A Silent Presence

By , October 22, 2019

“He did not know what to say,
they were so frightened.”
Mark 9:6 (NIV)

View from the top of a mountain

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A while back a friend of mine and I were out to a local restaurant for lunch. As we sat waiting for the server to come and take our orders we got into a very funny, noisy conversation. As we laughed and made comments the waitress approached our table, sat down, and asked if she could join the party. We enjoyed her pleasant manner and said, “Why, of course!”

After taking our orders she departed to the kitchen. I looked across the room and saw an elderly couple sitting eating. From time to time throughout our meal I glanced at the couple. I was struck by their complete silence during the meal. They said nothing to each other.

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How God Makes Evil Actions Serve Him

By , October 21, 2019

“You intended to harm me,
but God intended it for good.”
Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

Women talking together

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At times our suffering is the result of evil actions by others against us. Gossip is one of the most efficient ways to assassinate the character of another person.

There is something attractive to sinners about hearing of alleged sins of other people. When the rumour chain passes on some tidbit of scandal to us we can easily find ourselves drawn to the  misinformation and desiring to repeat it to others.

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Rejoicing in Sorrow

By , October 20, 2019

“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice…”
Philippians 1:18 (NIV)

prison cell

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Paul is in a very difficult situation when he writes our verse for today. He is in prison because of his preaching ministry. He had a great desire to be free to roam the world and continue to speak of Jesus to anyone who would listen. His chief joy in life was to publish the Good News of salvation in Jesus.

Now he was unable to spread the word of life in Christ with the world as his audience. This would be equivalent to a preacher today who was confined to home without even a computer to reach out with the message of Christ.

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“I Am the Best!”

By , October 19, 2019

“An argument started among the disciples
as to which of them would be the greatest.”
Luke 9:46 (NIV)

Interior of Liverpool Cathedral, Church of England

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Two of the most blessed preachers in the Church of England were John Wesley and George Whitefield. These men knew and loved each other as fellow preachers for their entire lives.

John outlived George by some years and it was always the desire of George to have John preach his funeral sermon. This was done Sunday, November 18, 1770.

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How Can the Worst Be the Best?

By , October 18, 2019

“They did what your power and will had
decided beforehand should happen.”
Acts 4:28 (NIV)

Full moon

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Like others, I have had people seek to do me harm by way of gossip or action. Do not think that I have had an especially difficult life. I have met others who suffered much more than I have. Some of my sorrows have been of my own making and some created against me by the sin of others.

When we are in some exceptionally difficult situation whether it is a health issue, slander against us, financial ruin, or any other unwanted and invited visitor, we tend to never see good coming from it at the time. We seem to think that the problem will destroy us.

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