The Panama Canal and God’s Love

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The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children(Psalm 103:17). 

One hundred years ago, the journey from the east coast to the west coast of the United States took 2 months and 8,000 miles through two oceans and around two continents (12,875 km). In 1904, the United States bought a stretch of land through the central American country of Panama straddling the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. President Theodore Roosevelt envisioned a channel uniting the two oceans.

The huge project cost about 9 trillion dollars in today’s numbers, and took over 10 years to complete. The US Army Corps of Engineers hired more than 75,000 men and women to work on the project, during which nearly 6,000 of the workers died mostly of malaria, which the United States eradicated. 

The 49 mile canal now allows more than 15,000…

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God Sends False Prophets to Test Us

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Two false prophets, Igbo and Bobo, ran through their village from opposite directions. In the center of the village, the two excited men collided into one another and fell down. Igbo said, I just had a dream. Thus says the Lord, “It will not rain on Tuesday.”

The other false prophet, Bobo, replied, No, I had a vision. Thus says the Lord, “It will rain on Tuesday.”

If it doesn’t rain on Tuesday, Igbo will claim to have been right; Bobo will also claim to be right, but say his prophecy was fulfilled spiritually not literally. Both prophets can say their messages came to pass, just like the time on a broken clock is right twice a day.

Godly prophets in the Bible were judged on more than a single prophecy about the future. Not only were their messages detailed with specifics, but their overall theology was also…

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Salvation Drawing Nearer

Darkness overspreads us here,
But the night wears fast away;
Jacob’s star will soon appear,
Leading on eternal day!
Now ’tis time to rouse from sleep,
Trim our lamps and stand prepared;
For our Lord strict watch to keep,
Lest he find us off our guard.

Let his people courage take,
Bear with a submissive mind
All they suffer for his sake,
Rich amends they soon will find:
He will wipe away their tears,
Near himself appoint their lot;
All their sorrows, pains and fears,
Quickly then wilt be forgot.

Though already saved, by grace,
From the hour we first believed;
Yet while sin and war have place,
We have but a part received:
Still we for salvation wait,
Every hour it nearer comes!
Death will break the prison gate,
And admit us to our homes.

Sinners, what can you expect?
You who now the Saviour dare;
Break his laws, his grace reject,
You must stand before his bar!
Tremble, lest he say, Depart!
Oh the horrors of that sound!
Lord, make every careless heart,
Seek thee while thou may’st be found.

John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 127