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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Greetings Bible Enthusiast!

Most people have heard the song, It Is Well With My Soul, by Horatio Spafford, but many have not heard the incredible circumstances under which the song was written.

Mr. Spafford and his wife, devout Christians, had five children, a son and four daughters. The son died of pneumonia while still a small child. Four months later Mr. Spafford lost all his lakefront property in the famed Great Chicago Fire.

Shortly thereafter, to help in the healing process, the family planned a trip to Europe to visit their friend, D.L. Moody who was holding a huge revival there. Because of last minute, unavoidable business involving his destroyed property, Mr. Spafford sent his wife and four daughters on to London ahead of him, planning to follow a few days later.

During the voyage, their ship collided in the fog with another and went down in twelve minutes. His wife sent him a telegram from London with these two words: "Saved Alone."

Can you imagine the magnitude of this loss? On the voyage to join his wife in London, Mr. Spafford asked the shipmaster to inform him of the spot where the other ship had gone down. It was while looking out over the water where his daughters had died, in an agony of sorrow, that the words to the song came to him, "It is well, with my soul."

There is no loss too great for us to bear as long as we have the hope and comfort of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

God Bless You!
Annie

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--TODAY'S NOT SO TRIVIAL TRIVIA QUESTION:

Q. In the old law, which insects were allowed for eating?

Answer below.

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--DAILY BIBLE VERSE:

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Psalm 63:1-2

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--TODAY'S BIT OF WISDOM/REFLECTION:

"God can mend a broken heart if we give Him all the pieces."

- J. Sidlow Baxter

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--FEATURED POEM:

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well, with my soul."

My sin - O the bliss of this glorious thought!-
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend;
"Even so" it is well with my soul.

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Horatio G. Spafford, 1873

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--ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION:

Q. In the old law, which insects were allowed for eating?

A. locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers


All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you. Yet these you may eat... the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. But all other flying insects which have four feet shall be an abomination to you.


Leviticus 11:20-23

Remember John the Baptist, most certainly devout in his faith, and what he ate! People of many cultures still eat locusts and grasshoppers.

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