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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” When a terrible crime or tragedy occurs, you often hear people say, “I just don’t un…

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“They surrounded me like bees, they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord, I cut them off.” The psalmist was surrounded by enemies, but God was with him. He continued: “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

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“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus had a long talk with his apostles after the Passover meal and before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew there was a lot they didn’t understand, but they needed to know that He would be …

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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”   

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“And the Lord, He it is that  doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Moses had led the Israelites out of a life of bondage to “a promised land.” They could have entered much sooner if they had listened and trust…

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“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep.” This is one of the psalms of Solomon. He was saying that all hard work is worthless unless God is in it. Modern translations write that last part as “for He gives to His be…

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“And the world passes away, . . . but he that does the will of God abides forever.” By virtue of Christ’s death for our sin, we have companionship with God. It is man’s nature to sin, but when we come to God humbly and truly repentant, God forgives and our relationship with Him is unbroken. 

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“Despise not the chastening of the Lord; . . .for whom the Lord loveth He correcteth.” Solomon wrote that we should accept correction from the Lord and learn from it. Correction starts when a child is born and continues through life. We teach a baby, “No. Don’t do that.” It may be repeated s…

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“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus spoke these words as He hung on the cross. He had suffered greatly, but still wanted mercy for those who had done such terrible things to Him. 

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“Love one another; as I have loved you.” That was the new commandment that Jesus gave His apostles the night He was betrayed. There were no “ifs” in His statement. “If they belong to a certain race or religious group,” “if they have a certain social status” or “if they live in a particular p…

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“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” When David had problems (and he had all kinds of trouble), he went to God in prayer. He knew that it didn’t matter what was wrong, God could take care of it. When the problem was worked out, David gave thanks and prais…

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“God gave them over to a reprobate mind.” Paul wrote to the Romans that man’s justification before God does not depend on the law of Moses, but on the mercy of Christ. God gave people a choice. They can come to Him, look to Him for guidance and try to live the life He wants them to live, or …

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, angels appeared to the shepherds in the hills. After telling of this special birth, they said those words, “On earth peace, good will toward men.” Jesus came to give peace to a troubled…

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“Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be?’...And the angel answered, ... ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible.’” For Mary to have a baby was impossible, but it happened. Miracles happen every day, but people don’t always see them that way. Christmas more than any other time is con…

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“He (God) has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, . . . to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan, and He was victorious. He went to a synagogue in Nazareth and started reading from Isaiah, and then told the people that the prophecy ha…

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“A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah made this prophecy about 800 years before Jesus was born. He probably did not understand it, but he said what God told him to say. When Jesus was born, angels announced his birth to the shepherds, but it was …

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“A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah made this prophecy about 800 years before Jesus was born. He probably did not understand it, but he said what God told him to say. When Jesus was born, angels announced his birth to the shepherds, but it was …

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In the early 1600s, people from Spain, France, Sweden, Holland and England came to the New World. Many settled along the eastern coast of North America. The first permanent settlement was at Jamestown, now Virginia, in 1607. The first charter of Virginia emphasized the Christian character of…

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“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Before his arrest, Jesus spent much time talking to his apostles. There were many things that they didn’t understand, but Jesus wanted them to know that love should be behind all actions. All we say, all we d…

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“And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish. . .” Friday is All Saints’ Day, a day the Christian Church set aside to commemorate all the saints of the church, living and dead. The date was first recorded by Pope Gregory III (731-741) when he dedicated a chapel on Nov. 1, in ho…

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“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Jesus knew what was ahead and, before his arrest at Gethsemane, he told his disciples they needed to be prepared. When their time…

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“Blessed is the man who maketh the lord his trust.” David made mistakes, but he had the law of God in his heart. At one point he was surrounded by enemies and people he thought were his friends had been disloyal. He was crushed, but at the same time, he knew he was not alone. God, who contro…

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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” All through his ministry, Jesus talked about love. People were meant to love each other, not just their family or friends but all people — even enemies. Real love means to be kind and helpful. Jesus loved all people and…

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“All the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.” God told the Israelites they needed to unite, to work together if they wanted to defeat their enemy. People in sports know their team won’t win unless they work together for the good of all. That is the way it …

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“For the laborer is worthy of his hire.” Jesus spoke those words to his apostles when he was getting them ready to go out and spread the Gospel. Talking to a crowd may not get them much attention, but when they went in and worked with the common man “as one of them,” they were more apt to be…

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“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles...”  God wanted Isaiah and the people to know that no matter what they faced, he would be with them. He would see them through, giving them strength and all they needed. Many who faced dras…

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“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Different times in scripture, when Paul was talking about the Christian life, he used the example of an athlete running a race. Most people have goals and they want to achieve …

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“For I know the plans I have for you, says the lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.” God’s people had been taken captive to Babylon. Jeremiah gave them God’s message, that no matter how bad things seemed, God had not forgotten them and things would get better.

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“I am the vine, you are the branches,”  Jesus tried to explain to his disciples that it was important to follow him. They needed to let him be number one, and they would branch off from him. That was the only way they could accomplish the work they had to do.

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“Upon the harp will I praise thee, O God.” The harp became a musical instrument almost from the beginning. The harp is first mentioned in Genesis and is spoken of several times in the Bible, all the way through Revelation. As many times as the harp is mentioned, only one person is specifical…

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“Long may our land be bright With freedom’s holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King.” Many will recognize that verse from the song, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” It’s often sung for Independence Day, a reminder of how this country was founded and who made it great.  

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     “All things are possible to him that believes.” That is what Jesus said to a father who brought his son to be healed. The disciples were not able to help, but Jesus spoke kindly to the man and he healed his son. When an angel told Mary she would have a baby, Mary was doubtful but the an…