One Thing

We live in a scary world. We face danger abroad and division within. Violence has become the day to day language of news broadcasts, and anger has embittered many so much that they cannot see beyond their resentment. In some places people dare not walk alone at night over even the shortest distances. Indeed, what…

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Where Do You Stand?

Where do you stand with God? It is a simple question on the surface, and yet it requires an answer that reaches into the depths of our souls. Some ignore it or consider it irrelevant. Others just do not care. But those who do often answer it without sufficient thought or meditation. They assume they…

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Lift Up Your Soul (in Prayer)

Prayer today has taken on a great variety of forms. Some maintain a formality in prayer that trusts in proper grammar and outdated English to convey basic thoughts. Others view prayer as a casual conversation between a Father and child. However, both of these offer a rather shallow view of prayer. While there are most…

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The King of Glory vs. a Glorified King

The pursuit of fame—or at least notoriety—has consumed many people throughout the centuries. In the ancient world, kings, soldiers, and even gladiators elevated their social status through victory in violence.  Depending upon the values of a particular culture, different types of people had opportunity to lift themselves from obscurity to make a name for themselves…

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A Sheep’s Point of View

The twenty-third psalm remains the most quoted and easily recognized passage from the entire inspired collection. Its words offer comfort and strength in times of trial and pain in ways to which other poets can only aspire. It is so deeply personal in its character that it resonates to this day with most everyone—despite the…

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“Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

The opening words of the twenty-second psalm, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Psa. 22:1) are both poignant and powerful, introducing the suffering of the Savior but with a faith constant in the goodness of God and His deliverance. These words capture the sadness and heartbreak associated with the crucifixion—an extension, in…

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Praise of an Answered Prayer

Despite the later respect David gained as the prototypical king of Israel, distrust, danger, and civil war marked the early days of his reign. While reigning in Hebron following the death of Saul, the rise of Saul’s son, Ishbosheth, kept Israel divided during a time when other enemies still sought an opportunity to renew their…

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A Prayer Worth Praying

Offering a prayer for someone else’s safety occurs regularly in our family. Indeed, such a request often comes before the throne of God at the close of an assembly of the saints. Sometimes we make this request in passing when we have taken that safety for granted. At other times, when the weather threatens or…

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A Natural Progression

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). This inspired declaration penned by King David serves as a powerful reminder of the testimony of God’s existence offered by all the marvels contained in the vastness of space. However, as the initial verse in this psalm it also points…

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Worthy of Praise

We remember David as a man after God’s own heart, and yet, as the LORD Himself remarked, warfare characterized David’s life and reign. He came to the attention of King Saul due to his victory over Goliath; however, his subsequent victories over the Philistines, with the accompanying praise, turned Saul against him. He spent much…

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