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God’s Promise for Wayward Ones

God’s Promise for Wayward Ones

Do you have people that are near your heart but very far from God? His word is full of promises if we will fulfill His conditions. The Holy Spirit recently took me on what I call a gold mining trip. It’s when you’re made aware of a scripture and it seems God wrote that verse just for you. You have to dig out each word from the original Hebrew or Greek to see the full meaning of the words. I use…

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Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

  The day after we were married over fifty-five years ago, the Supreme Court of this land handed down the edict that prayer was no longer allowed in schools. In January 1973, just forty-five years ago, that same court made abortion legal. According to the Center for Disease and Control, at the end of 2013, there have been 51,888,303 abortions reported to that department since 1970. The Bible tells us in Hosea 8:7 that if you sow the wind, you’ll…

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How to Pray Scripture

How to Pray Scripture

  On the National Day of Prayer in the first part of May, as I drove I heard someone on the radio praying for the nation from II Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” As I drove, I quoted the scripture with the speaker and was…

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A Look Back

A Look Back

  Forty-three years ago today, I recorded in my journal, “Lord, what do you want me to do with these poems I’ve begun to write these past two years?” I had 373 poems typed, and in a box. The box was beginning to overflow. Jesus’ admonition about hiding your light under a bushel had been heavy on my mind for several days. Searching in the yellow pages under “publishers” brought me to the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City. I knew…

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Praying for our Leaders

Praying for our Leaders

God has told us to pray for those in authority. Since we have some new authorities over us, it might be a good idea to pray for them. There is a little-known scripture that appears in 1 Chronicles 12:32 that seems a little out of place here in a list of genealogy. It reads: “And of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do . . .” Since wisdom comes from the…

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Praying for our Government

Praying for our Government

I Timothy 2: 1-2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” Paul urges us to pray for those in authority as a first priority. How many times have we glossed over that part? But what should we pray? According to Psalm 110:11,…

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When in High Waves

When in High Waves

Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Jesus directed His disciples to row across the Sea of Galilee at sundown while He stayed behind to pray. After they had rowed for many hours in contrary winds they were worn ragged. Between three and six in the morning, they saw something coming toward them and were terrified. They thought it was a ghost. Jesus called to them to take courage;…

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Have you ever been brought to a place or circumstance that you were at a loss to know what to do or say? As if you were up against a brick wall and you were stuck in forward gear? Everything in you screams, “There is no way out! We’re going down!” Stop. Remember you are not alone. The One who promised to…

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A Fresh Look

A Fresh Look

How many times do we pray and pray and think God hasn’t answered because I doesn’t look like how we pictured the answer? He asks us to ask, seek, and knock, (Matthew 7:7), but nowhere does He leave the scripting to us. That’s His job. We’re not in charge. He is. Many of the people who viewed Jesus, missed who He was because He didn’t look like the person they had scripted in their minds. He didn’t arrive on a…

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God’s Prescription for Healing

God’s Prescription for Healing

With Ebola banging on our door it might be a wise thing to search God’s word, the Bible, for His prescription for our healing. He has a prescription for all our needs whether it be physical, mental, or emotional healing. Here is a page from my new book Looking Deeper. Exodus 15:26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear…

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