Lessons from King David: Goliath

At some point David has returned to the fields and his sheep. 1 Samuel 16:17 tells us that Jesse’s three oldest sons {Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah} have followed Saul into battle. The Philistine’s are torturing Saul and his men. For forty days he “drew near morning and night”. Jesse asked David to take his brothers some food. David does as […]

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Putting God Between Me and the Problem

  Last week I shared about worrying about tomorrow.  Recently various circumstances have overwhelmed me. No matter how much I tried to find a solution or brainstorm I was stuck. No answers were coming. With each answer, my frustration grew. Then I read a devotional. The devotional said something to the extent of instead of putting your problem between you […]

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1000th Posts and Prize Give Away

Today is my birthday and I figured it was time to celebrate.      Earlier this year, we celebrated both our 1000 posts and recently hit the 150,000 mark for visitors. I also celebrated two monumental personal anniversaries earlier this month–15 years since I began my writing journey and 10 years since I gave up my rebellious ways and rededicated […]

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Faithful Heroes: C.S. Lewis

  C. S. Lewis set out to prove that Christianity was a farce and discovered Christ along the way. He became a well known lecturer, lay theologists and novelist following his conversion. Clive Staples Lewis was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. He was the son of Albert James and Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis. He had an older […]

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Afraid to Dream

I was so beaten down my the abuse that I was afraid to dream. Afraid to hope.   After all, I was told constantly that God did not love me. My abuser wanted to do all he could to keep me down and under his control. He wanted me to lose hope. With each ounce of hope that was lost, […]

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Hymn Story: Lift High the Cross

Lift High the Cross was written by George Kitchin in 1887. At the time he wrote the song, Kitchin was the Dean of Winchester for the Church of England. “It has been suggested that the hymn was inspired by the story of Constantine the Great’s conversion to Christianity after seeing a cross with “In hoc signo vinces” on it. It […]

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Behind the Hymn: Let Others See Jesus In You

I had a request for the song history on “Let Others See Jesus in You”. The gentleman shared a special memory of his grandmother. “Her personal favorite was “Let Others See Jesus in You.” We sang the song at her funeral. Indeed, Jesus was visibly evident in her life. I suppose that is the primary reason the song means so […]

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Lessons from King David: Gift of Music

David has been anointed by the Lord {1 Samuel 16} and the Lord is with him. However, an evil spirit has come upon Saul. Saul’s men do not know what to do about Saul and this evil spirit. One of them has heard of a son of Jesse and described him as “cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, […]

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Worrying about Tomorrow

  Recently I have been prone to worry. This is nothing new. I’ve had more than I can handle. Between moving and trying to figure out the next step after my temporary lease runs out, along with staff changes and extra stresses at work, my heart has been heavy. I have been worried about how everything will work out. When […]

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Faithful Heroes: Martin Luther

Martin Luther broke free from the Roman Catholic Church to open the doors for the Protestant movement to begin. Martin Luthern was born in Saxony, the Holy Roman Empire on November 10, 1483. He was the eldest son of Hans and Margarethe Lindemann Luder {later Luther}. His father worked as a leaseholder of copper mines and smelters. Martin had several […]

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Losing our self dignity

The more abuse I endured, the more my self dignity was chipped away. Looking in the mirror one day I did not recognize who I’d become. I had no self respect, no self love and no self dignity. I had become a shell of a person. I had lost myself in the with every insult, degradation and criticism. Domestic violence […]

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Behind the Song: Reach Out to Jesus

Reach Out to Jesus was written by composer Ralph Carmichael. Ralph Carmichael was born on May 27, 1927 in Quincy, Illinois. He was the son of a Pentecostal minister. As a child, he learned to play the violin. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing with the San Jose Civic Symphony. He grew up in the days […]

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Lessons from King David: Shepherd Boy

Let’s set a little bit of history for when we first meet David. Saul has angered the Lord, who has promised to take the throne from Saul. At the beginning of 1 Samuel 16, the Lord ask Samuel how long he will mourn for Saul. The Lord then tells Samuel to go to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for among his sons […]

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Should I retaliate or Forgive?

Upon learning the circumstances behind my forced move, I had a number people say “you should sue”. Should I? Was it worth it? I thought about it. I prayed about it. But I did not feel led to sue. Not that what the owners did was right, but the Lord would not allow me to retaliate in such a form. […]

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Planting a Seed

  Figuring out the next steps after my sudden move have not been easy. I was thrilled when I discovered I qualified to buy a house but heartbroken when I discovered I still needed to save a considerable amount. Pouring my heart out to Mama, she said “but God has planted a seed. You know what’s possible now.” She was […]

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Faithful Heroes: Jacob DeShazer

Jacob Daniel DeShazer was born on November 15, 1912 in West Stayton, Oregon. He grew up a farm boy, who always wanted to be a pilot. After graduating high school, he eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940. “On Sunday December 7, 1941, while peeling potatoes, DeShazer heard news of the attack on Pearl Harbor over the […]

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Pulling Away from Our Abuser

I recently heard in a sermon that when we hold on to something to tightly than we begin to smoother it, that thing begins to loosen itself and slowly slip away. There are many things in life {our goals, dreams, past, anger, finances, etc.} that this can relate to. However, I realized this is so true when it comes to […]

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Behind the Doxology: Gloria Patri

  The Gloria Patri is another doxology sung by many denominations from the Catholics to the Orthodox to the Presbyterians and Lutherans to the Methodists and Baptists. This is often referred to as the Lesser Doxology {in contract to Gloria in Excelsis Deo, the Great Doxology}. The English version is translated from the Latin text, “Gloria Patri, et Filio, et […]

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