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Family Trademarks

The Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, are known for their beautiful sweaters. Patterns are woven into the fabric using sheep’s wool to craft the garments. Many of them relate to the culture and folklore of these small islands, but some are more personal. Each family on the islands has its own trademark pattern, which is so distinctive that if a fisherman were to drown it is said that he could be identified simply by examining his sweater for the family trademark.

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Confident Access

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island located about a half-mile off the coast of Normandy, France. For centuries it has been the site of an abbey and monastery that has attracted religious pilgrims. Until the construction of a causeway, it was notorious for its dangerous access that resulted in the death of some pilgrims. At low tide it is encompassed by sand banks, and at high tide it is surrounded by water. Accessing the island was a cause for fear.

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Divine Perspective

Jason took a trip to New York during spring break. One afternoon he and some friends piled into a cab and headed for the Empire State Building. To Jason, the ride on the ground seemed chaotic and dangerous. But when he got to the observation deck of the skyscraper and looked down on the city streets, to his amazement he saw order and design. What a difference a change in perspective made!

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“No Grace”

I have nicknamed our car “No Grace.” Sunday mornings are the worst. I load the car with all the stuff I need for church, get myself in my seat, close the door, and Jay starts backing out of the garage. While I am still getting settled, the seat belt warning starts buzzing. “Please,” I say to it, “all I need is another minute.” The answer, apparently, is no, because it continues buzzing until I am buckled in.

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The Power Of A Name

Nicknames are often descriptive of some noticeable aspect of a person’s character or physical attributes. Growing up, my elementary school friends brutally called me “liver lips” since at that stage of development my lips seemed disproportionately large. Needless to say, I have always been glad that the name didn’t stick.

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Look To The Hills

Atop Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stands Christ the Redeemer, one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world. Standing 30 meters tall, with arms spreading 28 meters, this sculpture weighs 635 metric tons. It can be seen day or night from almost anywhere in the city. One look to the hills brings this figure of Christ the Redeemer into view.

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Asking Different Questions

When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: “Why did You let this happen?” “Whose fault was this?” “Don’t You care about my pain?” Believe me, as the grieving father of a teenager who died tragically I have asked these very questions.

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Who Is This Man?

When Kelly Steinhaus visited Harvard Square to ask college students what they thought of Jesus, the answers were respectful of Him. One said He was “a person who took care of people.” Another said, “He sounds like a cool guy.” Others rejected Him outright: “He was just a guy. I don’t think He was the Savior.” And “I do not accept any faith system that says, ‘I am the only way to God.’” Some people thoughtfully question who Jesus is and some reject Him.

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Focus On The Process

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

In William Zinsser’s book On Writing Well, he says that many writers suffer from “the tyranny of the final product.” They are so concerned with selling their article or book, they neglect learning the process of how to think, plan, and organize. A jumbled manuscript, Zinsser believes, is produced when “the writer, his eye on the finish line, never gave enough thought to how to run the race.”

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The Light Of The Lamb

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

For countless generations people have looked to the sun and moon to light the day and the night. Whether illuminating our path or providing the life-giving radiance for fruitful crops and the nutrients our bodies need, the sun and moon are part of God’s marvelous provision of light. The book of Genesis tells us that God gave “the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Gen. 1:16).

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20 thoughts on “The Light Of The Lamb

  1. sentinel46 says:

    Blessed Heavenly Father, I cannot and do not have an end of praise and thanksgiving unto you for your unrelenting and faithful guidance of thy ‘Light’ , of thy‘Truth’ , and of thy ‘Love’ for which you give to us every day and every moment of time in passing and in the blessing of Jesus’ name…Amen!

  2. nohea414 says:

    Soon and very soon, I am going to see the King . . .
    This song has been running through my head all morning today. Are we ready to see the King? He is coming soon, look to the heavens, watch, and wait with great anticipation for the sings are all around us! So blessed, as usual by ODB. Keep up the great work my brothers and sisters!

  3. choox says:

    Lord, let you light shine in me and make my ways be a reflection of this light to all people.
    Amen!

  4. edwinpadilla says:

    It was for this joy even Christ subjected himself to death. What splendor and to think someone actually was able to describe it’s existence for all mankind from this day forth.

  5. mruppert says:

    When I think about those who make a lie today such as the federal gov’t for example it’s easy to say “is it soup yet?” In other words is it time for Him to return yet?

  6. princessdee says:

    I look forward to living in that beautiful city where there will be no sorrow, pain, shame, tears, etc.Thank you Lord.
    I pray today for people that are unsaved, Lord pls send your angels to draw their hearts towards you.Let them not miss heaven.Let all my loved ones make heaven too.We all look forward to living with u in that glorious city.Hallelujah!

  7. princessdee says:

    “If u must miss any place, don’t miss HEAVEN. If u must miss any appointment, pls don’t miss THE RAPTURE. If u must miss any meal, pls don’t miss THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. The end is no more NEAR, It’s HERE”-Anonymous

  8. neetavg says:

    Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105 NKJV)
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1, 4 NKJV)
    Jesus said I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (John 12:46 NKJV)
    As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5 NKJV)
    I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (John 12:46 NKJV)
    “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”(Matthew 5:14, 16 NKJV). May we shine brightest every time.

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