bible studies (557)

by PamFord Davis  


Look up; turn your eyes toward the merciful LORD.

Worship the LORD; meditate on the words of the Psalmist.

“I will raise my eyes to the mountains;
From where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who watches over you will not slumber.
Behold, He who watches over Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your protector;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun wil

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by Jerry Ousley  


By Jerry D. Ousley


            In spite of what or who you may think of when you hear the word “father,” and in spite of the fact that a father is biologically required for the birth of a child, according to the Bible, a father is a God-ordained office in a family situation and in the life of a child.  Regardless of our modern acceptance of sinful practices (and no more comment is required for this article), the Biblical definition of a family is a father, a mother and the

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by PamFord Davis  

It was a simple book-keeping error.

We were getting married in Syracuse, NY and planning a move to Mississippi (where Norm had been hired to work at WDDT, Greenville). Norm forgot to balance his check book in all the excitement of the wedding ceremony and move preparations.

Maybe he could blame the memory lapse on sleep deprivation; he’d been working the midnight-6am shift at WNDR, Syracuse. If my memory serves me he also paid for his wedding tuxedo twice.

We got a letter f

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by PamFord Davis  


Remember soda fountain shops of the bobby socks era?

My old stomping ground of Chittenango, NY had two popular hangouts in the mid 1960's.

I frequented Jim's and Ken's, both located on Main Street in the village.

Cherry Coke sipped from a straw lifted my spirits while I listened to my favorite songs on the jukebox.

Root beer floats were another favorite at soda shops or home. Today's fast food drive-inns of Sonic and A & W keep the fad alive.

I reminisce about root beer

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Daily Devotional: His Friends

by PamFord Davis  



We all have basic needs.

Love is essential and we all need friends.

The LORD spoke of His friendship with Abraham.

“But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend (Isaiah 41:8 NKJV).”

That is so meaningful to me; Abraham was God’s friend.

“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God (James 2:23 NKJV).”

Consider G

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A lot of times, people wonder why they go through certain things and why it seems the others simply have it very easy. They blame God, not realizing what God is trying to do for them. So in today's devotional we will be talking on the topic that says: sometimes God breaks you to save a soul. I pray that the eyes of your understanding become enlightened as you open your ears to listen to what he has to say to you in this post. A lot of people won't believe this, but here's the truth, some of the

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by Dale Buchanan  



I took our palomino mare to ride on the country roads near home and had a fantastic time. The sun was shining brightly, and leaves were floating down gently from the trees. Fall would soon be here in its full beauty.

But as a novice teenage horse rider. I had forgotten a couple of significant characteristics of my horse. She loved her own “territory” around the barn where the feed was. And she knew how to fool me. 

Sensing her opportunity, she suddenly clenched the bit in

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A lot of times, people wonder why they go through certain things and why it seems the others simply have it very easy. They blame God, not realizing what God is trying to do for them. So today we will be talking on the topic that says: sometimes god breaks you to save a soul.  A lot of people won't believe this, but here's the truth, some of the things that people go through and they insult God, for it is really God's mercy playing out so many times.


God has prevented people from making deadly

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by PamFord Davis  



Sometimes people or things are in plain sight; we see but choose to ignore them.

As a child, adolescent and teen, I lived in a two-story house along with my parents and siblings. Mom and Dad slept in a downstairs bedroom and our rooms were upstairs. With a family of 5 children, laundry was a routine chore for our mother.

Mom had reason to complain. She washed, dried and folded our clean clothes. Finished, she stacked them on bottom steps of the stairway to be carried u

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by Angela Willingham  


When Starting a New Challenge it is important that you have a strategy and motivation.

A rock climber cannot just start climbing the side of a mountain without first examining the terrain. They must find the best route to the top, which way will be the safest? As we start a new challenge we must determine what our Goals are and what will keep us going when we get tired? A rock climber cannot decide what to do after they get tired. You cannot decide what to do after you

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Pain pain, pain, never has so much been crammed into one word. The pain of depression feels terrifying. Your world is dark, heavy and painful physical pain. You think, would be much better. At least that pain could be localized.


Instead, depression seems to go to your very soul, affecting everything in this path dead, but walking is one way to describe it. You feel numb. Perhaps the worst part is that you remember when you actually felt something and the contrast between then and now just make

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by PamFord Davis  



Ask the children; they know.

God is great.

God is good.

“My soul, praise Yahweh!
Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with majesty and splendor (Psalm 104:1 HCSB).

The children know.

“The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple complex, and He healed them. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ they were indignant and said to Him, ‘Do You hear w

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God knows the future and all the hurdles we have to face before getting to our destination. He knows what we have to pass through. He knows the steps we must take to get to our particular destination. This is why it is wise to walk with God. When you are walking with God, you are assured of where you are going.


You know for sure that you will get to your destination because God leads you. The Bible confirms this in Jeremiah chapter 29:11, which says,

For I know the thoughts that I think toward

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by PamFord Davis  



My Mom was a whiz at word games; family and friends knew that she was usually a winner at bridal and baby showers.

I remember that she was an avid viewer of the Wheel of Fortune program and worked TV Guide and newspaper crossword puzzles.

I don’t recall her playing Scrabble but can’t help but wonder what words she would have formed from the letter z.

Personally (as a baby boomer) the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Z for Zorro!’

Maybe, instead of relying on memory
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Do you believe that your blessings are hidden in plain sight? Or you belong to the school of thought that says your blessings are a must from hidden and mysterious places?
For something to be in plain sight, it typically means to be somewhere where it can easily be seen. So how are your blessings hidden in plain sight?
Sometimes, This can simply mean that there is a major change about to happen. God is about to do some major thing in your life that you might have been asking for, for a lo

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by Kathie Thomas  


Throughout 2006 I decided to do a study on Proverbs 31 via a blog. It was partly an exercise to practice using the software and I'd always wanted to explore this book in greater details so combining the two seemed an ideal way to do it. I had no idea that the blog would end up being a very popular one which still draws in thousands of visitors every month a year after I began writing it.

During the course of doing this study it became clear to me that the Proverbs 31 Woman

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Isn't it amazing that the things we call luck are always a sign of how God is working behind the scenes to make sure we don't experience bombs along the way? So we need to realize that God is not only with us, but he also goes ahead of us to prepare the way. Let us read from Deuteronomy chapter 31 verse 8 

8And the Lord is the one who is going ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not desert you or abandon you. Do not fear and do not be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)


Ephesians Chapter 2, V

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by Jerry Ousley  



The Mind Gifts


1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – “. . . for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, di

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