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American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is perhaps the most outstanding female artist of the 20th century. As she developed her style, her artwork moved from imitating the masters to her own individualistic style.

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We generally begin our assessment of a person as handsome or beautiful, masculine or feminine, tall or short, all of which are external attributes. If we are wise, we know that the real measure is the character of the person such as honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, kindness, and so on.

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A friend of mine once told of his mother taking him aside one day as a lad. She strictly rebuked him for something he said about another boy. “Son, he was made in the image of God, just as you were. That means God loves him as much as He loves you. When you put him down you are insulting God.” The basis of all the precepts of God is this profound truth.

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The writer of Ecclesiastes calls our attention to God’s creation when noting, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”(3:11a) The wildflower on which we focus today is a perfect example of this truth.

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Let us examine another wonder of nature that God has created for our enjoyment. Psalm 40:5 best expresses my thought, “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell them, they would be too many to declare.”

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Psalm 104 is a hymn of praise for the world God has created. It praises the Lord for the splendor and majesty of the heavens, the sea, the mountains, the valleys, and the beasts of the fields.

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When I think of spring, I think of Lent, a time for meditation and contemplation. For me, the contemplation starts inward with the words in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

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Recently I took my 87-year-old mom grocery shopping. With her back problems and other physical limitations, she made her way slowly through the aisles of the store, sometimes pausing for a moment in order to rest. Even though I tried to do all the reaching for items on shelves and any heavy lifting, by the time we were finished I knew she was in pain and worn out. However, as we approached the check-out line, she took the opportunity to pull out a couple of devotional booklets and place them where she hoped someone might see them, pick one up, and be ministered to by its inspirational content. Then she proceeded to ignore her own physical discomfort long enough to interact with the cashier and the person bagging our groceries with a warm smile, a laugh and kind words.

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Among my various sleepwear is an old gray T-shirt. One evening I was wearing it as I was getting ready for bed when my wife noticed a small white spot on the front of it.

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One day Moses was tending his father-in-law’s sheep in the Sinai Desert and he saw a unique phenomenon. The Hebrew writer described the incident in these words, “the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed” (Exodus 3:2).

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In the tradition of Hebrew and Christian literature, it was on the third day of creation that God said “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed . . . and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind . . . and God saw that it was good” Gen. 1:11-12.

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As a child, did you ever play some version of the game “king of the hill”? I can remember doing so with kids in our neighborhood with the top of an embankment being the prized ground to try to control.

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Palm Sunday is April 10. It is the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, but it also represented the political overthrow of the Roman conquerers in the minds of those present. Jesus entered the city seated on a colt rather than a white horse. The many events of the week led to His cruc…

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As we anticipate the opportunities for worship this Season of Lent, consider the words of Isaiah 12:2 "Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, . . ."

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Recently our oldest grandson took on the challenge at a local Mexican restaurant to eat their meal called “El Gigante” or “the giant.” Anyone who eats this oversized burrito in its entirety is rewarded with a T-shirt attesting to their victory, along with a free dessert.

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In chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation there is a phrase used at the end of the special instructions to the seven churches of Asia, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” That is sound advice for all of us, especially to meditate in silence and allow God to s…

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By the middle of spring our byways will be alive with thousands of wildflowers and flowering trees and shrubs. The change in weather from winter to spring can be quite sudden. Already there are about 30 different wildflowers in bloom. Before summer arrives, at least 175 wildflowers will have bloomed in this area of Metro Atlanta (see my book “Consider the Lilies, Vol. 1.”)

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The text from which we get our theme, “Consider the Lilies” notes Jesus saying, "But I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these” (Luke 12:27). Solomon could have said that about himself, for he was a student of wildflowers, too.

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God is always extravagant in the blessings He provides in the wildflower kingdom. The unseasonably warm weather will cause a burst of lavender blooms. Henbit will outdo itself, creating blankets of dark green topped with a pinkish-purple haze. Next are the dandelions and so on. See the sprin…

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In Psalm 65:12 the Psalmist rejoices in the beauty of the natural world God has provided. We can easily apply his words to the beauty we anticipate each year in the coming of spring. “The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.”

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The extraordinary abundance and versatility of the wildflower for today reminds me of the benediction the Apostle Paul gave in Ephesians, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the …

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On the third day of creation God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth; and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing frui…

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When we are surrounded by physical or emotional adversity it is hard to sing the joyous songs of praise; however, when we lift our spiritual eyes to consider the resurrection power of God we say, “I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

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King Solomon gave us a beautiful description of spring when he wrote, “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12).

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The Psalmist led the congregation of Israel to praise God for the beauty He provided in the fields, on the ridges and in the forests. In Psalms 65:10 we read, “You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.” Oh, what imagery: God softens it and b…

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Many of the resolutions we make focus on family, the COVID spread, economy, national and global harmony. Resolutions are based on hopes: hopes that our sons and daughters will be kept from harm’s way; that we can relate in mutual ways to people whose backgrounds differ from ours; that we become more sympathetic of their struggles in America.

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Second Corinthians 4:15 reads, “For all things are for your sakes that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.” The phrase “all things” is a great claim and it is true.

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One of the most comprehensive instructions for a Christian’s behavior is found in Philipians 4:8. It reads, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anyt…

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In Revelation 22:16, just six verses before the end of the New Testament, the author notes Jesus referring to himself as “the bright morning star." May this Lord’s Day provide you the opportunity to celebrate the generous gifts of beauty that the stars of the wildflower kingdom provide.

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One of the Biblical descriptions of a thanksgiving celebration is made by the prophet Jeremiah. He predicted the return of the Hebrew people from Babylonian captivity in these terms: “And they shall come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they shall be radiant over the bounty of th…

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God commanded the Hebrew judge, Samuel, to go to the household of Jesse to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king of Israel. As Samuel examined the older boys he was impressed with the tall, handsome robust ones, but “the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the …

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When identifying today’s wildflower, I discovered there are 489 different entries in the Department of Agriculture Database listed as asters growing in the United States. Of course, the habitats of many of them are in the West and North.

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Psalm 71:8 expresses my delight with the wildflowers we have examined. “My mouth is filled with Thy praise, and with Thy glory all day long.” The discipline required to write about the drawing I have enjoyed has resulted in the discovery of things about God’s creation that I never knew.

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“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving ...” (Psalms 147:5-7a)

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Righteousness is defined by Webster as acts within divine law. When applied to God it denotes behavior that consistently and lovingly promotes the wellbeing of all creation, especially humans as the highest order of creation.

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In my study of wildflowers I can come to only one conclusion about the origin of nature. It is the premise of Genesis 1:1 that states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

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A young man went into a drugstore and bought three boxes of chocolates. When the pharmacist asked him about the three boxes, he said, “Well, I’m going over to a new girlfriend’s house for supper. Then we’re going out. If she only lets me hold her hand, then I’ll give her the small box. If she lets me kiss her on the cheek, then I’ll give her the medium box. But if she lets me do some serious smooching, then I’ll give her the big box.”

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