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We may associate a painful experience with the Lord having left us. Poor Gospel preachers may even lead us there, but don’t believe it. Consider these three passages as you deal with your personal or family pain.   "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel...
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a story that used to bother me: It’s the story of the five foolish bridesmaids who didn’t bring an adequate supply of oil for their lamps and ended up getting shut out of the wedding celebration while they were out hunting for an oil seller. I used to think that the “foolishness” of these women...
He deeply needed anger management counseling. He was guilty of domestic violence and murder. While committing acts of vengeance, it seemed he was comfortable with the motto, “Do unto others worse than they did to you.” His parents were distressed by his lifestyle. He was an object of both fear and hatred by those who became the target...
Luke records for us in Acts chapter 17, that on the apostle Paul’s second missionary trip, they traveled to the city of Berea. After arriving, this is what Luke had to say about the Bereans: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the...
I was preparing a Bible study lesson for my visits at the jail, and never wanting to leave a blank space on the page, I looked for a poem or quote that I could add. The lesson was about walking into an unknown future, knowing all along that God is holding us close, regardless of what the future holds. As I surfed the internet in search of...
In a Bible study about prayer last week, someone told me, “There are a lot of times I think I can’t ask God for help because I know I’m doing something I shouldn’t, and I figure he won’t listen to me until I stop the sin.” I was glad he raised that issue, because we needed to tackle the question: Is there a...