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Enlarged Steps

David could write and extol how God protected and cared for him. In one of best-known verses from the Psalms, he speaks of “As for God His way is perfect … and maketh my way perfect” (Ps 18:30, 32). He relates the ways of God with him. He attributes all the blessings he had to […]

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Ministry

Enlarged (Part 2)

The name of Jabez will forever be associated with the thought of prayer. His request is one of those bright spots as you work your way through those early chapters of Chronicles where you feel as though you are reading through an old white pages phone directory. He wanted to be blessed, and among the […]

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Ministry

Getting Enlarged

No, this is not a reference to overeating while we are on lockdown, although that is a real concern. David said, “Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress” (Ps 4:1). Literally, he was saying, “I grew under pressure.” We think in the natural sphere that pressure makes something smaller; but in the spiritual […]

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Ministry

The Fourth Watch

“And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them” Mark 6:48 The fourth day, the fourth man, and the fourth watch all have related truths in which we […]

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Ministry

The Fourth Man

“Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? … Lo I see four men loose, walking … the fourth is like the Son of God” Dan. 3:24, 25 The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is familiar to every Sunday school child. Who cannot marvel at the courage and conviction […]

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Ministry

The Fourth Day

They had sent a message to the Lord. They were assured of His love and interest, but He had not come in time. Hopes they entertained for healing slowly ebbed. The inevitable happened, crushing the last faint glimmer the had for his recovery. Reality confronted them – he died. The funeral cortege followed the grieving […]

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Ministry

Pleasing God

My reading this morning was in Ephesians 6. In that section, Paul addressed slaves, people who had no “rights” and no labor unions to represent them or plead their cause. They were at the mercy of their masters. In verses 6 and 7 he writes, “as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from […]

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Meditation

He Was a Man of Sorrows

His sorrows arose for many reasons. He was a perfectly holy Man in a sinful world. Everywhere He looked He saw the fruit of sin. He alone could measure the full tragedy as He could look past the forced smiles and steeled faces of men and see the sorrows overwhelming hearts. He alone never become […]

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Hebrews 13

The final chapter of Hebrews has many practical truths that confront us. We are seen in many different lights. As believers, we are to be supportive (vv 1, 2), sympathetic (v 3) sanctified (v 4), satisfied (vv 5-7), steadfast (vv 9-10) and at least four or five more “s” words which you can work out. […]

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Ministry

Great is Thy Faithfulness

You likely do not read the book of Lamentations very often. It is a sad, heart-rending sob from the heart of Jeremiah. He was standing amidst the rubble of a once-great city, Jerusalem. The Chaldean nation had come and destroyed it. We are back in 586 BC. The unthinkable had happened! The poetic book reads […]