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Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? My husband and I celebrated Christmas in Niagara Falls last year. As we stood next to the Canadian Falls, I noticed people’s expressions. They were mesmerized at the powerful force of nature before them and awe stricken of God‘s beauty — this is humanity’s reaction when we experience something beyond ourselves. Likewise, when we enter into the presence of God, worship should follow because we are experiencing…

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, ESV) Friends! Everyone needs a few good ones. Life would be rough without the love and support they offer. Someone recently asked, “Who are your friends?” It was an interesting question, and I paused for a moment before responding. I finally told her four or five names. Levels of Friendship It’s easy to name casual friends,…

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I amnot better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4.  Elijah speaks this abased prayer after one of the greatest victories of his life. He just prayed fire down from heaven that consumed a drenched sacrifice on an altar. Then he defeated hundreds of false prophets of Baal and prophesies that rain is going to fall and deliver the nation from drought…