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Who Changes?

“As I was with Moses, so shall I be with you.”

People often lament the passing or retirement of elderly church leaders with the question, “Who will fill their shoes?” At the beginning of the book of Joshua, God make a promise that proved this question to be misguided.

“As I was with Moses.” God  took Moses from his flocks in the desert to the throne room of Egypt. Moses stuttered yet God so blessed his farewell speech to the Israelites, we still have it available to us — the book of Deuteronomy.

“So will I be with you.” God did not command Joshua to lead the people as Moses had. They no longer needed a shepherd. They needed someone to lead them into battle.

God did not even promise the same miracles to Joshua. There was no king to convince any longer — only kings to defeat.

The promise was not to continue Moses’ life through Joshua. He was supposed to be different than Moses. God is the one who remained the same.

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Mountaintops and Cream

In January 1860, a boy was born to a poor family in the mountains of Tennessee. He was one of thirteen children and could have easily have grown into a forgettable man.

In the summer of his twentieth year, the young man made a discovery. He walked the aisle at a local tent camp meeting and discovered the Source of joy and meaning in life. The same night he became a Christian, he was called to preach.

His preaching was not all fire and brimstone though. He was a brilliant storyteller and often made memorable points that way. For instance, he never thought becoming a Christian meant he would send the rest of his life fighting depression.

“My friend, if the devil can succeed in skimming the cream off of your religious experience, he will leave you with a bowl of clabber on your hands; and, as you rattle your bowl and eat clabber with a brass spoon, you will imagine, because nobody wants your clabber, that you are the only fellow in all this land of ours that has the real thing.

“Well, old boy, I don’t propose to eat clabber and drink skimmed milk when I can get cream at the same price. My, my! neighbor, why should I put clabber and skimmed milk on my strawberries when the waiter is standing by with a smile on his face and a pitcher of cream in his hand, saying, ‘Help yourself, there is plenty more'” (Bud Robinson in A Pitcher of Cream).

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The Press

“Religious truth is captive in a small number of little manuscripts which guard the common treasures, instead of expanding them. Let us break the seal which binds these holy things; let us give wings to truth that it may fly with the Word, no longer prepared at vast expense, but multitudes everlastingly by a machine which never wearies to every soul which enters life.” — Johann Gutenberg

Johann Gutenberg is best known for his invention that made the printing press more practical and books less expensive — the movable-type printing press. The first book he printed was a Latin translation of the Bible which was finished in 1523.

Centuries later we still have Gutenberg to thank for the access to such vital information that we have today.

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Grace

“God’s faithfulness was realized when the promise reached its fulfillment and was displayed at Calvary. Salvation is an eternally established gift that had been planned, provided, and determined to be offered to whosoever will receive it,” wrote Dr. Glenn McClure in the February Banner. “The debt owed to God was provided by God through His Son. The security of the restored relationship with God was made possible by God through His Son only. That was and still is God’s gift to man, and the only possession that man needs in order to receive this gift is faith. Now that is grace!”

Check out the February edition of The Church Herald and Holiness Banner to read more about this most wonderful gift of love.

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The Gift of Praise

Here is a gift idea for the kindest Recipient you will ever find. Give praise to God for all He has done. He does not need your gift, but He does deserve it. He has loved you with an everlasting love. He has blessed you in countless ways, but take a day this Christmas season to try counting them. Then present that list as praise to a Father who has everything and wants to share with you.

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The Most Wonderful Prayer of the Year

This is such a wonderful time of year! We celebrate everywhere — church, school, work, and home. We work hard to make sure everyone remembers why we can be so happy at Christmas. We teach the children songs and stories, we read articles and devotionals, we display nativities and evergreens. We remember well.

Have you taken advantage of what you remember? The Baby did not come to be sung or read about. He came “to seek and to save.” Why? Because God wants us in His family, and the only way to sign the adoption papers was with the blood of His Son. Have you been adopted? Have you talked to your Father lately?

Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year for prayer, too.

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Colors of Thankfulness

The streets in our area are lined with flags today. The sky is drab with clouds and many trees have already lost their fall decor, but the streets are lined with beauty.

The streaming red, white, and blue are not just reminders of those who have fought and fallen for us. They are our colors of thanksgiving. The blue of a late autumn night sky, the sharp whiteness of the stars and every other stripe, the bright red on the borders — we are thankful in these colors.

Thankful in the peace-filled nights we do not enjoy enough. Thankful in the cleanness and safety of our neighborhoods. Thankful in the absence of such violence as we see in the news.

The little things we take for granted, the things so many people in our world today long to experience, are in those colors. What did you see today?

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