Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 1: The Destination

Day 1 - The Destination: What Is Heaven and What Is It Like?  What comes to mind when you think of Heaven? Today, our Western secular culture tends to think of Heaven as either the "good place" where all the mostly good people will end up when they die, or an imaginary place that religion has invented for comfort but has no basis in reality. So, practically, the opposing views are that…

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Sunday Selah: Not Forsaken

Sunday Selah: Not Forsaken On many LORD’s Day mornings, as we remember the Savior’s sacrifice, lingering in the harsh reality of sin’s price, this chorus slows in rich tones that deeply touch my heart:  Alone, alone, He bore it all alone. He gave Himself to save His own. He suffered, bled, and died. Alone, alone. (Ben H. Price, 1914) .  .  . Forsaken. For me. Alone to bear the wrath. Alone to…

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Sunday Selah

Sunday Selah by: Wendi Stewart Colaiuta Many LORD’s Day mornings, as I take my seat at His table, my hymnbook falls open to the same page. His Spirit uses these words to soften and settle my heart as I step away from the swirl of normal life to fix my gaze on our Beloved Savior. As you quiet your own heart this morning, what touches you most about the Person of our…

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Sunday Selah: Just Come

Sunday Selah: Just Come by: Wendi Stewart Colaiuta As I prepare my heart for the LORD’s Supper, I am so touched by a few simple thoughts from Amy Carmichael in “Edges of His Ways”: “Perhaps in a time when you are alone with your LORD there may come that uplifting which is life and peace. It will come by looking away from self to the LORD of Light and Joy. ‘They looked…

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Lessons from Nature 7: The Lamb of God (Sunday Selah)

Lessons from Nature Day 7: The Lamb of God (Sunday Selah) He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7, ESV) A lamb. Such an adorable, mild creature. When shorn, it doesn’t fight the shepherd. And even when led to be…

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Lessons from Nature 6: Our Value to God

Lessons from Nature Day 6: Our Value to God As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved animals. Even today, as my family watched a 3-foot black snake slither along our patio (with shrieking coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE), I couldn’t help but look in awe at another of God’s creatures. When we lost our beloved cat Tiger in March 2021, the tear in my heart was immense. I’m thankful…

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Lessons from Nature 4: Complete Transformation – The Monarch Butterfly

Lessons from Nature Day 4: Complete Transformation – The Monarch Butterfly Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV) A monarch butterfly is a sight to behold. Their coloration and almost whimsical flight patterns capture the attention of young and old alike.…

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Lessons from Nature 3: A Life of Labor – The Ant

Lessons from Nature Day 3: A Life of Labor – The Ant Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8, ESV)  Imagine showing up on your first day of work at a new job. The job description was a little hazy coming into it, but now you’re…

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Lessons from Nature 2: Misplaced Fear – The Dragonfly

Lessons from Nature Day 2: Misplaced Fear – The Dragonfly And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28, ESV)  If you are a parent, you’ve surely had to deal with your children having encounters with insects. Most of them end poorly—maybe for both the child and the parent! The cries of horror…

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