Category Archives: Perseverance

The Beasts at Ephesus

…I have fought with the beasts at Ephesus… (1 Corinthians 15:32, N.K.J.V.) In 1 Corinthians 15:32, the apostle Paul says that he fought with beasts at Ephesus. Some translations add the adjective “wild” to describe the beasts. But is Paul … Continue reading

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Settling for Pig Food

Let’s say that a kid wants the newest, hottest, super-duper-deluxe video-game system for Christmas. The thing costs $450. Now let’s say that the kid’s parents just can’t afford to spend that much on a Christmas present. So what do they … Continue reading

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It’s Not Enough Just to Start

A retired couple were each advised by their doctor to get more exercise. So they decided to start walking two miles a day. Since they lived out in the country at the end of a long road, their plan was … Continue reading

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The Church’s First Martyr

(Series: “The Early Church of Jerusalem” post #13) I take no pleasure in reporting that much of what a lot of Christians believe about God really doesn’t stand up to the test of scripture. “God wouldn’t let me remain sick.” … Continue reading

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He Will Make It Plain

In his wonderful little book,┬áThe Red Sea Rules, Robert J. Morgan shares a story from the life of William Cowper. Cowper was a famous English poet and hymn writer who struggled with severe mental issues, bordering on insanity, until he … Continue reading

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Joy Comes in the Morning

…Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5, N.K.J.V.) English missionary James Hannington was the first Anglican bishop of East Africa. His initial missionary visit to Africa only lasted a few months because he … Continue reading

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Depression

Depression is a real thing. According to the website http://www.healthline.com, it’s estimated that 16.2 million adults in the United States have had at least one major bout with depression in the past year. Of course that number is probably low … Continue reading

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