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Touch of the Masters’ Hand“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”1 Samuel 12:24 ESV   "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” - Paul Boese   'Twas battered and …
The Good or The Best?“If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.” —Genesis 13:9 As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying …
A life of sacrifice for Christ: Evelyn ‘Granny’ Brand (1879 – 1974)Evelyn was born in England in 1879. Her father was a well-to-do merchant and her family was involved in missions, street work, and charities. Her father tried to dissuade his daughters from marriages that would take them away from him. After finding that her hobby …
INSTALLING LOVETech Support: Yes, how can I help you? Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process? Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed? Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I …
Removing a Mountain… Making a RoadThe Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri are known for their rocks. I mean they make for some hard farming, some beautiful views, and some challenging road building. There’s this one stretch of highway from Branson, Missouri, to Springfield, Missouri, that they widened. As you …
A Few Crumbs…“Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised.”(Psalm 119:41 - paraphrased in “The Message”) The words reveal the heart and character of David, Israel’s greatest King, and one whom scripture describes as being “a man after His own heart” (1 …
Qualifications for DisciplesMemorandum TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph Woodcrafter Carpenter Shop Nazareth FROM: Jordan Management Consultants Jerusalem Dear Sir, Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery …
Raising Children to Counter the CultureI’m not raising my kids to be safe. Oh, sure, we wear our helmets and our seat belts, but from the moment they are placed in my arms, I’m preparing them for the Leaving. We’re raising these little lives with hope that they will follow …
A few crumbs…Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth: You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. (Psalm …
The Open Hands of the GospelHe may have been a wee little man, but he was the kingpin of the Jericho tax cartel. He was a filthy rich little guy, this Zacchaeus. But when he met Jesus, everything changed — not only his heart, but his hands. The same fingers …
A few crumbs…“For you have rejected the Word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being King over Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:26 It was a miserable way for Saul to celebrate his victory over the Amalekites, the long-time enemy of Israel. Whilst he enjoyed …
A Few Crumbs“Does it seem to you a light thing to be a king’s son-in-law, seeing I am a poor and lightly esteemed man?” 1 Samuel 18: 23 Saul had offered Michal, his daughter, in marriage to David. In exchange, he asked for loyalty and courage in …
Preparing for WorshipThe Christian life is lived from Lord’s Day to Lord’s Day. Corporate worship is the high point of our week and the constant rhythm of our lives. We dare not “neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some” (Heb. 10:25), because there is nothing …
What an invitation…!And Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will do good to you, for the LORD has promised …
A few crumbs …“In what way have you loved us?” (Malachi 1:2) Malachi, the final book in the Old Testament, is the Lord’s last prophetic message to Israel for nearly 400 years. The silence of those many years was finally broken by a baby’s cry in a cow …