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Psalm 91

The author Norman Vincent Peale was known for popularizing the “Power of Positive Thinking.” He once related the story of a stranger recognizing and approaching him on a New York City.

“Please, Dr. Peale, you have to help me, I’ve got some problems, and I just can’t handle them any more,” the man cried desperately as he grabbed him by the lapels of his coat.

“If you will let go of my coat,” Peale replied, “I will take you to a place that is full of people who don’t have any problems. Continue reading


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Philippians 3:12-14

The late Herb Caen was a journalist and humorist who wrote a a daily column for the San Francisco Chronicle. He once wrote this humorous piece.

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” Continue reading


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Hebrews 11:4

In one of his sermons W. A. Criswell told a story about the president of a great railway system who died.

“The funeral service was held at two o’clock on a weekday afternoon. At that exact moment, every train came to a dead stop. Every wheel ceased to turn. Every workman dropped his tools. Every clerk turned from his files. For three minutes, the entire vast railway system came to a complete stop.” Continue reading


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Acts 9:31

Church growth. It’s a topic of interest to most preachers and pastors. Especially, as we witness the decline of so many churches today. And too often see young people leaving the church.

If you google church growth you will receive 402,000,000 responses in .50 seconds, which offer these insights. Continue reading

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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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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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Matthew 22:34-40

I haven’t counted them, but Bible commentator Warren Wiersbe claims the Jews documented 613 commandments in the Old Law, 248 positive and 365 negative.

Supposedly they had divided the commandments into two basic categories, “heavy” or “important commandments” and “light” or “unimportant commandments.” Thus, one could focus on the “heavy commandments” and not worry about the “unimportant commandments.”

So, the issue among the religious leaders was an ongoing debate. “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Continue reading


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Psalm 20:7

According to a recent poll, 65% of Democrats distrust newspapers, and 80% distrust TV news.

Among Republicans, their trust level is even lower with only 5% saying they had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence” in newspapers, and only 8% trusted the TV news.

Lack of confidence has fallen in the past 12-18 months according to Gallup polling in all our American institutions. Police. The medical community. Churches and organized religion. Congress. The Supreme Court. And the Presidency. Continue reading


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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 1

There’s a 1970s song, “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool Ya,” released by the late Wilson Pickett, and later performed and recorded by a number of pop and country artists. The opening lines go like this.

Girl, try to remember when we didn’t have no shoes
We stuck together, just me and you
It took a long time to get what we got today
Now you wanna give it all up for another guy Continue reading

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