Going back

Lamentations 4:5, “… they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.” This describes the extremes one person can go to in life…from being clothed in scarlet to hugging a dunghill. This describes a blown life. It tells of a person who once loved the fragrance of holiness, but now is more comfortable filling his…

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The Lord Sent the Word

Psalm 18:30, “… the word of the LORD is tried: …” The questions are: Who has tried the Word of the Lord? Under what circumstances? What were the results? In Creation We see God the Father trying His Word in creation. He tried it on the darkness and the darkness became light. He tried it on…

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How are we doing

2 Kings 7:9 “… We do not well: …” This Old Testament story in 2 Kings 7 could be duplicated, in part, in the New Testament story in Luke 10 where the priest and the Levite observed the condition of a wounded man in a ditch and passed by on the other side. They did…

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A Little Can Make a Big Difference

Small things can make a big difference, this is true in the negative as well as the positive. Examples of the negative are the little foxes that spoil the vines (Song of Solomon 2:15) and the dead flies in the ointment (Ecclesiastes 10:1). However, I want to approach this from the positive. What is smaller…

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don't lose the essentials

Judges 1:7, “…Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, ….” Understanding the Culture This is one of those Bible stories that is only understood if the culture of the day is factored into its interpretation. In Bible times, a king would cut off the thumbs and great toes of…

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Something to Nibble On

Mark 6:43, “And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, …” There are so many avenues of application to travel down as we read this story of the feeding of the five thousand. I want to choose the topic of “nibbling on the leftovers” as the subject of this devotional. We all are…

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Gideon

Gideon’s Credentials The Bible and Christian history is a recording of solutions from unlikely places. Gideon is one of such men. He was unlikely, but greatly used by God. “… Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor…and I am the least in my father’s house.” A paraphrase would be,” Lord, you…

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Foot Washing

John 13:5, “… and began to wash the disciples’ feet, …” There is a good amount of confusion around this subject of foot washing.  It is evident that Peter himself did not understand its true meaning because he went from one extreme to the other – from not wanting anything washed, to requesting a bath.…

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The Reaches of Disobedience

I could have chosen Adam as a study in the far-reaching effects of disobedience.  He has touched every human being which has ever lived, is living, or will be living.  I could bring Achan before us, whose disobedience cost every member of his family.  A modern day study in disobedience could be the church and…

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The Law

There are two things about a devotional; it is more for the heart than the head, and it is brief in its content.  Though it should be doctrinally correct, it is not meant to be exhaustive in the subject matter dealt with.  This devotional is on the Law of God, basically the Ten Commandments. The Law’s…

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