The Messiah

Handel’s masterpiece, The Messiah, has inspired millions through the centuries. Few know, however, that George Frederick Handel composed The Messiah in approximately three weeks. The music literally “came to him” in a flurry of notes and motifs. He composed feverishly, as if driven by the unseen Composer to put pen to paper. It is also little known that Handel composed …

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Walk With God

On February 11, 1861, President-elect Lincoln left his home in Springfield to begin his rail journey to Washington, where he was to be inaugurated a month later. Lincoln had a premonition this would be the last time he would see Springfield. Standing on the rear platform of his railroad car, he bid the townspeople farewell. He closed his remarks with …

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Resurrection Power

Over the past several years movies dramatizing Biblical events have been produced by both Hollywood and television studios. Exodus: Gods and Kings, Noah, Son of God, and AD: The Bible Continues are just a few. There have been a number of Christian-themed movies produced recently as well. Hollywood has finally become wise to the huge population of movie-goers who desire …

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1,440 per day

A woman once had a dream that an angel was giving her this message: “As a reward for your virtues, the sum of $1,440 will be deposited into your bank account every morning. This amount has only one condition. At the close of each business day, any balance that has not been used will be cancelled. It won’t carry over …

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Growing Deeper

Many people see abundant spring rains as a great blessing to farmers, especially if the rains come after the plants have sprouted and are several inches tall. What they don’t realize is even a short drought can have a devastating effect on a crop of seedling that have received too much rain. Why? Because during frequent rains, the young plants …

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Eric Liddell

For months Eric Liddell trained with his heart set on winning the 100-meter race at the Olympics of 1924. Many sportswriters predicted he would win. At the games, however, Liddell learned that the 100-meter race was scheduled to be run on a Sunday. This posed a major problem for him, because Liddell did not believe he could honor God by …

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The Season of Lent

I am writing this on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. According to the church calendar today is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the season called Lent. For those of us who have a High-Church background we are very familiar with Lent. However, many within the Evangelical church do not have a clear understanding on what, exactly, this season means, why …

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Talk to God First

It was almost a planting season and a farmer found himself without any money to buy seed. He had prepared his fields for planting, anticipating that the bank would lend him money for seed, as they had for several years. This year, however, the bank had changed its policy – no more see money. The farmer didn’t know what to …

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