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August 11


Solid Ground
From San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge, past the sheer cliffs of Big Sur to the sun-drenched beaches of Southern California, the views along the 644 miles of Highway 1 are breathtaking. The views of the Pacific crashing against the shore compete with the rugged beauty of the mountains, forests and gentle hills of California’s Central Coast. No wonder economists estimate that the Highway brings several billion dollars in tourism to the state every year.

Beautiful? Absolutely. No wonder engineers have found a way to take the road where no road was meant to go—across protected wetlands, over deep arroyos, and through active landslide areas, not to mention the earthquake faults. Highway 1 is in a constant struggle to survive. Cal Trans (California Department of Transportation) is constantly rebuilding the road after the adjacent mountain slides into the ocean, taking chunks of the Highway with it.

Since I live less than a mile from Highway 1, I’m grateful for the wo…

THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART

August 11




THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEARTWords and Music by Ernest O. Sellers, 1869–1952
  The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. (John 6:63)

  O cleansing Word, O precious Word, Your promises are true;
  They keep and purify my heart; Your truths are ever new.
—Unknown

God has made provision for each believer to live holy and pure lives—regardless of his or her environment. That provision is the power of His Word. The ability to live above the filth and evil in the daily world around us can be achieved only through listening to and responding to the truth of the Scriptures.

Portions of the wonderful 119th Psalm, with the majority of its 176 verses speaking pointedly regarding the importance of God’s Word, were paraphrased by Ernest O. Sellers and set to a melody in 1908 to provide us with a hymn that still has an important place in our hymnals.

The first stanza of this hymn is based on verse 105: “Thy Word is a l…