AllWorship Blog

The Potter And The Clay

Early in the last century, sculptor Gutzon Borglum gazed at the cliffs of South Dakota’s Black Hills. As any great artist would, he saw what no one else could: the sculpted faces of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. After 14 years, he finally completed his project—Mount Rushmore. How in the world did Borglum foresee such a work of

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Don’t Be Mopey!

Many times, our unbelieving family and coworkers—in fact, society in general—can make believers feel small and inferior, like second class citizens. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, we may begin to believe it! We become what I like to call “mopey Christians,” just moping around, keeping our faith hidden under a bushel, feeling afraid to say a word about Jesus, in fear that we might offend

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Shackled

When prisoners go to the courthouse, they wear shackles on their hands and ankles, making it difficult to walk without tripping, or walk quickly. They are guarded heavily. They are no longer free. That is only one of the consequences of their bad behavior. In the same way, when we were an unbeliever, though we could not see them, we had shackles—heavy ones—on our bodies.

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Preparing for Easter

As believers, the next few days before we celebrate Good Friday are days we need to be preparing our hearts and minds for worship. Easter is the most important celebration of a Christian’s life. It is at the center of all that we believe in and all that we are. For our Lord died for us all, that we might no longer live for

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Our Outlook

A new driver for an interstate trucking company was having a difficult time. He found the long cross-country trips extremely tiring. The older driver who traveled with him, however, seemed to thrive on those long trips. He always seemed to look as fresh at the end of the ride as he did at the beginning. One day, the young man asked the older what

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Plant Some Seeds

There was a mailman, John Hand, who rode his mail truck through Los Altos Hills of California on his 50 mile route each day. The route was plain, all brown and virtually no color. One day he began to throw wild flower seeds out of the window as he drove. Today, if you travel his route in the Los Altos Hills you’ll find beautiful

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Stop Looking Back

Some time ago, I wrote a devotional about not worrying about tomorrow because tomorrow holds its own worries. But it occurred to me recently, that just about as often as we worry for tomorrow, we fret about yesterday. How many times do we find ourselves saying, “I wish things could be the way they were, I wish I was younger, I wish I could

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Be Still

In one passage in John, Mary and Martha come running to Jesus, asking Him to heal Lazarus, who was critically ill. Since Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus, I’m sure they were expecting Jesus would come immediately to his aid. The scripture says, however, that Jesus stayed two more days in the place where He was. It was in those two days that

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Don’t Become Isolated

A recent program by National Geographic gives a powerful illustration for us. In the great annual wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park in Africa, a giant herd of wildebeest slowly move in groups across the plain. They are invariably followed by stalking lions. But the lions never attack the herd. They simply watch carefully for the stray wildebeest, either careless or seeking greener grass,

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Patience

Patience is one of those attributes that you cannot learn by reading about it. It’s a quality that can only be acquired by persistent, enduring, practice. And for me, it’s a drill I go over and over again! The original Webster’s dictionary offers this definition of patience: “the suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance

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