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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Song Story: This Ole House

I’m familiar with the song This Ole House, but knew nothing of it’s origin. Only when researching the story behind another song, did I discover the story behind this song. The song was written by Carl Stuart Hamblen, who was the author of Until Then and It Is No Secret {What God Can Do}. Hamblen and his friend and fellow […]

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Names of God: Yahweh-Bore

Yahweh-Bore means the Lord Creator. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,     their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Psalm 33:6 “Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends […]

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The Disciples: Matthais, the 13th Disciple

Judas Iscariot has betrayed Jesus, who has been crucified and risen from the grave.  Judas was remorseful for his actions and killed himself. Jesus has ascended to heaven and the disciples gather in the upper room waiting for the Holy Spirit to descend. Here were are introduced to two followers of Jesus, who have been following him since his baptism […]

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Taking Our Troubles to the Lord

Doubt and fear was welling up within me and my thoughts were getting the best of me.  I could feel my anxiety rising and worry increasing. Normally when this happens I can spiral out of control and struggle to pull myself from this dark place.  This time I decided not to do this. Instead, I began to pray about the […]

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Song Story: It Is No Secret What God Can Do

It Is No Secret, was written by Craig Stuart Hamblen, who also wrote Until Then. Hamblen was the son of a Methodist minister and is considered one of radio’s first “singing cowboys”. He lived a life of “destructive behavior” before attending a Billy Graham crusade in 1949. He met Rev. Graham when he appeared on Hamblen’s radio show. He was […]

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The Disciples: Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot is the most reviled of the 12 disciples, after all he was the one who betrayed Jesus. The name Judas is Hebrew and means praise or the praised one, while Iscariot is Greek and means man from Kerioth. Today the name means traitor. We are told early in the gospel accounts that Judas betrayed Jesus.  “Judas Iscariot, who also […]

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Asking the Lord for Help

Martin Luther said  “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” There was a time when I thought prayer was only when in trouble or a form of corporate worship. However, the only way I survived domestic abuse was to continually turn to the Lord in prayer. I had no one and […]

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Song Story: Through It All

The song Through It All was written by Andráe Crouch and is his biography and testimony wrapped up into one. Andráe Crouch was born on July 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He experienced devesating loss when he lost his father, mother and brother all within two years of one another. He said, “Probably the hardest time in my life…Just […]

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Names of God: Yahweh Shalom

Yahweh Shalom means the Lord of peace. Shalom is not dependent on circumstances and speaks of wholeness, harmony, completeness and peace. If you remember in the book of Judges when the Lord appeared to Gideon. He was afraid he would die. He Lord said, “Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die”.  {Judges 6:22-24}

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The Disciples: Thomas

The disciple Thomas is commonly known as doubt Thomas, but we’ll get to that in a moment. In the first three gospels {and book of Acts}, Thomas is only mentioned as one of the disciples of Jesus and nothing else is mentioned about him. The name Thomas is Hebrew and means twin.  The name Didymus is Greek and means twin. […]

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We Are All the Same

Working in skilled care, we have a variety of people and personalities. Some came from the poorest of situations and little education, while others are well educated and have considerable money. However, we treat everyone the same, regardless of their background, riches or education. I remind my residents on a regular basis we are all part of the family of […]

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Hymn Story: Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit was written by gospel songwriter Doris Mae Akers. She was born in Brookfield, Missouri on May 21, 1923. She was one of ten children and developed an interest in music at an early age. By the age of six, she had taught herself to play piano by ear. She wrote her first song, “Keep the […]

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Names of God: Yahweh

Yahweh was the god of the Israelites.  This was the name revealed to Moses. This is regarded as the personal name of God. Scholars believe the personal name of God was known long before Moses and used at least by the Levites. After the Babylonian exile, this name was replaced with the more common name Elohim, meaning God, the universal […]

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