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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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12 thoughts on “Is Somebody Singing?

  1. dripmeister says:

    Genesis 3:14-15King James Version (KJV)

    14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

    15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

    Matthew 10:32-36King James Version (KJV)

    32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

    33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

    34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

    36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

  2. mario says:

    Great message. I understand it is the Lord’s will that those who believe in Him must love his fellow believers and this could only be achieved by obeying the Lord’s commandments (Jn 13:35; 1 Jn 5:1-5; Jn 14:21). Believers have only one Teacher, the Lord Jesus and they are all brothers as the Lord Himself said in Mt 23:8. And we all know that love is the perfect bond of unity (Col 3:12-17; that is “love” according to God’s standards. God is Spirit, God is love, therefore the Spirit that must be in a believer’s heart (his motives, will, intentions, spirit)is love as wonderfully described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Cor 13. A believer as I understand, may make mistakes pursuing love along the way but he/she humbly repents because of his/her faith in the Lord and continues to live and walk by the Spirit (Gal 5:25).

  3. ktbsu says:

    We are seeing the images and effects of disunity in our country. Pray for a revival in each Christian that in doing so, our Christ like actions will turn this nation upside down. The KING is coming.

  4. revbjcgibson says:

    Jesus, God in the flesh One in Love, Peace and in Harmony

    1. brenbak8 says:

      This was a confirmation for me this morning. I had a burden that I was carrying against one of my church sisters. But God give me the answer to this situation they His words today. Thank God for ODB

  5. ahyordele1 says:

    Unity is so important in all areas of Life to the extent that when the Whole world was in One Language & Speech(Genesis 11:1-9).The people were building the Tower of Babel,God knew that with their Unity in Place they would Achieve what they have imagined.So he had to Confound their Language.The Bottom line here is that,we can achieve Great Things together in UNITY & Christ had United Us together with the Father & we now Speak the Same Language as the Body of Christ,and Christ the Head of the Church,also the Bible is Our Standard.True Believers in Christ Jesus must know that “There is neither Jew nor Greek,there is neither bond nor free,there is neither male or female:for ye all one in Christ Jesus”(Galatians 3 v28).SO IN UNITY WE STAND BUT IN DIVERSITY WE FALL.But we won’t fall in Jesus Name!

  6. carrellc says:

    As I have been facing a challenge on my job with a co-worker; it is almost instinctive to lashout. However, I do know you can’t fight evil with evil. There was a particular message in todays meditation that gave me the reassurance God will take care of it. “We cannot accomplish what God has for us to do if we refuse to be reconciled with one another.” By no means is this telling me to takon the craziness but it reminds not to get in the mudd slinging match. Continue to be faithful to God and follow his direction. He will make your enemy your footstool. When a fellow human being has been you harm. God will turn it around for good. Thank you Father for reassuring me in your message today!

    1. Boilers says:

      I know this can seem hard in a difficult work situation.

      But we need to ask “God is there something I need to learn from this situation & Are you using me as a witness to that difficult person?”

      Not always do people come to us begging us for the message of salvation. Often they first see things in us and how we react that makes them wonder ‘what is the reason for their hope and mannerisms in difficult times’

  7. paogade says:

    As doctor-perspective mention, we were made to be individualistic, but God in is compassion, give us the Holy spirit to guide us and unite us.

  8. doctor-perspective says:

    Among the last prayer requests that Jesus made of His Father was for Christian unity that mirrors the unity that exists between Himself and His Father. Unity amongst believers is therefore central to the mind of Christ, and ought to be central to our endeavours.

    But unity is not easy. The word “unity” speaks of “oneness”. The word picture is not that of many combining to become one, but rather, of many thinking, acting, and in every way, behaving as one. .

    An excellent demonstration of unity is a guard-of-honor parade. The finished product can be breath-taking as the soldiers move their hands, feet and heads in unison as if under the control of a single unifying force. And that’s exactly the case. Their unifying force is the Parade Commander. Even though they may occasionally use one of their own rank as a right-marker, they start, and turn and wheel and stop only on the instruction of the commander.

    Interestingly enough, believers in Jesus Christ are likened to soldiers (2 Timothy 2:3; Ephesians 6:14-18)
    Unity does not come naturally. We were made to be individualistic and egocentric. Each of our finger-prints are different and so is our DNA profile. Working together and cooperating with each other requires effort, practice and time, before the benefits become evident.

    Fortunately, we do not have to achieve unity on our own.
    The foundation for our unity is our common heritage in Jesus Christ. Our height, color, race, age or bank account are totally irrelevant. If God wanted us to be identical, or even similar, He would have made us so. He wants us to understand that the Holy Spirit who we have in common, is far greater than all the differences among us.

    God the Holy Spirit working on the written Word of God represents God the Father and Son in our daily lives and stands ready to give us commands, which if obeyed by all of us, will demonstrate to the world the unity for which Jesus prayed.

    One product of the Holy Spirit in our lives is love, and Jesus instructed us to love each other sacrificially as a condition for unity. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

    The Bible has a lot to teach us about love in 1 Corinthians 13 and elsewhere. It is good to remember that we can love others only because “…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

    Because of our many differences, personal sacrifices and compromises will be necessary to facilitate unity at some levels. For instance, when it comes to certain doctrinal beliefs, we will have to initially agree to disagree without animosity, even as we seek clarity from God.

    Unity requires sacrifice and compromise, but it also brings satisfaction. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

    1. Lanka says:

      Thanks Doc. A message we know but need to be reminded to put in practice.

    2. eternallyhis says:

      Amen and Amen

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