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Snake In A Box

At a nature center, I watched my friend’s rosy-cheeked toddler pat the side of a large glass box. Inside the box, a bull snake named Billy slithered slowly, eyeing the little girl. Billy’s body was as thick as my forearm and he sported brown and yellow markings. Although I knew Billy could not escape from his container, seeing a menacing-looking creature so close to a small child made me shudder.

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Struggling With Addiction

Eric was struggling with an addiction, and he knew it. His friends and family members encouraged him to stop. He agreed that it would be best for his health and relationships, but he felt helpless. When others told him how they had quit their bad habits, he replied, “I’m happy for you, but I can’t seem to stop! I wish I had never been tempted in the first place. I want God to take the desire away right now.”

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Upon winning $314 million in a 2002 lottery, a happy business owner expressed noble desires. He wanted to start a charitable foundation, put laid-off workers back on the job, and do nice things for his family. Already wealthy, he told reporters the big win wouldn’t change him.

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Life-Giving Rain

During the August heat of 1891, R. G. Dyrenforth arrived in Midland, Texas, determined to blast rain from the sky. Known as a “concussionist,” he and his team launched and detonated huge balloons filled with explosive gases, fired cannons, and exploded piles of dynamite on the ground—shaking both earth and sky. Some believed he made it rain a little, but most said all he caused was noise. The explosive power was impressive but ineffective.

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The Upright Thumb

According to an African fable, four fingers and a thumb lived together on a hand. They were inseparable friends. One day, they noticed a gold ring lying next to them and conspired to take it. The thumb said it would be wrong to steal the ring, but the four fingers called him a self-righteous coward and refused to be his friend. That was just fine with the thumb; he wanted nothing to do with their mischief. This is why, the legend goes, the thumb still stands separate from the other fingers.

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Difficult People

In the book God in the Dock, author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.

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All We Need To Know

In a Fernando Ortega rendition of “Just As I Am,” Billy Graham’s voice can be heard faintly in the background. Dr. Graham is reminiscing about an illness during which he believed he was dying. As he mused on his past, he realized what a great sinner he was and how much he continues to need God’s daily forgiveness.

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The Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the most visited homes in the US. It was built in the 1930s and named after the original owner’s great aunt, Grace. It later became famous as the home of Elvis Presley.

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Marion Stroud


Marion Stroud lives in Bedford, England. She is an author whose books are rooted in real life and many of them have been translated into other languages. She works as a cross-cultural trainer for Media Associates International, helping writers in Eastern Europe and other spiritually “hard places of the world” to author books for their…

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Whoppers Or Adventures?

My grandfather loved to tell stories, and I loved to listen. Papaw had two kinds of tales. “Whoppers” were stories with a whiff of truth, but which changed with each new telling. “Adventures” were stories that really happened, and the facts never changed when retold. One day my grandfather told a story that just seemed too far-fetched to be true. “Whopper,” I declared, but my grandfather insisted it was true. Although his telling never varied, I simply couldn’t believe it, it was that unusual.

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26 thoughts on “Whoppers Or Adventures?

  1. elleeebelly says:

    Amen Lord. Because you are always the same, forever & ever. I thank you God for letting me get back on the path where I need to be, where you want me to be. I thank you because you’re always merciful & gracious. Lord, help me so that I can always spread Your word. Thank you for always watching over me Lord.

  2. csergeo says:

    Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” And 1 Samuel15:29 also says, “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”
    We can be rest assured in a consistent God who is the same God from the beginning of time till now. He does what He says He’ll do, and therefore, we have no right to worry about the present, much more the future. He has plans for us as, Jeremiah 29:11 tells us; so if we believe in the consistent character of our God, then we know what our future holds!!
    May God continue to open our eyes to truly see who He is, that we can put all our hope in trust in Him.

  3. TEbie says:

    My human nature is to do those things that make me feel good. That might be something as simple as listening to a song, watching a movie, reading a good book, and so on. This is not a bad thing in and of itself. Keeping a good balance though is what God is about, focus towards Him. His story never changes and always ends the best.

    God Bless!

  4. OU12C-HIM-2 says:

    I am reminded by the reading today of Tye Tribbet’s lyrics. “If He did it before He can do it again. Same God right now same God back then.” I am so thankful for the characteristics of God’s consistency and ever unchanging Ways. That’s why I will trust in the Lord until I die. My experience with Him confirms that he is omnipresent. I have never been in any predicament that my God was not able to get me out of because of my faith and trust in Him. And oh how I love to tell the story. HIS of how He died for us and MIND of how he saved me and will do the same for you if u just answer the call. there are two sides to salvation. The divine side and the human side. The Divine side is always accomplished by God’s calling to us. the inconsistency comes on the human side when we fell to remember that we have answered the calling, yet continue to live as though we havent. Thank God for repentance and forgiveness, His grace and mercy. Hallelujah Amen

  5. neetavg says:

    God is my refuge and my anchor that never fails and is the same yesterday, today and forever and I can safely trust in Him.

  6. sandy229 says:

    God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It’s so good to know we have an unchanging Savior in a world with constant changes.

  7. sflbtsw says:

    My grandfather always had great stories to tell as well. How I wish I could hear them again today. Praise God that He never changes.

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