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January 2011

At Wit’s End - Everyday Sayings From The Bible

   Go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41). I am nothing but skin and bones (Job 19:20). At wit's end (Psalm 107:27). You don't know the half of it (1 Kings 10:7). Twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52). Drop in the bucket (Isaiah 40:15). Signs of the times (Matthew 16:3). There's a time and a place for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Divided we fall (Matthew 12:25).    More than a hundred everyday sayings originated in the Bible (or in some cases were at least popularized by...

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I Have A Dream

   This week we celebrate the life of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin.”    In the Bible, God reveals that we are all children of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:20, Acts 17:26). We are all one race, one family of human beings. God wants us to treat each other with respect and love (Romans 13:8-10, James 2:1). While we as sinful...

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Peace On Earth – U2 Song

   The U2 song, which was so popular after 9-11, captured the thoughts of many: “Peace on Earth, Hear it every Christmas time, But hope and history won't rhyme, So what's it worth? This peace on Earth”    The angels sang about “Peace on earth” while announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds 2,000 years ago (Luke 2:13-14). That phrase is in many Christmas songs, but what does it mean? The U2 song writer, and popular culture, take this Christian...

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What is Epiphany?

   January 6 is Epiphany, when we celebrate the making known of Jesus to the non-Jews, and remember the wise men who visited the baby Jesus.    There are many misconceptions about the wise men. Scripture does not say how many there were, but since they brought 3 gifts for Jesus, some assume that maybe there were 3 wise men. The wise men did not visit Jesus on the day he was born, as the shepherds had. The wise men visited months later, after Mary and Joseph had moved into a...

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Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. ~ EPHESIANS 5:19 (NIV)