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Faith must be the engine of obedience

What is the difference in these two terms: “Pharisee” and “publican?” In New Testament times, a Pharisee was one who was a Jew and who firmly, harshly and even unbendingly held to the...

 

God knows what lies in the vast darkness

Last week I was going through some magazines and pulled out an issue of the “Smithsonian.” It was an April 2013 edition and as I flipped through the pages, I read an article on the vastness of...

 

Build your life on Christ - a firm foundation

We all build our lives on something. The issue revolves around this question: Is that “something” what you would risk your eternity on? Let me explain with an experience from my childhood. In...

 

Hold on to hope even in tragedy

This past week has been devastating for many families and the city of Clovis. Many have asked “why” due to this week’s tragic event. If you have questioned “why,” you are not alone. Even Kin...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 25, 2017

Musing on significance of Christ's cross

What is the significance of the cross of Jesus Christ? Why is there so much emphasis on the cross of Christ?” Even the secular world recognizes the figure of a cross, even though to many the cross...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 18, 2017

We are living letters of Christian life

With the start of a new school year, I’m reminded of the women in my family — a family of teachers and so many memories. One such memory reflects on my sister Susie’s teaching career. For many...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 11, 2017

Lord's work not always comfortable

David Platt is one of my favorite authors. He wrote “Taking Back Your Faith From the Great American Dream.” In that book he wrote: “I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    August 4, 2017

Take time to be still and know God

Every night before we go to bed, we take the dog outside. That’s the time that sounds of the night are different. There is a certain distinct harmony during the nighttime that I do not hear during...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 28, 2017

Take stock of the clutter of your own soul

My favorite show on television is “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines. I am somewhat “hooked” on watching that show. To see an old house transformed into a beautiful and inviting,...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 21, 2017

We are instruments only God can fine-tune

I have been doing some reading in an unusual book. We have some of the “Foxfire” book series on our bookshelves in the den. The books in this group are an accumulation of the people’s ideas,...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 14, 2017

With Jesus, we never walk alone

It was in Boston several years ago that I first saw a genuine lighthouse. While driving out toward the tip of Cape Cod, we stopped to explore a lighthouse that was open to visitors. Standing on the...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    July 7, 2017

Sing and rejoice in God's love

Often during the day I think about the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love for all of us. I stand amazed that he loves me. The Scriptures tell us that God has loved for generations. The...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 30, 2017

Without God's love, we'd be nothing

The Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:3: “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Charles Elliot, renowned Bible scholar, commented on this verse. Elliot sa...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 23, 2017

God the only standard by which to measure

I am sure I share many growing up experiences with other baby boomers my age. When it came to buying clothes, no doubt my sister Susie and I stood alongside the other millions of children in the...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 16, 2017

Looking back to the roots of my faith

Looking back can be beneficial. Let me explain. Life is really different for our family than what it was a year ago. Many twists and drastic turns have occurred in the road our family has traveled thi...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 9, 2017

Peace possible in this troubled world

Lately the world has been filled with terrible and discouraging news. The reports of violence, terrorism and killings have dominated updates on much of the national media. Yet a realization has come...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    June 2, 2017

Turn worry into hope by focusing on God

Worry is a crippling phenomenon. I know I tend to worry over life in general and I think I am not alone. Those areas of worries that consume people are health, finances, family and jobs. In this life...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 26, 2017

Teach of our sacrifices by telling their stories

Sadly, I read an article last week in which the author challenged his readers by asserting that patriotism in America is on the decline. And how is that decline manifested? The author claimed that...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 19, 2017

Keep God in mind when you go into the world

Graduation season is upon us. Graduation speakers, famous and non-famous alike, use phrases in their graduation speeches like “be yourself,” “go for your dreams,” “think big,” “step out...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    May 12, 2017

Mothers of Bible faced unique challenges

On this Mother’s Day weekend, I have some questions for all mothers: Do you ever get discouraged? Do you ever feel that your efforts, endeavors and effectiveness as a mother are challenged? Do you...

 
 By Judy Brandon    News    May 5, 2017

Mother's lessons warm the heart

Soon it will be Mother’s Day and the third Mother’s Day without my mother. My mother lived on a day-to-day basis a life of thankfulness because of the grace God had given her. C.S. Lewis wrote in...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 28, 2017

Recognizing spiritual inheritance secret to contentment

I have a Facebook page. Through the past year, and through my son John Scott’s heart journey, the connection that Facebook provided us was quite valuable. Our daughter-in-law Dana posted constant...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 21, 2017

Woman's story shows riches of God's grace

The words of Jesus about treasure in heaven are well known. He said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 14, 2017

'Empty' has new meaning for me

The word empty has a new meaning for me. Many times we throw around the word empty in our everyday talk. The gasoline level’s red light comes on in our cars when we are nearing empty. The...

 
 By Judy Brandon    Voices    April 7, 2017

Resurrection's significance grows in framework of Jesus' story

What is the significance of a moment? Not much we may think, but what about that moment when Jesus rose from the grave? This moment is more significant than we can imagine when we put the...

 

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