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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10 At the risk of getting the melody of this childhood song stuck in your mind today, we’ll focus on the supremacy of God who reigns […]

When You Think No One Cares

When You Think No One Cares

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 Have you ever lost something of value you ultimately found? I mean things like a wedding ring, a watch, purse, or wallet. Okay. Include the TV remote if you must. And when you found the missing object, you experienced relief. If it were truly valuable, then you likely responded with joy. Our focus verse begins with “In the same way…” which means it belongs to what came before it, the context. Let’s look at it. “Or […]

Take Inventory of Your Rich Inheritance in Christ

Take Inventory of Your Rich Inheritance in Christ

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, Ephesians 1:18 He lived in the best neighborhood. He owned the best house, drove the finest car, and his kids were perfect. And it got to the point, I hated to see him coming. Do you — or have you known someone like that? Always boasting. Let’s face it, some people weren’t blessed with the humility gene. Oh, and I forgot to mention. He went to […]

Are You Missing Out On the Nearness of God?

Are You Missing Out On the Nearness of God

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 On State Street in Bristol, you can straddle the state line between Tennessee and Virginia. So it really is possible to be two places at one time. But when it comes to being a Christian, you can’t live on both sides of the fence. There will be no fence-straddlers in heaven. Double-minded means insincere, wavering, uncertain, not fully persuaded, and uncommitted. It’s on again — off again faith that vacillates between belief and unbelief. In Navy boot […]

How to Attain a Pure Heart and a Steadfast Spirit

How to Attain a Pure Heart and a Steadfast Spirit

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Virginia, will always have a special place in my heart. It was as much a part of home as the old house on Capon Street. My grandmother felt the same about her home church, St. Mary’s Pine Lutheran Church near Mount Jackson, Virginia. Possibly, there is a church you call home. There’s just nothing else quite like it. Churches are linked to the milestones of our lives. Baptisms, funerals, and marriages. Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Friends […]

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