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Prepare the Way for the Lord...in Suffering

Two weeks ago, we talked about the benefit of meditation. Last week, we talked about the benefit of prayer. This week, we are talking about the benefit of ... suffering. I don't know that we normally think of suffering as a benefit. But consider this quote from Martin Luther, “[Suffering] is the touchstone which teaches you not only to know and understand, but also to experience how right, how true, how sweet, how lovely, how mighty, how comforting God’s Word is,...

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Gifted to Make a PROMISE

(https://www.youtube.com/becauseisaidiwould) Shortly after he lost his father, Alex Sheen began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. It was Alex’s way of remembering his dad, whose greatest characteristic, Alex says, was always, always keeping his promise. Since his father’s death in September of 2012, Alex’s organization has sent over 11.3 million Promise Cards to more than 150 countries. What started out simply as honoring his father has turned into...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...with Prayer

As we prepare the way for our Lord in our hearts and our homes, we’re looking at different sections of Psalm 119, the Bible’s longest chapter. Last week we considered meditating on God’s Word, but today we prepare the way for the Lord with prayer. READ PSALM 119:145-152 So do you really need to pray? The answer is really “NO.” You don’t have to pray. You don’t have to pray to get to heaven.  If fact, prayer can’t get you to heaven. You...

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Gifted to Establish Our Highest PRIORITY

This is Norma Hunt. Norma is often called the “First Lady of Football.” She is the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. She was there for the early days of the American Football League, and she is the only woman to attend all 53 Super Bowls – going back all the way to Super Bowl I in 1967 when Norma’s Kansas City Chiefs were defeated by… The Green Bay Packers :) To attend every single Super Bowl, that’s quite a streak – a streak Norma expected to end in...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...in Meditation

Psalm 119, the longest chapter of the Bible, is unique in that it’s a poem called an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem has each line start a succeeding letter of the alphabet. Psalm 119 has 22 stanzas (the same as the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet) and in each stanza, each verse starts with the same letter, from the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet to the last. So Psalm 119 is the A-Z psalm. Each stanza kind of like this poem about flowers. Viburnam are red Violets are...

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Gifted for More PRAISE

This is the time of year when we start looking forward to something pretty important; it’s the arrival of someone whom many consider to be pretty important, though not everyone does. It’s someone who brings a lot of joy to people’s lives, and has been doing that for quite some time. That ‘someone’ I’m talking about, of course, if Martina McBride. She’ll be giving a concert at the Resch Center in Green Bay this coming Thursday. Many people are looking...

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Thanksgiving: Three Thank-You's

Their “Thank-You” was to be overflowing obedience. It’s a long way from the Year of our Lord 2019 to 1406 BC. And it’s long way from Greenville, Wisconsin, to just east of the Dead Sea. But, of course, those places and those two years are really not that far away. Moses was 120 years old and after leading this nation out of Egypt and then guiding their wilderness travels for 40 years, he was ready to retire….to heaven. But he repeats God’s laws,...

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What Do You See?

What do you see? Have you seen this picture or ones like it? When you first look at it, you see one thing. But if you look a little closer, a little longer, you may see something completely different. So what did you see first, a rabbit or a duck? This particular image first appeared in a German humor magazine in 1892. But there are a million images just like it. How about this one: do you see an old man or a young woman? Do you see two faces or a small table? A picture of a skull, or a young...

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The Precious Promise of "Life"

Alex Trabek has been the host of the television game show Jeopardy since 1978. He’s hosted more than 8000 episodes since then. But I don’t think Alex has a day on the show like the one that aired this last Monday. This past Monday, the Final Jeopardy clue was, “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 expose of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow ‘How the.’” The correct response was, “What is ‘other half lives?’” But one...

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The Precious Promise of "More"

You might remember that it was about a year ago that wildfires destroyed the town of Paradise, California. Within just 8 hours, more than 13,000 homes were destroyed and 86 people died. Now a year has gone by, some of the town is rebuilt and some of the residents have come back, but many can’t; not because they’re unable, but because coming back to the place where they lost so much is too painful. Though not everyone can escape that pain. For many, whenever and wherever they smell...

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