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Watching Daily at My Gates

September 1 Read Psalm 41. This psalm of David completes the first section consisting of Psalms 1-41. David wrote this plea for deliverance and God’s mercy at the time of Absalom’s rebellion. His anguish for God’s care is evident. “Mine own familiar friend . . . hath lifted up . . . against me” (v.9). […]

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The Wealth of Christians

The question of how much wealth a Christian may have, or how much wealth a Christian should have, has plagued the church for centuries. There are those who cite such texts as Proverbs 10:4 (he becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich) and Jesus’ parable of […]

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The Two Glasses

There sat two glasses filled to the brim, On a rich man’s table, rim to rim; One was ruddy and red as blood, And one as clear as the crystal flood.   Said the glass of wine to the paler brother: “Let us tell the tales of the past to each other; I can tell […]

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The Glorious Bride

Today, in the world in which we live, there are some things concerning marriage that should alarm us. Consider with me the rising percentage of divorce. Some magazines have cited that 66% of all marriages end in divorce. Unwed mothers are having children more and more frequently. Homosexuals are demanding equal rights. But no matter […]

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The Chances Are…

Tell me my friend what the chances are Of all things being the way things are, Of planets thrown into the air, After thousands of years still staying there. Fragments of an explosive force Steering on a perfect course; Planets that are perfectly round— One where life forms can be found. What are the chances […]

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School

Now again the time has come When school doors open wide, And kindergart’ners look with awe — Wondering what’s inside? Of course, they want to feel grown-up, Accepted by their peers — But deep inside they often quake With certain nameless fears.   Those who’ve been to school before Return with feelings mixed; The freedom […]

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It’s A Small World After All

Ghana? Where’s that?” My dad has always had this way of being subtle. I have to ask specific questions if I want to know the details. He had just told me that he and my mom were going to Ghana. He answered my question by pointing silently to a place on the globe that we […]

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Making Our Calling and Election Sure

As you know, Young People, when we are reading a book in a room that has no windows, has its door closed, and the electricity is suddenly and unexpectedly shut off, we will not be able to read and learn the new things that are in that book. Similarly, although we are born again children […]

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Let Brotherly Love Continue

Behold, how pleasant and how good That we, one Lord confessing, Together dwell in brotherhood, Our unity expressing: ‘Tis like the oil on Aaron s head, The seal of ordination, That o’er his robes the sweetness shed Of perfect consecration.   Who is a brother? Who is a sister? A brother and/or sister is someone […]

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Joy (3)

Jason thought it hadn’t been a very good day. First of all, he and his sister, Julie, had been mocked by other children at the park that morning. Next, they returned home to find there was nothing to eat for lunch except tuna sandwiches— Yuk. Then when he had planned on going to the library […]

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