or tragedies”. Ruth Caye was born August 9, 1902 in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. She married Rev. Bert Jones. Ruth Jones was a mother of five and a pastor’s wife. […]

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Names of God: YAHWEH-M’KADDESH

YAHWEH-M’KADDESH means the Lord who sanctifies, makes holy. The word Kaddosh means holy, to dedicate, set apart, sanctify. “Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”  {Leviticus 20:8}  “There is none holy [m’kaddesh] as Yahweh; For there is none besides You, Neither is there any rock like our God.”  {1 Samuel 2:2] “Thus says […]

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Book Review: King’s Shadow

Have you ever wondered what life was like in King Herod’s court? Wait no longer. This book will reveal all the intrigue, loyalty and duplicity in his court. Two women live in King’s Herod’s palace. His only sister, Salome, and her handmaid, Zara. Both struggle to survive where spies, treachery and conspiracy lingers at every corner. Both women struggle to […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Mary, His Mother

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was his first follower and probably his greatest supporter. We do not know if she constantly followed him for the three years of his ministry, but she was there for some important moments. Mary was the one to encourage him to turn the water into wine before his earthly ministry began. {John 2:1-11} The only […]

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The Foolish Ruler

Recently in Bible Study, we were discussing the foolish ruler. He told Jesus  he followed the ten commandments, but asked what he was lacking. “Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  {Matthew 19:21} So how did the man react? “When the young man […]

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Hymn Story: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A Mighty Fortress is Our God was written by Martin Luther.  It has been proclaimed “The one hymn that most symbolizes the Protestant Reformation.” Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who believed the Church of Rome was corrupt. He posted his famous 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church on October 31, 1517. In 1521, Luther broke […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Jireh

Yahweh-Jireh means the Lord will provide. When we think about Abraham’s testing, the Lord provided the ram for Abraham in place of his son. “So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”  {Genesis 22: 14} “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, […]

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Book Review: Overcoming Fear

As someone who has struggled with fear and anxiety, I really enjoyed Dawn de Silva’s book Overcoming Fear: The Supernatural Strategy to Live in Freedom. She provides great insight and lessons from both her own struggles, as well as her clients. She does a great job of breaking down fear and how the enemy uses it to prevent us from […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Mary Magdalene

In addition to his disciples, Jesus had many others who followed him. I found 34 references about “a large crowd who followed Jesus”. Women were part of the crowd who followed him, support him and the disciples and were part of his inner circle.  “oon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the […]

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A Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

There is an acquaintance who enjoys talking about how much money he has and attempting to hold it over everyone’s head.  He doesn’t even realize he is doing this, but more than one person has voiced how this is a turn off to them. Someone approached me after Bible Study one day and mentioned Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:24. “Again […]

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Song Story: This Ole House

I’m familiar with the song This Ole House, but knew nothing of it’s origin. Only when researching the story behind another song, did I discover the story behind this song. The song was written by Carl Stuart Hamblen, who was the author of Until Then and It Is No Secret {What God Can Do}. Hamblen and his friend and fellow […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Bore

Yahweh-Bore means the Lord Creator. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,     their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Psalm 33:6 “Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends […]

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The Disciples: Matthais, the 13th Disciple

Judas Iscariot has betrayed Jesus, who has been crucified and risen from the grave.  Judas was remorseful for his actions and killed himself. Jesus has ascended to heaven and the disciples gather in the upper room waiting for the Holy Spirit to descend. Here were are introduced to two followers of Jesus, who have been following him since his baptism […]

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Taking Our Troubles to the Lord

Doubt and fear was welling up within me and my thoughts were getting the best of me.  I could feel my anxiety rising and worry increasing. Normally when this happens I can spiral out of control and struggle to pull myself from this dark place.  This time I decided not to do this. Instead, I began to pray about the […]

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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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