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Written by David W. Bernthal | February, 2015
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If God truly gave us His Word in written form, as He has in the Bible, then what do we have with which to compare it?  In a certain sense, we have all been inspired at one time or another. A moving poem, the birth of a child, a once-in-a-lifetime beautiful sunset, or a heartfelt […] Read More

Called to Action

Written by David W. Bernthal | February, 2019
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Read John 1:29-51 Examples—good, bad, or indifferent—are all around us. Even though we know the Bible’s primary purpose is to show us the path to heaven through the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Scriptures are also full of examples. Paul tells us, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were […] Read More

Divine Treasure Map

Written by David W. Bernthal | October, 2017
Post Categories: Devotions,Reformation,
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DEVOTION SOLA Scriptura Anyone who has ever heard of the Superstition Mountains of Arizona has most likely also heard of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. This legend, which most experts agree is based on distorted facts, is the stuff of movie plots and fantasy. Many have searched for the riches of this lost mine, some even […] Read More

God is my Protector

Written by David W. Bernthal | August, 2013
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PART FOUR OF THE SERIES “This is most certainly true!” The Five Installments:  1) God is my Father Almighty; 2) God is Maker of Heaven and Earth; 3) God is my Preserver and Provider; 4) God is my Protector; 5) God does all this for me by His grace. Absolutes–weren’t we taught to never use […] Read More

Are We There Yet?

Written by David W. Bernthal | April, 2012
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Being both a father and school teacher with the privilege of taking countless numbers of children on many trips, I have heard my share of “Are-we-there-yets?”! Let’s not be too hard on our youth, however. We too can get very impatient in our lives. How are you about waiting in line at a store, at […] Read More

Gifts Galore

Written by David W. Bernthal | June, 2017
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DEVOTION – DIVERSITY OF GIFTS Did you know that there are over 30,000 different species of fish in our world? Scientists, and others who keep track of these things, tell us there are about 300,000 different species of plants for our enjoyment. But the granddaddy of diversity goes to the insect kingdom with a whopping […] Read More

The Continuing Work of the Holy Spirit

Written by David W. Bernthal | December, 2014
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The THIRD ARTICLE installments:  1) The Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel 2) The Holy Spirit enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps me 3) The Holy Spirit calls the whole Christian Church on Earth 4) The Holy Spirit daily forgives sins 5) The Holy Spirit gives me eternal life While we would have continued to […] Read More

Unto Us a Child Is Born

Written by David W. Bernthal | February, 2017
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A birth announcement can be one of the more joyful tasks a married couple may complete. Whether the news is published online, with an old-fashioned picture, or with a card in the mail, everyone wants to hear the details—boy or girl? How much did he weigh? How long was he?  What’s the name? Who does the […] Read More

Opposite Sides of Different Coins

Written by David W. Bernthal | August, 2015
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Our minds were designed by our Creator to work on the basis of logic. Researchers tell us that this is why optical illusions work on us. Our brains, in attempting to see patterns in chaos, will often fill in “missing” information allowing us to see things that aren’t actually present. We all like logic and […] Read More

Jesus, Baptized for Us

Written by David W. Bernthal | January, 2020
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DEVOTION – JESUS’ BAPTISM “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 We who have been baptized know the power and purpose of Baptism. It was our lost and sinful condition from conception which prompted […] Read More

Proof Positive

Written by David W. Bernthal | February, 2011
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“Seeing is believing” we’ve heard people say. We know that believing is a matter of the heart. Faith is a gift of God that goes far beyond what our eyes are able to discern. That having been said, we have many incidents in Scripture which show us that the Lord does demonstrate that our faith […] Read More

Serving the Servants’ Servant

Written by David W. Bernthal | August, 2014
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LAST OF FIVE PARTS OF A SERIES ON THE SECOND ARTICLE “This is most certainly true!” THE APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived  by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius […] Read More

How Do We “See” the New Year?

Written by David W. Bernthal | January, 2012
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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 When a young child’s mother leaves the room, and he cannot see, hear, or smell her – she’s gone! Then the crying begins. We console the child,“Mama will be back!” But the child wants proof! “Where’s my mother? […] Read More

Thank You, Father, for Mother

Written by David W. Bernthal | May, 2013
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“Respect Your Mother” is a very nice sentiment—until it appears on a bumper sticker next to a graphic of planet Earth! (I don’t mean to suggest we shouldn’t appreciate the wonderful gift planet Earth is, but to respect it as my Mother? No way!) Mothers are God’s instruments to produce life. While males of our species […] Read More

The Unseen Church

Written by David W. Bernthal | October, 2018
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DEVOTION – THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH “The hand is quicker than the eye” is a very familiar adage. This saying was demonstrated to me quite thoroughly just last year. Our town had a festival at which a street magician was performing. Time and again this man astounded the gathered crowd with his sleight of hand. One trick […] Read More

Jesus is True God

Written by David W. Bernthal | December, 2013
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PART ONE OF A SERIES ON THE SECOND ARTICLE “This is most certainly true!” THE APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived  by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was […] Read More

Fountain of Eternity

Written by David W. Bernthal | May, 2011
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Juan Ponce de Leon (whether he actually searched for the Fountain of Youth or not) will be forever remembered as the man who went on a futile mission. The search for eternal youth, whether in water or in an elixir of life, can seem pretty silly to us. Even the ancient Egyptians practiced the art […] Read More

Life Lessons

Written by David W. Bernthal | January, 2021
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DEVOTION—PRO-LIFE Of all the political, social, and moral debates that have gone on for the past forty years, it would be hard to come up with a more sensitive topic than abortion. Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, 60 million children have been ripped from the safety of their mothers’ […] Read More

Redeemable, But With No Cash Value

Written by David W. Bernthal | April, 2014
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PART THREE OF A SERIES ON THE SECOND ARTICLE “This is most certainly true!” THE APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived  by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was […] Read More

The Priesthood of Believers: God’s Choice

Written by David W. Bernthal | October, 2016
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Tension was running high. The air was thick with anticipation. On the one hand, 250 men, censers in hand, burning incense, ready to prove their worthiness to serve the Lord. On the other hand, a lone elderly gentleman; Aaron, the High Priest of Jehovah. They stood before the Tabernacle, awaiting the judgment of God. In […] Read More