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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today Heavenly Father, as I glanced across an article concerning George Washington's birthday, the article gave "5 Things about George Washington You didn't know". There was not one thing to tell about George Washington owned 155 slaves. Also during his administration, the writers of The Constitution also owned slaves. In this prayer, I am reminded of The Bill of Rights in this so-called Modern Era. Then I think about this country's Congress that is willing to cut-back on jobs; food programs for hunger poor children; "wick" program that provides money and shelter for the poor; health care services for all people that cannot afford health insurance--some will die; increasing taxes on the poor while the rich folly in their luxury's; cutting-back on the military--increasing the dangers that already exist against this country. Yet as always, those that have and is the cause of putting us (The USA) in this economic situation, not the current…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, February 22      Go To Evening Reading

         “His bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.”
         — Genesis 49:24

That strength which God gives to his Josephs is real strength; it is not a boasted [valor]  a fiction, a thing of which men talk, but which ends in smoke; it is true—divine strength. Why does Joseph stand against temptation? Because God gives him aid. There is nought that we can do without the power of God. All true strength comes from “the mighty God of Jacob.” Notice in what a blessedly familiar way God gives this strength to Joseph—“The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob.” Thus God is represented as putting his hands on Joseph’s hands, placing his arms on Joseph’s arms. Like as a father teaches his children, so the Lord teaches them that fear him. He puts his arms upon them. Marvellous condescension! God Almighty, Eternal, Omnipotent, stoops from his t…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 22: The Light of the World
John 8:12–30

“I am the light of the world! The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). While some of Jesus’ “I am” statements confused the Jews, the “following the light” imagery would have been familiar. God had led the Israelite's out of Egypt and through the wilderness with a pillar of fire so they could walk at night (Exodus 13:21). They couldn't deflect or misunderstand this claim.
Jesus used this imagery to show the Jews that He offers clarity and meaning in a dark world. He offers life, grace, and spiritual awakening to those who are lost in the darkness. But the Pharisees couldn't comprehend the light; they misinterpreted Jesus’ claims and fumbled around in the darkness and the details (John 8:19, 22, 25, 27).
When we’ve elevated ourselves in the darkness, it’s hard to humble ourselves in the light.
Even when we have inklings that tell us there is a better way, we don’t want to…