The Grace Of Self-denial

By , November 13, 2019

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Acts 20:35

Shopping scene at a mall

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Every loving parent will agree with the sentiment of the verse for today.

Every loving spouse will also agree with this verse for today.

There is a special pleasure that comes from taking from what is yours and using it to give something to the person(s) you love.

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God Saw That

By , November 12, 2019

“God heard…he remembered his covenant…
God looked…and was concerned.”
Exodus 2:24-25 (NIV)

Crowd of people

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Often when we want to say something with great emphasis we repeat ourselves, shout, or pound the table if we are near one. I well recall a certain person who was seeking to persuade me of their point of view in a discussion. When he realised he was not getting anywhere in the conversation he suddenly became extremely angry and slammed his fist down on the table and started to yell at me.

Frankly I was taken back by the passionate outburst but was not persuaded that he was right simply because he shouted.

On the other hand, there are occasions where people we truly respect and love speak to us in such a manner that we drink in every word they say. When we read the message of God in our verses today He not only holds our attention but He causes us to grow in our faith and love toward Him.

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A Ministry Of Tears

By , November 11, 2019

“…weep with them that weep.”
Romans 12:15

Group at beach party

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In modern English there is a term “party animals” This term was originally used for a British Television drama series but has been taken over by people to mean someone who lives to party. Such people are quite popular. It seems that the majority of people want to laugh and have fun in life. Some people seek to be popular by using humour to get others laughing.

The use of humour is approved in Scripture and Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says,

“A cheerful heart is good medicine…”

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Toys and gods

By , November 10, 2019

“You shall have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20:3 (NIV)

Interior of a Buick car

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I saw it on the internet. It caused me to dream about what I might want to do if I was rich.

What caught my eye recently was a flame orange, restored Concours, GS 455, Stage 1, 1972 Buick convertible. It was a spectacular car by any standards and apparently had won first in class awards in several competitions. I could go on and on about it but I know my readers have little interest in what catches my eye.

However, I must admit that I have a weakness for cars.

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A Valley of Tears

By , November 9, 2019

“Jesus wept.”
John 11:35

Man crying

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When I was growing up it was not respectable for a man to weep in public or private. Somehow it was thought to be a sure sign of weakness emotionally if a grown man shed tears. As a child I even heard adults around me who sought to stop my crying with words like, “Only babies cry.” Or “Don’t be a baby,” Somehow I was to have the stiff upper lip of the legendary British men.

I only recall two times in my life when I witnessed my father crying. Once was when I was very sick with whooping cough. I was about four years old at the time and he held me in his arms as I sought to rest between bouts of being ill. I can remember tears running down his cheeks at my misery.

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