Month: February 2018

Jesus is Our Jubilee

*SOUNDINGS

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The word “Jubilee” comes from the Hebrew word for a ram’s horn. Rams’ horns were used in ancient Israel to signal the arrival of important moments in their public life, and so the word Jubilee became the name of the biggest and best day imaginable on the Hebrew calendar.

  • Every seventh day on the Hebrew calendar was the Sabbath for our spiritual mothers and fathers – a day each week for them to stop and give God His due.
  • Every seventh year was a Sabbath Year – a whole year when their fields were supposed to lie fallow so that they might be replenished. Spiritually the Sabbatical year was the reminder that God was the provider for all of His people’s needs and that He could be trusted completely to meet them, even when they weren’t working.
  • And every seventh Sabbatical Year was supposed to be the Jubilee…

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“Well Done Thou Good & Faithful Servant” (Part 2)

*SOUNDINGS

William Franklin Graham Jr.
(November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018)

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“I Stand by the Door”
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Billy Graham was an instrumental voice in my own spiritual awakening in 1969 when I was 16 years old. People I know like to criticize Billy Graham for not being more theologically sophisticated. But that’s always seemed to me to be a little bit like criticizing Nolan Ryan for not being a better batter, or Bill Gates for not ever having a song in the Billboard top ten. Nolan Ryan was not paid to hit the ball but to throw strikes, and he was pretty good at that! And we don’t know Bill Gates for his singing abilities but for his technical and entrepreneurial genius, and that genius is pretty impressive! So, to criticize Billy Graham for not writing anything comparable to Karl Barth’s “Church Dogmatics,” or for not teaching at some top…

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Remembering Dr. Billy Graham

Richard Thor Collins

1984. Student days. We drove all the way from Exeter to Bristol to see Billy Graham. Over 90 miles. I’ll never forget the scene. Huge stadium, filled to bursting with people but the weather was terrible. It was pouring with rain and we sat, bedraggled, in our seats, watching the great evangelist do his thing.

To be perfectly honest, he was rather a disappointment. I had always heard that he was a fiery preacher, that he would harangue us with heaven and hell and blitz us from our seats. He did none of that. His message was simple, straightforward, almost ‘boring.’ I had heard it all before – I’d been a Christian for over ten years by then.

And after twenty minutes, he wrapped it all up. Only twenty minutes?! We’d driven for hours to be there. Twenty minutes? Surely there was more. But there wasn’t. He was finishing up.

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God’s Immeasurable Love ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

God’s love for me,
is unfathomable . . .
for, His love for me
is immeasurable.

 His love rises,
higher than the sky
it goes further than . . .
any space shuttle can fly.

God’s  love for me
is unbelievable . . .
for, His love for me
is undeniable.

His love goes deeper,
than the ocean’s floor
it goes further than . . .
any miner can dig for ore.

God’s love for me
is unexplainable . . .
for, His love for me
is unconceivable.

His love is wider,
than the whole universe
it goes further than . . .
any light the stars can disperse.

There’s nothing about me,
that is lovable . . .
yet, God’s love for me
is unstoppable!

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Ephesians 3:17-18

“That Christ may dwell
in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love,

May be able to…

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