Behold, a host arrayed in white! (Revelation 7:9-17)

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Friday nights are usually movie nights at my home.  But as we were about to put the movie into the DVD player, I asked my wife to wait.  “What’s on TV right now is better than any movie,” I told her.  “This is real life, and I want to see how it ends.”

I’m sure a similar scene played itself out over the last week in homes all across America.  Eyes were glued to TV sets as the plot lines unfolded in Boston.  First the horrific tragedy of terrorist planted bombs which killed three and wounded countless others.  Then the surrounding uncertainty as speculation ran rampant as to what – or who – was behind the attack.  Fingers pointed in every direction, blaming just about every possible group, as pundits debated the reason for the senseless violence.

And on Thursday evening, as families everywhere were preparing their Thursday night dinners…

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The Red Pepper


I’m starting the “Kitchen Art” series. Since I began taking Michael Spillane‘s art classes, I’ve developed a fascination for realistic botanical and fruit/vegetable watercolor painting. I want to paint something that I will be proud of and will want others to enjoy. I also want to paint something that will have meaning. One thing I’ve noted is that my kitchen and dining room walls are bare. I don’t have a lot of room to put up big framed works of art. I wanted to hang works that related to the activity of the room. We eat and cook in this space. It is the kitchen. I began to look through stockphoto websites looking for images of vibrant and colorful vegetables and fruit. This pepper jumped out at me. I love the brilliant red and shining crispness of the image. I knew this was something that would “pop” and…

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colossians 3, putting off and putting on

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Read Colossians 3 at Bible Gateway.

There are two interesting chiastic structures in the middle of Col 3:

Col 3:5-9, Putting Off
1a) Col 3:5a, Put to death earthly members;
1b) Col 3:5b, Fornication, uncleanness, improper affection, evil appetites, covetousness/ idolatry;
central axis) Col 3:6-7, “Because of these things the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience: in which you also once walked, when you lived in them;”
2b) Col 3:8-9a, Put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy talk of your mouth, lying;
2a) Col 3:9b, Seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds.

The reason that it is appropriate and possible for us to now put off these old man deeds, is that the old man is dead, a new man being risen to new life, which is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:1-4). Let what is dead, be dead. We…

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Laminin…..Is It a Reminder of God in You?


My daughter is a chemistry major. She taught me something very interesting today. I am an RN.  I have not heard of Laminin. I am always amazed at how everything in life points to the creator. It is just like God to have reminders of himself for our scientist to discover all throughout your body. It literally holds your body together and amazingly it is shaped like a cross!

At the following site:

I found the following information about laminin:

“Laminin is defined by the Webster Medical Dictionary as a “glycoprotein that is a component of connective tissue basement membrane and that promotes cell adhesion.”  In other words, looking at laminin as a kind of glue isn’t far from the truth.  There are several different laminins.

In their book The Laminins authors Peter Elkblom and Rupert Timpl go into more detail about both the importance of laminins and their structure.  They describe…

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Parable of the Wedding Feast–William Barclay

St. John One: One

Joy and Judgment (Matthew 22:1-10)

Jesus again answered them in parables: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the situation which arose when a man who was a king arranged a wedding for his son. He sent his servants to summon those who had been invited to the wedding, and they refused to come. He again sent other servants. ‘Tell those who have been invited,’ he said, ‘look you, I have my meal all prepared; my oxen and my specially fattened animals have been killed; and everything is ready. Come to the wedding.’ But they disregarded the invitation and went away, one to his estate, and another to his business. The rest seized the servants and treated them shamefully and killed them. The king was angry, and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and set fire to their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding…

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Resurrected & Rejuvenated

Casey Duane Bell

When we think of the resurrection we typically just think of Jesus coming out of the tomb, but the resurrection is so much more than that. The resurrection of Jesus is not just Him coming out of the tomb but us coming into new life.

Romans 6:3-11 KJV “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we…

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