Category Archives: Trials

The 10 Times Israel Tested God

Most people have heard about the ten plagues with which God struck Egypt to break Pharaoh’s will and cause him to release the Israelites from their enslavement (Exodus chapters 7 through 12). Far less known are the ten times the … Continue reading

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The “Others”

Hebrews 11:1-40 is the Bible’s famous “hall of faith” passage. It cites example after example of Old Testament characters who “by faith” did extraordinary things and received extraordinary blessings and deliverances. And the list of victories is certainly impressive. By … Continue reading

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What Satan Did to Paul: A Thorn in the Flesh

“The Wiles of the Devil” series (post #14) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Help the Eagles Win the Super Bowl?

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in last Sunday’s Super Bowl. While that result was a bit of an upset, what stood out to me most about the game was the inordinate amount of “Jesus talk” the … Continue reading

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The Best Position for Praying

Three ministers were engaged in a conversation on the subject of prayer. Naturally, they all agreed that prayer was vital, but the debate was about which bodily position works best for praying. As they commented back and forth, a telephone … Continue reading

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The Very Real Problem of Fear

One hot day in July, a farmer sat lazily on the porch of his shack, whittling on a piece of wood. A neighbor dropped by for a visit and asked him, “Did you get your cotton harvested yet?” Without looking … Continue reading

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Failed Lately?

As a parent, I don’t want either of my two sons to have any problems in life. I want them to enjoy perfect health. I want them to be the most popular kids at their schools. I want them to … Continue reading

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