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Contributed on Dec 8, 2019
Philippians 4:1-9 teaches us a number of ways in which we are to stand firm in the Lord.
Scripture Paul is getting to the end of his letter to his beloved Philippian church. The ESV Study Bible states: “The chief theme of Philippians is encouragement: Paul wants to encourage the Philippians to live out their lives as citizens of a heavenly colony, as evidenced by a growing commitment ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2019
Second Samuel 1:1-16 shows David hearing of Saul's death.
Scripture First Samuel and Second Samuel were originally written as one book. They were eventually divided into two books. First Samuel essentially deals with the life of Saul, and Second Samuel deals with the life of David. The end of First Samuel describes the death of King Saul. The beginning ...read more
Contributed on Nov 22, 2019
First Samuel 31:1-13 shows us what happens to one who is unfaithful.
Scripture First Samuel and Second Samuel were originally written as one book. Somewhere along the way, perhaps because of its length, the Book of Samuel was divided into two. First Samuel essentially deals with the life of Saul, and Second Samuel deals with the life of David. So, as First Samuel ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2019
First Samuel 30:1-31 shows us how God turns tragedy into triumph.
Scripture The last few chapters of First Samuel switch between David and Saul. David’s temporary unfaithfulness caused him to go and live in Philistia. Achish, the king of Gath, allocated David and his followers the city of Ziklag. David lived there for sixteen months and carried out raids against ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2019
Philippians 3:12-4:1 teaches us what is involved in straining toward the goal of seeing Christ in glory.
Scripture The Philippian Church was a mostly healthy church, but Paul was concerned that false teaching might infiltrate the church. After the opening greeting, thanksgiving, and prayer, Paul wanted the Philippians to know that despite his imprisonment, the gospel was still advancing. Then, he ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 19, 2009
Receiving confirmation for a significant event or activity is often important. When I was in the South African Air Force serving as an Air Traffic Controller, I used to tease the permanent force guys mercilessly. At a certain time each year they would receive news of promotions and new assignments. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2009
JOY IS BLACK I recently read the following letter that was sent to Dr. Michael Youssef, pastor of The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. The letter was sent by Mrs. Lane, who has been a primary school teacher for 38 years: Dear Michael, One day I was trying to teach my students the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
When I was in the South African Air Force I had the opportunity to march in a military tattoo. There were about 120 Air Force marchers lined up in rows of three. We drilled several hours a day for many weeks. Finally, we got to the military tattoo. It was marvelous to watch 120 Airmen dressed in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2005
I remember a speaker at one of the chapel services at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where I went to seminary. Having being introduced as our main Missions Conference speaker for the week, he asked us to pray with him. We all bowed in prayer and, after a pregnant pause, John Stensether ...read more