John, the Fisherman

We are continuing our Eyewitness to Easter series with the apostle John.  Like Peter, John was a fisherman. When we meet John, he is going about his trade. “Jesus went on a little farther. He saw James and his brother John who were sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat mending their nets.”   {Mark 1:19} John is with his […]

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Heroes of the Faith: John Calvin

John Calvin was a pastor, French theologian and Geneva reformer in the Protestants Reformation. The theology of Calvinism is named for him, and he strongly developed the system of predestination, eternal damnation, absolute sovereignty of God and new forms of church government and liturgy. He was born as Jehan Cauvin on July 10, 1509 in Picardy, France. His mother was […]

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Song Story: Church in the Wildwood

This is one instance in which the cart came before the horse.  The area of Bradford, Iowa was first settled as the California Gold Rush was getting underway in the late 1840s.  William Pitts, was a music teacher, traveling from Wisconsin to Iowa to visit his future wife.  As the stagecoach horses were being changed, he began to wander around […]

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Names of God: Esh Oklah

Esh Oklah is a name of God we may not recognize as easily as some other names. The Names of God Bible says “Yahweh your Elohim is Esh Oklah, El Kanna….If you do this thing that Yahweh your Elohim considers evil, making him furious, you will quickly disappear from the land you’re going to possess on the other side of […]

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Discovering the Hidden Blessing

I often have people ask ‘how many children do you have’? For years, my heart broke as I told them none.  With two abusive relationships behind me, I’m thankful I did not have children with these men, but it also means I did not have children. This has been difficult, as it has been my dream from a young age. […]

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Faithful Heroes: Frederick Douglas

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey is estimated to be born around 1818, although his exact birth date is unknown. He chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. He believed the master was his father and was parted from his mother at a young age. He then lived with his grandmother until he was six and he moved in to learn […]

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Hymn Story: What Wondrous Love is This

What Wondrous Love Is This began as an American folk hymn, which was passed down from one generation to another through the course of time. The origins and text of the song are not known and was probably refined over time, as being passed down. Folk songs usually consist of the repetition of key phrases, to assist in learning the […]

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Names of God: Elyon

El means god or deity and can refer to any god. The word Elyon is an epithet of the God of the Israelites, which is found in the Hebrew Bible. The word is translated to mean God Most High. Elyon was known as an ancient god of Salem, which later became known as Jerusalem and equated with the Lord God. […]

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Praying for the Prodigal

Recently, I heard some disturbing news about an extended family member. My heart broke at the news and the long-term effects this may have on not only this person’s life, but also other lives.  Immediately I was stricken with the reminder of when I was the prodigal child and making bad decisions. This was the same pattern evident in this […]

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Faithful Heroes: Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth went where she felt God was calling her. She was one of a dozen children born to James and Elizabeth Bomefree and given the birth name of Isabella Baumfree. She was born around 1797 in Swartekill, New York and went through four owners throughout her childhood. She only spoke Dutch until after she was nine years old. She […]

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Hymn Story: More Love to Thee

Elizabeth Prentiss, wife of a Presbyterian minister, spent much of her life as an invalid, “scarcely knowing a moment free of pain”.  She was described as friend as “a very bright-eyed little woman with a keen sense of humor, who cared more to shine in her own happy household than in a wide circle of society.” Elizabeth wrote this hymn […]

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Names of God: Deliverer

The term deliverer means to take and hand over or leave for another and to set free. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray saying “and lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil”  {Matthew 6:13} Jesus is the ultimate deliverer because he came to die for our sins. The term deliverer is found thirteen times throughout […]

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Letting Others Know They Are a Blessing

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I was bragging to Mama about my staff and what a blessing each and everyone of them were to me and our residents. “Be sure you tell them.” Mama reminded me. I make it a habit to tell them thank you for their hard work on a regular basis, but I wondered if they really knew how much I appreciated […]

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Hymn Story: Jesus Loves Even Me

Philip Bliss attended a service where the hymn O How I Love Jesus was sung repeatedly. After the service, he remarked, “Have I not been singing enough about my poor love for Jesus and shall I not rather sing of His great love for me?” He sat down and quickly composed this hymn, which soon became a favorite of both […]

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Names of God: Creator

A creator is someone who brings something into being. In the book of Genesis, we are told “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” {Genesis 1:1} The Lord is referred to as the creator thirteen times throughout the scripture. A few of these passages include: and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,     Creator […]

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Book Review: A Return of Devotion

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Daphne Blakemoor has happily lived in her secluded world for twelve years. When ownership of the home where she serves as housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she holds dear is threatened. William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal is for peace and quiet and to be the exact opposite of his […]

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Let Your Light Shine

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There are times when life seems to stand still and it is easy to grow discouraged and pessimistic. There have been times when I wondered if life would ever move forward or if my life even mattered.  I questioned if I was impacting anyone else and showing God’s love to others.  Have you ever had those days? Then a ray […]

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