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Walking In His Dust

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In the first century, a Jewish man who wanted to become a disciple of a rabbi (teacher) was expected to leave family and job to join his rabbi. They would live together 24 hours a day—walking from place to place, teaching and learning, studying and working. They discussed and memorized the Scriptures and applied them to life.

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Get To Know Jesus

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In his book The Call, Os Guinness tells a story about Arthur Burns, chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board during the 1970s. Burns, who was Jewish, became part of a Bible study held at the White House at that time. One day, those in the group listened in surprise as Burns prayed, “O God, may the day come when all Jews will come to know Jesus.” But an even bigger surprise came when he prayed for the time “when all Christians will come to know Jesus.”

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

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In 17th-century England, church bells tolled out the news of what was taking place in a parish. They announced not only religious services but also weddings and funerals.

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My Sin

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Eve explained the rules to the tempter. She and Adam could eat the fruit of any tree in the Garden of Eden, except for the special one in the middle. Just touching it, she said, would bring death.

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A Good Husband

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Early in their marriage, the well- known preacher W. E. Sangster (1900-1960) told his wife, “I can’t be a good husband and a good minister. I am going to be a good minister.”

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God Is Great, God Is Good

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When we were children, my brother and I recited this prayer every night before supper: “God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for this food.” For years I spoke the words of this prayer without stopping to consider what life would be like if it were not true—if God were not both great and good.

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Words Of Light

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Jesus, an itinerant rabbi from the town of Nazareth, asserted that He was the light of the world. That was an incredible claim from a man in first-century Galilee, an obscure region in the Roman Empire. It could not boast of any impressive culture and had no famous philosophers, noted authors, or gifted sculptors. And we have no record that Jesus had any formal education.

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Check Your Blind Spots

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When I was in high school, I had a driving instructor who gave me some sound advice. “You think by looking in the rearview mirror you know what is on your left side, but your vision is limited,” he said. “Always look over your shoulder before changing lanes. There may be another car in your blind spot.” His wise instruction has kept me out of more potential wrecks than I care to think about.

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Got Thirst?

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Health experts tell us we should drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. It may reduce the risk of heart attack, give our skin a healthy glow, and help us lose weight. We should drink even more water during exercise or if we live in a hot or dry climate. Even if we’re not thirsty, we ought to drink water anyway.

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The Only One

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As a teacher with many years of experience in high school and college classrooms, I have observed many kinds of students. One in particular is what I call the “just me and the teacher” student. This pupil has a kind of one-on-one conversation with the teacher—almost as if no one else were in the class. The teacher’s rhetorical questions, for instance, result in verbal answers from this student—oblivious to anyone else’s reaction. While the class is filled with other pupils, this one seems to think it’s “just me and the teacher.”

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