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  • Keep Looking to God and Trusting in God
         'Word from Scotland' from Sandy Shaw

    As we come to what is called the first Sunday in Advent, turn to Psalm 25, where David seeks the Guidance of God - and shows us how to seek the Guidance of God. David is totally dependent upon God. That is a priority for those seeking guidance. No matter how serious his situation is, he keeps looking……

  • Wonder Woman shines as Domestic Diva
         'Refreshment in Refuge' from Gina Burgess

    21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. The word translated scarlet is שׁני shânı̂y (shaw-nee') Of uncertain derivation; crimson, properly the insect which is the Coccus ilicis, an insect which infests oak trees, called kermes by the Arabians. This insect used to extract the color crimson when it was boiled. It also meant “shining” because of the brilliance of the color, and to get that color it was double-dipped. More on this in a moment. Since a color…

  • The Power Of Encouragement
         ''Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs

    Some don't know how to encourage. Some have too much pride to encourage someone else. Some are dying for lack of it. Emotionally, spiritually - and physically. "Seldom is heard, a discouraging word!..." goes the words in the classic song "Home On The Range". Would to God this were true! Everyone needs encouragement, for some more than others. If you are receiving encouragement, there are times when you should not be encouraged. Do not allow yourself to be encouraged to sin certainly. Also, do not let yourself be encouraged to violate you conscience. If your…

  • Your Buried Treasure
         'Inspiration For You' from Randy Mitchell

    It’s the Christmas season, meaning most are thinking of presents under the tree, trips to shopping malls and brightly-colored boxes filled with things on our wish lists. The holidays are a magical time, giving us hope and reasons to be thankful. The beginning of a new year will also start soon, dusting off those resolutions always filled with good intentions and promises to keep. But, aside from the gifts and changes we want, did you know that right now you’re already overflowing with everything you’ve always desired? That the person God created you…

  • Respect
         'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester

    As children of God we learn to respect those who are in our lives. Respect is a feeling of honor or esteem that, in the world, sometimes a person feels another needs to earn. However, with God it is different. He commands our respect because of Who He is. When we come to God, we are to humble ourselves and give Him the attention He deserves. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face . . . then I will hear. . . .”(2 Chronicles 7:14) What are the roles or qualities of God that we are to respect? He is our creator.…

  • Bible and Quote - April 18-22
         'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns

    The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.. Proverbs 8:13a Evil is in opposition to God’s divine nature and His will. We honor God and are wise when we carefully abstain from all sin, not from carnal or prudential motives, but from a true dislike and hatred of it. Joseph Benson, 1749-1821, English Methodist minister Pride . I hate. Proverbs 8:13b Pride is spiritual cancer; it eats the very possibility of love or contentment, or even common sense. C.S. Lewis, 1898–1963 .arrogance .. I hate. Proverbs 8:13c An unbroken will is self-assertive…

  • What is man that you are mindful of him? Ps. 8:4
         'Point of Reference' from Fred Price

    Two scantily clad women with wild hair were pictured some time ago peering out from behind boulders with the bold, black caption underneath reading, Caged Animals. They and a number of others had been chosen to participate in an exhibit at the London Zoo depicting “primitive” men……

  • Poison Judgment
         'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley

    Yesterday my son, Sean, and I did not make it all the way to Franklin, Kentucky, for a round of golf. But we did make it to Danville and played a round at the golf course in the Old Bridge subdivision. From a vantage point high on one of the tees on the course you can see the old steel bridge, one of the first of its kind, that lends its condition to the name of the subdivision and the golf course. The course itself is not spectacular but it is interesting and has places where errant shots can get you. In several of these places that wannabe good shots go to die there was a…

  • Worth-Ship
         ''Winging It' from Stan Smith

    Worship honors God. No, that's not just a statement; it's a definition. Worship is that which honors God. It may be a formal ceremony, a specific task, or a lifestyle. The word is rooted in the Old English for "worth - ship" and recognizes God's worth. Now, if that doesn't give you pause even to hear, you aren't paying attention. How do we recognize "God's worth"? How do we recognize the infinite? There has been a lot of complaints for quite a long time, actually, about modern worship. It's too light. It's too fluffy. It isn't serious enough. It's too "seeker…

  • The Trinity, 2 of 3
         'The Way' from Kevin Pauley

    In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: You are My beloved Son; I take delight in You! - Mark 1:9-11 HCSB Even the most cursory examination of the Scriptures will indicate to the careful student that the members of the Trinity do everything as a unified team. Each is involved in every function of the other. The Trinity created all things. We are told that the Father created…

  • Two 4:1's
         'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington

    Faith, improperly placed, can be hazardous to one's health. Today's message contrasts one reaction to Abner's death with somewhat similar circumstances among first century Christians. Recall that Abner was chief among warriors and statesmen of a divided Israel. He was seemingly the one upon whom hope for peace and unification was pinned. Ishbosheth, son of Saul and leader of the opposition against David, reacted negatively to Abner's death as the first of our focus texts points out. 2 Samuel 4.1 “When Saul’s son heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost heart,…

Daily Devotionals
Guano. Know what that is? No it's not what native bearers called the person for whom they worked. That's Bwana. Guano is bird droppings. Yes, the stuff that you see on the sidewalks and on your deck in the peak seasons for birds. I know. It's nasty stuff and probably doesn't belong in a spiritual column. Bear with me and I will explain. By the way, you can be happy that the birds that live around you are not the…
Daily Dose
Daily Toon
Daily Refractions
Daily Wisdom
Proverbs 14:28 - In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.
Words to Ponder
Why did the achievers overcome problems while thousands are overwhelmed by theirs? They refused to hold on to the common excuses for failure. They turned their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. They realized that they couldn't determine every circumstance in life but they could determine their choice of attitude towards every circumstance. - John Maxwell
'Daily Reading Plan' from StudyLight.org
Bible-in-a-Year — NAS
Lamentations 1-2; Psalms 145; Galatians 3:19-4:20:
She weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile under affliction And under harsh servitude; She dwells among the nations, But she has found no rest; All her pursuers have overtaken her In the midst of distress. The roads of Zion are in mourning Because no one comes to the appointed feasts. All…
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