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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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The Wise Old Owl

Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short poem about the merits of measuring our words.

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The Language Of Whistling

On La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, a language that sounds like a bird song is being revived. In a land of deep valleys and steep ravines, schoolchildren and tourists are learning how whistling was once used to communicate for distances up to 2 miles. One goat herder who is using this ancient language once again to communicate with his flock said, “They recognize my whistle as they recognize my voice.”

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An Emergency Of The Spirit

In March 2011, a devastating tsunami struck Japan, taking nearly 16,000 lives as it obliterated towns and villages along the coast. Writer and poet Gretel Erlich visited Japan to witness and document the destruction. When she felt inadequate to report what she was seeing, she wrote a poem about it. In a PBS NewsHour interview she said, “My old friend William Stafford, a poet now gone, said, ‘A poem is an emergency of the spirit.’”

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Repeat Warnings

Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly.

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Medieval Meal

A while ago I attended a conference on the Middle Ages. In one seminar we actually prepared several foods that would have been common in medieval times. We used pestle and mortar to grind cinnamon and fruit to make jam. We cut orange rinds and broiled them with honey and ginger to produce a sweet snack. We crushed almonds with water and other ingredients to create almond milk. And, finally, we prepared a whole chicken to serve as a main dish with rice. As we sampled these dishes, we enjoyed a tasty culinary experience.

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Rooted

Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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A Heart For Prayer

While traveling on an airplane with her 4- and 2-year-old daughters, a young mom worked at keeping them busy so they wouldn’t disturb others. When the pilot’s voice came over the intercom for an announcement, Catherine, the younger girl, paused from her activities and put her head down. When the pilot finished, she whispered, “Amen.” Perhaps because there had been a recent natural disaster, she thought the pilot was praying.

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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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A Possum’s Pose

Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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With Him Forever!

In 1859, during the turbulent years prior to America’s Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to speak to the Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As he spoke, he shared with them the story of an ancient monarch’s search for a sentence that was “true and appropriate in all times and situations.” His wise men, faced with this heady challenge, gave him the sentence, “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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Step Up!

When a woodchuck started eating our garage (well, just the trim), I bought a live trap with plans to transplant the little guy to a park. I baited it with an assortment of goodies and opened the trap door. The next morning, I was excited to see a little critter in my trap—until I noticed that it was no woodchuck. I had snared a skunk.

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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Spiritual Navigation

Dava Sobel’s award-winning book Longitude describes a dilemma faced by early sailors. They could readily determine their latitude north or south of the equator by the length of the day or height of the sun. Calculating east/west longitude, however, remained complex and unreliable until English clockmaker John Harrison invented the marine chronometer. This was “a clock that would carry the true time from the home port . . . to any remote corner of the world,” thus enabling sailors to determine longitude.

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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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Keeping Darkness At Bay

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

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A Word For The Struggler

There is an old adage that says, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” It’s wise not to take on more responsibilities than we can handle. At some time, however, we will likely feel overwhelmed by the size and difficulty of a task we have agreed to do.

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Our Foundation

The Bavarian city of Nördlingen is unique. It sits in the middle of the Ries Crater, a large circular depression caused by the impact of a huge meteorite a long time ago. The immense pressure of the impact resulted in unusual crystallized rock and millions of microscopic diamonds. In the 13th century, these speckled stones were used to build St. George’s Church. Visitors can see the beautiful crystal deposits in its foundation and walls. Some might say it has a heavenly foundation.

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Following The Master

At a dog show near my home, I watched a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Trevor perform. At his master’s command, he ran several yards away and immediately returned, he jumped fences, and he identified objects using his sense of smell. After finishing each exercise, he sat down at his master’s feet and waited for more instructions.

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Believing In Advance

In a German prison camp in World War II, undiscovered by the guards, some Americans built a homemade radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war. Because of a communications breakdown, however, the guards did not yet know this. As word spread among the prisoners, a loud celebration broke out. For 3 days, they sang, waved at guards, and shared jokes over meals. On the fourth day, they awoke to find that all the Germans had fled. Their waiting had come to an end.

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Is Somebody Singing?

From 200 miles above Earth, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, joined in song with a group of students in a studio on Earth. Together they performed “Is Somebody Singing,” co-written by Hadfield and Ed Robertson.

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Walking Billboards

Pete Peterson’s first contact with Vietnam was in the Vietnam War. During a bombing raid in 1966, his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Over 30 years later he returned as US Ambassador to Vietnam. One press article called him “a walking billboard for reconciliation.” He realized years ago that God had not saved his life for him to live in anger. Because he believed this, he used the rest of his life and his position to make a difference by pushing for better safety standards for children in Vietnam.

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33 thoughts on “Walking Billboards

  1. TEbie says:

    I appreciate your comments, everyone and to you C.P. Hia, very appreciated devotion. Again the Apostle Paul very much inspired by God laid it out for us. I too am a safety official and can identify with aspects of the job. Whereas a safety person is trying their best to look out for others well being(could be life or death situations in my area)some go against doing a job right. In others words a shortcut is fine if you don’t get caught and get the job done faster. They or someone that follows that philosophy may be dead wrong some day. Having a complacent attitude may cost dearly in more ways than one. This brings me to Paul again and what he says in chapter 8 of Romans. I suggest reading the whole chapter but for time sake here I want to speak on what a key point he makes in verse 28, and he quotes”28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”God knows our heart, likewise He leads and guides us into His righteousness. To God be the glory. Have a good night! Blessings your way!

  2. sentinel46 says:

    “All praises and blessings be unto us from the Heavenly Father and I humbly give Him all the praise for what He has given us in Jesus Christ. For as a testament we are not only given to be the sons and daughters of the Lord God, but also to be His representatives here upon the Earth and to not only live in Him but to be His instruments of His Word(s) as He would give them to us through the Holy Spirit.”

    “Oh blessed assurance Jesus Christ is mine and I AM His…in His name…amen!”

    Bible References:… Psalm 7:10, 17; Jeremiah 9: 23-24; Zechariah 4:1-14; Matthew 5:1-48; Matthew 9:32-38; Matthew 10:1-16,17-42; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; John 3:1-36; John 13:1-35; John 14:1,35-31; John 15:1-27; John 16:1-33; John 17:1-26; John 21:1-25; Acts 4:1-12; Romans 8:1-39;
    Romans 12:1-21; Romans 15:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-31; 1 Corinthians 3:1-23;
    1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 1 Corinthians 13:1-14:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; 2 Corinthians
    2:12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:1-21; 2 Corinthians 13:11-14; Ephesians 1:1-2:22;
    Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 4:15-24; Ephesians 5:1-21; Ephesians 6:10-24;
    Philippians 2:12-18; Philippians 3:1-21; Philippians 4:1-9,13,23; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; 1 Timothy 6:11-21; 2 Timothy 1:7-14; 2 Timothy 2:1-26; 2 Timothy 4:22; Hebrews 1:1-14; Hebrews 2:1-18; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 6:9-7:28; Hebrews 12:1-3; Hebrews 13:1-8; Philippians 4:13…
    Jeremiah 9:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
    23 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
    Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

    Zechariah 4:6
    6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

    2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV

    Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

    Colossians 3:1-17 New International Version (NIV)
    Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
    3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
    5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
    12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
    15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:
    a. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    b. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient

  3. sandy229 says:

    We were not made to be silent. We were made for His purpose and not or own. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold all things become knew. I remember when I first learned this verse when I was in 5th grade. At the time we had what was called, “Christian release time education. We were excused from regular class room and learned things of God. I learned a lot of verses then. We were given prizes for learning the most verses at our school, them went on to the state finals. I was disappointed that I only came in 3rd place. The point I am trying to make here is that these verses don’t mean anything unless you understand what they mean so you can share God’s word with others. I now know the meaning of all these verses I had to learn and it sheds a whole new light. We were not meant to be silent. We are to share these verses and their meaning so that we can lead others to Christ in not just lip service but in the way we live our lives.

  4. joyjackson540 says:

    I pray that you pray for my family and my son.he had a stroke nowhere just lays there and on one wants to give him any help .help a sister in Christ

    1. xs says:

      God grace and peace be with you and your family in this time. Stay strong hold on, God is still on the throne, working things out. Don’t give up, don’t give in. Continue to be the ambassador, especially during this difficult time . This test will become a testimony

    2. bdinsmore says:

      Dear Joy Jackson, God knows all about your situation and, He cares! Is there an agency of the state or a support group you can go too for help? Do you have a church you can get spiritual support from? I am praying for you and your son. Expect a miracle!

    3. eternallyhis says:

      Dear heavenly Father, I come to You on behalf of Joy Jackson’s son, asking that You would minister unto him by Your Holy Spirit and Your heavenly angels. I pray You will give his doctors, nurses and all of his caregivers wisdom, discernment and knowledge and Your healing touch. I pray that You will anoint Joy with Your Holy Spirit and give her Your peace that passes all understanding and let Your glory and power be seen and heard in and through her, that all of her loved ones will be touched and strengthened in Your Love. Let God be magnified and glorified in and through this whole situation and I pray You will bring Joy’s son forth totally healed and praising Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ Mighty Name I pray, Amen and Amen

  5. fdtjr2006 says:

    Hello all.

    I feel very blessed everyday as I truly feel as a walking billboard of blessings. Unworthy of God’s grace as I continue to recieve his blessings. I ask of you all to say a prayer for my mother in law who is fighting Cancer. It is impacting my family in a way where our days are filled with worry and concern. I try to act as the strength for my family as I know prayers are powerful. I ask that someone say a few words to strengthen my family’s faith and give them wisdom during this trying time.

    Thank you.

    1. ellajo3 says:

      Hello fdtjr2006!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with ODB. I am praying for you and your family. I pray that the Lord would give your mother in law strength as she battles cancer. I pray that you and your family would trust in God through these hard times and that God would bless you and draw you closer to Him as you depend on Him for courage and wisdom.
      “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

      1. fdtjr2006 says:

        Thank you
        May you be blessed.

    2. eternallyhis says:

      My heart and prayers are with you and your family, knowing from experience how difficult it can be for you all. I pray God ministers unto each one of you, according to your needs, and that He takes special care to minister unto your mother-in-law and for her doctors and for all of her caregivers. Keep in mind, there is nothing too hard for God. I once read a little saying that has helped me through many difficult times, which is, “God has got His Hands on the steering wheel of life.” Trust Him while you spend your time resting in His Love and keeping power. IThessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20 and Romans 8:28 have brought me through some extremely difficult times, with praise in my heart and through my lips for our Lord Jesus Christ. May you and yours be blessed beyond all that you could imagine and may you all come through this rough time with much praise for our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless

  6. steelersfan says:

    BlessedSue, I pray that god give you the strength and wisdom to do his will, to persue your purpose in him. god bless you and your family.

  7. salnayr30 says:

    Blessed sue! What true blessing and miracle you receive from the Almighty. I truly believe in His miracles. May God continue to rain blessings amongst you and your beloved family

  8. blessedsue says:

    I am someone who was healed of HIV, and am so ever grateful to God! I was given a chance to live to even go on and have two more healthy children adding to the healthy one i already had. Like today’s devotion about Pete Peterson, i know God spared my life for a purpose which am yet to fulfill. The stigma surrounding this disease is hindering me to share God’s power to others. I feel so bad that i feel stigmatized about it. I pray that God gives me strength and courage to do so.

    1. chikabasuki says:

      Hi Blessedsue, you should not feel the disease as a block on your witnesses activity on spreading the gospel. On the other hand, i feel really encourage and blesses to read how God healed you from HIV. I think that’s a very blessing true story in showing God’s power and good plan to us.
      I believe your healing is a strong point in sharing the good news.
      God bless you and i have pray for you and your family too.

      1. bsbuster says:

        As a physician, I can tell you that you are not ”cured” of your HIV, but only that it is ‘kept under wraps’ [aka suppressed effectively] by the powerful medicines that were invented in the last 20 years.
        If you had contracted HIV in the 80s,you would have died right away as I had seen them do ‘’like flies’’ in NY where I was doing my residency program at the time.
        You can thank all the doctors and scientists for their brilliant work and you must thank God for giving you a second chance!

      2. tapmout says:

        @bsbusted!
        HOW DARE YOU!…come on here and tell this sister in Christ she is not healed! YOU ARE NOT GOD!
        I rebuke you and your comments since none if the other chickens on here will!
        Claim your blessing sister Blessedsue, tell the world ,give God the glory, and thank you doctors, be a strong witness to other HIV patients,God is still answering prayers and healing his people!

        1. Lanka says:

          Amen tapmout

          God heals in many ways.

          And if blessedsue is able to go about her life without being constrained by the sickness she had – give God all the praise.

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