Faithful Heroes: Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth went where she felt God was calling her. She was one of a dozen children born to James and Elizabeth Bomefree and given the birth name of Isabella Baumfree. She was born around 1797 in Swartekill, New York and went through four owners throughout her childhood. She only spoke Dutch until after she was nine years old. She […]

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Hymn Story: More Love to Thee

Elizabeth Prentiss, wife of a Presbyterian minister, spent much of her life as an invalid, “scarcely knowing a moment free of pain”.  She was described as friend as “a very bright-eyed little woman with a keen sense of humor, who cared more to shine in her own happy household than in a wide circle of society.” Elizabeth wrote this hymn […]

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Names of God: Deliverer

The term deliverer means to take and hand over or leave for another and to set free. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray saying “and lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil”  {Matthew 6:13} Jesus is the ultimate deliverer because he came to die for our sins. The term deliverer is found thirteen times throughout […]

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Hymn Story: Jesus Loves Even Me

Philip Bliss attended a service where the hymn O How I Love Jesus was sung repeatedly. After the service, he remarked, “Have I not been singing enough about my poor love for Jesus and shall I not rather sing of His great love for me?” He sat down and quickly composed this hymn, which soon became a favorite of both […]

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Names of God: Creator

A creator is someone who brings something into being. In the book of Genesis, we are told “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” {Genesis 1:1} The Lord is referred to as the creator thirteen times throughout the scripture. A few of these passages include: and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,     Creator […]

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Book Review: A Return of Devotion

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Daphne Blakemoor has happily lived in her secluded world for twelve years. When ownership of the home where she serves as housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she holds dear is threatened. William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal is for peace and quiet and to be the exact opposite of his […]

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Let Your Light Shine

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There are times when life seems to stand still and it is easy to grow discouraged and pessimistic. There have been times when I wondered if life would ever move forward or if my life even mattered.  I questioned if I was impacting anyone else and showing God’s love to others.  Have you ever had those days? Then a ray […]

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Faithful Heroes: Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman became known as the Moses of the Underground Railroad. She relied on her faith to lead the slaves to freedom through a tumultuous time. But, who was Harriet Tubman? She was born on January 29, 1822 {based on midwife payments} in Dorchester County, Maryland, into slavery. Her parents, Harriet “Rit” Green and Ben Ross named their daughter Araminta […]

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Hymn Story: I’d Rather Have Jesus

George Beverly Shea is known for his strong, booming baritone voice. He ministered alongside Billy Graham and Cliff Barrows, often singing right before Rev. Graham stepped to the podium. One of his best known songs, was I’d Rather Have Jesus. Bev Shea had been singing since he was a young man in the Wesleyan Methodist churches were his father was […]

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Names of God: Ancient of Days

The word ancient means having had an existence of many years or having the qualities of long existence. The term ancient of days was used three times in the book of Daniel. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like […]

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Draw Closer to God and Watch Him Work

The other week, our pastor closed the service with the message to draw closer to God and watch Him work. The pastor, shared the story of being in need of a job and several other needs. No matter how much He tried or how hard He worked nothing was working out. He became angry at God and didn’t hesitate letting […]

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Faithful Heroes: William and Catherine Booth

William and Catherine Booth founded The Salvation Army. William Booth was born on April 10, 1829 in Nottingham, England. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Moss Booth. William was fourteen years old when his father died and was already working as an pawnbroker’s apprentice to help support his family. He completed a six year apprenticeship as a pawnbroker […]

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Take the Name of Jesus with You

Lydia Baxter lived her life in bed as an invalid for the majority of her adult life. However, she is said to have had a “cheerful and patient” manner. She was born on September 2, 1800 to Jonathan and Mary Odell. Lydia and her sister are said to have been responsible for establishing the Baptist church in Petersburg, New York, […]

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Names of God: Alpha and Omega

The Alpha and Omega means the first and the last Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Alpha means beginning, creation and origination Omega means the extreme; final part; the end; the last of a series “Among the Jewish rabbis, it was common to use the first and the last letters of the Hebrew […]

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Book Review: The Curse of Misty Wayfair

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Thea Reed vowed to find her mother one day after being left at an orphanage. As a grown woman, she finds herself in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin in 1908. She uses her skills as a photographer to gain access to a local mental asylum, as she assists Simeon Coyle. She never expected her personal quest to reawaken the legend of Misty […]

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Put God First in All Things

Several weeks ago, we had a missionary from the church I attend, who came to speak and share how the Lord was working. In closing, she reminded us “Put God first in all things.” She went on to remind us this should be before business, family, hobbies, health, or finances. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with control. […]

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Faithful Heroes: G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton was an English writer, poet, philospoher, dramatist, journalist, orator, biographer, art and literary critic and lay theologian. He is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”. Time magazine has observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on May […]

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