Where Are the Nine?

from Daily Encounter

“One of them [a leper], when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:15-16

Even Jesus was disappointed when he healed ten lepers and only one returned to say thank you and give praise to God. “He asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.'” Luke 17:17-19

One of my constant prayers is that God will give me a thankful heart, not just at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but every day of the year.

No matter what trials I am going through there are always many things to be thankful for: food, clothing, shelter, friends, family, for life itself or to put it this way:

I love the gift of life, Dear God,

with all its beauty everywhere:

Blue skies, white fluffy clouds,

green trees, rocky mountains,

open meadows, the restless timeless sea,

the black bird on my window sill…

But most of all I love dear friends,

and if you will, please give to me

a greater love for you —

my dearest friend of all.

Dick Innes. Copyright. From the poem, “Life.” See more poems by Dick at: www.actscom.com/store/poems_all.php.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, for all of these and so much more—especially for dying for my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life—I give you thanks. And please help me always to appreciate all that you have done for me, and give me a generous heart so that I will give to others as you have given to me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

The discipline of living in truth is urgent today

Os Guinness writes in Time for Truth:

The discipline of living in truth is urgent today because modern life reduces community and accountability to its thinnest, thereby tempting us to live in a shadow world of anonymity and non-responsibility where all cats are gray. In such a world, becoming people of truth is the deepest secret of integrity and the highest form of taking responsibility for ourselves and our own lives. . . . If truth is truth, then differences make a difference – not just between truth and lies but between intimacy and alienation in relationships, between harmony and conflict in neighborhoods, between efficiency and incompetence in business, between reliability and fraud in science and journalism, between trust and suspicion in leadership, between freedom and tyranny in government, and even between life and death. Certainly, the choices are ours, but so also are the consequences.

At The Foot Of The Cross


Today, by faith, let us put every burden at the foot of the cross. Things and stuff, x, y or z, someone, lay it all, at the foot of the cross. Release it to God! God can make a way out no way. Praise The Lord!


Sometimes, we just have to keep the faith and trust Him. Somedays, it will be hard to count it all joy, especially if we don’t understand why. It’s those times, we must dig deep and praise Him anyway! 😁 Thank you Lord, for your mercy and your grace!

God bless us, by faith, as we lay our burdens at the foot of the cross and meditate on Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am The Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? Let thy will be done.


The problem with the world

Tim Keller

The problem with the world is it blames problems on things besides sin and identifies salvation on things besides God.

A good resource about soe aspects of creation

On Monday, guest writer Katie Galloway reported on research of ant-inspired algorithms. So, this Halloween we’re following her article with a roundup of resources focused on the things that make our skin crawl—from bats to slime mold to artificial life-forms.

Many of the resources here address “misunderstood” aspects of creation. For example, rats and bacteria have acquired bad reputations—often for legitimate reasons—yet they also provide important benefits to their environments and to humanity. The field of synthetic biology can seem rather Frankenstein-like, but it offers opportunities for incredible breakthroughs in medicine, industry, and technology, as well as a chance to develop thoughtful dialogue about ethics in science.

We hope these articles and podcasts will help you develop a deeper understanding of nature’s less agreeable characters and see the Creator’s love and care in all areas of creation.


A “smart” student thinks he has stumped Dr. Craig

Here is a brief introduction to William Lane Craig as he responds to an atheist who thinks he has got DrCraig boxed in. Dr. Craig is the one who has refined and used the Kalam argument seen in the next video.


The Kalam Cosmological Argument