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  • January 21, 2023

    The Aramean army surrounded Samaria. No one could get out or go in. People were starving since no one could get past the Aramean army. Those outside the gates—lepers who were unclean since leprosy was a fatal skin disease—were also starving. . Four lepers sat outside the gate. Trying to figure out a way to [...]

  • November 29, 2022

    Love is not just a four-letter word. Sometimes we want to hear someone say, “I love you” and really mean it and show it. My dear husband doesn't say “I love you” very often. When he does say it, I know he truly means it. More than anything, he shows me he loves me. He [...]

  • September 23, 2022

    I like to feed hummingbirds. As I was researching how to feed them well, I found that many websites say to watch for stragglers at the end of the warm season. This year, we've had a couple stragglers. It's November when I write this, and I am still putting out food and it's still disappearing. [...]

  • April 25, 2022

    A Pharisee (a Jewish religious leader) named Simon invited Jesus to supper. When Jesus arrived, Simon didn't offer Him water to wash His feet or head. Dirty feet in sandals and itchy heads need water to wash off the dust. It was also customary for the host to offer their guest a kiss on the [...]

  • February 25, 2021

    When was the last time you lost something? I'm always losing something and frantically looking for it. I usually find what I'm looking for in peculiar places. I once found my driver's license next to my shampoo and my phone in the refrigerator! Whenever I find something I'm looking for, I feel a huge sense [...]

  • February 11, 2021

    We fancied ourselves clever, witty explorers roaming the galaxy in search of its most priceless treasures. Our current location was trying our perceptions of ourselves. This planet's underground network of tunnels was dark, steep, and narrow. Sometimes we had to crawl on our bellies; sometimes ropes around our waists were the only threads dangling us [...]

  • January 26, 2021

    How can you share the good news of Jesus in a good way? How can you share your beliefs without sounding too pushy or judgmental? If you struggle with this, think about Jesus and the way He shared His good news. Jesus healed the sick, caring for peoples' earthly needs to show them He had [...]

  • September 18, 2020

    Jeremiah was just a young man when God called him to be a prophet—a messenger to speak to the people on God's behalf. Jeremiah was to tell the people of Judah to repent of their evil and to follow God instead. Even though Jeremiah felt too young and unqualified, God still used him to warn [...]

  • August 16, 2020

    Gideon hid near the winepress to thresh wheat so that the Midianites—his enemies—would not find him and steal the wheat from his hands. But, while Gideon hid, God sent an angel to him, telling him he was to save the Israelites from the Midianites. Amazed, Gideon wondered, "Does God know who He's talking to?" Gideon [...]