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Category Archives: Lamplighter Moments

  • No Risk No Reward Pt. 2

    In Ecclesiastes 11 we read, “Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on the earth.”  Before we probe into the meaning of this passage, I would first like to share a story that may help in our understanding. Recently I heard about a 94-year-old investment [...]

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  • No Risk, No Reward

    In Ecclesiastes 11:3-6 we read, “If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth…He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so [...]

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  • Hot Water Bottle at the Equator

    Do you have a child-like faith in God? Helen Roseveare, a missionary doctor in Africa, tried everything to save the pregnant woman. But the native mother died, leaving behind a premature baby. Tragically, this infant would also die soon because the hospital lacked an incubator. They didn’t even have hot water bottles since rubber degraded [...]

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  • God’s Word Is “Sticky” Pt. 2

    Yesterday we talked about the inherent power of the Word of God. As Isaiah wrote, the Word shall not return void, but it shall accomplish that which the Lord desires for it to accomplish. I was reminded of this truth again during a conversation with a man named Tom. I met him 20 years ago while playing [...]

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  • God’s Word Is “Sticky!”

    In his book, The Tipping Point, Gladwell writes: ”The hard part of communication is often figuring out how to make sure a message doesn’t go in one ear and out the other” (p. 24-25). As I contemplated Gladwell’s point, I thought about how the apostle Paul told the Romans that the gospel was the power of God [...]

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  • Behaving Yourself Valiantly

    In 1 Chronicles 18:10-19 we find the story of Israel surrounded by their enemies the Ammonites.  Because of a perceived offense and because the new king of the Ammonites listened to his insecure advisors, he dishonored David’s team of men who were sent to bring him gifts in honor of his new position as king.  [...]

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  • Cars for Sale

    For me, sitting in a car dealership while my car is being repaired is like having a root canal! Picture me, if you will, while sitting in the waiting room: typing feverishly on my laptop, my Bible sitting on the coffee table, and several books waiting to be opened. I always take several hours of [...]

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  • Every Fool Will Be Meddling

    Recently, a well-known speaker was canceled from speaking at an event. I am not sure of the issues surrounding the cancelation, nor do I wish to know. What is certain is that God ordains and assigns these situations for a reason, and the lessons to be learned are for those who are involved, not for the [...]

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  • Everything’s Falling Apart!

    Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong? Fenelon weighs in on the way we should bear these everyday disturbances, saying,”As to daily matters . . . or to providential arrangements, although they may be inconvenient or distracting, you have only to endure them in peace.Behind each . . [...]

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  • A Selfish Heart Pt. 2

    In Luke 15, the brother of the prodigal son goes through a trial that reveals the hidden sins of his heart. He thinks about the many years he had worked hard and never disobeyed. He says, “You never gave me even a goat, but you kill the fattened calf for him!” You see, a selfish [...]

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