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  • An open letter to those in authority...
         'Refreshment in Refuge' from Gina Burgess

    To whom it concerns an open letter: Dear Mr. President, Honorable Senators and Representatives, Governors, Judges, Councilmen, Aldermen, Mayors, Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, and other Persons holding positions of Authority, The first heat of battle is over. There is now time to regroup and rest before donning the armor and entering the fray again to determine who will be our leaders for the next few years. Lately, it has come to my attention that this world we live in has lost much of its ethical luster and needs a good polishing and cleaning. Since you have sought this position…

  • Your Pathway To Real Contentment
         ''Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs

    Do you consider yourself to be content? Part of the time? All the time? Never? The very idea of contentment struggles against the worldly principles of competition that drive and thrive on discontentment. The spirit of competition is a driving force that perpetuates discontentment. Jesus admonished Roman soldiers to be content with their income (Luke 3:140. It is natural to be discontent, so the world says, let us fulfill it. What is wrong with that, it says. Of course, it is being discontent by fulfilling our discontent. It is almost considered immoral to claim to be content, or…

  • Balancing Social Media with Reality
         'Inspiration For You' from Randy Mitchell

    Ever since Al Gore invented the internet (Ha Ha), the personal information we all share through our computers keyboards has exploded like the worlds arsenal of nuclear bombs firing off at once. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc have each grown at such an astonishing rate that oftentimes these websites periodically shut down for a while trying to catch up with their increased demand. We all frequently post, like, befriend, tweet and whatever else in an attempt to share and promote our opinions and viewpoints, each vying for that coveted piece of the super information…

  • Bible and Quote - March 14-17
         'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

    There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: A false witness who utters lies.. Proverbs 6:16,19a The faults of others can lead our judgment to believe them capable of all the rest and we inspire the minds of those who listen to us with a thousand suspicions. Jean Baptiste Massillon, 1663-1742, French bishop, preacher to court of Versailles There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: .one who spreads strife among brothers. Proverbs 6:16,19b A faultfinder is a person with a bad…

  • "To this you were called"
         'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

    Suffering is not a topic we like to discuss, unless it’s to question why we’re experiencing it. However, many Christians have emphatically embraced suffering brought on by illness, old age and persecution, associating it with Christ’s suffering on the cross in providing for our salvation. In……

  • Abiding Forever
         'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

    Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world and the world is passing away and the lust of it,……

  • Pure Excitement
         'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

    Watching children at Christmas time has always been one of my greatest pleasures. Seeing them tear into their gifts with a sort of maniacal glee is a joy for me. It means that they're excited. With our world of so many overblown concepts and approaches to things it's still good to see the genuine excitement of someone when they receive something that they were hoping for or wanting very badly. My children have grown up but still have a little bit of that excitement. Probably you do, too. Take Mark Hamill for instance. In the closing sequences of the original Star…

  • Lessons from a Diet
         ''Winging It' from Stan Smith

    I think I have arrived. No, not in godliness. Or much of anything else, really. Let me explain. I carry around a bit too much weight. For years now I've been working on decreasing that problem. You know, increase exercise, decrease intake, watch what you eat, more healthy, less fatty, less sugar, more vegetables, "watch it now ... you might like something and that's likely bad for your diet!" -- that kind of thing. Count calories? Check. Increase fiber? Check. Decrease carbs? Check. Add to this certain medical conditions that have, of late, served to cut me off from other…

  • Claiming Other's Claims
         'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

    Remember that You swore to Your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel by Yourself and declared to them, 'I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and will give your offspring all this land that I have promised, and they will inherit it forever.'" So the LORD changed His mind about the disaster He said He would bring on His people. - Exodus 32:13-14 HCSB Yahweh made a promise to his friend[1], Abraham, taking him outside and saying, "Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then He said to him, "Your offspring…

  • No Partiality (Colossians 3:25)
         'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

    “Partiality is not so bad as long as I am on the positive end of it.” All too often this is our sentiment. However, when the shoe’s on the other foot, we have absolutely no respect for partiality. What we are really talking about here is fairness. In today’s focus text, Paul talks about eternal rewards and the fact that they will be administered with no hint of partiality. “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily,…

  • Give Me A Sound Mind - The Mind of Christ - To Help Me Serve
         'Word from Scotland' from Sandy Shaw

    In these opening words of Romans Chapter 12, Paul moves in verse 2 from Body to Mind. The mind can cast a shadow or a light upon our body. “As a man thinketh so is he.” Proverbs 23 verse 7. Don’t be a chameleon - be a caterpillar. A chameleon……

Daily Devotionals
Sixteen steps. Every morning I face them. Sixteen steps. They are part of my regimen right when I get up. Sixteen steps. That's the number of steps I go up to get to my second floor shower and office every morning en route to doing this column. Sixteen steps. They seem to get steeper each day, especially when the weather turns a little cold and we stop keeping the house at 75 degrees. Sixteen steps. For an arthritis sufferer like…
Daily Dose
Daily Toon
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the Lord leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
Words to Ponder
Repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients: - 1.      Sight of sin2.      Sorrow for sin3.      Confession of sin4.      Shame for sin5.      Hatred for sin6.      Turning from sinThomas Watson (1620-86)
'Daily Reading Plan' from StudyLight.org
Bible-in-a-Year — NAS
Isaiah 17-19; Psalms 114; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13:
"The cities of Aroer are forsaken; They will be for flocks to lie down in, And there will be no one to frighten them. "The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, And sovereignty from Damascus And the remnant of Aram; They will be like the glory of the sons of Israel," Declares the Lord of hosts. Now in that day the glory of Jacob will fade, And the fatness of his flesh will become lean. It will be even like the reaper gathering the standing…
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