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  • Take your medicine
         'Refreshment in Refuge' from Gina Burgess

    Anyone that has had to give a cat a pill or drops or any kind of medicine has had all kinds of trouble making the creature understand that Medicine is Good, being sick is Bad, and Medicine will cure the Sick Kitty. Cats just don't get it. If you really want to know what works, watch this video. However, it is NOT as easy as the video makes it look. We cannot take our cat to the vet without a huge ruckus. People who are stopped at the red lights next to us crane their necks, positive that we are some how abusing children in the back seat. Our cat can be heard over the boom-ba-boom…

  • The Not Said
         ''Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs

    The Not Said According to the book of Ecclesiastes, there is time for everything under the sun. The older I get, the more the word time seems to mean. Solomon said, in summary, all that should be said, all that is important to life and living. He left nothing out that needed to be said. He was not attempting to orchestrate by omission, but to emphasize by being concise. For the subject he is addressing, there is no “not said”. What he said was the conclusion of the issue altogether (“all has been said” - “let us hear the conclusion of the matter").…

  • Affectionately and Watchfully
         'Voice of Inspiration' from Andy Castro

    Isaiah 46:3-4 (NLT) "Listen to me, all you who are left in Israel. I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (Amp) Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, …

  • Coming From Behind
         'Inspiration For You' from Randy Mitchell

    When you think about it, we're all born an underdog. We enter this world with no skills, prospects, luck, or abilities. It's all up to us, the individual, to make it happen. There's some truth that who you know in this world can make a difference. But for my money, I much prefer seeing someone who's disadvantaged, struggling, underprivileged, or even poor setting life's goals then finding a way to make his/her life a huge success. As some may realize, I live in Dallas and am a proud Texas native. So naturally, when fall rolls around I tend to glue my attention inside the TV…

  • Bible and Quote - February 4-8
         'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

    “(although David was anointed by God as ultimate king of Israel) David said in his heart, ‘.I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. I should speedily escape to the Philistines (so Saul will forget about me). 1 Samuel 27:1 Worry is a think stream of fear which, if encouraged, becomes a wide channel into which all other thoughts flow. Anon (in despair) David arose (with his family) and went over with the six hundred men who were with him to (live with the Philistines – Israel’s enemy). .so Saul sought him no more. 1 Samuel 27:2-4 …

  • Confession, Forgiveness
         'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

    Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. I acknowledged my sin unto You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions/ to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. ……

  • The Faithful Finish
         'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

    Back in professional golf's fledgling years there were no big money tournaments. Instead there were exhibitions in which a small purse was offered to try to entice the elite of golf to come and participate. In fact, the practice was to invite (from which the term "invitational tournament" arises) those golfers that were felt to be the best players of the day. Such was the subject of the movie, "Bagger Vance," which pit Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and the fictional Rannulph Junah against each other for ten thousand dollars. However, as such exhibitions grew in popularity tournaments…

  • Difficult Times
         ''Winging It' from Stan Smith

    Look around. Marriages are in trouble. Indeed, marriage itself is in trouble. Church attendance is declining. Genuine Christians are harder to find. Gross immorality is becoming mainstream. We have bands of young men who think it's fun to randomly knock people down on the streets, crazy youth who decide to shoot up a school, vicious parents who abuse and kill their own children. We have a government that fails to protect its people and provides greater misery instead in the name of compassion. The only genuine source of any moral code is ridiculed in the streets and barred…

  • A Fish in Hand
         'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

    Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 A small fish caught in a net said to the fisherman, “I am too little to be a good meal. Even if you boil me or roast me – I won’t be enough to truly satisfy your hunger for long. Let me go and keep growing. I promise to return to you two years from now. You will find me in this same spot, large and seven times as fat. If you wait till then to eat me, it will be like a great feast in your house, and…

  • What Sign Will You Perform (John 6:30)
         'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

    In 1981, the rock band U2 released an album entitled October. One of the songs on this album, I Threw a Brick through a Window, contains a line which says, “No one is blinder than he who will not see.” This line is a corruption of the words of Jesus in John 9.40-41. In this passage Jesus talked about the blindness of certain Pharisees who had closed their eyes to some very obvious facts. Today’s devotional deals with other people in the ministry of Jesus who were blind of their own choosing, yet who feigned the desire to see. The crowds had lingered long to…

  • O Lord My God, My Fortress, My Rock, My Refuge
         'Word from Scotland' from Sandy Shaw

    We are reading in Psalm 94 – we come to verse 12. It is as if the Psalmist re-tunes his harp to play softer melodies. Blessed is the man you discipline - there is a difference between being disciplined and being punished. In some areas of life, we are aware of that and can usually……

Daily Devotionals
Today is an interesting day for me. This morning at 6:00 a group of six men were supposed to meet at my house to prepare to leave for Florence, South Carolina, and a four day golf retreat. We had started with eight men going. One had to drop out due to work problems. Another chose to drop out for health reasons. Still we had six. But of those six, one starts a job today while another is fighting a herniated…
Daily Dose
Daily Toon
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 23:25 - Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
Words to Ponder
Unheard-of power! As if the beating of a drum should carry such a charm along with its sound as to make those on the enemy's side upon the hearing of it to throw down their arms, and seek peace at his hand against whom they even now took the field with great rage and fury. Such a secret power accompanies the gospel. It strikes many times not only the sinner's sword out of his hand while it is stretched out against God, but the enmity out of his heart, and brings the stoutest rebel upon his knee, humbly to crave the benefit of the articles of peace published in the gospel. It makes sinners so pliant and tractable to the call of God in the gospel, that they on a sudden, upon the hearing of a gospel sermon, forget their old natural affections which they have had to their beloved lusts, and leap out of their embraces with indignation, lest they should keep God and them at odds one moment longer. - William Gurnall (1616-79)
'Daily Reading Plan' from StudyLight.org
Bible-in-a-Year — NAS
Genesis 45:1-46:27; Psalms 36; Hebrews 1:
He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold…
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