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Broken Cisterns

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns. broken cisterns, that hold no water. – Jeremiah 2:13 What we wouldn‘t think of doing in natural, daily life, we constantly do in the realm of the spiritual over against the good and holy […]

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Dependence not Independence

“For what great nation is there, that hath a god so nigh unto them, as Jehovah our God is whenever we call upon him? And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before this day?” Deuteronomy 4:7–8 July is the month of very […]

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Whose Children Are They?

“And he [Esau] lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are these with thee? And he [Jacob] said, The children whom God hath graciously given your servant” (Gen. 33:5). It may seem to some especially shortsighted to turn back the pages of the years almost to the beginning of […]

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The First Testimony of the Power of Christ’s Death

Strange things and words are often found in the Bible. At least they are strange to us. Some of them as mysteries will not be unfolded for us until we reach heaven. But one thing is sure, they serve the great cause of the Son of God, in His work of salvation. They all serve […]

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Good Tidings

“And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people.” Luke 2:10 It is not strange that the shepherds were sore afraid when suddenly out of that star-studded canopy of the sky there burst upon them a heavenly messenger. The […]

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Imitators of God

“Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.” Ephesians 5:1 At first glance this exhortation of Paul that we imitate God may totally baffle us. Imitate God? The God of heaven and earth? The God who spoke and the world was? The God who has the power over life and death? We stand in awe […]

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Feeding on Ashes

“He feedeth on ashes; a deceived heart hath turned him aside; and he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?” Isaiah 44:20     The prophet’s language is quite picturesque. We can imagine someone sitting in front of a bucket of ashes, but that those ashes should be […]

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Citizens Who Pray

“I exhort, therefore, first or all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for the kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.” I Timothy 2:1, 2 Every Christian who takes his profession seriously knows the importance of […]

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What Makes a Nation Great?

“Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 To ask the question heading this meditation of several different people would likely evoke as many different answers as people questioned. For there are many varied perspectives from which people measure greatness. Some would consider size an important yardstick, others the military strength, […]

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Grieve Not the Spirit

(June 6 is Pentecost Sunday) “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30 To grieve someone means to injure or to harm, to try, or to occasion grief to someone. There is no doubt but that on the human level of interpersonal relationships, […]

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