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Mary Loudermilk

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“So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:15, New Living Translation). Light is a luxury we take for granted, at least until a storm brings down a wire or blows a transformer. Then, enveloped in a blanket of darkness, we lose our feeling of comfort and security. Anyone who has ever experienced total darkness knows even the smallest dot of light reduces our fear and helps orient us to our surroundings. Without light we stumble, bump into things,…

After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!” (II Chronicles 20:21, New Living Translation) Trouble was on the way! The report came to King Jehoshaphat that a great multitude was gathering to come against Judah. His people were facing war, and the king was frightened (II Chronicles 20:1-2). I’m not familiar with the strategies of war, but logic says this is the time to call in the generals for…

“There was a small town with only a few people, and a great king came with his army and besieged it. A poor, wise man knew how to save the town, and so it was rescued. But afterward no one thought to thank him. So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.” (Ecclesiastes 9:14-16, New Living Translation) I’ve always found the above verses in Ecclesiastes interesting. I realize random verses aren’t put into Scripture just to fill space, so I’ve…