Keep your Eyes on the Outstretched Hand

Peter beckoned the Lord, “bid me come unto thee on the water.” He too walked on the water. “But when he saw the wind forcible, he was afraid; and beginning to sink; he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” “Instantly Jesus stretched out His hand and caught hold of him, saying to...

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Our Right-Hand Man

“Great peace have they who love Your law: And nothing shall offend them.” (Psalm 119:165) Great peace is promised to those who love the Law of the Lord. That’s what this Bible verse is telling us. Apparently, every one of our anxieties really comes down this one issue — a...

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The Ant: A Small Thing Worth Watching

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6) “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make...

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Telling Yourself the Truth

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. …” (Ephesians 5:19). “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 43:5). Part of being a...

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Wise Guys and a Villain

Bad guys, good guys. Every great story has a combination of these characters. And the story of the birth of Jesus has its share of them. The primary villain in the whole nativity narrative is Herod the Great. He was the first in a line of Herods who ruled all...

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Joseph, the Dream and the Ant

“I am with Child.” How did those words fall upon the ears and heart of Joseph? Imagine the questions he must have asked and the answers Mary gave him. Betrothal was a sacred right, an agreement and covenant arrived at and legally sealed between two families. Joseph had entered into...

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A Little Strength

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” Revelation 3:8 “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint...

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Mary Got a Song to Sing

It was an ordinary day in a hardscrabble town situated in northern Judea. And then the extraordinary happened to a seemingly simple girl who had grown up in Nazareth, a village of about 400 residents. The place featured a collection of committed Jews by all accounts. That is, the families...

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Resurrection Words

“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name” (John 20:31). John the Apostle gave us the story of Jesus as he saw it and heard it. He said that he could...

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The True Vine and His Branches

“I am the True Vine.” Here we come to another of Jesus’ clear declarations about who He is. Have you noticed the way of a vine? A vine cannot stand alone. It is loose and flexible. It has no stiffness to it. A vine is made to draw through its...

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