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Mary Loudermilk

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“For I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:17). Today many people will celebrate Valentine’s Day, a holiday where flowers, chocolates, and special dates show love. Some Latin American countries call it the Day of Love and Friendship. In the Philippines it is a popular day for weddings. Other countries have their own unique ways (and days) of celebrating. Some observances are more religious than romantic in nature, but love is the common factor. The Bible tells of a different celebration of love, but not one honored with chocolates and flowers. This love is demonstrated…

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater.” (Isaiah 55:10, ESV) As I look out my window this morning, the snow is falling, and the temperature hovers lower on the thermometer than I like. It is winter. Although some enjoy cold and snow, this is not my favorite season of the year. I prefer the warmth of spring and the new life that comes to the earth as temperatures rise. Yet, I…

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.” (I Peter 2:9, KJV) God’s people have always been special to Him. The King James Version of Exodus 19:5 describes them as a “peculiar treasure,” a possession He values and holds dear to Himself. The word peculiar has several meanings. As a teen I never took time to check a dictionary. In my mind peculiar meant strange, and being an oddball was not a particular goal for my life. Why did I have to be strange to be a Christian? A trip to the dictionary…