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I've been thinking about hymns...

I have been attending a church where we sing hymns—all the verses—every Sunday. Singing hymns has reminded me that praising Jesus has been a part of the heritage of the church since its inception. Have you ever wondered what public worship was like in the first century? In 1 Timothy 3:16, we get an accurate peek. Paul quotes the words of a well-known first century hymn.

I've been thinking about heroism...

This blog is a shout-out to some of the individuals who have stood with us in our transition from Scottsdale Bible Church.  They have stayed connected and helped us succeed at Phoenix Seminary.  In our home we use the expression, they have "skin in the game!"  Meaning, they have not only cheered us on from a distance but they have also walked alongside us in camaraderie and fellowship.

I've been thinking about heroism...

Christopher Reeve, the Superman star, defined a hero this way, "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."  Christopher came to understand the nature of heroism after he was paralyzed in a riding accident in May 1995.  For the rest of his life he  remained dependent on a ventilator to breathe and was unable to move any part of his body below his shoulders. 

I’ve been thinking about heaven...

When things get tough here on earth sometimes it is good to think about the wonders of heaven. After David Kraft died, his six-year-old daughter, Karen, introduced me to this little song. Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace. I’m going to see my Savior’s face. Heaven is a wonderful, heaven is a glorious, heaven is a wonderful place. Joyce Brown captured some interesting concepts about heaven in her book, Snapshots of Heaven. What amazing possibilities! Just think about it!

I’ve been thinking about happiness...

Does God want us to be happy? Yes. But it is not the happiness we seek through self-fulfillment, and it is not the feeling that ebbs and flows with circumstances and possessions. God wants us to have the kind of happiness that endures—joy, peace, and contentment—and these only come through trusting Him, obeying Him and loving Him, even when it’s hard. Below are ten Scriptures for meditation along with “Jesus questions” to draw you closer to the Source of joy, peace, and contentment—the wellspring of God’s eternal words.