Temple Time

David Brandt Berg

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I see a vision of a group of people under a dome in a big central room. They’re all looking up, like they expect something. There are other people rushing around busily out in the wings [in service to God], but the people under the central dome are just standing there quietly, looking up. They’re bathed in a beautiful golden glow from above, and they take deep breaths of the heavenly air that descends on them. It’s the Lord’s temple.

(Prayer:) Oh Lord, for a breath . . .  read more

Count Your Blessings

David Brandt Berg

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The Lord had me review my whole life this morning to see how He has blessed me and taken care of me. It was like one of those near-death experiences that you hear about in which people see their whole lives in an instant, only I didn’t have to almost die to see mine.

The review started when I was practically still a baby, and it included all the outstanding things the Lord has done especially for me—experiences and accomplishments and promises that He kept. He reminded . . .  read more

Go Slow–You’ll Get There Quicker

David Brandt Berg

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“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). The Bible doesn’t promote hurry. The only verse I can remember any preachers or anybody else using to try to make us rush was, “The king’s business required haste” (1 Samuel 21:8). But for that one Scripture, I think there must be a hundred that tell us to go slow, or words to that effect—even to take it easy.

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Squeeze!–Don’t Jerk!

David Brandt Berg

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One day my wife and I were in a hurry to get home to do our work, our writing, but instead we sat down on a lovely rock wall to enjoy the view for a moment—when we got this inspiration:

There is hardly anything that can be enjoyed in a hurry—a glass of wine, a walk, a talk, a ride, a view, a meal, or an embrace. God is hardly ever in a hurry! It takes Him time to make a baby, a flower, a tree, a sunset, or even a blade of grass.

It’s a funny thing, but thoughts like this . . .  read more

Feet of Faith

David Brandt Berg

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(Written to a couple whose baby was born with deformed feet.)

My dear loved ones,

Our prayers are with you for your baby’s feet. The Lord has a promise for feet: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7).

Remember that nothing happens by accident! God has a purpose in everything, even if it is . . .  read more

Did God Make a Mistake?

David Brandt Berg

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Did God make a mistake by putting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, where they wound up making their own choices—the wrong ones? (Genesis 3:6).

Did God have to confess failure by the Flood, in that He had to wipe out all mankind for its wickedness? (Genesis 6:5-7).

Was the Tower of Babel a total disaster, and was the confusion of tongues a catastrophe? Or was it necessary to accomplish God’s purpose to humble and scatter man over the face of the earth? (Genesis 11:1-9).

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Dumps

David Brandt Berg

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This morning I was discouraged and frustrated about something. My wife sensed it, so she cheerfully began to sing this chorus:

Cheer up, you saints of God, there’s nothing to worry about,
Nothing to make you feel afraid, nothing to make you doubt!
Our God has never failed, so why not trust Him and shout?
You’ll be glad you trusted Him tomorrow!

The problem is that when we’re downcast, if we start talking about the situation, we usually end up voicing our complaints and . . .  read more