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Ornament of Grace

Growing in 2017 Don’t we all love a newborn baby? Whether boy or girl, there is just no other creature that is so sweet, so soft, and just so very precious as a brand new, hours-old infant! We women enjoy discussing their traits and observing which family members the child “takes after,” etc. While it may not last long, one of my favorite things about these dear little humans is their “new baby” smell. Before too long, this distinctive scent gives way to other, more compelling, and not so sweet smelling “odors!” No matter what, these dear little ones are gifts and very special creations from God! It is a wonderful thing to watch these wee ones grow! In amazement, we see them begin to put on more weight and become more aware and responsive to their parents and their surroundings. “They grow so fast!” is a phrase every new [...]

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Will God Dwell on Earth

“But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!” II Chronicles 6:18 Under Solomon’s reign, the temple had been completed. The furniture, including the ark of the covenant, had been placed in the temple. Our text is a portion of the prayer that Solomon prayed at the dedication of the temple. His specific concern and question was, “will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?” He was particularly interested in God’s presence being manifested in the temple, for the next phrase included these words: “the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!” God had manifested His glory in the tabernacle Moses built, and Solomon desired that God would also meet with His people in the temple. Solomon’s [...]

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How to Bless Your Child with the Gift of Thankfulness

Simple reminders for developing a life-long attitude of gratitude Have you ever encountered this scenario in your home?... Your kids go into the kitchen for a snack...they open up the cupboards, move around all the boxes, bags, and cans of food trying to find something to eat, and then make this amazing declaration, “There ain’t nothing to eat in this house!" Oh, my… how I wish I could say that’s never happened in our house before. :) November is considered “Thanksgiving” month, but we all know that thanksgiving is not something to be limited to one month out of the year, but something that needs to be present all year round in our families and our homes. But is it?  How do we cultivate a lifestyle of thanksgiving that lasts all year round and ultimately becomes a part of the fabric of our children’s character for life? Here are some suggestions or reminders [...]

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My Post-Election Considerations

The morning after a long night of election results, I confess, my heart is neither more nor less joyful than it was the day before. The source of my hope remains in Jesus and the gospel. Some aspects of the election encourage me, but others equally alarm me. Of all the elections of my lifetime, this has been the most polarizing—to my own heart and emotions, not to mention the polarization of Christianity and Americans in general. For that reason, I’m not terribly emotionally invested into the American political process. I don’t believe God was wringing His hands waiting for the electoral vote tally last night. God doesn’t need the American political process to help Him fulfill His purpose. And contrary to popular opinions in any election, no candidate is a messiah. That said, I try to be an optimist. This morning, I’m reflecting on three things—what I’m amazed by, [...]

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The Thankful Heart

For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday is a favorite. As children we learned about “The First Thanksgiving” in America, celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in 1621. A national day of thanksgiving was called for by proclamation of the Continental Congress in 1777. Since those early days of our nation, until now, this recognition of our duty to publicly render thanks to God for His goodness has become a part of our American culture. But even more importantly, giving thanks and being thankful has always been a part of true worship and expected godly behavior. Some of the offerings of the Old Testament were specifically offerings of thanksgiving. Giving thanks to the Lord is a repeated theme in the Psalms. In the passage below Paul wrote to the saints in Colosse of the importance of thanksgiving. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to [...]

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Judgment Is Not Coming

Yes, that's right. Judgment is not coming. How can it not be coming, you ask? With wickedness waxing stronger and stronger. With every perversion paraded in pride. Babies’ parts are sold, and we are shocked for a few days and then go back to living life. The only people who are really confused about the whole gender identity issue are those who dare to consider it perverted. Couples openly and habitually live in fornication, but no one even notices that any more. How can I possibly say judgment is not coming to the United States? JUDGMENT IS HERE! All of the aforementioned issues do not call for judgment; they are the judgment! When God wants to judge a nation, all He has to do is let sin run its course. Every sin carries its own consequence. Every perversion harbors the seeds of destruction. Man left to himself self-destructs. It is [...]

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God’s Cure for the World’s Worst Disease

"And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shall be clean" II Kings 5:10 "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" Psalm 103:3 The biography of Naaman is a precious contribution to the evidence that the love and care of God are not restricted within any limits of country or race, but are wide as the world. For King Benhadad, King of Syria, and for the nation, Syrian Naaman weighed sixteen ounces to the pound and measured thirty-six inches to the yard. He was Syria's George Washington, or Eisenhower, or MacArthur. After Syria's successful revolt against Assyria, he was occupying a high military post as commander-in-chief of the Syrian army. Highly esteemed by the King, Naaman —a man of great talents, strong personality, valor, and honor, his very name meaning "beautiful or [...]

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Ministry – It’s Not that Easy

Numbers 11:10-14 “Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased. And Moses said unto the Lord, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that though layest the burden of all this people upon me? Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that though shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat. I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.” Take a serious look at Verse [...]

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The Fruit of Disobedience

Ministering in a farming community is a privilege with many perks. Most of the younger generation I deal with are not afraid of hard work. The sense of community is very strong in our area. And one of my most productive times for visitation is early in the morning at the breakfast cafe. But lately, I’ve noticed the conversation has shifted from fishing and family to politics and unrest. It’s almost as if our community is sitting in the bleachers in disbelief, mouths hanging open in shock as we watch the news pour in from all corners of our great nation. God’s Word has plenty to say about the current state of our country. In fact, we can find many similar instances in the history of Israel. Numbers 14 is the record of one such story. The scene opens as Moses’ twelve spies have just given their reports of the [...]

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Securely Woman

Karen Hightower, Rochester Hills Baptist Church, Rochester Hills, MI God: Are there really words to describe Him and His awesomeness? Absolutely not! In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth. That verse often rolls off our tongue as we teach our Sunday School class or as we sit at home teaching our children or grandchildren about our wonderful Savior. We talk about how God made night and day, land and sea, plants and animals, and how God made Adam and Eve. We truly believe that He created all things-- including man and woman; but do we really? When we believe something God says, then we live according to His instructions and His guidelines. When God created Adam and Eve...man and woman...He created them with distinct differences. We are all well aware of the godless society we live in which undermines God’s distinct creation of man and woman. The [...]

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