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Learning to Lament

Learning to Lament

Yesterday morning, we left Jonah in the belly of the great fish. The fish was simultaneously the instrument of divine judgement and the provision of divine salvation. After three days in the fish’s belly, the prophet prayed to God in repentance and, ultimately,...
With the Saints

With the Saints

The story is told of a slave in Maryland in the 1800s known as Praying Jacob. Jacob obtained the nickname due to his habit of praying three times a day, at the same time each day, regardless of where he might be and what he might be doing. One day, Jacob’s master, a...
With God

With God

One of the most famous characters in the Bible, yet of whom we know relatively little, is the patriarch Enoch. Most readers of the Bible know something about him, but biographical information is sparse. The writer to the Hebrews commends his faith: “By faith Enoch was...
The Keys to Courage

The Keys to Courage

There are some Sunday school songs that are almost pointless in their superficiality. While they retell Bible stories, they do so in such a perfunctory fashion that the lyrics contain no real lessons for the Christian walk. You may fondly remember singing “Father...
What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Joseph Scriven was born in September 1819 to wealthy Irish parents. He received the best education money could afford. More importantly, he received a Christian upbringing and grew into a godly young man, well-respected in his community. As a young man, he fell in...