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September 23, 2014, 10:33 AM

A Recipe for Sour Circumstances


Genesis 16

Back in 2004 Southern Living Magazine included a very deadly recipe for country biscuits.  They had to pull the issue off the shelf after reports of people following this recipe and having their mixture explode.  The first step of the recipe said to get a pot of water boiling and then to add a cup of shortening.  The shortening then melted and floated to the top of the water This doesn’t allow any of the steam to escape.  The water becomes even hotter than boiling temperature.  The pressure builds up and then the shortening finally lets out the steam as it explodes!  Now the shortening is flammable and 5 people reported injury <read more>

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September 7, 2014, 6:43 PM

Faith at Low Tide


Genesis 15

Low tide, caused by the pull of the moon's gravity upon the earth, is as predictable as the sunrise.  It isn’t as pretty a sight as high tide is.  A lot of blight that had been hidden beneath ocean waves is now exposed.  The poles holding the dock can now be seen.  They aren’t as varnished and clean below as they are above.  Sea weed is every where.  Old bottles (no messages) and drift wood are stranded on the beach.

Predators have been waiting for low tide.  Hungry birds are scarfing up the sea life that didn’t quite make it out with the tide.  Crabs that burrow in the sand now find their ocean roof removed… they are vulnerable to curious children and tourist looking for an interesting pet.

Another thing that happens is that the waters that were once <read more>

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September 3, 2014, 1:00 PM

Securing Life's Victories

Securing VictoryGenesis 14:17-24

The banner was meant to celebrate a victory.  It became the symbol of an unpopular war.  “Mission Accomplished” it read above the head of George W. Bush as he delivered a prepared speech to rally and thank the troops.  Sectarian animosity and the difficulty of rebuilding a splintered nation were underestimated that day.  History can be hard on the overconfident.

This is not a blog about the war.  Whether you think it was justified or not is not my concern here.  I want to talk about securing your victories in life.  Whether your war was on poverty, depression, unemployment or illness… if you conquer on those battle fields you do want to celebrate.  If that celebration is filled with thanksgiving to God… that is fitting and proper.

But you do want to stay vigilant as well.  There may be more battles to come.  Peter warns:  “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  The Mission is never accomplished in this lifetime… and overconfidence can bring <Click here to read more>

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August 24, 2014, 6:00 PM

RE: Money, Friend or Foe?


Genesis 13

There was a television game show that used to air on the Game Show Network called “Friend or Foe.”    Center stage on the show was what was called the Trust Box.  Each contestant would get some time to tell the other why they should be considered a friend.  Then, each would put on hand inside the box.  Inside the box they each have a button.  If one doesn't press the button, he or she is a friend.  If one does, he or she is a foe.
An amount of money is revealed.  Here is how the money is rewarded.
1- friend and friend- they split the money.
2- friend and foe- the foe takes all <read more>

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August 17, 2014, 3:59 PM

Missteps


Genesis 12:10; 13:3,4

The autobiography of Billy Graham begins with this sentence: “It was July 14, 1950, and I was about to make a fool of myself."

He had just spoken personally with President Truman. They spoke informally for a bit and then he went out to the press and told them every word of their conversation (some of it very personal in regard to faith and religion).  He then knelt down and prayed a prayer  <read more>

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