Scripture:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Our nation, and in fact, our entire world is in terrible straits. We have abandoned God’s laws, and we are reaping the terrible rewards of our bad choices.  What can we do? What can I—an old lady of limited influence and […]

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 Scripture: I planted the seed . . . but God has been making it grow (1 Cor. 3:6 NIV) A little-known novel[1] tells of a once-beautiful valley in northern France that became abandoned and barren when too many trees were cut down. The streams dried up, the birds and animals found better habitats, and the […]

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Scripture: Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.,” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43-43) NIV. For several years, I taught children’s church at the Friends Church in Bacliff, Texas. One of my favorite teaching tools was puppetry.  I made four large […]

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I recently found myself indignant over something a friend said and responded with angry words of my own.  Even as I spoke, my spiritual contentment and peace evaporated.  Then I turned to the Lord in my morning quiet time and asked what He would say to me. The gentle answer came as I felt impressed […]

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Scripture: “But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.”—Psalm 71:14 Matthew Henry (1662-1714) wrote a six-volume commentary of the Bible that was studied by George Whitefield four times, the last time on his knees. Once, Mr. Henry was robbed while on horseback.  That night, he wrote in his journal: “I […]

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Scripture: The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV). I will be judged by my failure to help others, because the “others” may be Christ Himself! John Wesley’s famous poem must have been inspired […]

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