Category Archives: Service

Finishing a Job

“Ezra” series: (post #15) Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand … Continue reading

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Fresh Help

“Ezra” series: (post #13) Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah…..this Ezra came up from Babylon; and he was a skilled scribe … Continue reading

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The Temptation to Compromise

“Ezra” series: (post #9) Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the temple of the Lord God of Israel,  they came to Zerubbabel and the heads of the fathers’ houses, and said to them, “Let us … Continue reading

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When God Stirs You Up

“Ezra” series: (post #1) Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which … Continue reading

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Women & Spiritual Discernment

If you come to me and say in a nice way, “Russell, sometimes you have a problem with your temper,” you will be telling me the truth. (My wife and sons will vouch for that.) You will also, in a … Continue reading

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When Church Work Becomes a Burden

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading

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Worship Is Both an Act and a Lifestyle

Famed radio announcer Ted Malone hosted an early-morning radio show. One day he received a note that had been written by a sheepherder in Idaho. The note said, “Will you, on your broadcast, strike the note ‘A’? I’m a sheepherder … Continue reading

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Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. (Proverbs 25:11, N.K.J.V.) Ed Young Sr., using this verse as the text for a daily devotion, writes the following: In ancient times, when an oriental king gave … Continue reading

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Serving Behind the Scenes

“But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” … Continue reading

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Walking in the Light

1 John series: (post #3) In my previous post, I cited 1 John 1:7 as evidence of the first tell-tale sign of Christianity that John names in 1 John. That sign is Christian fellowship, the Christian having a desire to … Continue reading

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