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Religion

  • Bickett: Have a strategy for reading the Bible

    Having an effective strategy for reading the Bible can make the difference between giving up and staying on course. One such method is called the PRIMA process. PRIMA is an acronym, with each letter standing for a step in studying the Bible.

    Pray. Begin with a prayer that your time with the Bible will draw you closer to God.

    Read attentively, trying to hear the words as if for the first time. Reading the passage aloud can help with this.

  • Jinkins: When the world breathes

    Thinking Out Loud

    Between the ages of 11 and 18, I spent a lot of time outdoors. It was not unheard of for me to spend as much as three months of a year “under canvas,” as we called camping. From the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada to the Rio Grande border with Mexico, I traveled – hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping. And I shared this love of the outdoors with my children as they grew up.

    There are so many memories.

  • Hardin: What hope does a Christian have after this life?

    Hope is one of the most powerful factors in human endeavor. Farmers plow the soil and sow seeds in hope of a good harvest. Merchants stock their shelves in the hope of sales. Prisoners employ attorneys to defend them in court in the hope of freedom or a light sentence. The Christian’s hope is that city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Our hope is laid up in heaven. This hope is an anchor of souls, it stabilizes our lives, gives us security the world does not and cannot know. Hope provides incentive for both zeal and steadfastness in righteous living.

  • Jacobs: Blessings are not yours, they are God's

    This phrase comes from a passage found in II Chronicles 20:5-19. Jehoshaphat had been praying to God concerning a certain battle. God answered him and said, “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v. 15). Can you think of other things that are not ours, but God’s?

  • Jacobs: Blessings are not yours, they are God's

    This phrase comes from a passage found in II Chronicles 20:5-19. Jehoshaphat had been praying to God concerning a certain battle. God answered him and said, “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v. 15). Can you think of other things that are not ours, but God’s?

  • Smith: Responding in Love

    The Apostle Paul had a pastor’s heart, which is borne out in his writings. Consider his letter to the church at Philippi, a church he dearly loved. He tells them they are in his mind, in his heart and in his prayers (Philippians 1:3-11).

    The church at Philippi had been founded by Paul on his second missionary journey. The work was small at first, among a few women by the river side. Lydia was his first convert, and she was soon joined by the Philippian jailer and his family (Acts 16:12-40).

  • DePoyster: Wisdom from Thomas Aquinas

    Whoever wishes to live perfectly should do nothing but disdain what Christ disdained on the cross and desire what He desired, for the cross exemplifies every virtue. If you seek the example of love, “Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.” Such a man was Christ on the cross. And if He gave His life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for His sake.

  • Saint Bernard, abbot and doctor of the church

    Saint Bernard was born in the year A.D. 1090 in the town of Fontaines, France. Being the third son of Tescelin Sorrel, a Burgundian noble, Bernard was sent to Chatillon on the Seine to study after a friend foretold of his great abilities.

  • He is Lord of all

    The Christian life could be described as “a land of hills and valleys” (Deuteronomy 11:11). Moses led the children of Israel out of slavery toward their future home in the Promised Land and God said it was “a land of hills and valleys.”

  • Biblical principles for making common life decisions