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Spring Or Winter

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
For the last two weeks, our temperatures were seventy to eighty degrees during the day. Robins played in the yard, and tulips and daffodils spread their brilliant colors. I pulled dandelions out of our grass and gathered seeds for planting. Spring is here!
Today it is cold, we have three inches of snow on the ground, and the snow is still coming. The sky looks like it could snow all day. The weather forecasters say we might get six or more inches. What happened to spring?

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It Must Be True Because . . .

“Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

My brother in Christ, and friend, Robert Holland, shared with me the follow incident and observation:

“In the 1941 landmark motion picture, ‘Citizen Kane,’ Orson Welles/Charles Foster Kane is being interviewed by a young reporter. During the interview, the reporter makes a comment and Kane replies, ‘Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio.’


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The Prayer Of Our High Priest

“You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life” (John 17:2).

As I read Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17, I am amazed at His concern for others and for the glory shown the Father. Jesus is only a short time away from His torture and death. Throughout His ministry, Jesus has demonstrated His obedience to the Father and His caring for people. Perhaps this prayer shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Jesus begins by giving the Father glory for granting Him all authority over all flesh. Jesus also acknowledges that all His followers are given to Him by the Father. The purpose stated is so
the Son may give them eternal life.

After His resurrection and before His ascension back to heaven, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18b). Paul further states that the name of Jesus is above all names, those in heaven and on the earth will bow to Him, and everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). This gives glory to the Father (Philippians 2:11b).

Our great high priest, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14), begins this prayer in John 17 asking that He may be glorified so that He may glorify the Father. He gave up that glory when He became like us.

Following the example of Jesus, we need to always give glory to our Father. We need to praise our Father, and we should boast about Jesus and the Father. Only God is perfect and worthy of being glorified.

We should accept the fact that only Jesus has real authority. We need to want to learn and keep His word and please Him with our thoughts, words, and actions.

Song: “Glorify the Lord with Me”

Holy Father, only You, Your Son, and the Spirit are truly worthy of honor and praise. Help me to bend my knee to Jesus willingly. In my Lord Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado
es_witt_504@yahoo.com