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None of Self and All of Thee

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly...

Practical Application

Practical Application

Is the following an example of Jesus using practical application? A man asked Jesus, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in essence replied, “What does God say?” “What do you understand the Bible to say?”...

Ironing

Ironing

I finally caught up on my ironing last night. I had been putting it off for a few days. Uh, yes, I know how to iron. Our mother made sure her boys knew how to iron, vacuum, clean house, wash dishes and clothes. Was...

As In The Beginning

As In The Beginning

Genesis is the first book of the Bible. We learn a lot about God in the first three chapters and none of it changes. The Bible is a big book, but the lessons of the first three chapters remain. God created man as male...

An Opportunity To Help

An Opportunity To Help

We help support the School of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria. It has been and continues to be a very productive work in various countries in Africa and even other continents. Several years ago, two students from...

Freedom

Freedom

We all want it. We often misunderstand it. Too often, we consider freedom to mean our ability to do whatever we want to do. But the problem with that is the reality that we cannot live that way. What we want to do may...

VBS 2022 The Big Four

VBS 2022 The Big Four

Our very special thanks to our “Big Four” of VBS, Jina O’Clair, Karen & Jason Smith and Eric Gott. Jina, Karen and Jason have been the “brains” and drive behind our Vacation Bible School for years. Now they are joined...

Washington Speaks

Washington Speaks

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, I thought it would be good to remember some words of final warning given to us by George Washington in his Farewell Address. He spoke of the great care that needed to be taken...

Focus On The Text

Focus On The Text

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. "So you shall observe to do just as...

Biddable

Biddable

"Biddable" means "easily led, taught or controlled." The Oxford Dictionary defines it as " meekly ready to accept and follow instructions." Whether it is describing a good or bad quality in a person would depend upon...

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

The Greatest Thing Ever Said

This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding. So, what is the greatest thing ever said? Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all...

Choice

Choice

Choices have consequences. Our choices mean certain things.   “...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  When Joshua spoke these words he was calling upon all Israel to make a choice. He...

Being Like Jesus

Being Like Jesus

Being like Jesus, now there is a challenge for all of us. The first step of this challenge is to make sure we are actually being like Jesus.   I read an article about a man who is considered by his peers to be the...

We Need Your Help

We Need Your Help

When? Sunday evening, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.   For What? We are loading buckets of essential items to be sent to those fleeing from the war in Ukraine.   Healing Hands International has...

Three Levels of Maturity

Three Levels of Maturity

I’m not sure where the following thoughts are taken from, but they are worth considering again and striving to follow. It seems there are three levels of maturity we pass through. They apply to our lives in general,...

Extraordinary

Extraordinary

Thanks to Alice Harper sharing Phyllis Gibson’s post of the Yulan Magnolia also known as Magnolia Liliflora. With a little help from Photoshop, the flower looks like a bird. When we take the time to look and to think,...

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Sunday night we sang this song. Below are three verses that will help us understand the meaning. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the...

Life’s Most Important Thing

Life’s Most Important Thing

What is life’s most important thing? Now, there is a question for all of us to consider. Think about what God says. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that...

Ironing

Ironing

Jane’s treatment is having an impact on her hands. Therefore, she informed me yesterday that I would need to iron my clothes for a while. That’s not a problem. But instead of starting last night, I thought about...

Three Parables

Three Parables

Luke 15 contains three parables spoken by Jesus. The three are given because of a complaint raised by the Pharisees and the scribes against Jesus. The complaint? “He receives sinners and eats with them.” Wow! Aren’t we...

Putting on the Spiritual

Putting on the Spiritual

Paul tells us we will be changed when Christ comes again. This perishable will become imperishable . This natural body will become a spiritual body. Paul says this change will occur “in a moment, in the twinkling of an...

The Maker

The Maker

Why do we deny the most obvious and undeniable things? Consider, again, this statement made by the writer of the book of Hebrews: For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. (Hebrews 3:4...

Today

Today

When should I evaluate my life to see if I am walking in the way God would have me to walk? The answer is “Today”. Every day that is called today. Even every moment of today. The writer of Hebrews talks about this very...