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Today's Articles

Take Your Cake to Work
Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

Last night my wife and I spent zero time together once we got back from eating supper out.  My wife had a couple of cakes to bake and she had to watch them closely.  Was she baking for family members or close friends of the family?  No.  She was baking for a guy at work.  My wife is employed by… [read more]

Childish Desires
The Way' from Kevin Pauley

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. - 1 Corinthians 13:11 HCSB Unfortunately, American “Christianity” is often characterized by childish immaturity and shallowness. As with all spiritual conundrums,… [read more]

The Love of the Truth (45 of TBD)
Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

Yesterday's article began with these words: “The Love of the Truth sometimes demands division!” Today we will expand those thoughts. We will begin these thoughts by citing four passages that have to do with Jesus and division (all words in bold are for my emphasis; jb). Jesus said, “Do… [read more]

Additional Articles

Husbands, Love Your Wives
'Winging It' from Stan Smith
Originally posted Sep 28, 2016

It is clear (at least to any reasonable reader) that Scripture holds that the husband is to be the head of the household. The Bible repeatedly says that wives are to submit to their husbands (Eph 5:22-24; Col 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1-6) -- that the hierarchy is Christ -> man -> wife (1 Cor 11:3). It takes… [read more]

Do You Not Care?
Word from Scotland' from Sandy Shaw
Originally posted Sep 26, 2016

Have you noticed that in each section of Mark’s Gospel, Mark reveals a little more about Jesus – His power – His purpose – His self understanding of who He is. We said it was a story – and more than a story – but Mark is an expert story teller – but at the same time Mark is a faithful… [read more]

I Am a Cotter Pin
Find the Call' from Andy Castro
Originally posted Sep 25, 2016

  I am a cotter pin. That's what the Lord told me a few years back. What is a cotter pin? A metal pin used to fasten two parts of a mechanism together. Picture this. It looks like a ladies hairpin. In the industrial world it is used to fasten two pieces of metal together. For instance, on a tractor, you will find… [read more]

Prayer
'Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs
Originally posted Sep 25, 2016

All my life as a Christian I had struggled with the issue of prayer. I seemed to never know just what to say to God or how to say it. Somehow I was more concerned with my performance than I was about the issue I was praying about. Finally, after many years, the solutions began to come together. Whether long or short, it… [read more]

Why don't we regard God as Holy?
Refreshment in Refuge' from Gina Burgess
Originally posted Sep 25, 2016

Think about Isaiah when he saw the Lord sitting upon His throne in the Throne Room of Heaven (Isaiah 6). Today we live in a culture that does not recognize the sheer mightiness of God. We're blind to His glory. We are deaf to His voice. Busyness shuts out His presence. Perversion of marriage mocks true spiritual intimacy… [read more]

Living Inside Respect
Inspiration For You' from Randy Mitchell
Originally posted Sep 24, 2016

Do you show respect to others in your life? Do they show the same to you? What do you regard as respectful behavior? Is it merely doing as one says when they say they'll do it, or does it dive much deeper than that, demonstrating by not only backing up what one says, as much as one does? According to Wikipedia,… [read more]

Bible and Quote - Feb. 28 - March 4, 2011
Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns
Originally posted Sep 23, 2016

  This is the generation of those seeking Him; they seek Your face, O God of Jacob. Selah. Psalm 24:6     Really awakened souls seek the Lord above everything, and as this is not the usual desire of mankind, they constitute a generation by themselves; a people beloved of God. Charles Haddon Spurgeon,… [read more]

Obedience
God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester
Originally posted Sep 23, 2016

                 “To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 15:22 (NIV)                         When my husband and… [read more]

Creating Middle Ground and Common Cause
Point of Reference' from Fred Price
Originally posted Sep 23, 2016

        I was recently asked to fill in for a vacationing teacher of an adult Bible School class which was chronologically studying the Book of Acts.  They had finished chapter 6 the previous week, being introduced to Stephen, discussing his ascendance to leadership among the disciples… [read more]

Daily Devotionals  from  StudyLight.org

The Consciousness Of The Call
Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest"

We are apt to forget the mystical, supernatural touch of God. If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatural. The realization of it in a man's life may come with a sudden thunder-clap or with…… — (click here to read more)

Morning and Evening for April 3
Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"

"They took Jesus, and led him away." - John 19:16 He had been all night in agony, he had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, he had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; he had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment…… — (click here to read more)

Morning / Evening Devotional — September 29
Daily Light on the Daily Path

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us. The love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. — Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.… — (click here to read more)

To Glorify Christ Jesus
Charles Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook"

"He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you."   John 16:14 The Holy Ghost Himself cannot better glorify the LORD Jesus than by showing to us Christ's own things. Jesus is His own best commendation. There is no adorning Him except with his own gold. The Comforter shows us that which He has received of our LORD… — (click here to read more)

Devotional for 'Elul 26'
Voice of the Lord

Each of the High Holy Days contains a prophetic mystery. The first is Yom Teru'ah (the Day of Blowing Trumpets), when the shofar (ram's horn) is blasted, calling God's people to stop what they're doing and get ready to meet the Lord. Next is Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), which calls God's people to repent and come into his presence to be washed and… — (click here to read more)

Together in Purpose
Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life

We have recently undertaken sprucing up the old church building in some places; most notably the children's worship area and the hallway leading down to it. That's not to say that the paint scheme in those areas was drab, but we thought, uh, well, you see… Okay. The paint scheme was drab. What we hope…… — (click here to read more)

Life in the Real World
'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes

When we face the fact that there is nothing in this world - no person, place or thing - that can meet the deepest ache in our soul is probably one of the most solemn moments of our existence. Many can't face that kind of reality so they escape into such things as fantasies, endless rounds of activity, drink, sensual…… — (click here to read more)

Overcome
"Today's Word" with Skip Moen

Overcome Here is the Greek word nenikeka. This is the verb nike (you can see it in the middle of the word). It means, "to be victorious over". Now you know why a shoe company in Portland has a Greek name. The most important thing about this verb is that it is in the perfect tense. This tells us that…… — (click here to read more)

Morning / Evening Devotional — September 29
Morning and Evening with A.W. Tozer

When the rich young ruler learned the cost of discipleship he went away sorrowing. He could not give up the sunny side of the brae. But thanks be to God, there are some in every age who refuse to go back. The Acts of the Apostles is the story of men and women who turned their faces into the stiff wind of persecution and loss and followed the Lamb… … — (click here to read more)

"Trust ye in the Lord for ever." Isaiah 26:2
The Believer's Daily Remembrancer

"Trust ye in the Lord for ever." Isaiah 26:2

WE are often discouraged by the difficulties of the way, and cast down through the weakness of our faith: we look to creatures, instead of looking to the Lord; and reflect upon our weakness, instead of believing His promises, and trusting His faithfulness. But the Lord our God should be the…

… — (click here to read more)

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