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“Batten Down The Hatches”

“. . . for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev 6:17 NASU).

 

Today, I took our Maltese for a walk; it was overcast. A woman at her car asked if it was going to rain. I said, “Looks like it.” She said, “It’s time to batten down the hatches.” It has been a while since I heard this expression. It originally meant to secure a ship’s hatch-tarpaulins, the coverings in the openings of the deck of a ship, especially when rough weather was expected. It is now a figurative expression meaning to prepare for a difficulty or crisis.


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Recapturing Our Innocence As Children

“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven ” (Matthew 18:3).

We all would like to capture our innocence as children back. A time when life was pure and simple. What a sad day when Adam and Eve lost their innocence in the garden. As parents, we try to protect our children’s innocence as long, and as much as we can.


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“Into Thy Hands”

“And Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).

Jesus did not come into this world blindfolded and unaware. At Jesus’ trial, Pilate asked Him, “Art thou a king then?” Jesus answered, “To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37). To what end? To be a king? Certainly, but Jesus came for much more.


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