Competence From Heaven

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Mooooo Two cows were grazing in a pasture when they saw a milk truck pass. On the side of the truck were the words, “Pasteurized, homogenized, standardized, vitamin A added.”
One cow sighed and said to the other, “Makes you feel sort of inadequate, doesn’t it?”
From John Maxwell’s book The Winning Attitude: Continue reading

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The Kings Father In Law

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Elnathan was a nobleman, a royal official, and a contemporary of the prophet Jeremiah, and the kings Josiah, Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin of Judah. He is mentioned several times in the books of Jeremiah and 2 Kings. Elnathan was the son of Acbor (Jeremiah 36:12), an officer in the court of King Josiah. Acbor was one of the men Josiah sent to consult the prophetess Huldah when the Book of the Law was found during renovations in the temple (2 Kings 22:11-14). Others mentioned in the list of those Josiah sent to Huldah were highly trusted associates of King Josiah, and that was most likely true of Acbor as well, he was a trusted official in the administration of one of Judah’s most godly kings, and was involved in Josiah’s reforms and religious restoration efforts. Continue reading

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The Appointment of The Ephesian Elders

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  1. Paul’s first visit to Ephesus in Asia was while on his way to Syria, a return to Antioch where his journey(s) had begun.
  2. Acts 18:18-22, during this visit Paul was in a hurry to return to his home congregation and stayed only briefly. Aquila and Priscilla had accompanied Paul from Corinth and decided to remain behind in Ephesus and apparently preach the gospel there.

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Iddo the Annotator

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A long time ago, apparently sometime between the reign of Solomon and the destruction of Jerusalem (that is, between the 10th and 6th centuries, B.C.), there was a prophet in Israel or Judah whose name was Iddo. He is mentioned several times in the Bible and must have been quite important, though we know little that is specific about him. Iddo must have been a prolific writer, since his works are cited as providing background information for several of the kings mentioned in the Chronicles (see 2 Chr. 9:29, 12:15, and 13:22). Assuming that Ezra was responsible for Continue reading

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What if you’d never seen a grape?

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The plan, several months in the making, was for Brother John Morris, and I to travel to West Africa and meet with disciples in Ghana who identify themselves as “the Christians.” We hoped to learn about their beliefs and practices firsthand, determining also whether we could and how we should be of assistance to them and whether we might be able to teach something that would be of benefit to them. Bureaucratic red tape (or foot dragging) resulted in a delay of John’s visa, and so on March 20, 2000 I boarded a 747 in Los Angeles to fly to Amsterdam, en route to Ghana, arriving Tuesday evening, March 21 in Accra. Continue reading

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Fanny Crosby

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Songwriter Fanny Jane Crosby was born of humble parents at Southeast, New York, on March 24, 1823. She was blinded at the age of six weeks by improper medical treatment. She was educated in the New York School for The Blind and was a member of St. John’s Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City. She taught in the school for the blind from 1847 to 1858, when she married a blind musician, Alexander Van Alstyne.

Fanny Crosby showed her talent for poetry early in life. When she was eight years old she wrote: Continue reading

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Firm and Flexible

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Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:45, NIV, -she was Mary)

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Rom 4:20_21, RSV -he was Abraham)

There are some things that God wants us to be very firm about. Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Innocence

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Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. (1 Cor 14:20 NIV)

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Pet 2:2_3 NIV)

Jesus taught his disciples to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Christians are called to be pure and without guile, but not naive about the world or mankind. Continue reading

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The Mirror of the Soul

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“The Mirror of the Soul”
Allie R. Fry
As we live on this, “God’s footstool”,
Let’s prepare for heaven’s goal;
Let us look into the mirror;
“The mirror of the soul.”

We look often in the looking glass
To try and look just so,
But let’s look more in the mirror,
“The mirror of the soul.”

God has given us the Bible,
That we his will might know;
Yes the Bible is our mirror,
“The mirror of the soul.”

We may put on fine apparel,
To make an outward show;
But let’s not forget the mirror,
“The mirror of the soul.”

God looks on your heart my brother,
Your every thought he knows;
So keep looking in his mirror,
“The mirror of the soul.”

When you look into the Bible, what Bible do you use? Continue reading

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Powers and Authorities

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1. All powers and authorities originate in God.

Rom 13:1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV)

See also Col. 1:16, 1 Pet 2:13-14

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