Posts with the tag “purpose”

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
January 31st, 2023
           It can be interesting to read inscriptions and epitaphs that we find on grave stones and grave markers.  Some are imaginative.  Some are humbling.  Some are even thought provoking.  And som...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, January 26, 2023
January 26th, 2023
          The last book of the Bible is known by the name we find in the opening verse, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ...” (Revelation 1:1a).  Near the end of Revelation, John wrote, “Then the angel ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
January 24th, 2023
           In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul wrote, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, January 19, 2023
January 19th, 2023
          Zechariah can be found near the end of the Old Testament.  It is the next to last book of the Old Testament.  He wrote to provide hope and encouragement to Israel during some dire and diffic...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
January 17th, 2023
           The Bible has many names and descriptions of God.  Likely, we all have a few ways that God is spoken of that we especially like or cherish.  Many people find comfort in knowing that God is ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
January 10th, 2023
          Genesis has a number of colorful and fascinating figures.  We read the riveting stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and see God at work to build a nation and from that nation to bring forth ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, December 12, 2022
December 12th, 2022
           In 2 Peter 3, the disciple wrote about God’s way of measuring time.  We do not possess God’s perspective on time.  Past, present and future are all the same to the Lord and plainly in view ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
December 6th, 2022
             Boasting is not something that most people enjoy hearing.  Bragging and braggarts can become trying and tiresome before long.  The Bible warns against boasting many times.  In James’ lett...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, August 22, 2022
August 22nd, 2022
           Nahum is an unusual name and a short book found near the end of the Old Testament.  His name means “compassionate” or “one who is full of comfort.”  He directed his prophecy primarily again...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
August 17th, 2022
         Jonah may be the best known of the minor prophets.  His four chapters are presented as a short story and easily read that way—a leading character, plot, twist, turn and resolution.  His story...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
August 3rd, 2022
            Jeremiah was the second of the major prophets in the Old Testament.  He was called the “weeping prophet.”  He spoke God’s Word during some dark days in Judah—the final days of Judah’s exis...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, July 28, 2022
July 28th, 2022
            Ecclesiastes is often attributed to Solomon.  The opening verse simply says that what follows are “the words of the Teacher, son of David, king Jerusalem.”  While Solomon is not specifical...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, July 21, 2022
July 21st, 2022
            Esther has a rather surprising claim to fame as a book of the Bible.  It never mentions the name of God.  Not even once.  It is the only book in the Bible that contains no mention or refer...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, June 20, 2022
June 20th, 2022
            Genesis 12 features the call of Abram to go to a new land.  God’s call came this way, “leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gene...  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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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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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, April 25, 2022
April 25th, 2022
             Things left undone can be bothersome and worrisome.  They can haunt us and follow us.  Deadlines, appointments, work and obligations can linger and cast a huge shadow.  In Luke 18, Jesus ...  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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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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Monday, March 14, 2022
March 14th, 2022
          People are often eager to engage in conversations about the end of time, the last days and the return of Jesus.  Certainly, matters like these are important for anyone to consider and to tak...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
February 9th, 2022
        God is the source of our blessings.  James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows....  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, February 7, 2022
February 7th, 2022
              Depending upon your perspective, a ringing doorbell can be either a cause for excitement or a cause for anxiety.  There is a moment mixed with uncertainty and exhilaration as you anticip...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Monday, January 31, 2022
January 31st, 2022
             The Exodus was the central event in the Old Testament.  With Moses at the helm, God set about to teach Israel His ways.  The time in the wilderness was as much about getting Egypt out of ...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
January 25th, 2022
           While reading a devotion prepared by someone whom I do not know personally, I came across a question he asked.  Can God change your life?  That is a good question.  And it is a big question...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss
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Thursday, December 16, 2021
December 16th, 2021
           There is a poem or writing that I always enjoy this time of year.  Each Advent season, I return to the words of Dr. James Allan Francis who wrote “One Solitary Life.”  This poem is Dr. Fran...  Read More
by Tom Cabaniss

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