Drum Your Drum

The Little Drummer Boy came and played his drum for the newborn King – “pa rup pa pum pum, rup pa pum pum, rup pa pum pum.”  So goes the Christmas song. The boy arrived at the manger without a gift for the King. He felt unworthy until it dawned...

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The Weapons of the Shepherd

A staff, a sling and a bag – these were the things that David brought to the field of battle. These tools of the shepherd represented his only weapons. Bellowing out threats and curses across the valley was the Philistine giant, Goliath of Gath. For forty days, this beast stomped...

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Be Wise, Be Ready, Be Faithful

Jesus was no hometown hero. In Nazareth, the people took offense at His words and His works. Their familiarity with Him and His family hardened their hearts to the message He came to deliver. His upbringing, apparently, was rather ordinary – save for the scandal that revolved around Mary’s premarital...

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A Woman and Her Bucket

High noon, it was, and such a strange hour to come to the village well. This woman tried to sneak around right there in the bright, hot sun. She plotted to drop her pail, get her water, and be gone before anyone could notice her. Her ways were well known...

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Bound to Life Through Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is THE beginning. We first come upon this phrase in Proverbs 1. These words fall at the end of Solomon’s introduction to this collection of instructions. Eugene Peterson, the pastor-teacher who produced The Message translation of the Bible, indicates that the “fear of the Lord”...

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