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Devotional essays commenting on life observations.

GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START IN 2014

As religions invariably do, Christianity has accumulated a hoard of externals. The service of these externals has produced a host of young David’s clunking their way into battle in Saul’s armor. God’s did not intend this for his People. He has something in mind for us more dynamic – more flexible – more potent – more appealing. Continue reading

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A CHRISTMAS P.S.

The kids and grandkids arrived over the weekend, so we had our family “Christmas” on Monday.  Piles of Christmas presents under the tree and in front of the fireplace testified that God had blessed everyone’s work this year. The big … Continue reading

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EARLY JESUS-SIGHTINGS IN WESTERN KENYA (1ST BLOG FROM EAST AFRICA – ELDORET, KENYA)

This is our first chance to blog since we left Thursday a week ago. The trip over was safe and uneventful, although Africa seems to be getting further away with each trip. We (Richard, Lydia and Doug) spent Sat night … Continue reading

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OSAMA’S DEATH?

That’s the question buzzing around this week. The answers I’m hearing are pretty diverse: from the cautious to the profane.  I thought I’d drop my answer into the mix. In 2006, I was watching FOX News. Four talking heads were … Continue reading

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A CONVERSATION: REVIVAL IS ALMOST HERE!

(c) 2011 Wm. Douglas Van Devender Last year I taught in eleven church leadership conferences in East Africa. In areas where our team visited, large numbers of people are coming to Christ, miraculous healings are common, demonic powers are losing … Continue reading

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40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING: 25 Days Remaining

You may not have heard about the late ED FREEMAN. But I thought you might want to hear. (I pass on this forwarded email from a friend.)  My comments follow…. Subject: Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Ed Freeman Courage. You’re a … Continue reading

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EULOGY

My brother-in-law, Fred Cruse, died ten days ago after an extended illness. His family and friends gathered last Monday in a rural church in south Mississippi to eulogize and bury him. The day was bitter-sweet. Bitter from the loss of … Continue reading

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THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

Recently, TERMINEX ran a commercial that was truly prophetic.

The enthusiastic instructor stands before the class of eager recruits ready to finish training and get busy killing pests.
The instructor says (pointing at a diagram on the board), “You must get at the source of the problem.”

And therein rests the fundamental problem in America. For two generations we have thrown money at every issue – domestically and internationally — while carefully avoiding the identification, admission and attention to those roots.

But now the money has run out and that failed remedy is no longer useable. (Though we are going to try to make it work for a little longer.) And the problems aren’t going away.

Instinctively, everyone realizes we can’t go on like this.

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THE PERFECT DAY…EXCEPT…

Saturday. The Perfect Day. The kind of day that never comes for most college football fans. The kind of day that comes once in a lifetime for a fortunate few. Yes, the Perfect Day. Except…. This was a spectacular autumn weekend. A … Continue reading

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A CHOICE OF WORDS

WORDS Wm. Douglas Van Devender © 2010 I parked my car in the Birmingham airport long-term parking. I would be away for a few days and that distant lot was the least expensive. I had to wait several minutes for … Continue reading

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