A Work In Progress

Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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A Ukrainian Christmas

The people of Ukraine include many wonderful elements in their observance of Christmas. Sometimes wisps of hay are placed on the dinner table as a reminder of the Bethlehem manger. Another portion of their celebration echoes the events of the night when the Savior entered the world. A Christmas prayer is offered and then the father in the household offers the greeting, “Christ is born!” The family then responds, “Let us glorify Him!”

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Story Stewards

Many people take great care to make sure their resources are used well after they die. They set up trusts, write wills, and establish foundations to guarantee that their assets will continue to be used for a good purpose after their life on earth is done. We call this good stewardship.

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A Special Birth

In the pages of Scripture, several baby-boy births stand out. Cain, the firstborn after creation. Isaac, the hope of Israel’s future. Samuel, the answer to a mother’s fervent prayer. All extremely important. All joyously expected. And all described exactly the same by the chroniclers of Scripture: In each case, we are told that the mother conceived and bore a son (Gen. 4:1; 21:2-3; 1 Sam. 1:20).

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Another Hero Of Christmas

For most of my life, I missed the importance of Joseph in the Christmas story. But after I became a husband and father myself, I had a greater appreciation for Joseph’s tender character. Even before he knew how Mary had become pregnant, he decided that he wasn’t going to embarrass or punish her for what seemed to be infidelity (Matt. 1:19).

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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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Wonders Of The Heart

Our heart beats about 100,000 times every day, pumping blood to every cell in our bodies. This adds up to about 35 million beats a year and 2.5 billion beats in an average lifetime. Medical science tells us that every contraction is similar to the effort it would take for us to hold a tennis ball in our palm and give it a good hard squeeze.

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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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Stones Cry Out

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

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Johnny’s Race

When 19-year-old Johnny Agar finished the 5k race, he had a lot of people behind him—family members and friends who were celebrating his accomplishment.

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Better Than Before

As infants, my children had nearly perfect skin. Their flesh was soft—they had no dry elbows or rough patches on their feet. Smooth and new, it contrasted with mine, which was marked by years of various scars and callouses.

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Whose Side Are You On?

In the heat of the American Civil War, one of President Lincoln’s advisors said he was grateful that God was on the side of the Union. Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

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Losing Our Way

An online survey conducted by a New York law firm reveals that 52 percent of Wall Street traders, brokers, investment bankers, and other financial service professionals have either engaged in illegal activity or believe they may need to do so in order to be successful. The survey concludes that these financial leaders “have lost their moral compass” and “accept corporate wrongdoing as a necessary evil.”

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Filtered Light

The painting A Trail of Light by Colorado Springs artist Bob Simpich shows a grove of aspen trees with golden leaves lit by the autumn sun. The topmost leaves are brilliantly illuminated while the ground beneath the trees is a mixture of sunlight and shadows. The painter said of this contrast, “I can’t resist the light filtered through to the forest floor. It weaves a special magic.”

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In The Storm

A storm was brewing—not just on the horizon but also in a friend’s home. “When I was in Hong Kong,” she shared, “the local meteorological service announced that there was a superstorm approaching. But more than the storm that was looming outside my window, there was a storm brewing at home. While my dad was in the hospital, family members were trying to balance their home and work responsibilities while also traveling to and from the hospital. They were so tired that patience was wearing thin, and the situation at home was tense.”

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The Power Of Ritual

When I was growing up, one of the rules in our house was that we weren’t allowed to go to bed angry (Eph. 4:26). All our fights and disagreements had to be resolved. The companion to that rule was this bedtime ritual: Mom and Dad would say to my brother and me, “Good night. I love you.” And we would respond, “Good night. I love you too.”

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Amazing Grace

Pressed into service in the Royal Navy, John Newton was dismissed for insubordination and turned to a career trafficking in slaves. Notorious for cursing and blasphemy, Newton served on a slave ship during the cruelest days of trans-Atlantic slavery, finally working his way up to captain.

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Every Hardship

Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of a beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern US. Within a few years it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, the primary source of revenue. In desperation, farmers started growing another crop—peanuts. Realizing they had been dependent on one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify, which led to increased prosperity.

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The Ultimate Reunion

I’ll never forget the vigil of sitting by my dad’s bed as he spent his last few days with us before slipping into eternity. To this day the moment of his passing continues to have a profound effect on me. My dad was always there for me. I could call him whenever I needed counsel. I have great memories of our days fishing together; we would talk about God and the Bible, and I would prompt him to tell those fun stories from his youth on the farm.

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A Matter Of Trust

A news item from Australia told the story of Pascale Honore, a paraplegic woman who, after 18 years of being confined to a wheelchair, has taken up surfing. How?

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25 thoughts on “A Matter Of Trust

  1. eternallyhis says:

    No matter how much a person might love you, no matter how well-intentioned their motives might be, nevertheless we are human and therefore able to fail one another. Even the top physicians and surgeons and other highly educated people are able to make mistakes, even the mechanics, etc. that work on our automobiles, airplanes, trains and bicycles and furniture builders :) all human, all capable of making a mistake. Even the most high tech computer cannot be trusted 100% because they were made by humans and we all know how quickly a computer can crash. There is only One we can trust 100% and we all know who He is :) And I’m sure you all agree that He is worthy of all honor, all glory, all praise. Blessed be the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. karrifoster says:

    God is my strength my family is going threw some pretty ruff financial difficulties but without the need for need or the need to ask God Almighty for the strength, courage, and wisdom to carry on and know everything is in his hands I know i would be in a worse place than I am now, bc sometimes without having to rely completely on God people tend to trust in their own selves or carnal selves instead of Christ. Thankyou my sweet Jesus for your patience and kindness. Amen

  3. poohpity says:

    Trust seems to be something that is earned and God has shown Himself faithful. That is something I have learned by experience of living in a dependence on/in Him. I do not place my trust in a person until they have shown themselves to be trustworthy and even then I know they are just a human being understanding they often mess up. One does not trust a chair to hold them unless they have experienced it will hold them and even comparing the trust of God to a chair seems like trusting what was created(finite) to the creator(infinite) sounds so silly doesn’t it?

    1. christina 808 says:

      Love the analogy of the trust of God to a chair…yes a bit silly but gets to the point!

  4. hsnpoor says:


    What came first? The chicken or the egg? I think the point is WHO is worthy of our trust and faith, not a Biblical definition of the terms. If we put our trust & faith in ourselves or others, we are sure to be disappointed. God, and God alone, is the only one who can be trusted. There is no one above Him, beside Him or like Him. We are foolish to place our faith and trust in anyone or anything but God. He is God all by Himself and he is worthy of our EVERYTHING.

    1. 3222940 says:

      Thank you for your comment. However the main question was not addressed. This is the question: Is there any difference, biblically, between trust and faith? All believers understand that they have to place their faith in God because we do not see Him, yet we believe He is there. When it comes to people and things we can see, this cannot be a matter of faith, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (Rom.8:24).

      1. hsnpoor says:

        Why do you ask?

  5. aampll says:

    When I think of the future I feel overwhelmed. So I try to think of only the present and trust God with the future. And accept that I can’t go back and change the past with all it’s sins and wrongdoings. So I TRUST daily in the love, grace and mercy of God to help me live one day at a time.

  6. bondserve says:

    The Lord’s present faithfulness enables us to have the courage and confidence to work beyond the scope of our own abilities and strength, trusting in Him for the increase. And when the giant waves gather, threatening to bury us under their weight, and storm clouds approach in dismal, dark cloak, it is our assurance that He shall protect and sustain us in His mighty arms of love which motivates us to continue. It is our faith which compels the Lord to act in our behalf. Mountains are removed and foes fall at our feet, by the Highest name of Christ Jesus our Lord.

    However, It’s not always easy to see God at work and to sense His presence. Our faith in this regard is many times, challenged. Yet, our weakness does not negate God’s faithfulness. But we must have a determined faith, and He shall surround us with Himself, lift us up, and see us through.

    Something each of us must continue to do, is to pray for one another. I need your prayers and you need mine, whether we’re aware of the fact or not. And we are commanded to do so. I would not be here today if it were not for a praying mother and grandmother. Our pastors need our prayers, and so do our siblings overseas who are being persecuted for the name of Christ. Please pray for faith to increase and love to overcome.

    Author of “Meet Him on the Mountain”—Xulon Press

  7. raiders0731 says:

    Thank you Jesus for helping me keep my head up in these trying times…

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