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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Book Review: Whose Waves These Are

Annie Bliss is called back to Ansel-by-the Sea when GrandBob, the man who helped her through the hardest summer of her life, needs help. She is greeted with a mystery: a wall of heavy boxes hiding in his home. Memories of stone ruins and times gone by greet her as she digs through the ruble to make sense of the […]

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Names of God: Lawgiver

The term lawgiver is translated both from the Hebrew and Greek. The Lord is declared as the lawmaker who has the power to rule and judge, to save and destroy. The Hebrew term is translated seven times in the Old Testament.  Often the term is translated into words such as sceper, ruler’s staff or the commander’s staff. Gilead is mine, […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of King Saul

King Saul had six sons that we know of.  With his wife, Ahinoam, he had two daughters {Merab and Michal} and four sons: Jonathan—means God has given; described as a man of great strength and swiftness, excelled in archery and slinging; he was best friends with David; “Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself” {1 […]

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Taking time to rest

After weeks of burning the candle at both ends, I was exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically. By the end of the week, I was praying “Lord give me the strength to get up and make it through the day.”  I couldn’t do it in my own strength.                 By the time the weekend rolled around, I was so tired I […]

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Faithful Heroes: William Tyndale

William Tyndale the first person to directly translate the English Bible directly from Hebrew and Greek. He was born around 1494 in Gloucestershire, England as William Hychyns. As a young man he entered Oxford University earning a Bachelors and then Master of Arts degree. He became a gifted linguist and fluent in seven additional languages to his native English. He […]

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Song Story: Daddy’s Hands

In celebration of Father’s Day, I wanted to take a look at this beautiful song.                 Holly Dunn wrote the song in honor of her father.  She stated in writing the song as a gift to her father she “tapped into a well of emotion.”                 She released the song in August 1986 on her album Holly Dunn.  The song […]

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Names of God: Kyrios

Kyrios is a Greek word which has been translated to mean lord, master, or teacher. The term is often translated to mean God. At times the word is interchanged with the term Adonai. In the New Testament, the word Kyrios appears 740 times, often referring to Jesus.  The Apostle Paul used the word 163 times. The early Christian church placed […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Eli

Eli was a descendant of Aaron through his youngest son, Ithamar. Eli was the high priest whom Hannah brought Samuel to for study and preparation to serve God.  Samuel became the high priest upon Eli’s death, although Eli had sons. Eli’s sons were Hophni and Phinehas, who is described as behaving wickedly for committing adultery and taking the prime cuts […]

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Praying for Our Children

                Several weeks ago, in church, I watched a family a few pews ahead of us.  During the invitation, the mother went forward with her adult son to the altar.  There they knelt together praying together and at one point the mother was over her son and I could imagine she was praying over her child.                 I was struck […]

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Faithful Heroes: John Huss

John Huss is considered the first church reformer after John Wycliffe, the theorist Protestantism. He was the forerunner to Luther, Calvin and Zwingli. Jan Hus was the true spelling of his name. He was born around 1369 in Bohemia. By 1400, he had earned a Bachelor and Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Prague and was ordained a […]

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Hymn Story: So, Send I You

Margaret Clarkson traveled to northern Ontario, Canada as a young twenty-three-year-old woman to work as a school teacher in a gold-mining camp town.  With her family and friend’s miles away, one can imagine the loneliness that set in. Clarkson later said, “ “I experienced deep loneliness of every kind—mental, cultural and particularly, spiritual—I found no Bible-teaching church fellowship, and only one […]

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Names of God: King of Kings

The Lord God refers to himself as the King of Kings, meaning he is the king and highest entity over all other Kings.  Often we hear the term King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are told everyone must bow to the Lord God and there is no authority over him.  “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Aaron

Aaron was the brother of Moses and the high priest of the Israelites.  He had four sons: Eleazer—means God has helped; he succeeded his father upon his death; appointed in charge of the sanctuary; Moses grew angry with him and Ithamar for not eating a sin offering as required; responsible for carrying oil for lampstand, incense and anointing oil; assisted […]

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