Peace of God

By , April 26, 2018

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:5-6 (NIV)

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At times, we all enjoy being fooled by magicians. We wish to see the impossible happen right before our eyes.

The magic trick many of us enjoyed most as children was to see the magician pull a rabbit out of his hat. The animal appeared to be much too large to come out of the hat but we saw it happen, or did we?

Then we find in life situations where we are expected to do the impossible and cannot.

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Super Conquers

By , April 25, 2018

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)

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We live in a violent age. There are wars occurring in many countries, we have various accounts of shootings in our own western societies, and movies frequently depict violence and crime which is passed off as “entertainment”. Our children and grandchildren can have violent games to play on various electronic devices.

There seems to be an appetite for murder, torture, explosions, destruction, shooting and so on, even in peace loving countries. If anyone could look in on our world from the outside, they would certainly believe we are addicted to brutality and violence.

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How To Feed Your Faith (3)

By , April 24, 2018

Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (NIV)

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As we consider that our faith is a living reality, it helps to remember that God’s great reason for writing us the Bible (which is a book of history) is to guide us through life. Call to mind what Paul said, 1 Corinthians 10:6,11 (NIV)

“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did… These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”

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How To Feed Your Faith (2)

By , April 23, 2018

Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (NIV)

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Memory is a wonderful gift from the Lord. The longer we live, the more we have to remember. Sometimes our memory banks get filled up it seems, and the most recent events seem to fall off the edge of our memories.

I thank the Lord for my memory. I appreciate my ability to recall things from many years ago as though they happened yesterday. I recall the sound of voices now long silenced in death. I hear the shouts of delight as my cousins and I swam in the lake way back of the farm property.

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How to Feed Your Faith

By , April 22, 2018

Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
‘John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (NIV)

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As a boy on the farm, I recall my chores of feeding the animals. Hens who laid eggs had to have a bucket of wheat each day. I had to keep the dish of ground oyster shells full to ensure they had the needed calcium for laying eggs with hard shells. They also needed a bucket of laying mash in a feed trough every day.

The pigs ate a great variety of vegetable waste from food preparation, plus skim milk mixed with dusty powdered food from a big 98 lb. sack of pig food. I remember the stick of kindling wood used to stir the pigs’ food in the bucket.

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