Persecuted, but not forsaken


Acts 23:12-30, 34, 35

Acts 23:14, 15

They intended to assassinate him upon the stairs which led down from the fortress to the court. Seldom has a greater crime been contemplated in the name of religion. However, the Lord had a spy upon their secret conclave, and their stratagem was defeated. The deepest designs of hell are frustrated by the Lord.

Acts 23:23, 24

Forty had sworn to murder him, but five hundred protectors are found for him. The angels of the Lord are round about his people, and the Lord can use a band of soldiers for the same purpose. The apostle left Jerusalem attended like a prince: his enemies were powerless to touch a hair of his head. He went down to Cæsarea, and was out of reach of the daggers of his foes.

Acts 23:34, 35

So that he was not put in a public prison, but…

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The Best Friend You’ll Ever Have


John 15:12-17

Good friends are hard to find, and our busy schedules don’t help. Many people don’t make time to cultivate meaningful friendships—are you possibly among their number? If so, notice how Jesus prioritized time with His friends. He lived closely with His disciples for three years and proved to be not only their Lord and Savior but also the best friend they’d ever had.

Unlike the disciples, we’ve never physically walked with Jesus, but this doesn’t exclude us from His friendship. First 1 Peter 1:8 says, “And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”

Every person who trusts in Christ becomes His friend, and the ultimate proof of His unwavering love is that He laid down His life for whoever would believe. Without the Savior’s amazing act…

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VIDEO I Didn’t Know . . . ! – Vision of Walking in Faith to Jesus


I Didn’t Know . . . !

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught [Peter], and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

In the early days of our technological age, computers and other devices came with large instruction manuals. Today we are so familiar with how digital devices work that we can usually figure them out. And invariably, this leads to a recognition that: “I didn’t know it could do that!”

The three years the disciples spent with Jesus were similar to that utterance. Imagine—they had never seen anyone multiply loaves and fish, cast out evil spirits, or heal the lame, sick, and blind. Every day was, “I didn’t know He could do that!” Another thing they didn’t know was that Jesus could walk on water—and allow them to do the same. But when Peter got out of the boat…

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New W.R.Case Campaign


Keep Your Hands Sharp

Today Case started a new campaign that I like quite a bit. I ran a farm for many years and worked with my hands every single day.

Now, I work on construction, build in my shop and do just about anything to stay busy. You know what, there is no shortage of work to do.

Watch this short video and see if it doesn’t make sense to you. Time to make a change!

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Don’t Hide Jesus

Cory Lebovitz

Have you ever been frustrated when you buy a product only to find out you have to buy something else just to make the product work?

Are there any other parents out there who would echo my annoyance? You get home after getting your kid a great gift only to read those dreaded words…Batteries Not Included!

I wish someone would have made that clear when I was still at the store.Frustration wells up every time this happens because all I want is a little clarity…what do I need to do to make this thing work?

Do you ever wonder if our community feels this same way about the Church?

In church circles we have become masters of creating invitations, branding and slogans that invite people in. The danger in all of our creative efforts is to make something that is cute but unclear.  I’ll take some…

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