Heroes of the Faith: Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer was a leader during the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury. He brought major changes to the church during the reigns of King Henry VIII and two of his children, Edward VI and Mary I. He died a martyr’s death, which was immortalized in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and his legacy continues through the Book of Common Prayer […]

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Names of God: The Ancient of Days

The term Ancient of Day is a name used for God in the book of Daniel. The term is used three times throughout the book of Daniel and is used in the sense of God being eternal. I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the […]

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The Disciples: Bartholomew Nathanael

Bartholomew is almost always mentioned in connection to being with the disciple Philip.  In the book of John, he is referred to as Nathanael. The name Bartholomew in Greek meaning son of Talmai or son of the furrows in Aramaic, while the Hebrew name Nathanael means gift of God or God has given. In the first three gospels, Bartholomew is […]

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Work for Eternal Fruit

Recently I partnered with another writer on a ministry project.   Before beginning on the project we opened in prayer. Each time she prays, she ask the Lord “let us work for eternal fruit in this endeavor”. It had been a long time since I’d heard it put this way.  However, whatever we do, we should be working for eternal fruit.  […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Jonathan Goforth

Jonathan Goforth was a Canadian missionary to China. He and his wife, Rosalind, became the leading missionaries in early 20-Century China and helped to establish and the revival of the Protestant China missions. Goforth was born on February 10, 1859 in Ontario, Canada. He was the seventh of eleven children. As a young man he sensed the call on his […]

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Names of God: Shepherd

The Lord is referred to as the shepherd.  A shepherd is a person who guides or directs in a particular direction and tends or rears sheep. A shepherd stays with his sheep to guide them, while going after the lost sheep. The best known verse is “The Lord is my shepherd” in Psalm 23:1.  The verse speaks of all the […]

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The Disciples: Philip

Philip is a Greek name meaning friend and friend of horses.  Many believe the disciple Philip may have spoken Greek. We first meet Philip right after Jesus has called Andrew and Simon Peter to follow him.  It is possible that Philip was one of two {the unnamed} disciple who was following John the Baptist.  When John the Baptist saw Jesus […]

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The Importance of a Mentor

I grew tired of spinning my wheels.  It seemed for years as if every step forward resulted in three steps back.  Looking at my to-do list, items were still on there from years ago.  I wasn’t getting anywhere.                 Lord, is this really what you want for me?  Is this your plan for my life?  Maybe I was wrong.  Maybe […]

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Faithful Heroes: J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien is best remembered for his literary works, The Lord of he Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillon. Many of his works have an undercurrent of Biblical teaching. Tolkien was a member of The Inklings, a literary group, which also included C. S. Lewis. Tolkien was influential in Lewis conversion from atheism to Christianity. John Ronald Reuel […]

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Hymn Story: No, Not One

Johnson Oatman, Jr. was an lifelong insurance agent, while also serving as an ordained Methodist minister. No, Not One is a repetitive phrase used throughout the song to remind us that Jesus came to be our friend and to save us and there is no one else like Him.  Oatman is also known for his hymns Higher Ground and Count […]

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Names of God: Ruach Hakkodesh

Ruach Hakkodesh is a phrase used in the Tanakh to refer to the spirit of inspiration. This is collection of the Hebrew scriptures found in the Torah. The rauch ha-Kodesh refres to the holy spirit and there are more than 90 mentions in the Hebrew Bible. HaKadosh means “The Holy One”. “he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and […]

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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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