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Gifts of God

We remember birthdays and certain gifts we receive on that day. They bring joy to our heart and an appreciation for our family and friends. So, think of this, the gifts of God given to us by the Father who considers us His children. The psalmist identified five incredible gifts of God that constantly rain down on us. He "who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." (Psalm 103:3-5) These benefits are not to be forgotten. The first is the greatest, as forgiveness of sins relieves us of a heavy burden unable to be carried by us with any amount of friends. Second to this is recovery from painful and destructive diseases. Third, He has redeemed us, taken us back, from the precipice of hell and we should remind ourselves often of this. Further, He places over our heads, like a crown would be placed…

Angels Present

What is important for us to know about angels? Paul writing to the Jews said this, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2) Manoah was from the Danite tribe and he and his wife lived a normal existence until she was confronted by an angel. He is called "the angel of the Lord," sometimes used to identify the Son of God in the Old Testament. He said to her, "You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son." (Judges 13:3) This was to become Samson who would begin the delivery of Israel from the Philistines. Note that there was no fear expressed when talking to the angel. He (the angel) expresses his knowledge of her internal condition, unable to have children. She later tells Manoah "A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome." (13:6) She sees him as a real man, not transparent but human, and he carries to he…

A Blameless Life

It is hard to fathom a blameless life because it seems we often make mistakes in actions or words. However, David sought after a life that could be seen, and understood internally, as blameless. In Psalm 101, David reveals some of the reasons that made a blameless life even possible. First, he was connected to God. On his mind was God's love and justice all day and He was the focus of his praise. (vs. 1) Second, there was a carefulness about his life. He examined it and made decisions that would lead him through each day with the idea in front of him of always being blameless. He could hold his head up high if God was to surprise him with a visit  because there was nothing he was hiding. Inside his home, in the secret places, he was walking with a blameless heart and set "no vile thing" before him. (vss. 2-3) Third, he considered not the actions of faithless men. He lived in opposition to them and they could find no attachment to him. He pushed these types of people and…