But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:12

This ‘n’ That

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Last week, I picked up new glasses. This week, I went back to inquire about exchanging them. They are simply too small. They look fine, perhaps even better than my previous, larger glasses, but they are a hindrance.

I’m not used to having the frame be within my line of sight, rather than on...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 13:18

Sunday Morning Praise

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God Moves In a Mysterious Way

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:18

This ‘n’ That

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January has found me fascinated by the Gospel of John. It’s not that I’ve never read it before (I have many times). It just seems that, in His goodness, God is showing me so much in the text that I’ve never noticed, or never pondered at length, before.

This is precisely why the...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 13:02

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Thou My Vision

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 13:17

This ‘n’ That

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I woke up yesterday morning with this song in my head. Don’t ask me to explain, because I cannot. It’s been years since I’ve even seen that movie. The best explanation I have is: our brains are strange.

For instance, did you know that, on average, most people have three to five...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 12:58

Sunday Morning Praise

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He Leadeth Me

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 12:45

This ‘n’ That

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Well, it’s a new year and a new decade. While most of our troubles, responsibilities, and cares did not fade away at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, a new year nevertheless can be an opportunity to start afresh. Many have begun a new Bible reading plan or Bible study. Some have resolved...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:50

Devotionals for the New Year

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With a new year, many Christians make attempts to revamp their study or devotional time. January 1 is the perfect time to open a new journal, begin a new Bible reading plan, and/or introduce a new devotional book into our routine.

Interestingly, I’ve discovered that devotional books can be a...

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Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:47

Sunday Morning Praise

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Angels from the Realms of Glory

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 12:44

This ‘n’ That

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Well, Christmas 2019 is behind us and 2020 looms ahead. Time flies when you’re…well, time just flies, I guess. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas celebrating with your family and friends.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I say I have a rather short list for you today. This...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 13:17

Christmas Day Praise

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 13:05

Merry Christmas!

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In many parts of the world, it may not feel like Christmas due to a lack of snow or chill. For others, the snow may blanket the ground, but life’s circumstances prevent the expected cheer from blossoming.

But Christmas is not a feeling. It is not snow, or presents, or carols, or egg nog. It is...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 13:01

Christmas Eve Praise

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before...

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Saturday, 21 December 2019 13:19

Advent Sunday Praise

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And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 13:14

This ‘n’ That

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It is officially the Friday before Christmas. One week from now, Christmas 2019 will be over and nearly forgotten. We’ll be forging ahead to 2020, pondering which resolutions we should make (and break). Some of us will be hopeful for a brighter, more bearable year ahead. Others will be hoping...

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Saturday, 14 December 2019 13:23

Advent Sunday Praise

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I...

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 13:19

This ‘n’ That

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We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas and I don’t know about you, but it seems like every year the holidays get more and more hectic. In my life, it’s not even a holiday-based busyness, but just a general “it’s the end of the year and all the things need to be...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 04:53

Equipping Eve: On Abiding and Bearing Fruit

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Erin recently saw a church sign that read, “He is divine, we are dibranches.” Get it? It’s hokey, as almost all church signs are, but it does draw us to a fabulous passage of Scripture. Open your Bibles to John 15, ladies, and let’s talk abiding and fruit-bearing.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019 21:34

Advent Sunday Praise

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But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 13:20

This ‘n’ That

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At Christmastime, I often drink my coffee from a mug decorated simply with the word, “hope.” It’s a word, I think, that perfectly describes this season. More than that, it’s a word that essentially defines the Christian life.

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 13:32

Advent Sunday Praise

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Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.In those...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 13:12

This ‘n’ That

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Well, ’tis the season for Christian bloggers to ruin our favorite Christmas carols because the songs don’t live up to their standard of perfection. You’ve likely seen posts like this (perhaps I even wrote one long ago!). The criticism ranges from lambasting ‘Away in a...

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Saturday, 23 November 2019 13:11

Sunday Morning Praise

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How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:02

This ‘n’ That

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As I’ve been listening to Christmas music over the past week or so (yes, by now you know that I’m that person who loves Christmas music!), something has struck me, namely, the insincerity of it all. Consider how many songs speak of a time of happiness and laughter, smiles and pleasant...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 13:06

Sunday Morning Praise

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This is the Day the Lord Has Made

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