Author: Gene

Thoughts on the New Year (and the old): Seven ways to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018

Some are saying goodbye to 2017. Others are saying good riddance. In our little corner of Creation, 2017 has been a tough year. Early on, our daughter fought for her very life, battling an infection that refused to yield to treatment after treatment. She spent a month in the hospital. Dear, sweet friends lost their 20-year-old daughter in a car accident. My cousin lost his son to a senseless murder. And now, as we near the end of the year, our best friends’ son-in-law is in the hospital in the fight of his life, fighting for his life. Around...

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Christmas is a Promise Kept

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6 Perhaps there is a more profound Christmas bible verse, but I cannot think of it. Seven centuries before the event, the wonderfully quotable prophet, visited by the Holy Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, saw a remarkable scene playing out in Bethlehem, the city of King David’s birth. I need not describe that scene, nor do I know...

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God for Dummies – Can you believe if you don’t understand? | Morning Manna

[Copied and edited from my Morning Manna daily email devotional, 2000 – 2005] GOD FOR DUMMIES – Can you believe if you don’t understand? Friday, November 3, 2000  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isa. 55:9 (KJV) I don’t understand everything I know about God. I know that He is Trinity: three Persons, one God. I know that. I do not understand it. I know that He is sovereign and that He cannot be tempted with sin, neither will He tempt others with...

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Out on a Limb – A Devotional | Morning Manna

OUT ON A LIMB WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2000 Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. A man was there named Zacchaeus, who was a very important tax collector, and he was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because he was too short to see above the crowd. He ran ahead to a place where Jesus would come, and he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him. When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your...

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Five-Legged Dogs – A Devotional | Morning Manna

The following was originally written as part of a daily email devotional, which I wrote from 2000 – 2005. FIVE-LEGGED DOGS Friday, October 31, 2003 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31,32 [NKJV] According to C.R. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln had a favorite riddle he would put to his colleagues. It went like this: “If a man were to call the tail of a dog a leg, how many legs would the...

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