Couples in the Bible: Hosea and Gomer

Hosea was a prophet of the Lord who told him to marry Gomer “a wife of whoredom”.  {Hosea 1:2} The name Hosea means salvation or he saves. The Lord told Hosea his wife would be unfaithful but their marriage would serve as a correlation to God’s relationship with an “adulterous” Israel. After the couple had children, Gomer was unfaithful. The […]

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Behind the Hymn: More About Jesus

More About Jesus was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt and John R. Sweney provided the music. More about Jesus was one of the first collaborations of Hewitt and Sweney. The song was first published in 1887 in the hymnal Glad Hallelujahs. During a visit to the Onondaga Reservation, Hewitt was adopted into the tribe. She stated “this relationship has led […]

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Names of God: Jehovah El Elyon

Jehovah El Elyon means Lord Most High.           Your arrows have pierced me,    and your hand has come down on me.  Psalm 38:2           But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. Genesis 14:22

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Couples in the Bible: David and Bathsheba

The story of David and Bathsheba is the best known among King David and his wives. Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam. {2 Samuel 11:3} When David first sees Bathsheba bathing on the rooftop, she is married to Uriah the Hittite. Uriah is serving in the army.  {2 Samuel 11} David desired her and sent for her and she later […]

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Book Review: Nature of a Lady by Roseanna White

In Nature of a Lady, Libby Sinclair retreats for the summer to the Isles of Sicily. While there she stumbles upon the secrets of the former tenant, Elizabeth. Libby and Elizabeth’s brother, Oliver, team up to find the missing woman. The two bond as secrets are exposed. Once again, Roseanna White has written an amazing book with well rounded characters […]

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Couples in the Bible: David and Abigail

David is on the run from King Saul when he meets Abigail. She is described as discerning and beautiful. {1 Samuel 25:3} They first meet when David asked Abigail’s husband, Nabal, to find favor in his eyes and come on a feast day. However, Nabal refused. Abigail, upon hearing of the news, prepares a meal and goes out to meet […]

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Behind the Hymn: Sweeter As the Days Goes By

Sweeter as the Days Goes By was written by Genser Smith. The song has a 1984 copyright with LeFevre-Sing Publishing. The sweet hymn is often performed in the Gaither Homecoming videos. I’ve been unable to find any additional information on Genser Smith or the song. However, I love the lyrics and the reminder “The more I trust Him, the more […]

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Book Review: A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould

When Sophie Deiner returns to the Amish community few welcome her back. As she recovers from an illness, she befriends a group of migrant workers and begins to advocate on their behalf, opposing her ex-boyfriend. While Sophie enjoys her respite the quilt shop owner, Jane Berger, shares the story of her Amish ancestors and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. […]

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Couples in the Bible: David and Michal

Michal is King Saul’s younger daughter. {1 Samuel 14:49} At first King Saul’s older daughter, Merab, was promised to David after he defeated Goliath. Later, Merab was married to Adriel the Meholathite. {1 Samuel 18:17} Michal loved David {1 Samuel 18:20} so Saul then invited David to marry Michel, but he stated he was a poor man and could not […]

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Patriotic Song: Yankee Doodle Dandy

We just celebrated the 4th of July over the weekend.  Today I want to share the story behind one of our patriotic songs, Yankee Doodle Dandy. We all think about the Revolutionary War when we hear the song, however, the folk song dates back to even before the Revolutionary War. Yankee Doodle Dandy dates back to the Seven Years War.  […]

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Special Announcement: Prayer Book Release

It is my joy to announce the recent release of my first prayer book. This is 90 Breath Prayers for the Healthcare Professional. These prayers are short and cover a variety of situations. Also, the accompanying 90 Day Breath Prayer journal just released. Now you can write your own breath prayers. 90 Breath Prayers for the Healthcare Professional is the […]

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Couples in the Bible: Elkanah and Hannah

Elkanah is an Ephrathite and has two wives. The first is Hannah, who is childless, and the second is Peninnah, who has children.  {1 Samuel 1:1-2} Each year they go to Shiloh to offer their sacrifice. To Peninnah and her children, Elkanah gave a portion but to Hannah he gave a double portion “because he loved her”. However, Peninnah enjoys […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Chereb

Jehovah Chereb means the Lord the Sword.      “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs.”.  Deuteronomy 33:29

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Couples in the Bible: Boaz and Ruth

Ruth is a widowed woman living in her home country of Moab, when we first meet her. She decides not to return home to her parents but to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to her homeland. She makes the impassioned promise of “Where you go I will go and your people will be my people” to her mother-in-law. When they […]

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