Vacuum or Fountain

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect […]

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The Door She Could Not Shut

Behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon–possessed.”    Matthew 15:22 My dad’s sermon startled me.  I have been scanning files into the computer over the last years and so there are about 30 files

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The Best Part

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.         Isaiah 55:1 Virginia Burke, a chaplain at the Good Samaritan Society assisted living facilities, once wrote in a devotion on this passage: One Sunday morning, Karl

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Peace Isn’t Always Peaceable

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.            Matthew 10:34 The pronouncement made by Jesus is dramatic.  It really catches us off guard.  The angels sang at the first Christmas, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to

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Opened All The Scriptures Concerning Himself

But we were hoping that it was He Who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.  Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.  When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had

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Meeting Them, Jesus Said, “Rejoice!”

 The angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus Who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”                      Matthew 28:5-6 In a small town in medieval Germany, Franz was rounding a corner

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But God *Celebrates* the Cross – Good Friday

When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”                           Matthew 27:54  On one occasion Michelangelo turned to his fellow artists and said with frustration in his voice, “Why do

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