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Dale Brown, Author at Farmville

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Being born again is not our choice

In John 3, Nicodemus has come to Jesus for some answers. Nicodemus is a good Pharisee, a good teacher. He’s had the right training. He’s ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:39 pm

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We cannot escape from God

How well do people know you? I think we go through life and we kind of like our privacy. We don’t want people to know ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, April 23, 2021 6:00 am

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Have we made Jesus king for just a moment?

It is estimated there were 2.5 million people in Jerusalem that day. They had returned from all over the world for the Passover Feast. And ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, March 26, 2021 6:00 am

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Where else do we go but to Jesus?

In John 6:53, Jesus says something which jars his followers. He says, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, February 26, 2021 6:00 am

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Praise is a key part of worship

Psalm 146 starts: “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!” Praise is an integral part of worship. Israel knew that. That is why ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, January 22, 2021 6:00 am

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Like Joseph, we must trust and obey

Well, it’s Christmas. Merry Christmas. I pray that this day will be blessed for you, filled with peace and hope. The Christmas story in Luke ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, December 24, 2020 6:00 am

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Part of Advent is learning to wait for God

Waiting. That’s something we’re not very good at, is it?    Much of our technology today is designed to keep us from waiting. We get ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Sunday, November 29, 2020 6:00 am

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Repentance is a daily task

The Psalms often have a short statement at the beginning, sometimes identifying their composer, sometimes with a musical or liturgical instruction, sometimes with a description ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, October 30, 2020 6:00 am

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What are you looking at?

During this devotional I would like to think about what we look at and what we should be looking at, using a passage from 2 ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, October 2, 2020 6:00 am

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Money, what is it good for?

What do we really need? In Paul’s first letter to Timothy he sets it out in Chapter 6. He says what we need is to ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, September 4, 2020 6:00 am

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Unclean spirits testify to Jesus’ identity

In Mark, Jesus begins his ministry with a bang. His first act of ministry after his baptism, his temptation, and the calling of his disciples ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, August 7, 2020 6:00 am

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To keep receiving, we need to give

In Luke Chapter 7, verses 11-17 Jesus tells his disciples and us about prayer and forgiveness. There are some familiar things in this passage, aren’t ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, July 3, 2020 6:00 am

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Rhythm is a vital part of who we are

Our very existence is based on rhythm. There is the beat, beat, beat of the heart, absolutely necessary for our lives – when that stops, ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, June 5, 2020 6:00 am

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Must we see to truly believe?

Do you believe in Easter? Do you believe in the resurrection? Some say, seeing is believing. Much of the description of the resurrection in chapter ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, April 10, 2020 6:00 am

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The root of peace

I grew up as the son of missionaries in Pakistan, and when we were on furlough in the U.S. my parents would go to churches ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, March 13, 2020 6:00 am

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It’s wonderful we have a God who searches for us

In Luke 15:1-7 there is the parable of the lost sheep. A shepherd has 100 sheep, and as he’s out there in the wilderness, he ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:20 pm

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Overwhelming, abundant grace

A few years ago I visited St. Petersburg, Russia, the city the Czar Peter the Great had built on the delta of the Neva River. ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:57 am

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Saved by grace

In Ephesians 2:8-10 Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved, and this is not your doing, it is the gift of God — ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, November 22, 2019 8:55 am

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Praise the Lord

Psalm 146 tells us we should praise the Lord in everything we do, as long as we live, for the Lord is the one we ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:19 am

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Worry no longer

In Philippians 4:6-9 Paul gives us a four-step process to handling life, not only when things are easy, but especially when things are tough as ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, September 27, 2019 5:00 pm

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Trust the Holy Spirit to guide you

What do you think of Nicodemus? He’s kind of an interesting guy, isn’t he? John tells us that he was a Pharisee, a leader of ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, August 29, 2019 1:35 pm

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Focus on the positive

In his letter to the Romans, Paul sets out the things that God had done through Christ for them and for us — that Christ ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Saturday, August 3, 2019 5:00 am

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You are the one

In 1 Samuel 16, we see how David was selected to be the next King of Israel after Saul had turned out so disappointing. Samuel ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Sunday, July 7, 2019 5:00 am

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Give and ye shall receive

In his book “Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving,” Miroslav Volf talks about giving and forgiving. Volf says that God’s essential nature is about giving, ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:14 am

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The keys to the Kingdom

In Matthew 16:13-20, when Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:50 am

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A father’s approval

Right at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, at the very beginning of his ministry, Jesus does something which is so characteristic of his ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:05 am

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Ready to be tempted?

Are you ready to be tempted? Jesus was. In Luke, Chapter 4, we are told that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert ... Read more

by Dale Brown, Friday, March 15, 2019 4:40 pm

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