Hope in the Bible: Nehemiah Rebuilt A City

Nehemiah worked as a cup-bearer to the King.  Upon discovering the walls of Jerusalem had broken down and the Jews were in distress, he asked the king for permission to return and rebuild the city. {Nehemiah 1} The king send him to Judah, where he would serve as governor of the area. His purpose was to rebuild the city, in […]

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Song Story: Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful is a wonderful reminder by Bill and Gloria Gaither about how God can take all our dreams and hopes which have crumbled into ashes and turn them into something even better and more beautiful. Gloria Gaither shares the story came from their oldest child, Suzanne.  One day she was painting and spilled some paint. Vigilantly she tried to […]

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Happy 4th of July

May we never forget the price paid for our freedom. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we lose our freedoms it will be because we have destroyed ourselves from within” – Abraham Lincoln.

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Join us for Christmas in July

I am excited to announce the partnership with several friends for Christmas in July. We have a lot of great things ahead and would love to have each one of you join us. We will also have a writing contest and art contest and the winner will win a cash prize. There is no fee to enter. You can join […]

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Patriotic Songs: The Liberty Bell Song

John Phillip Sousa composed a song for his unfinished operetta The Devil’s Deputy before financing for the show fell through.           A short time later, Sousa an his band manager, George Hinton, attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. They attended a spectacle of “America” in which a backdrop of the Liberty Bell was lowered. Hinton suggestion to Sousa the title “Liberty […]

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Book Review: Called Out

In Called Out, former ABC news correspondent Paula Faris provides a real and candid look about why she walked away from her dream job, in search of her true calling. She shares her very personal and real journey through her fears, burn out and family struggles to make a very difficult decision to walk away and step into the calling […]

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Fathers in the Bible: Job, A Praying Father

Job was a man who greatly loved God and his family.  The name Job means persecuted or hated. “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.”  {Job 1:1} “The country he lived in was the land of Uz, in the eastern part of Arabia, which lay towards Chaldea, near Euphrates, probably not far from Ur of […]

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Hymn Story: This Is My Father’s World

This Is My Father’s World was written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock in 1901.           Babcock was a minister living in Lockport, New York. He enjoyed taking frequent walks along the Niagara Escarpment which provided a “panoramic vista of upstate New York scenery and Lake Ontario.”  Upon leaving for his walk, he would tell his wife Katherine, he was “going out to […]

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Book Reviews: The Runaway Bride

Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship in The Runaway Bride.  She is determined not to make a bad choice, as two very different men via for her hand.  Lt. Richard Drummond is a Naval officer while Peter Kelly is the town’s baker, both interested in the wealthy young woman. While Arabella struggles with her own fears, […]

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Uncertainty in Bible: David Runs from Saul

Although David has already been anointed to be King, he has to wait until the proper time.  {1 Samuel 16:13} He could have taken matters into his own hands, but this would be going against the Lord.  Instead, he served King Saul faithfully. However, there’s a problem. King Saul hates David and wants to kill him. He tries several times […]

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Hymn Story: I Would be True

          I Would Be True is a hymn written by Howard A. Walter in 1906. He is credited with writing the first three verses while living in Japan. He sent the lyrics to his mother and she forwarded them on to Harper’s Magazine, who published them.           The last three verses are attributed to S. Ralph Harlow around 1918. According […]

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Names of God: El Kanna

El Kanna means jealous God. “— for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14 “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate […]

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Book Review: Secrets of the Happy Soul

Katie Orr does a wonderful job of inspiring and uplifting in her book Secrets of the Happy Soul. As someone who struggles with depression, this book provides tips and strategies to help me cope and process events better.  Whether you struggle with melancholy or need a pick me up, you’ll enjoy the lessons and real life examples provided to incorporate […]

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Hope in the Bible: Hannah Trusted for a Child

Have you ever longed for something the ache was unbearable? Hannah did. She longed to be a mother. Matters were only made worse when her husband’s other wife kept having children and taunting her for it. {1 Samuel 1:1-8} When they went to the temple for House of the Lord, Hannah had been provoked so much she wept.  {! Samuel […]

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