Posts with the category “general-inspiration”

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Thursday, June 16, 2022
June 16th, 2022
              In I Kings 2, David is nearing death.  He’s enjoyed a prominent place in Israel as a musician, writer, defeater of Goliath and Israel’s second king.  He was not perfect but he was called...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
June 15th, 2022
            The Song of Solomon is part of the Bible’s wisdom literature.  It reads as love poetry and loving exchanges.  People have often interpreted this book as a spiritual allegory representing t...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, June 13, 2022
June 13th, 2022
            At the end of John’s gospel, we read a fascinating conclusion or summation about Jesus’ ministry and work.  John wrote, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were writ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, June 9, 2022
June 9th, 2022
           Nahum is a short book of prophecy.  It has only three chapters and a total of forty-seven verses.  The name Nahum means “compassionate” or “full of comfort.”  Certainly, we could assign tho...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
June 8th, 2022
            As Christians, we believe in the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We believe that God has chosen to reveal Himself in three ways.  There is one God but this one God is known as Father...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
June 7th, 2022
           Isaiah 33:3 says, “O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in a time of distress.”  We can read these words as a plea or even a petition.  ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, June 6, 2022
June 6th, 2022
            Isaiah 29:13 says, “The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’”  God was not pleased with either the wor...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
June 1st, 2022
           In I Samuel 8, the people of Israel complain about their lack of a king.  They voice their discontent and anger to Samuel.  Many in Israel desired to be like other nations with a king to ru...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022
May 31st, 2022
             We know David as the writer of many of the Psalms that we have in our Bibles.  His words of comfort and faith have encouraged so may people through the years.  My guess is you have been b...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, May 26, 2022
May 26th, 2022
            People are often passionate or excited about a variety of things.  Some people are passionate about their hobbies.  Others get energized going to work and completing the duties of the day....  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, May 23, 2022
May 23rd, 2022
            Scripture can often give us wake-up calls and warnings.  Inspired passages originally intended for audiences and people thousands of years or many generations ago can often speak quite fre...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, May 19, 2022
May 19th, 2022
            In Daniel 9, we read the great prayer of confession that Daniel prayed on behalf of the people of Israel. In this prayer, the prophet acknowledged Israel’s sinfulness and rebellion against...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
May 18th, 2022
            In some Bibles, Isaiah 26 is captioned as a “song of praise.”  The prophet blessed and praised God over the span of twenty-one verses.  For instance, we find this often quoted and cherishe...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
May 17th, 2022
          In 2 Corinthians 9:12, Paul wrote, “For I know your eagerness to help and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians.”  The backdrop for this statement was Paul’s collection for the sa...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, May 16, 2022
May 16th, 2022
          Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament.  He was one of the minor prophets with a book that spans only four chapters.  In Malachi 3, the prophet spoke about the Lord God returning to H...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
May 10th, 2022
           I would like to thank you for your prayers and support during the Poland mission trip.  Please continue to pray for our Christians brothers and sisters in Poland and Ukraine.  They need our...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, April 28, 2022
April 28th, 2022
            Today’s message to you will be a bit different.  As some of you know, six of us will be leaving on Sunday evening for our mission trip to Poland.  We learned this morning that we will be w...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
April 27th, 2022
             Is praising the Lord a part of your daily life?  Do you look for and find reasons to praise God each day?  Praise is an important part of our faith and life as disciples and followers of ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
April 19th, 2022
             “Beloved” is a rich Bible word.  Depending upon the translation that you read and the context of a particular verse, “beloved” can be alternately used with the words “loved” or “love.”  I...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, April 7, 2022
April 7th, 2022
            God knows the future. I do not.  You do not.  But God knows what was, what is and what will be.  Coming events do not catch the Lord by surprise.  Past, present and future are all clear an...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
April 5th, 2022
          The first word in the book of Psalms is blessed (1:1).  The last word in Psalms is LORD (found in Psalm 150:6).  The reality is we are blessed.  We are blessed people.  We are blessed by the...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, April 4, 2022
April 4th, 2022
            Forgiveness is a big word in the Christian life. And it is a good one.  God offers us forgiveness for our sins committed against Him and others.  We believe that Jesus died to pay the pric...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, March 31, 2022
March 31st, 2022
            It has been said that we can enjoy as much of God as we wish.  Think of these words in terms of a relationship with a spouse or child.  You may have some casual contact and a few perfuncto...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
March 30th, 2022
           We have probably all heard the expression that “we reap what we sow.”  Indeed, it has a biblical origin.  Galatians 6:7 says, “a man reaps what he sows.”  Generally speaking, the verse is s...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
March 29th, 2022
            Jesus spent a good deal of time around the Sea of Galilee or what is also called the Lake of Gennesaret.  In Luke 5, He was teaching the people the Word and Ways of God when He decided to ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, March 28, 2022
March 28th, 2022
            Have you ever felt a passion to do something?  Jesus did.  He knew exactly what He had to do.  As He was preparing to begin his three-year public work and ministry, he made the following s...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, March 24, 2022
March 24th, 2022
           How long?  That two-word question can keep us up at night and in a tizzy during the day.  Kids in a car ask how long the trip will be.  A patient may ask how long the surgery will last or h...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
March 23rd, 2022
           Pondering is a fascinating activity.  To ponder means “to weigh in one’s mind, to think about or to reflect upon.”  We ponder when we are struggling for an answer.  We ponder when we are bo...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
March 22nd, 2022
           Practically any conversations about God are limited at best.  After all, we are humans and God is, well God.  Last Friday, as I attended a Baptist gathering in Raleigh, I was fortunate to b...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, March 21, 2022
March 21st, 2022
           Getting stuck is never fun.  We can get stuck without a car, stuck in mud, stuck in a storm without an umbrella and stuck in a situation where we would rather not be.  We can also get stuck...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
March 16th, 2022
           Psalm 16 is a fascinating chapter in the Bible.  It is well-worth our reading and reflection.  This Psalm opens with the plea, “keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge” (16:1).  How m...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
March 15th, 2022
           Waiting is a part of life.  Some waiting can be frustrating to us.  But there can be times where God calls us to wait.  There can be times where God is at work as we wait for something else...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, March 10, 2022
March 10th, 2022
            Remembering is an important activity.  We remember the things that have meaning and value. We remember experiences, people, situations and blessings.  But we also remember trials, painful ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
March 9th, 2022
            Peace is a word we often encounter in the Bible.  Some form of the word peace is mentioned more than two hundred fifty times.  It is sort of a counterpart to the often- repeated command “f...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, March 3, 2022
March 3rd, 2022
          We know that God often spoke through prophets in the Bible.  He used prophets to reveal something about His character.  He spoke through prophets to announce the coming of His Son Jesus.  Th...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
March 2nd, 2022
           I read a statistic recently that suggested the diet management and healthy eating industry in America is about $200 billion in annual revenue.  That is a lot of money and a lot of interest....  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
March 1st, 2022
              Each day we likely have opportunities to trust God in some way.  We may not always recognize these opportunities.  Sometimes God may be hidden or hard to see.  But there He is.  He is in...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, February 28, 2022
February 28th, 2022
            Cling is a good biblical word.  Do you cling to anything?  Do you cling to anyone?  Often, we speak of clinging to God and especially during difficult and demanding times where we are runn...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, February 24, 2022
February 24th, 2022
           The Bible speaks to God’s authority.  He is the Creator.  Psalm 24:1 says that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.  God possesses authority becau...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
February 23rd, 2022
            If you play a word association game, you might discover that certain thoughts come to mind at the exact moment that you hear a certain name.  Hearing the name of a friend, a hero, a favori...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss

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