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Who inspires you? Who inspired people thousands of years ago?

A person who lived sometime between the 10th and 6th centuries B.C. wrote this proverb: Proverbs 30:4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! --It is amazing that the Old Testament (OT) writers spoke about the Son of God, Jesus, even though Jesus had not yet walked the planet? How could the Old Testament writers have thought to write this...if it wasn't for God inspiring them!?! And this is only one of hundreds of prophetic messages! No wonder Jesus said (in John...

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SILENT & LISTEN - two words; same letters; Necessary in Prayer!

As I kid, I was taught to recite memorized prayers. Later in my 30s, I realized one can just talk to God by pouring out your heart. And then...the best thing can happen...if you will be SILENT and LISTEN, you might actually hear God speak. I have 3 very short stories in my book that attest to the fact that God is still speaking today. Get the book or listen to the interviews on this website.If you're not sure what it means to hear God speak, come back to this blog another day. I'll be writing a lot more on the subject. (Also, I have written a lot on the topic in my Bible Study Guide that will be a FREE...

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A Gift? A Tree? Is Christmas about You or Me? or Much More Than That?

Lots to ponder at Christmas: Jesus wasn't born in December so why do we celebrate His birthday then? In fact, there was no tradition of Jews celebrating birthdays (according to first century historian Josephus) so why celebrate at all? Isn't the holiday marked with pagan rituals? Should we have a tree? And what does that tree stand for? Isn't the holiday too materialistic?   For me, Christmas is not so much the birth of Jesus, but rather an awe-inspiring celebration of the fact that God revealed Himself to mankind through Jesus. We rejoice in the truth that the Word become flesh and dwelt among us. The month is insignificant; the miracle is momentous!The Gospel of John says in Chapter 1, verses...

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WOW, a 1500-year-old stone with a Greek inscription, "Christ born of Mary"

Some people say having Jesus die on a cross for our sins is ‘a strange way to save the world.’ Interestingly enough, one of my favorite Christian songs, by a group called 4Him (a Grammy-nominated group with seven Dove awards), has a song with that very name. As strange as it may sound to us humans, God’s plan stands. Jesus, born to the virgin Mary, lived and died to show us God’s love. His death on the cross made it possible for us to live with God for eternity. We need only believe with a submissive heart. If you have doubts, stop and pray for God to reveal the truth to you. Also, take a look at secular information that...

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Hear God's voice? Make a choice!

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)As a 10-year-old, I longed to know more about God. I heard about the Bible but didn't have one, so I rode my bicycle to the library. I asked the lady at the front desk where I would find the Bible. "First aisle, top shelf," she said. I scurried over and looked up...only to be very confused when I saw a row of about a dozen Bibles. "WHAT? I thought there was ONE Bible."For years I remained confused, but later in my 30s after years of reading books about...

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