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Jerusalem Ridge

Text: “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And Jehovah showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, and all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the hinder sea, and the South, and the Plain of the valley of Jericho the city of palm-trees, unto Zoar. And Jehovah said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither” (Deut. 34:1-4)

 

Last fall, I took a trip to Jerusalem Ridge. This is a place in the hills of Kentucky where they hold an annual Bluegrass Festival. Not only is there good music by talented musicians, but the setting is a beautiful place that only God could create. Of course, I had a very limited view of a much larger area of His creation.


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Walking In The Spirit

Today’s Scripture – Galatians 5:16 – “…Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

Even though Paul says we should “…walk in the Spirit..” I would suggest that much of our lives are spend muddling through life instead of walking. Did you know that “muddling through” is defined as “to succeed (frequently in a clumsy fashion) despite being ill-equipped or untrained?” I think that describes much of the reality we face in life. 


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“Invictus”

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

The title of the poem “Invictus,” written by William Ernest Henly (1849-1902), is Latin for “unconquered.”   The last stanza of the poem says:

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


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