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"Phinehas, son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites by displaying passionate zeal among them on my behalf." (Numbers 25:11 NLT)

 

Christians should be zealous for…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 2, 2016 at 1:11pm — No Comments

More than Words

 

“God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken, and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through”  [Numbers 23:19 NLT]

 

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed that our wordy world is filled with many basically meaningless messages. Media verbiage is…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 25, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

The Source of Music

 

There the Israelites sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Yes, sing about it!”  (Numbers 21:17 NLT)

 

 

Ancient Hebrews were healed by a trusting look at a stinging serpent on a pole—we journey toward…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 18, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

A Better Idea

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“You will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea.”  (Numbers16:28 NIV)

 

Our idea is prestige, but God has a better…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 11, 2016 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Memos from the Master

 

“You must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach the tassels at each corner with a blue cord. The tassels will remind you of the commands of the Lord, and that you are to obey his commands instead of following your own desires and going your own ways as you are prone to do.”  (Numbers 15:38-39 NLT)

 

God encircles us…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 4, 2016 at 6:29pm — No Comments

A Different Spirit

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“Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” (Numbers 14:24 NIV)

 

In a…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Easter -- The Day That Changes Everything

 

 

“Thou art the Sun of other days, They shine by giving back thy rays.”   (John Keble: The Christian Year)

 

“’Dear woman, why are you crying?’ Jesus asked her. ‘Who are you looking for?’ ‘Mary!’ Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, ‘Rabboni!’ (which is Hebrew for ‘Teacher’). Mary Magdalene found the…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on March 28, 2016 at 10:09am — No Comments

The Optimism of Faith

 

“Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. ‘Let’s go at once to take the land. We can certainly conquer it!’” (Numbers 13:30 NLT)

 

“They can conquer who believe they can.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Poise is rare. Very few people remain calm in…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on March 22, 2016 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Ten Hard Steps to Humility

 

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less." (C. S. Lewis) 

 

 

There are no easy steps to humility, but here are ten hard ones—

 

 

1)       Respect God.  Observe the canopy of constellations He whispered into being and ask yourself,…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on March 14, 2016 at 11:36am — No Comments

Grumbly Hateful or Humbly Grateful?

 

“No person is in true health who cannot stand in the free air of heaven, with feet on God’s free turf, and thank the Creator for the simple luxury of physical existence.” (T. W. Higginson, 1823-1911, American clergyman and writer)

 

“A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most nearly perfect prayer.”…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on March 7, 2016 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Living a Life of Love

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.

He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us.”

(Ephesians 5:2 NLT)

 

 

Unrung bells have not shown their purpose. Unsung songs have not blessed human ears. Love hoarded within a human heart has not proved its authenticity. Love is not really love until we give it away.

 

Not…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 29, 2016 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Black Holes, Relativity, and Faith

"By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen." (Hebrews 11:3 NLT)

 

University of Cambridge theoretical physicists recently simulated how a  ring-shaped black hole could cause Einstein’s theory of relativity to break…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 23, 2016 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Syria -- Sadness without Solution?

 

“As he was approaching Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.”

(Acts 9:3 NLT)

 

After five years of devastating civil war in Syria, the same old sad pattern of despair drags on. Talks…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 15, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Jehovah's Benediction

In the name above all other names we are blessed beyond words with lavish provision—life, health, spouse, children, friends, and heaven. The Lord spangles our nights with constellations, not just single stars. He fills our life with blessing after blessing, not just an occasional token. He designs our days with hours for celebration, not merely a moment of joy…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 9, 2016 at 11:57am — No Comments

Righting Wrongs

“If any of the people betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding a penalty of 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged.” (Numbers 5:6-7 NLT)

 

Crime against humanity is sin against God. When we wrong others, we also wrong their Creator. When we break faith with people, we break faith with God. When we are uncaring toward people, we are…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on February 4, 2016 at 8:21am — No Comments

Special Duty Assignment

“Each man was assigned his task and told what to carry, just as the Lord had commanded through Moses.” (Numbers 4:49…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 27, 2016 at 9:37am — No Comments

Snowfall Reflections

 

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth.

They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 23, 2016 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Driving Out Hate

If we sincerely desire to know the Lord, pressing on to know him (Hosea 6:3), we will learn that God is love (1 John 4:16). When the Holy Spirit controls our heart, love will be is evident in our attitudes and actions.

 

Galatians 5:19-21 lists demons Jesus orders to flee—including hostility, quarreling, outbursts of anger, dissension, and division—all manifestations of hatred. Verses 22 and 23 lists the heavenly habits of the heart—the first one being sacrificial love; and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 18, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Driving Out Hate

If we sincerely desire to know the Lord, pressing on to know him (Hosea 6:3), we will learn that God is love (1 John 4:16). When the Holy Spirit controls our heart, love will be is evident in our attitudes and actions.

 

Galatians 5:19-21 lists demons Jesus orders to flee—including hostility, quarreling, outbursts of anger, dissension, and division—all manifestations of hatred. Verses 22 and 23 lists the heavenly habits of the heart—the first one being sacrificial love; and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 18, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Taking Inventory

“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.” (Numbers 1:2 NIV)

 

Before making a move, it is wise to inventory our resources—taking stock of contacts, health, possessions, time, and goals. A census makes sense. 

 

The number of people around us is vitally important. Community counts. It would not be good for us to be alone, so God gives us a complementary companion and…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 15, 2016 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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