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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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In Psalm 115:113-115, the psalmist describes the idols that men make as having mouths that cannot speak; eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; hands that cannot feel; feet that cannot walk. Then in praise of the Living Lord, he states, “He will bless those who fear the Lord, the small…

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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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From time to time when I am reading the Bible I discover a thought that I had never noticed before. The verse for our meditation is another of those insights I have assumed was evident as I look at nature; however, the verse is more inclusive than the natural world. Solomon, whom we assume w…

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To me, one of the most moving accounts of Jesus is found in Luke 8. A woman who had hemorrhaged for many years was following Him amid a large crowd. She reached out and touched the hem of His garment in hope of being cured. At that moment her flow stopped.

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Tuesday mornings, you can normally find me studying and working intently as I prepare for the coming Sunday’s message. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was busy writing when our secretary rang me and said, “An airplane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”

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Do you remember grandparents telling how things were back in the “good old days”? I’m old enough to remember my parents talking about things before the turn of the 19th century. Already, my children are telling my grandchildren how it was “way back in the 20th century.”

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The wildflower we explore today uses a word familiar in the Bible. In the first chapter of Genesis after each day of creation the phrase “And there was evening and there was morning,. . .” That was followed by the number of the day.

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Today we consider a wildflower that survives years of drought and years of wet weather. Its beauty is a witness to the handiwork of God and inspires us to give thanks for plants like this that reflect His love.

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 One of the first passages of scripture I memorized in VBS was the first Psalm. I remember the imagery of the “tree planted by rivers of water.” This was especially significant in Nebraska because there were few trees and also during the 1930s there was a severe drought.

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The Psalmist expressed the wonders of creation in a unique way in these two couplets regarding the Almighty, “In whose hand are the depths of the earth; the peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; and His hands formed the dry land” Psalm 95:3-5.

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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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