A Passage To Ponder: John 17

Have you ever heard someone pray whose passion, feeling, and fervor were so intense that their sincere petitions brought you closer to God than you’d ever felt before?

Such is the prayer of Jesus in John 17 that some writers have called this chapter “The Holy of Holies of John’s Gospel.” It’s the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in the Bible.

In John 17 we gain deeper insight into Jesus’ relationship with the Father and His thoughts and emotions in the shadow of the cross. Continue reading

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Tolerance Day

Today, November 16, is the International Day for Tolerance.

It is a day officially designated by the United Nations, which “is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.”

From their web page, the UN offers this explanation for this day which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Loyalty

“True Loyalty is ultimately about a relationship,” wrote Lisa Bradner of Forrester Research. “It’s easier to build a relationship with someone than it is with something.”

Christianity is not about our commitment to an ideal, dedication to a religion, or devotion to a philosophy. It’s about loyalty to a person. The Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: A Good Today and a Better Tomorrow

Leroy Brownlow tells about an elderly brother who often prayed at worship offering this petition.

“Forgetting the things which are behind, give us strength and wisdom to press onward to a brighter future. May we be a progressive, improving people. May our tomorrow–if there be a tomorrow–be a little better than today and a lot better than yesterday.” Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: November 7-12

Good morning from Beverly Hills

We have received many complimentary words of encouragement regarding our posts during the past week.  Some from long-time readers, others from those who are newer subscribers.  One that was especially personal and touching. One friend wrote that he didn’t read our Sunday post until later in the day and wished he’d read it before church because it contained the perfect ending for his sermon that day. Well, maybe he can use it another time.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our efforts. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #63

In Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, Forward, subtitled, Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow, he offers 10 steps to help us move forward spiritually, and in life.

The ten words are explained in detail in each chapter. In today’s list, we offer the words with a simple statement for your reflection and meditation. Continue reading

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Veterans Day Reflections


It was the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended, At that time it was said to be the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction.

While the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until seven months later, November 11th became known as Armistice Day, and was proclaimed as such by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.

Known today as Veterans Day, we recognize and celebrate those who have served in the military, both the living and the dead. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: John 13:34-35


“Love Will Keep Us Together” was a popular song in the 1970s written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, and recorded by Sedaka in 1973.

In 1975 pop duo, The Captain & Tennille released their version and it became a #1 song and the best selling single of the year.

Sadly, love didn’t keep “The Captain”, Daryl Dragon, and Toni Tennille together. They divorced in 2014 after nearly 40 years of marriage. Dragon died of renal failure in 2016 in Prescott, Arizona. Continue reading

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Standing For Biblical Morality

“It can feel lonely to stand for Biblical morality in our radically secular culture,” observed Jim Denison, an American cultural apologist who comments on current issues through a Biblical lens.

Denison relates that he and his wife recently returned from a wonderful trip to Vermont. They enjoyed the natural beauty of the state and met many wonderful people. But they were surprised by “the irreligious nature of the culture.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Pity

“Pity” is a word that often carries a negative connotation in our culture.

We speak of someone having a “pity party” when they are feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity is not a positive trait to be admired.

In the Bible, we read of those who allowed circumstances to lead them into self-pity, like Jonah, Elijah, and even Moses on one occasion.

Pity can also be construed as a condescending attitude toward another person when we look down upon them with an arrogant, self-righteous, and disdainful attitude.

Yet, pity can be a positive trait to be practiced and praised. Continue reading

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