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Outreach Leads to Witness
on July 26th, 2021
OUTREACH LEADS TO WITNESS“Birthed by God.” That is how Becky Holland describes Pure Water Ministry, and God’s calling her to service.Becky experienced her call at a business meeting in 2000 at Columbia, South Carolina, where she heard a voice coming from an intense light say, “Come home.” Her response to whatever that meant was, “I’m yours.” Three months later, she found herself at another busines...  Read More
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Wrestle
on June 4th, 2021
Wrestle.  In my younger days I was a fan of professional wrestling. My teen age friend Stimp and I went to Richmond to see I don’t remember who, wrestle. We hitchhike back home in the wee hours of the morning but that’s another story. Later, I enjoyed watching Tony Atlas, Gorgeous George, and others on TV.  But you know we have our own personal wrestling matches with mental issues, physical proble...  Read More
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Comfort
on June 3rd, 2021
Comfort. We think about finding comfort in the shelter of our own homes. This is where we can be ourselves and relax. We think about the comfort of our beds when we are tired and sleepy. We think about the comfort of friends gathered around us. We like to ride in comfortable automobiles. And then there is comfort food like peanut butter. There is something about “comfortable foods” that put our tu...  Read More
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Friend
on June 2nd, 2021
Friend. There are all kinds of friends. Some close, some not so close. Then there are acquaintances who could develop into friends. Don’t forget that the world is full of people who could well become your friends.  A close friend, I mean a really true friend, is one who knows all your faults, your personality traits, and really most everything there is to know about you and is still willing to sac...  Read More
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Her Witness, Her Life
on June 1st, 2021
Her Witness, Her Life                “God loves me this much,” she declares as she extends her arms as far as they can stretch.  Her smile is just as wide, from ear to ear. “And I love God this much.” She follows with a firm declaration, “Jesus is my power!” Etandu Clement’s life is a witness to God’s amazing love, mercy, and power. If you have the chance to talk with her, you will hear a s...  Read More
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Keep
on May 31st, 2021
Keep implies possession. I want to keep that item in my toolbox. We find a method that works well so we decide to keep using it.  We may say, “I should’ve kept quiet and not said that.” I have a doctor’s appointment I must keep. I wish I could keep my car nicer. Keep can also be a noun as in, “I put my pretzels in the keep.” In older times the keep was a strong tower of a castle, keeping the occup...  Read More
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Wings
on May 25th, 2021
Wings. Probably when you think of wings do you think of birds. We have had a number of red wing blackbirds feeding in the yard this season. The markings on their wings are beautiful. The Bible tells us about wings, how Jesus longs to shelter us under His care, as a mother hen shelters for chicks under the protection of her wings. We picture Jesus and the wings of a snow-white dove.  Some picture J...  Read More
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Seed
on May 24th, 2021
Seed. About this time of the year folks began to think about planting seeds. Could be seeds that will produce a harvest that can go to market. It can be a seed that would produce beautiful flowers that would grace our yards and tables. We remove seeds from whole fruit so that the meat can go into our salads or fruit bowls. We also talk about planting seeds of suggestion in the minds of those to wh...  Read More
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Crumb
on May 19th, 2021
Crumb: That which we brush from our table, many of which fall on the floor as we enjoy our scrumptious meals. The word can be used in many other ways. We watch a program on television and when it is over, we decide it was crummy! Why did I waste my time on that? Crumbs are a common lot. Yes, we have used this word before. As I sit at the breakfast table and look at the results of my breakfast, I a...  Read More
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Roof
on May 3rd, 2021
Roof. Generally speaking, roof is the cover over a shelter or building. Can also be used to describe a mountain which seems to be the roof over the valley. The homeless are often described as those who have no roof over their heads, no protection. How sad that is. How wonderful it is that the good Lord has seen fit for the most of us to have a “roof over our heads.”“We think of those who are cross...  Read More
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Outreach through Involvement: Shan Sixbey
on May 1st, 2021
OUTREACH Means INVOLVEMENT                Involvement--what it takes to “do” God-focused outreach. If you have ever met or had a conversation with Shan Sixbey, then you know how “involved” she is. And if you don’t watch out, you will see yourself getting involved, too.                Shan’s primary outreach is through the Scouting organizations. She and her family have all been involved with...  Read More
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Break-Through Prayer
on May 1st, 2021
If you haven’t heard the term yet, please allow me to introduce it: Breakthrough prayer. I have heard that term occasionally through the years, but it wasn’t until I read a book that featured the idea that I started to think it actually meant something. The book, by the way, is Flood Gates, written by Sue Nilson Kibbey. I have a few spare copies if you are interested in reading about it yourself.W...  Read More
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