Book Review: Called to Forgive

Living in South Carolina, I remember the heartbreaking tragedy of the Emmanuel Nine.  What was meant to town a community apart, instead brought them together.  This was a surprise to so many. In Called to Forgive, Anthony Thompson shares a firsthand account of this terrible tragedy.  He shares about his wife Myra, as she prepared to teach Bible study that […]

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The Disciples: Andrew

Andrew was a brother of Simon Peter.  The brothers were from the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. The Greek culture and language were very significant in the area. His name is Greek, instead of the traditional Hebrew, of the Jews. The name Andrew means manly, brave, manhood and valour. Peter and Andrew were both fishermen by trade, […]

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The Desires of Our Heart

There have been times when I’ve really had to ask God why.   Why did I not listen to His warnings?  Why did I marry an abusive man?  Why didn’t I have children?  Why have I been single for so long?  Why is the struggle to get healthy so difficult?  Why isn’t my book published yet? Why is an endeavor or […]

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Faithful Heroes: Wilbur Wilberforce

If you have seen the movie Amazing Grace then you may remember the story of William Wilberforce. He championed for the abolition of slavery in early 19th Century England. William Wilberforce was born on August 24, 1759 in Yorkshire, England. He was the only son of Robert and Elizabeth Bird Wilberforce. His father, a wealthy merchant, died when he was […]

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Hymn Story: Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

In one of his sermons, Dwight L. Moody, the famed 19th Century evangelist, provided an anecdote of a pilot during the storm.  He spoke of how not even a star was visible on this night, as the ship captain neared harbor. Then he saw only light from a nearby lighthouse of Cleveland Harbor.  The lower lights had gone out and […]

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Names of God: Ruach Elohim

Ruach Elohim refers to the spirit of God. This is often referred to as the wind or breath of God. “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”   Genesis 1:2 “And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find […]

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Jesus, the Son of God

As we wrap up the sons in the Bible series, it is fitting to end with the ultimate son, who is also the sun. Jesus Christ is the son of God.  On earth, he was the son of Mary and Joseph. His birth was foretold and he was born of a virgin.  The Lord announced his arrival to the shepherds […]

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The Disciples: James

James was the brother of John.  He was the son of Zebedee and his mother is believed to be Salome. The name James is a version of Jacob, meaning to supplant. James is always listed first, leading to the belief he was the older of the two.  James and John, along with their father, were fishermen.  The men were fishing […]

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The Struggle to Surrender control

I have a type A personality.  I want things done yesterday and I want to make sure they are done perfectly.                 After three years of having to do everything at work myself, I finally gained an assistant who has become a right hand to me.  However, relinquishing control has not been easy at times.                  I have had to […]

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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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