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What’s in Your Bible? Boats

I’d like to use this rubric for a time in exploration and explanation of interesting things – especially tangible objects – that appear in the Bible and often in the historical narrative passages.  Typically in our preaching, teaching and studying of the scriptures in which we are searching for the spiritual, gospel truth of the […]

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Providence (4) The Comfort of Providence

In his fine essay on the providence of God, Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield mentions the frequent saying of a certain woman familiar to him. That housewife was fond of saying, “We will not be robbed of God’s providence.” That quotation and its source are instructive for the consideration of the doctrine of providence, especially […]

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Providence (2) The Scope of Providence

When we speak of God’s providence as his personal government of the world, we mean that he governs all things. The scope of providence extends to all things. It includes the entire universe, every creature in the universe, and every event that happens in that universe from the explosion of a star, to the oscillations […]

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Providence (1): The Idea of Providence

The doctrine of providence is the confession of the church. In the Old Testament Enoch preached it when he preached that all things culminate in the Lord’s coming. Noah lived by faith in it and built an ark to the saving of his house. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob believed that God suffered no man to […]

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Soft with Showers

“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof” (Psalm […]

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Outliers – The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008; 285 pages. Outliers is an odd choice for a Beacon Lights book review. Perhaps readers of the Beacon Lights would be expecting a religious book of some sort. Outliers is not. It is a thoroughly secular book intended for a secular audience. However, this book is a […]

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David Meditates

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). David reflects on the care of the Lord – How He always is blessing His own; Since the days of his youth the shepherd boy saw That God’s children were never alone. […]

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God Is In Control

Riley sat by the window and watched as the sun slowly dropped behind the trees. Tears dripped down her face as she thought about the day’s events. Today during story time their teacher had read them a story about a man that died. The story was about a man who had cancer and was struggling […]

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Our Father Cares

At times like this when we have trials to bear, Let’s turn to His Word and find comfort there. There is no burden which He does not share. Our Father cares. Our Father has called us to be His own. He has given faith—changed hearts of stone, And has sent His Son our sins to […]

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The Acorn

Rustled by an autumn breeze, the acorn fell to rest near a mouse who promptly pleased to take it for her nest. Crouching by, a fox’s eye caught sight of nut and mouse. Pouncing high, he heard her cry and took her to his house. There a den of smaller bones, the mouse was added […]

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