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“And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.” (Luke 18:37-38) How busy is your schedule? Most of us feel harried and hurried with a “to do” list stretching much too long. Our day is full—no room for “non-essentials” and certainly no interruptions from others. Jesus also kept an incredibly busy schedule. The task before Him, to bring salvation to the world and to train disciples who could carry on the work of establishing the church, was an awesome responsibility to crowd into three short years.…

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94:19, ESV) Have you ever had someone ask how a loving God could allow the heartbreaking things we see around us? To them, He either does not exist or has no power. When bad things happen, it’s easy to wonder, “Does God even see this mess? Does He care what’s happening?” The question becomes even more pertinent and personal if the bad things are happening to you or your family. Is God in control of the mess? No verse in the Bible says the exact words,…

My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; they have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. (Jeremiah 50:6, NKJV) History is a great teacher, but we don’t always allow ourselves to learn from it. As I read the stories of the Old Testament, I sometimes shake my head and think—They did it again! They forgot God and turned to the false gods of the surrounding nations. God, in His patience, gave the Israelites many opportunities to come back to Him, but they soon…