Devotionals

  • Census

    This year, 2020, the census will be taken in the 50 states and in five U.S. held territories. This data will be used concerning voting, businesses, hospitals, and schools. How could taking a census be wrong? II Samuel 24 gives the account of King David taking a census of the fighting men of Israel and […]

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  • Royal Family

    There has always been a fascination with royalty and their way of life. A Royal Family would include King, Queen, children ( princes /princesses) and male-line grandchildren. Some of the many functions of a Royal Family are listed: providing national identity, stability, unity, to govern and protect people but foremost to produce male heirs. The […]

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  • Hard Row to Hoe

    This idiom seems to be about gardening, but is refers to a difficult situation with many problems to negotiate along the way. When Jesse’s youngest son, David, was  summoned from the pasture to be anointed the next king of Israel, a palace vision appeared. (I Samuel 16) The 15 year old shepherd did not know […]

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  • Golden Boy

    Most likely you know one, a golden boy that has  popularity, admired and preferentially treated. Success seemed to come easily and early in life for him. His upward climb was expected and anticipated. Faults that should have raised  a caution flag were generally overlooked.   Charisma and talent can take you somewhere but it requires character to keep you […]

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  • A Tough Act to Follow

    Comparison is an every day happening. We constantly  measure our weakness  by someone else’s strength. Stepping into the shoes of another  can  cause dissatisfaction and anxiety. The idiom, a tough act to follow,  has been around since vaudeville days . It implies that  a person or something was so successful and  popular that whoever or  whatever […]

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  • The Rest of the Story

    Some of you may recall a radio personality named Paul Harvey, who from 1952—2008 had a news program with a segment called The Rest of the Story. The premise was to feature little known or forgotten facts with a key element (usually person’s name) withheld until the end. After the name waa revealed, Harvey would […]

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  • Body Snatching

    Cadavers, used for medical research and teaching, were difficult to obtain in the 19th century. The body snatching practice filled this need. Watching a cemetery for a grave being dug, the body snatcher knew the burial would soon follow. These, so called, “resurrectionists” for hire, would lie in wait until darkness of night covered the extraction […]

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  • One Nation Under COVID-19

    OThe virus that held a nation captive: COVID –19. In the future, when we remember 2020, this time  will be defined by the corona virus. We will recall for the younger generations standing in line to buy toilet paper and being unable to find hand sanitizer. We will bemoan having to stay in the house […]

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  • Sanitizer

    Sanitizer, currently impossible to purchase in a store or online, is a substance or preparation for killing germs. The most effective ones contain 60-95% alcohol with emollients added to reduce skin dryness and irritation. In the 1980s sanitizer became popular for personal use in Europe and then later in the US. Handwashing with soap and […]

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  • Widespread Panic

    It was reported that Orson Wells’ radio dramatization of the Martian invasion of the earth in The War of the Worlds set off a widespread panic. Around 1920 the  mass communication tool of that era, the radio set, began broadcasting entertainment programs. The radio, a large wooden cabinet with tubes and receiving equipment, sat in […]

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