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The Gift and the Giver

Friday, May 22

The following is a contribution of Diane Elliot, a member of my church.

The Focus of My Prayers
The blessing . . . 26 more words


A Piece of Heaven

Thursday, May 21

Paul mentions the “firstfruits of the Spirit” in Rom.8:23. The term “firstfruits” is used a number of times in the New Testament, with a variety of nuances. 183 more words


Groan! Groan!

Wednesday, May 20

Romans 8:26 is an interesting verse and difficult to understand. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” The Greek word for “groans” has shades of meaning—sighs, murmurs, as well as groans—a little confusing. 292 more words


Pangs of Childbirth

Tuesday, May 19

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Rom. 8:22. 112 more words


Petting Sheep

Monday, May 18

“Elders should be tending the flock, not petting the sheep.” You won’t find this statement in the Bible, but the message is. Paul tells Timothy: “Preach the Word . 325 more words


Check Your Gas Gauge

Sunday, May 17

“Intercessory prayer can penetrate the hearts of those we cannot open and shield those we guard. It can teach where we cannot speak, and comfort where our hearts have no power to soothe. 186 more words