Category Archives: Passage To Ponder

Isaiah 41:10

According to the most-downloaded Bible app YouVersion, installed on over 500 million devices, the most shared Bible verse of 2022 is the same as 2020 during the rise of COVID. It also occupied the top spot in 2018.

It has universal application and shows how people felt and what or WHO is bringing them comfort. So, what does this verse offer that has such world-wide appeal?

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Malachi 1

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon and a little brother and sister were playing “Noah and the Ark.”

An old shoe box was their ark. The bathtub was their flood. And all their plastic, toy animals were safe in the ark.

After the flood was over, they decided to offer a sacrifice to God. Continue reading

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Psalm 95

A little boy once asked his father, “Daddy, what’s the highest number you’ve ever counted to?”

“I don’t know, son,” the father replied. “What’s the highest number you’ve ever counted to?”

“973,” the boy quickly replied.

“Why did you stop there?” the father inquired. Continue reading

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1Corinthians 12:12-31

An Army Chaplain tells the story of sitting in the Officer’s Club one rainy day. In fact, it was more than rainy. It was a storm. The winds were blowing fiercely. The rains were descending in sheets. Nearby, two officers’ wives were watching the storm through the big picture window.

Suddenly, through a flash of lightning, one of the women saw a soldier standing outside on guard duty totally at the mercy of the raging storm. “Oh dear”, she said, “Look at the poor soldier out there in the storm.” Continue reading

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1 Peter 2:10-11

Do you ever feel like we’re living in a world where everything is upside down?

We live in a world where what used to be wrong, is now called right. Where evil is called good. And good is called evil.

We live in a world where we’re pressured not just to tolerate, but to endorse and celebrate every deviate lifestyle imaginable. Where the abnormal is considered normal. And now normal is outdated and called bigoted. Where boys can become girls, and girls can change into boys. And where the most basic understanding of human biology is now questioned, and highjacked with new pronouns. Continue reading

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John 8:1-11

“He who is without sin let him cast the first stone.”

This may be one of the most misunderstood, misused and misapplied Bible quotes by both Christians and non-Christians alike.

The quote occurs in today’s passage, while Jesus was teaching in the Temple. He was rudely interrupted by the scribes and Pharisees, parading an immoral woman, who was placed in the center of the crowd. Continue reading

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2 Peter 1:3-11

Gaius Plinius Secundus, called Pliny the Elder, lived during the days of Jesus and the apostles. He recorded an incredible story about the setting of an obelisk, which when erected would stand 99 feet tall.

Twenty thousand workers were chosen to pull on the ropes and activate the hoisting apparatus. There was great responsibility and risk in the operation. Just one error could cause the obelisk to fall, ruining years of work. Thus, the King demanded one act which insured the complete attention and best direction of the engineer. Continue reading

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1 Peter 2:1-10

In his book “A Gentle Thunder” Max Lucado tells the story of Karen Hill who is an Administrate Assistant in Austin, Texas. Karen underwent surgery in a local hospital and when she awoke in the recovery room, she could hear the moaning of a fellow patient. She could hear a sympathetic nurse trying to comfort him.

“Settle down, Tom,” she said.” But still he moaned. “It’s all right, Tom. Just go with the pain.”

The man was quiet for a few moments, but began groaning again. “It’s okay, Tom. You’ll be fine.” Finally the patient spoke. Continue reading

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James 2:1-13

I recently read that the 20th century Indian activist, Mahatma Gandhi, as a young man once considered converting to Christianity, thinking it would be the catalyst to emancipate India from the caste system.

After reading the gospels and  the teaching of Jesus, he thought applying Christian principles would solve the situation that deeply divided his people. So, one Sunday, he visited a nearby “Christian church.” Continue reading

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Mark 5:35-41

Today’s text comes to mind as we await the arrival of hurricane Ian, a cat 3 storm predicted to become a cat 4 as it barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

Jesus had finished a day of Kingdom teaching using parables. The apostles heard wonderful lessons designed to produce faith and point them to a hopeful future. Now, however, Jesus would give them a real life lesson in applying their faith. Continue reading

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