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August 2011 Archives

When we are met head on by our mistakes, it is sometimes impossible to pick up and resume “just like nothing happened,” especially when we must admit that we have hurt a dear friend.   Even though I deeply hurt a […]

I hate cheap grace. A wealthy farmer in a small town in South Carolina bought his son a new red BMW for his sixteenth birthday.  The boy took the car out one night, got drunk and totalled it. The next […]

Learning God’s lessons may be hard; but His ways are always worth the effort.  

by Michelle Demeree Melbourne, Florida God changes our hearts for people. With His help, we come to see others through their eyes. We grow together in time. When we speak God’s word, Sharing out loud, we grow together. Sharing God’s […]

After months of searching for a clear passage to release me from my careless and unforgiving attitude, I uncovered the heart of the message delivered by the Prophets.  I had formerly seen God’s unbending justice.  Now I was searching for his […]

 Melissa Venema, age 13, is the trumpet soloist.  Here is “Taps” played in its entirety.  The original version of “Taps” was called Last Post and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801.  It was rather lengthy and formal, as you […]

For almost a decade, I journeyed with the prophets in the scriptures observing only the judgment and condemnation  they proclaimed.  Then one summer, I trekked through a most painful personal desert.  In his mercy, God revealed a hidden, unpalatable sin in my […]

All my adult life, I’ve used a simple plan to facilitate my daily devotions to study and read the scriptures.  Sometimes it was reading three chapters a day, five on Sunday.  Later, it became four chapters a day, none on Sunday.  […]

One day as I read  the book of Job in the Bible, my heart was struck dumb by the speech given by one of his friends.  “I agree with what this man is saying.”  I’d always given the speeches of […]