Faithful Heroes: Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray was a South African writer, teacher and Christian pastor. He considered missions to be “the chief end of the church”. Andrew Murray, Jr. was the second child of Andrew Murray, Sr. and Maria Sussanna Stegmann. He was born on May 9, 1928 in Graaff Reinet, South Africa. He and his older brother, John, received their education in Aberdeen, […]

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Hymn Story: Yield Not to Temptation

Horatio R. Palmer, was an American musician, who was struck with the idea for this hymn in a most unexpected way.  One day while working on a music theory exercise, the idea for this hymn suddenly came to him. Taking out another sheet of paper, he quickly wrote down the lyrics that came to him.  Upon completion of the words […]

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Names of God: Rock

A rock is “used to refer to someone or something that is extremely strong, reliable, or hard”. We are told that God is our rock, our fortress and our building stone. “There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.”  1 Samuel 2:2 “He is the Rock, his […]

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Sons in the Bible: The Prodigal Son

In the story of the Prodigal son, we do not told his name.  This well-known story is based on a parable of Jesus. In the parable, there is a father with two sons. The younger son ask for his inheritance, which the father grants his request. The younger son leaves home and squanders his fortune to the point of destitution. […]

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The Disciples: John

After Peter, we probably know more about John than any of the other disciples. Many believe John and his brother, were followers of John the Baptist.  However, these followers are never mentioned by name.  {John 1:35-39} Scripture first shows Jesus interaction with John and his brother on the sea shore.  Actually, Jesus came upon Peter and Andrew first and “going […]

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Scripture calms the soul

God Has the Answers

Part of First Place 4 Health’s program is to memorize scripture each week.  During my first session I really struggled with finding the time or desire to memorize scripture, even though I knew I needed to.  I’d grown lax in this discipline and needed to draw closer to the Lord.                 Then a misunderstanding occurred and my car radio went […]

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Faithful Heroes: John Birch

John Birch was a captain of the U.S. Army Air Forces, as well as a minister and missionary. He is considered the first casualty of the Cold War. John Morrison Birch was born on May 28, 1918 in Landour, British India. His parents, George and Ethel Ellis Birch, were missionaries in the Himalayas at the time of his birth. When […]

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Hymn Story: Bring them In

Robert Raikes is known as the “founder of the modern Sunday School”.  He had a driving desire for the spiritual and social conditions of the poor illiterate children in 18th Century England.  This was a time when education was reserved for the wealthy and four out of five children received no education.  Child labor was also heavily exploited during this […]

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Names of God: Lord

There are over six thousand mentions to Lord throughout the Bible. The name Lord means “someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler.” This is because many variations of God, Jehovah, Yahweh and other names to reference the Lord are translated as Lord in the English editions of the Bible. In Hebrew the name Adonai is […]

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The Disciples: Simon Peter

We have been looking at the life of Jesus through the eyes of the witnesses of his birth and death.  However, what about his life?  Other, than his mother, those who knew him best were his inner circle, the twelve disciples.  But who were these men?  What do we know about them and what happened to them after Jesus ascension […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Solomon

King Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba and the grandson of Jesse. While Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines we do not know a lot about his children. Here’s what we do know: Rehoboam—means he enlarges the people; was Solomon’s successor and the son of his wife, Naamah the Ammonite. During his reign the Kingdom of Israel […]

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Song Story: The Statue of Liberty

Growing up Daddy and I often performed the song Statue of Liberty for patriotic services. Recently I sung this song again and wondered about the origin of this beautiful song which combines both our patriotic and religious freedom with one another. The Statue of Liberty was written by Neil Enloe around 1974. He was a 36-year-old singer-songwriter at the time. […]

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Caring for Our Flock

There are days when I am overwhelmed at work.  There is so much I have to get accomplished, but one interruption turns into a dozen.  Some of these are legitimate, but others are to hear a story I could recite by memory or to answer a question I’ve already answered a dozen times.                 I wish I could tell you […]

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Faithful Heroes: William Penn

William Penn is best remembered as the founder of Philadelphia, but he was a deeply religious man. He wrote numerous works on Christianity, was imprisoned in the Tower of London several times for his faith and his book No Cross, No Crown {1669} has become a Christian classic. He was born on October 14, 1645 in London, England. His father, […]

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Behind the Patriotic Hymn: Hail Columbia

Hail, Columbia was composed by Philip Phile in 1789. He composed the song for the first inauguration of George Washington and titled the song “The President’s March”. In 1798, Joseph Hopkinson added lyrics and the song became known as “Hail, Columbia”.  During the 18th Century, Columbia was a poetic name often used to identify the United States. The song was […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Jesse

Jesse was the son of Obed and grandson of Boaz and Ruth. We learn the most about his sons when Samuel arrives to anoint the next king. His sons names come from the books of 1 Samuel and 1 Chronicles.  Jesse is mentioned to have eight sons, but only seven are mentioned by name. Whether it was an error or […]

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Failure to Plan, Leads to Failure to Thrive

After a month of going non-stop, I finally crashed for a weekend.  However, while crashing I also forgot to plan.  You see, usually over the weekend I plan and prepare my food for the coming week.  I know I won’t have the time or energy to do cook during the week.                 On the week after I crashed, I discovered […]

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Faithful Heroes: Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee established churches throughout China, before being imprisoned and persecuted for his faith. Watchman Nee waws the third of nine children born to Ni Weng-hsiu and Lin He-Ping. He was born on November 4, 1903 in China. His grandfather was an Anglican preacher and Nee was raised in the Methodist church. At the age of 13, he entered the […]

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Behind the Hymn: Saved by Grace

Fanny Crosby, was a famed hymn composer in the 19th Century.  She wrote over 5,500 hymns in her almost 95 years on earth. However, she spent the majority of her life blind. She became blind when she was only six weeks old from an eye infection and medical ignorance. However, she did not let her blindness hinder it.  She said, […]

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