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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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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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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37 thoughts on “The Small Giant

  1. virtualmuse says:

    The Lord is a mighty, conquering hero. The bigger my giants are the harder they fall from their egos. I truly can remember when my ego was too big to fail, and fail it always did without Him. Now that He has humbled me with His love there is no problem that I fear. For He is bigger than them all. My God is an awesome God and because of what He has shown me my faith will never decrease, day by day, hour after hour even upon this hour. I fear The Lord my God and so shall you enemy.

  2. worldbfree4u says:

    David’s faith was based on his prior experiences with God which gave him the courage to face Goliath. We too must understand that the small victories God gives us over trials prepares us for the “giants” we will face today or tomorrow. If God delivered before He is able to give us the victory over any trail or giant we may face today. The battle is always The Lord’s but we must have the faith to forge ahead in battle and fight.

  3. daweblegend says:

    I’m really blessed!

  4. cst5 says:

    The residual effects of the blood clot to my rt. Cerebellum sometimes interfere w/ my word phrasing. I meaam always amazed at how puny my giants turn out to be; when my Lord goes before me, behind me, on either side of me AND is inside of me as well. It is HE, that opens my eyes to see, ears to hear & soul to really understand the other’s lives, or why of it, so that I may be a better prayer warrior. Regardless of whether or not it may help me, or my situation at that time and place. There was a reason I am there, in this place, w/these people. I pray that I can always be able to see the path the Lord has lain before me, and make the most of it. Cst5

  5. dxsnipe says:

    Don’t tell God how big your giants are. Tell your giants how big your God is.
    …this is so true..remember your past victories.

  6. cst5 says:

    I thank odb for its faithfulness, in keeping w/the Lord’s work &spreading the Good News to the ends of the earth. There are countless giants out there, strange ones I’d rather gone around. One’s that no one, will acknowledge, family, medical,civil legal nor jurisprudence communities; which leaves you in a bit of a bind. Toxic Mold Illness or Biotoxin Illness is devastating! I don’t know how I ever would have survived THIS AT ALL,if not for the simple fact that Yahweh loves me, has a purpose for me, His Son, Jesus, the Counselor, Holy Spirit, have not completed that assignment as of yet. My GOD is indeed bigger. I’m still here to prove it.

    Dr.Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D.

  7. samuel1949 says:

    Confidence will always be displayed by action!

  8. mruppert says:

    Well, I can think of a few “Goliaths” in my life such as inflation, the income tax, & the federal gov’t in general, those at least. And my girlfriends “pet Goliath” seems to be arthritis.

  9. david.f.smith says:

    I love the last sentence. “Don’t tell God how big your giants are. Tell your giants how big your God is.” When your in trouble some times we need to remember this. I think it called Faith.

  10. clsevents says:

    His confidence is not in what he has but in who is with him (v.45)
    So thankful for this word today!

    Gods word is balm for my soul!

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