The SCOPE of God's Grace

The big jet engines roared as the sleek silver bird rolled with ever-increasing speed down the runway at the great airport in Cleveland, Ohio!  Soon the giant craft was airborne and out of sight.  My father and mother led me, a 5 or 6-yr.-old boy, down the concourse, out to the parking lot, and into…

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Priorities

What’s REALLY important to you?  What’s REALLY important in your life?  I didn’t ask, “What SHOULD be important,” or “What do you try to PRESENT as being important?” — but rather, (according to your TRUE actions and GENUINE priorities), “What is REALLY important to you?” This past Sunday an estimated 151.6 million people watched the…

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What Am I Doing …. REALLY?

It happened almost a week ago, but it seems that only a few minutes pass by between recurring thoughts of a dear missionary friend of mine who was shot and killed on the mission field where she had worked for God for several decades.  The word, “martyr” keeps coming to my mind.  That’s exactly what…

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Saved By Grace

I love Ephesians 2 : 8:  “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT of God!” “I owe you one!”  How many times have I heard those words ringing in my ears as I’ve departed from the presence of a friend or acquaintance after having giving…

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If My People … Will Pray

In II Chronicles 7 : 14 there is both a premise and a promise from God, specifically directed to an entire nation.  The conditional premise is found in the words, “IF My people … will PRAY!”  The comforting promise is found in the words, “THEN … I will heal their land.”   There are several more very  important…

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What About 2011?

Under a new-year’s-sounding title like the one above, I guess I could go about ANY direction with the subject matter.  However, what I have in mind when I ask, “What About 2011?” is specifically, “What About Your SERVICE for God during the days of this new year?”  Will it be any different than your service…

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Peace On Earth

It’s a phrase that’s tossed around a lot at Christmastime, and well it should be.  It was at the very HEART of the initial Christmas announcement and message.  When the “multitude of the heavenly host” joined the original announcing angel in proclaiming the birth of Christ, this was a key component of their message.  For…

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Home For Christmas

The phrase of title means SO many different things to So many different people.  It’s been quoted again and again across the years, and has been incorporated into various songs and poems.  It stirs memories – both good and bad, as well as elicits anticipations – both negative and positive.  It seems that being “Home For Christmas”…

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To Be .. or Not To Be?

We’ve all heard the  little statement that’s often made about someone who thinks a bit too highly of himself.  “If you could buy him for what he’s worth, and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you could make a nice profit!”  🙂 That statement makes the point and also has a nice touch of…

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

In Psalm 116 : 12 the Psalmist asks the question, “What shall I give to the Lord for all His benefits to me?”  (In other words, “How can I rightly & properly ‘pay God back’ for all He’s done for, and given to, me?”) The first, (& most important) answer he gives to his own…

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