A jigsaw – with missing pieces

What are we to make of the book of Ecclesiastes? At times, we may wonder, "Why is this book in the Bible?" Sometimes, this book is saying to us, "Absolute futility ... Everything is futile" (12:8). At other times, we're being told that we are to "fear God and keep his commandments" (12:13). We wonder, …

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The Friend of a Wounded Heart

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18). When everything seems to be going wrong, the Lord draws near. He assures us that he is with us.  He helps us. He lets us know that he is the God of our salvation. He's the God who puts us back together …

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Lord, help us to be faithful to You.

"But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra — what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But …

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Up on the mountaintop, down in the valley …

Sometimes, we're up on the mountaintop. Sometimes, we're down in the valley. Sometimes, we're really rejoicing in the Lord - on fire for the Lord. Sometimes, our heads go down - and we've lost the joy of the Lord. What are we to make of the turmoil of confused and confusing emotions that we experience …

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You’ve heard about “American Pie.” What about “The Parable Guy”?

Jesus was a storyteller. He told stories that had a deeper meaning. He told stories that challenged us to change our way of thinking. He told stories that challenged us to change our way of living. It was not so much about changing ourselves. It was about being changed by Jesus and the words that …

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Daily bread that sustains our faith

"And the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”" (Exodus 16:11-12). "And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the …

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The best thing I can tell you is God loves you.

"He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap" (Ecclesiastes 11:4). "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3). Like everything else in our world, the weather can be so changeable.  The love of God is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. What's so different about God's love? …

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A little bit of nostalgia… and a little bit of praising the Lord

This first video talks about all the things we did in childhood - and we're, still, here to tell the story! https://youtu.be/MrevuyWQZmI As I watched this video, I was entertained, as I thought about how life was so very different when were growing up. There was something else that went through my mind: the words …

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