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  • A dove
    The symbolism of a dove
    Today I looked outside in the backyard and saw one mourning dove. Then another one appeared. I snapped pictures of them because I have always been impressed by their gracefulness and symbolism. An hour later, there were six doves in our backyard...
  • Bless God
    Blessed to bless
    A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, October 2, 2014“I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2 We are blessed to be a blessing. This sentiment makes you all warm and gooey inside,...
  • Marinate - A Devotion
    Marinate - A Devotion
    Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Thursday, October 2
    Learning to know and be like God
    Today’s bible study is Proverbs 22:4: By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.This verse seems a bit difficult for many of us since we have been taught to trust and love the Lord rather than to fear him. Fear is a...
  • Jesus Christ the Lord of all Creation
    Sermon on the Mount Part VI: TRUE DEVOTION AND TRUST IN GOD
    As followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we have but one main priority in life. We should place our Lord at the center of all things, and love Him with all our hearts, minds, and strength. Jesus is our Lord, our God, and our Guide, today...
  • Train up your Child by Monica C. Holland
    Train up your child
    Lil David, as he is still affectionately called in honor of his late father, Big David, made his way to the baptismal pool last month. I remember when Aunt Loretta laid hands on my sister's stomach and prayed for Lil David before he was born....
  • Is there room
    Jesus Table
    The Erie Christianity Examiner was out enjoying a walk around Oil City, Pa today; and he come across a church sign which begged that he stop and ponder it's message a moment. The message it had for his viewing was a simple one; "There'...
  • Snakebit for the Lord
    All things to all people but not a people pleaser
    Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23Revelation 2-3Read Strong connectionsAs we consider this concept—this modern day mission—called connecting the disconnected, let’s consider Paul’s approach to ministry.He was definitely not...
  • Vomiting
    Reaching out
    Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23Revelation 2-3Read Strong connectionsAs we consider this concept called connecting the disconnected, let’s jump to the first part of the last book of the Bible. Here we find letters that Jesus narrated to John that...
  • Expectant Parents by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin
    Preparing for the Journey of Parenthood
    It’s said that when a couple welcomes a new baby, everything changes; but is that a wondrous prediction or an ominous warning? In her new book, Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood (Focus on the Family/ October...
  • Strong connection
    Strong connections
    Read Acts 2:42-47Long ago and far away young men would approach me and ask, “What does the Marine Corps have to offer me?”Today young men and women contemplate trying the armed forces after they graduate high school. They go around to...
  • Listen to God
    Hear the Word of the Lord
    A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, October 1, 2014“Now therefore, hear the Word of the Lord.” – Amos 7:16 What are you hearing, my brother? Who are you listening to, my sister? Is it the confusing, chaotic, and deceptive...
  • The Better Blessing - A Devotion
    The Better Blessing - A Devotion
    Deuteronomy 15:10 (NLT)Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.It is not my intention to step on anyone’s toes today, but simply feel the pressure of the Holy Spirit treading...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, October 1
    When we are surrounded by temptation
    Today’s bible study is James 1:12: Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.Oh, how very hard it can be to resist temptation...
  • Are you prepared for battle
    Are you prepared for battle
    Read 2 Chronicles 32:1-8It was After these things that Sennacherib the king of Assyria made war on Judah. These things refers to the revival and religious reformation under Hezekiah. It was during a time in Judah when religion was re-established...