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“Every promise in the Book is mine. Every chapter, every verse, every line….” We are all familiar with that little chorus we sang years ago. We worshiped and felt so blessed about every promise being ours! But, frankly, I really don’t want some of the promises in the Bible. One of those promises says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20, KJV). That’s a promise, but I don’t want to claim that promise for myself. However, there are many promises in the Bible we can cling to. God gave a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3: “And I…

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). John 1:17 tells us that Jesus is full of grace and truth. Generally, we are successful in teaching our children the truth of the Bible, but sometimes we are reluctant to teach them about grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Perhaps we think they will get the idea that God forgives them so they can live sinful lives. But the very idea of grace is forgiveness and acceptance. Too often our backslidden children think Jesus just brought truth into the world.…

“For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there” (I Samuel 1:27-28). This scripture, lifted from the story of the birth of Samuel, who was destined to become a great spiritual leader to the children of Israel, is really a story of the prayer of every mother with a heart for the kingdom, prayed for every child. There is something born in the heart…