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A Passage To Ponder: 1Thessalonians 5:18

The Scottish minister, Alexander Whyte, was known for his positive attitude and uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be thankful.

One Sunday morning the weather was awful. It was a dark, dreary, and stormy day. One of the deacons remarked, “Well, the preacher won’t have anything to be thankful for on a day like this.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: John 18:4

Hans Krause, a minister from Finland, tells a riveting story about the time when a group of theological students was attending a training seminar on pastoral counseling.

One of the members shared some of her childhood experiences that had recently come to the surface. For years on end, she had been sexually abused by a close relative, and there had been nobody to help her.

Hans remembers how everyone listened with deep sympathy to her as she unraveled her experiences and feelings, sobbing, and stammering. Most were dead silent, not knowing what to say or do. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 147


Jeff Strite tells the story about a farmer in a country restaurant who bowed his head in prayer before eating his breakfast.

Two young fellas at the next table thought it was odd and quietly made fun of him as he prayed. When the farmer finished his prayer, they chided: “Hey old man, does everybody out on the farm pray over their meals?” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 2Peter 1

A newly hired and eager young man just graduated from the state university with a degree in agriculture.

Excited about his new job with the county ag department he was assigned to visit local farmers and share his knowledge.

On his first visit to Farmer Jones, he drove up to the field where he was working and motioned for him to come over. Jones got off his tracker and asked, “How can I help ya’?” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 2Corinthians 9:6-7

“There are two ways in which a Christian may view his money,” opined Bible expositor and author W. Graham Scroggie. How much of my money shall I use for God?” or “How much of God’s money shall I use for myself?”

Scroggie’s observation reminds us of Jehovah’s statement through the prophet Haggai, “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine” (2:8) Indeed, as the Psalmist penned, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Ps 24:1). Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 149

John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University. He came from a good home, was gifted with a keen mind and good looks. It’s said, however, he was a bit snobbish and sarcastic.

The devotional, Our Daily Bread, relates an incident that set in motion a change in Wesley’s heart. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 15:58

Victor was born in the barrio of Carlsbad, California in 1940. Like his Mexican parents, he only spoke Spanish. In addition to the language barrier, Victor faced cultural challenges, when he began school, as well as blatant discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia.

In his Junior year, Victor quit school, moved back to Mexico, and worked for 10 years as a common labor, digging ditches and cleaning houses. During that time he met a compassionate young woman who taught him to read, which fueled his desire to be a writer. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Ephesians 4:25

Little Ethan had a habit of “stretching the truth.”

One day, while walking home from school, he saw a large black dog run across the street right in front of him. He rushed home as fast as he could and hollered, “Mom! You’re never going to believe what I just saw!”

“What did you see Ethan?” His mother cautiously asked. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder:Matthew 28:1-10

There’s a painting called “Checkmate” painted by Friedrich August Moritz Retzsch, that used to hang in the Louvre Art Museum in Paris.

The painting depicts a chess match between the devil and Goethe’s Dr. Faust, who had sold his soul to the devil. It appears as if the devil has won. Faust has only the king, the queen, and a weak pawn left. The look on Faust’s face is one of abject despair. From across the chessboard, the devil leers at him in anticipation of his expected victory. Ready to say, Checkmate! Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 18:15-17

Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20).

When reading this passage, one of my Bible professors at Florida College, E. V. Srygley, quipped, “Where two or three are gathered together, you’re going to have a problem.”

Jesus, no doubt, knowing this, provides for us a method in dealing with a personal offense and an unrepentant sinning brother. Continue reading

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