A Wretch Like Me

By Barbara Rainey | November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here the writer of this psalm gets very specific, telling us the top three phrases that should always be on our list of thanksgiving to God. Number one on his list is the heart of the gospel, our pardon, best understood in the message of the world’s most beloved song, “Amazing Grace.” John Newton, author of […]

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Don’t Forget

By Barbara Rainey | November 3, 2017 | 4 Comments

We are a forgetful people. Even the most brilliant of us forget things, like a seminary professor we know who has a photographic memory and yet forgot something very important. One weekend, he drove from Dallas to Houston for a speaking engagement. At the conclusion of his engagement he took a cab to the airport, […]

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Where Are the Others?

By Barbara Rainey | October 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

Luke wrote the story of Jesus walking one day toward Jerusalem, hearing ten lepers shouting at him from a distance, “Master, have mercy on us!” Jesus instructed them simply but plainly “go and show yourselves to the priests.” As the men obeyed, walking toward the synagogues, they discovered they had been healed. Imagine their happiness, […]

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Breaking Bread in Their Homes

By Barbara Rainey | October 13, 2017 | 7 Comments

Living in a prosperous country is a blessing in many ways, but it has downsides. One of those downsides is entitlement, the attitude that says I deserve to always have all I’m accustomed to. Before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, a TV reporter asked a young mom with a baby on her hip what she feared […]

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Home With Us

By Barbara Rainey | October 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

Home is a God-created need.  Even if your home of origin was ideal, it was not perfect. You left that formative place with its memories both good and bad, and its creators, your mother and father, to go out and make your own. Though determined to forge a different home, a better one in one […]

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