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Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The chapter goes on for many verses with counsel such as “there is a time to grow”(3:6).

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Matthew 13 tells of a large crowd that assembled by the Sea of Galilee to hear Jesus speak. After His discourse, His disciples asked why He used parables. He explained it with these words (v. 15): “For the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they scarcely hear... ”

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In July 2007 our nation paid tribute to a lady who taught us a new respect for the environment, Lady Bird Johnson. Among the issues that she made us aware of was the visual clutter of uncontrolled billboards and the tons of litter thrown from passing vehicles along our nation’s highways.

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When I was teaching art, one of the most important lessons I tried to get across to my art students was to truly see what I am having them to draw. There seems to be a giant step for some students between “looking” and truly seeing an object.

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The wildflower featured today is not common in our area, though it is not classified as rare. As the Psalmist said that God alone is his rock, this wildflower is most likely to be found nestled in crevices of rocks in hardwood groves

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Luke 6:44 is appropriate for the wildflower we study here. It reads, “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.” 

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Psalm 65:11 is especially fitting for the wildflower we examine today. In addressing the Almighty God, the psalmist said, “Thou hast crowned the year with Thy bounty, and Thy paths drip with fatness.”

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As I have matured, I have tried to see events from more than my personal perspective. What about the perspective that the other people in a given situation may have felt?

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I’ve been blessed by reading the stories of Jesus’ miracles. After a series of miracles that revealed Him as Messiah, he said to His disciples, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see” (Luke 10:23b).

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The Book of Proverbs places much focus on acquiring wisdom. In chapter 3:13 we read, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” (KJV)

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Silent Saturday. Friday was the Crucifixion and Sunday was the Resurrection, but Saturday was silent. The disciples and other believers were huddled together fearful for their life and their family.

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Praise be to God! He causes the earth to bring forth food in so many forms. Some of those, like today’s wildflower are a pest when we try to have a “perfect” lawn but are beneficial far beyond our imagination.

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Isaiah 45:3 reads “And I will give thee… hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” Today we examine a wildflower that does not grow in this immediate area but is present in “secret places” in the mountains of N…

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When it comes to living for the Lord, we shouldn’t just be sticking our toes in the water to test it out or settle for cautiously wading in the shallow end – we ought to be diving in.

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Isaiah 40: 8 is especially appropriate for today’s wildflower. “The grass withers, the flower fadeth, but the Word of our God stands forever.” The blossom of this wildflower lasts but one day. On the other hand, the long tough root provides the nurture that causes new vines to produce beauti…

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The Christmas season is long passed, but the wildflower for today would definitely not be appropriate to feature at that time. Though the flowers are beautiful, the negative aspects make me feature it now since it may begin to blossom in February.

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Good Friday, nearly two millenniums ago, was not a good one for the name Judas. The disciple named Judas had aligned himself with the officials who sought to destroy Jesus. He had agreed to lead them to the Lord for 30 pieces of silver. After the crucifixion he returned the money and “went out and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5).

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The highest form of worship is the expression of gratitude for God’s creativity, for His love, and His grace that redeems us from sin. Not only did Jesus teach us to love God completely but He commanded us “to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).

The wildflower for today depicts an important truth, that is, righteousness is both vertical (to God) and horizontal (to our neighbor).

I first saw this wildflower along Interstate 16 from Macon to Savannah many years ago. Later I saw it along roadsides in our area. When rainfall is normal it blooms abundantly but because of the draughts of the past decade it is not as common as it once was.

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Passing a florist truck, I couldn’t help but notice the advertisement on the side of the vehicle. The advertisement read, “Flowers Whisper How You Feel.”

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As I was thinking about the new year, I recalled the late columnist Lewis Grizzard and one of his lists of new year’s resolutions. In speaking of them, he said, “The secret of new year’s resolutions is making an easy list.”

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The Hebrew people were under the rule of the Romans at the time of Jesus’ birth. There were soldiers everywhere “keeping order” so that Roman rule was preserved. If a soldier chose to assert his authority he could command any Hebrew to carry his equipment a mile. After doing his duty the Heb…

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I moved from Nebraska while I was in the eighth grade. I had learned little about the “Civil War” because it was a sad event that happened “back East, before we Nebraskans became a state (1867).” 

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“And he was longing to fill his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.” (Luke 15:16) Do you remember the setting of this verse?

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Psalm 46:10a reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; . . .” Be still. That is easy to say, but does God realize the noises that surrounds me every day? Overhead we hear the rumble of passing aircraft. Add to that the trucks shifting gears to climb the surrounding hills, sirens from emergen…

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The Apostle Paul writes that divine love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV). Love always hopes.

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The Psalmist expressed praise of the Almighty God by noting His great strength when he said, “Thou art the God who works wonders; thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples.” (Ps. 77:14)

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The birth, life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus demonstrated that fatherly yearning of God. It demonstrated the depth of that love that caused Jesus to sacrifice himself for our redemption.

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Today let us reflect on Psalm 119:27 “Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, so I will meditate on Thy wonders.” The Genesis account of creation profoundly states mankind is made in the image of God. Yet no two of us are identical. Each of us are influenced by our environment in unique …

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“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” (Proverbs 22:3). These are wise observations that may be applied to people regarding the control of thistles, especially today’s thistle.

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Psalm 43:5 reads “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

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