Releasing Our Worry

Lack of support from peers at work gets to me at times, especially when we work hard year-round to raise money for our resident’s Christmas presents and endure hurtful comments or apathy from our co-workers. Frustration built up in me for a long time and when the opportunity presented itself, I voiced these frustrations to my boss. He didn’t provide […]

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Hymn Story: Art Thou Weary?

Stephen was a Greek monk who lived during the 8th Century in the monastery of Mar Sabas in the wilderness of Judea.  Eventually he became the abbot of this monastery, where he remained until his death at the age of 90. He wrote a poem a variety of hymns in Greek and Latin throughout his lifetime.  During this time where […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Rahpa

Yahweh-Rapha means the Lord who heals. The Lord is known as the Great Physician. Jeremiah 30:17 . . . I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD. He wants us healthy and happy. Isaiah 53:3-4 . . . Surely he has taken up our grief and pain, and carried our sorrows. He carried our grief, […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Susanna

Susanna is mentioned alongside Joanna, as a woman who was healed. The name Susanna means a white lily. “…and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities”  And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”  {Luke 8:2-3} Along with being healed from evil spirits, Susanna must have […]

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Praying for the Lord’s Provision

When a friend and I began a new Christian writer’s group in our area we weren’t sure how much interest we would find. We worked to send out notices to the proper media channels, events calendars, bookstores and churches in our area. However, we also hit some roadblocks and snags along the way, as some of these places refused to […]

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Hymn Story: In Jesus

If you know the story of C.S. Lewis, you know he tried to prove God did not exist.  Along the way, he could only prove that God actually did exist.  The story of the hymn In Jesus is very similar to C. S. Lewis testimony. James Proctor grew up in Manchester, England.  He was raised in a Christian home, where […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Raah

Yahweh-Raah means the Lord is my Shepherd. Of course, the best-known scripture of this is Psalm 23. A shepherd is one who feeds his flock and leads them to green pastures. Jesus proclaims “I am the good shepherd” {John 10:14} Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Joanna, wife of Chuza

Another of Jesus followers is Joanna. “And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”  {Luke 8:3} The name Joanna means the Lord has been gracious. Apparently, Joanna is important.  Her husband is Chuza, who is Herod’s steward. Her husband worked for Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great. […]

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Faithful in a Little

Recently, a friend and I started a writer’s group in our area.  Leading up to the days of the event, we were unsure how many would attend. I must admit, moments of doubt and panic crept in when the fear that only the two of us would attend took over. Talking with my friend she reminded me of the words […]

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Hymn Story: In Times Like These

Stress and strain was part of daily living during the height of World War II.  Many did not know what to expect or what was coming next. Many families experience personal “sorrows or tragedies”. Ruth Caye was born August 9, 1902 in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. She married Rev. Bert Jones. Ruth Jones was a mother of five and a pastor’s wife. […]

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Names of God: YAHWEH-M’KADDESH

YAHWEH-M’KADDESH means the Lord who sanctifies, makes holy. The word Kaddosh means holy, to dedicate, set apart, sanctify. “Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”  {Leviticus 20:8}  “There is none holy [m’kaddesh] as Yahweh; For there is none besides You, Neither is there any rock like our God.”  {1 Samuel 2:2] “Thus says […]

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Book Review: King’s Shadow

Have you ever wondered what life was like in King Herod’s court? Wait no longer. This book will reveal all the intrigue, loyalty and duplicity in his court. Two women live in King’s Herod’s palace. His only sister, Salome, and her handmaid, Zara. Both struggle to survive where spies, treachery and conspiracy lingers at every corner. Both women struggle to […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Mary, His Mother

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was his first follower and probably his greatest supporter. We do not know if she constantly followed him for the three years of his ministry, but she was there for some important moments. Mary was the one to encourage him to turn the water into wine before his earthly ministry began. {John 2:1-11} The only […]

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The Foolish Ruler

Recently in Bible Study, we were discussing the foolish ruler. He told Jesus  he followed the ten commandments, but asked what he was lacking. “Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  {Matthew 19:21} So how did the man react? “When the young man […]

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Hymn Story: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

A Mighty Fortress is Our God was written by Martin Luther.  It has been proclaimed “The one hymn that most symbolizes the Protestant Reformation.” Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who believed the Church of Rome was corrupt. He posted his famous 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church on October 31, 1517. In 1521, Luther broke […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Jireh

Yahweh-Jireh means the Lord will provide. When we think about Abraham’s testing, the Lord provided the ram for Abraham in place of his son. “So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”  {Genesis 22: 14} “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, […]

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Book Review: Overcoming Fear

As someone who has struggled with fear and anxiety, I really enjoyed Dawn de Silva’s book Overcoming Fear: The Supernatural Strategy to Live in Freedom. She provides great insight and lessons from both her own struggles, as well as her clients. She does a great job of breaking down fear and how the enemy uses it to prevent us from […]

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Women Followed Jesus: Mary Magdalene

In addition to his disciples, Jesus had many others who followed him. I found 34 references about “a large crowd who followed Jesus”. Women were part of the crowd who followed him, support him and the disciples and were part of his inner circle.  “oon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the […]

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A Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

There is an acquaintance who enjoys talking about how much money he has and attempting to hold it over everyone’s head.  He doesn’t even realize he is doing this, but more than one person has voiced how this is a turn off to them. Someone approached me after Bible Study one day and mentioned Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:24. “Again […]

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