Identifying our Identity

This is said plainly but gently. I pray you will read and believe.

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Identifying Our Identity

Studying steadily through the books of Law, we’ve been covering some of the physical laws God gave to the Israelites such as how to farm and how to dress. Though these were outward ordinances and no longer govern us, we know that they were given for our sakes, to teach us spiritual things (Gal 3:24, 2 Tim 3:16-17).

Leviticus 19:19

Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Deuteronomy 22:11

Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

Many of the Old Testament laws had to do with showing the meaning of holiness and purity. Something mixed wasn’t pure. God wanted even the fabric of their clothing to be pure. In fact, He commanded…

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“Gone with the Wind” – More than Just a Movie

It was sensational. It was controversial. It was historic. In 1939 the film “Gone with the Wind” crossed a major line in the movie industry, provoking excitement and criticism. The producers also drew huge profits by doing so, as they intended. Their shocking move was immensely successful, at least from an economic point of view.

What was it? Simply this. The movie included the word “damn,” in the very famous last line. Rhett said to Scarlett, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a _____.”

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Rise Up, O Men (Child) of God

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(picture of William P. Merrill)

“RISE UP, O MEN (CHILD) OF GOD”

“Yet a little while, and…He will come, and will not tarry” (Heb. 10:37)

     INTRO.:  A hymn which encourages us to labor for the Lord while we wait for Him to come is “Rise Up, O Men (Child) of God” (#545 in Hymns for Worship Revised).  The text was written by William Pierson Merrill, who was born at Orange, NJ, on Jan. 10, 1867.  The Merrills must have moved to Massachusetts, because at the age of eleven, he became a member of the Belleville Congregational Church at Newburyport, MA.  Two years later, after his family returned to New Jersey, he became a member of the Second Dutch Reformed Church at New Brunswick, NJ.  His first book, Faith Building, was published in 1885, when he was just eighteen.  Educated at Rutgers, from which he received the A…

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Katrina

What is the mindset that causes people to practice such deception? Are they lazy? Do they like to live off other people’s dime? What could possibly make a self-respecting human being live like this?

Behind the White Coat

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“He needs a letter saying he’s disabled so he can get his check. All of his medical records were destroyed.”

His mother handed me a newspaper article clipping with a man of similar height and build pictured. It told of all of his physical disabilities and how he was working to conquer them. A journalistic fluff piece but now they presented it as proof of his condition and identity.

“He can’t talk and he has to use the cane.”

“Why?”

“He had a stroke.”

“Which side did it affect?”

“What do you mean?”

“Which side of the brain did it affect?”

“Both sides.”

Odd thing to say but it was not impossible and then sometimes people don’t really understand their medical conditions. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt but a nagging in my gut told me there was something not right. Was I being too judgemental?…

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A Day in the Life of a Priest

Kara’s unfailing diligence has produced yet another beautiful work of art. We all claim to love children and want what is best for them, but do we put in time and energy toward that love? In view of eternity, do we seek their best good every day?

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Besides sewing the past two weeks, the main thing that has kept me from writing lately has been a Bible class project which grew a bit bigger than I originally envisioned (as all my projects seem to do!) We’ve been studying different aspects of the priesthood for a number of weeks, and considering that God has made us a holy priesthood ourselves  (1 Pet 2:9,11) and designed the Levitical priesthood to be a shadow of ours (Heb 8:4-5), I wanted the kids to come away with a good grasp of what the priesthood was all about. I asked Mother for suggestions how to make the subject come alive to the kids. “Why not make a book describing each part of a priest’s day, from the perspective of an actual priest?”

Two labor-intensive months later…Mother’s idea is printed and bound, and the priesthood means so much more to me than it did before. I’d…

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