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Thought for the Day (Page 183)

Our Chief Shepherd

In 1 Peter 5:4, Peter calls Jesus “the Chief Shepherd.”  Take a few minutes and read the book of First Peter with that thought in mind. The Chief Shepherd keeps us (guards us, watches over us, protects us) by the power of God (1:5); redeemed us with His own precious blood (1:18-19); will not allow His disciples to “be put to shame”…

Don’t starve yourself to death!

How many Christians have a daily check-list that might look like this? Walk for thirty minutes:  Check! Stay under calorie limit:  Check! Drink eight glasses of water:  Check! Take vitamins and supplements:  Check! Eat sufficient portions of fruits and vegetables:  Check! Brush teeth three times:  Check! Read and study the Bible for 20-30 minutes:  Uh, no.  I’ll do it tomorrow. Pray at…

Annoying hacker!

There is a mentality among some in this world that I just do not understand.  It is reflected in those who create computer viruses, for the sole purpose of destroying files and creating chaos in the lives of computer users.  It was reflected this week when the church’s website was hacked.  And for what purpose?  Seemingly to just make life difficult for…

Rescued: A second chance at life!

What an amazing story of the thirty-three miners in Chile being rescued after sixty-nine days of being trapped nearly one-half mile underground!  The events at this mine captured the hearts and attention of people from around the globe.  It is absolutely astounding that these men, who in normal circumstances a few years ago would have been left for dead, were “brought back…

“She has done what she could”

“What can I do for Jesus?” This question must have been going through Mary’s mind in Mark 14.  Jesus was soon to die and be buried.  Could she stop it?  No.  Could she take His place?  No.  Could she provide a new tomb for His burial?  No.  If she couldn’t do anything big for Jesus, at this crucial time in His life,…

Which side of His hand do you see?

These passages below do indicate a miraculous act of God, but consider the acknowledgement of God’s presence and power.  Several times in the Old Testament, “the hand of the Lord” is said to have been destructive: “the hand of the Lord was against them” (Deut. 2:15); “died by the hand of the Lord” (Ex. 16:3); “the hand of the Lord was heavy…