David & Goliath

David & Goliath

One of my favorite movies is, "Hoosiers," based on the true story of a small-town high school basketball team that defeats the heavily-favored big-city school to win the state championship. It's a classic David and Goliath story, which brings us to that famous story, recorded in 1 Samuel 17.

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Desperation & Faith

Desperation & Faith

A man, desperate for help for his seriously ill son, implored, "if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" (Mark 9.22)

His desperate plea was more last resort that resolute faith. Challenging his plea, Jesus replied, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9.23) The One before this man was well able to accomplish this miracle. If anything was lacking, it was faith on this man's part; to which he famously replied, "I do believe; help my unbelief." (Mark 9.24) In essence, "I have an imperfect faith, but I have faith nevertheless. Lead my faith to be true faith indeed."

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Good Times & Bad

Good Times & Bad

Whether in good times or bad, there is one important overriding factor. It's stated numerous times in the thirty-ninth chapter of Genesis: "The LORD was with Joseph." Yahweh God was with him when he was sold as a slave by his brothers. When he became a servant in the household of an important Egyptian official. When he was tempted daily by this man's wife. When he was confined to prison.

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Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies

I'm certainly not a botanist. Many people can quickly identify and name plant species. I sometimes have trouble distinguishing between plants and weeds. But, I would benefit spiritually from being a specific kind of botanist: "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!" (Luke 12.27-28)

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Grace

Grace

The cycle of days and seasons are a testament to grace. "the Lord said to Himself, 'I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. While the earth remains,  Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat,  And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.' " (Genesis 8.21-22)

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The Right Way

The Right Way

The right way is seldom the easy way. Determination to pursue that which pleases God is a vital starting point.

"If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."(Genesis 4.7)

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Back in One Hour

Back in One Hour

"Back in one hour." The same can be said for the return of Christ as for a business: He will be back soon.

"And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.' " (Acts 1.9-11)

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Tripping Hazard

Tripping Hazard

Caution: tripping hazard. The sign is usually  prominent, and the danger area marked with bright tape or paint. And like that visible sign and bright marking, these words of caution beckon to us: "These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling." (John 16.1)

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Life Isn't Fair

Life Isn't Fair

Potwin Kansas, a small town near Wichita there is a little 360 acre farm. 

It has been owned by the Voglemen family for over 100 years.  Joyce, 82 now rents out the property.  She remembers when the first bathroom was put in.  She wrote Sunday school lessons from this house.  The farm contains a pasture, orchard, two barns and an old two-story house. 

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Presumption

Presumption

Presumptuous plans and ideas can be dangerous; even when a majority of people agree on the plan.

"They said, 'Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.' " (Genesis 11.4)

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