Problems with the Messenger

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“Don’t kill the messenger!”  That saying likely came from the account of David putting to death the messenger who assisted in King Saul’s demise, then brought the “good” news to David that he could now become King of Israel. While that messenger was not from God, the Lord used many…

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Just Testing

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Proverbs 17:3 reads, “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” Solomon is saying in this proverb that everything of value must be tested to uphold that value.  In the case of precious metals, the testing is heat, fire.  But because man often…

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What the Word Reveals

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Scripture consists of God’s inspired communication to man that reveals His heart and includes His Law so that we will know how we are to live.  Psalm 119:89 explains scripture’s unchanging nature, “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.”  The authorship of this Psalm is…

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Secret Preparation

Cartoon of the shepherd boy David hitting a bear with a shepherd's staff

Although the mention is very short, I have always been fascinated by the fact that a shepherd boy, David, could kill both a lion and bear with his bare hands.  I think of people who have been mauled or killed by both of these animals, and the terror they still…

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Power House Praise

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Americans have become so dependent upon electrical power that the thought of an EMP device shutting everything down is devastating.  All our communication systems are completely dependent: phones, computers, internet, TV, etc.  No mode of transportation containing computer chips, no lights, air-conditioning, elevators, refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, nor any home appliances…

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A Package Deal

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Because most people are enticed by the offer of a free gift, that strategy shows up often, starting with retailers trying to engage customers.  Yet, God was likely the strategic originator by creating mankind with the ability to procreate.  It could be said that babies are His free gifts to…

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I Did That

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Success is revered in our culture.  It is even more admirable when individuals have overcome great obstacles and disadvantages to achieve it.  Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, who ran in the 2016 primaries for US President, makes my short list.  He faced multiple hardships associated with his parents’ divorce such…

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To Tell the Truth

Publicity photo from the 1962 daytime game show, "To Tell the Truth." The original daytime panel with Bud Collyer. From left: Sam Levenson, Mimi Benzell, and Barry Nelson. The fourth panel member was Sally Ann Howes.

From 1956 – 1977 there was a popular TV gameshow entitled “To Tell the Truth” that featured a little known individual who had done an interesting or outstanding thing, along with two people posing as that person.  A panel of Hollywood stars was tasked with determining which contestant was the…

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