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The Spider’s Web

A spider weaves a beautifully intricate, yet practical web.  Although beautiful in design, a spider's web is intended for one use:  to capture the spider's food while enduring the elements - rain, wind, or snow.  Often, a spider's web is best seen...

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Setting Your Problems Afloat

“But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.” (Ex 2:3) Imagine for a moment that you are the mother of baby...

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Right in the Middle of the Storm

Luke 1:31 "You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."  NIV   Let's thing for a moment about when Jesus came to our planet.  Was it during a time of prosperity in Israel or at a time when the Israelites where...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." (Eccl 1:9) A rather discouraging thought, isn't it? In fact, the theme of the entire first chapter of Ecclesiastes is disheartening! But nothing quite as...

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No Greater Love

Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." This, often quoted verse, has reference to what Jesus was getting ready to do on the cross as He was laying down His life for His "friends"...

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More Than Conquerors

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Rom 8:37) The early morning was so peaceful that I couldn't help but linger a few moments on the back deck.  It was the first morning in days without rain.  The sky was clear,...

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Less Than our Sins Deserve

"What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins have deserved and have given us a remnant like this." (Ezra 9:13-14 -- emphasis mine) The setting is Jerusalem.  The people of...

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Learning to Swim

"Why is learning to swim so important?" I asked with a quivering voice. "Because if you ever get thrown from a boat, you won't have to worry about drowning." My step grandfather's response caused much anxiety as we were sitting in a small boat in the middle of a huge...

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Keep Your Balance

"For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and  fully accomplish the will of God, and thus carry away (and enjoy to the full) what is promised." (Hebrews 10:36) AMP    In Nursing School we took weekly exams. Each...

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