A Prepared Place for a Prepared People


“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared” (Exodus 23:20).

About 40 years ago, my sister and I went on a road trip. A color tour of sorts—I remember bringing home bushels of apples. It wasn’t officially autumn yet, but we were up North, skies were gray, it looked and felt like winter, and everywhere we went I was freezing. For my part there might as well have been ice and snow on the ground because that was the way the experience hit me. Continue reading


Face to Face*

Consider the Lilies

Holy, wonderful, marvelous, glorious, omnipotent, righteous, and mighty….

in awe of GodSunday morning, while the choir was singing “Total Praise,” I started thinking of all the unanswered prayers I’d been praying for the last 5 or 10 years. Suddenly I became restless and angry. I told God, “I want to see you. I want to see your power. I want to see the earth-shaking God that David knew and feared.”

I didn’t know what to expect in response, but last night was a rude awakening to a God who can do anything. While I waited for my cell phone to die so I could recharge it, the battery went from 6% to 16% – unplugged! I didn’t pray to live longer like Hezekiah, but his miraculous 10 degrees had become my miraculous 10 percent (2 Kings 20:10-11, Isaiah 38:8). Is this experience a sign of even greater things? I hope so. Does it…

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Who Touched Me?*

Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living on physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched” (Luke 8:43, 44).

There is nothing more unreasonable and ungovernable than a crowd of people. Men who, standing alone or in small groups are deliberate in all they do, lose their self-control when they stand in a crowd. We’ve all witnessed it: persons moving about in great excitement in some mass-meeting, shoving, jostling, and pulling at one another. Continue reading

Half-and-Half Churches*

Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16).

After we have been walking on a hot summer day, running, playing ball, or hunting in autumn, a draft of icy cold water exhilarates …. After standing or walking in the cold air and being chilled, a hot beverage brings life and comfort to the whole body. Continue reading

Under the Camel’s Saddle*

Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one … one God, the Father … and one Lord, Jesus Christ …. However, there is not in every man that knowledge” (1 Corinthians 8:4-7).

Jacob had lived with his uncle Laban for twenty years. He had served him seven years for each of his daughters, Leah and Rachel, and six years for his livestock (Genesis 29 through 31). Now, it was time to leave. But how? Knowing the kind of person Laban was, and his jealous sons, Jacob had distanced himself and then stolen away unawares with two wives, two concubines, eleven sons so far, one daughter that we know of, servants, and herds. As could be expected, when, three days later, Laban learned Jacob had “escaped” with what Laban considered his property, he, being the rascal he was, chased the “runaways.” Continue reading

All About Mercy*

Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath …”

~Portia to Shylock, in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Benedict XIII decreed that German Catholics should greet each other with “Laudetur Jesus Christus” (“Praised be Jesus Christ”), the response being “In aeternum! Amen” (“Forever, amen”), a salutation aptly fit for Protestants. Continue reading

Jehoshaphat’s Shipping*

Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-Geber” (1 Kings 22:48; 2 Chronicles 20:35-37).

Your attention is called to a Bible incident that you may not have noticed. King Solomon had seagoing vessels that sailed to Tarshish (1 Kings 9:26-28; 10:22), the westernmost coast of Spain, and from there brought back gold and other precious items. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/27/05/98/270598964f66733e452ce9e2bd1eea8e.jpgHis progeny, King Jehoshaphat, ventured to do the same (1 Kings 22:48) Continue reading