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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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35 thoughts on “Our Foundation

  1. TEbie says:

    Christ is truly a living stone, one that never fades away, the authentic brand of all in all! King of kings, Lord of Lords! He reigns on high! God bless all for your comments!

  2. willowsprite says:

    The Church’s One Foundation
    Is Jesus Christ her Lord
    She is His new creation
    By water and the Word
    From heav’n He came and sought her
    To be His holy Bride
    With His own blood he bought her
    And for her life He died.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      I love this. It moved me to tears. He is sooo sweet, so awesome! O for the tongues of angels to praise Him, as there are no earthly words that can describe His beauty, nor can any earthly words ever come close to praising our Lord Jesus Christ with the glory and honor He is so deserving of. Blessed be His Holy Name.

  3. poohpity says:

    I would seem that the carnal Christian wants the light to shine on them, on what they say and what they do rather than pointing folks to the Lord, on what he says and what He does. Our true leader and foundation the source of all that we are. The best leaders are those who have learned how to follow.

    1. hsnpoor says:

      So true!

  4. leonvan says:

    To Lunar – please know that I prayed and will continue to ask our lord to watch over you and bring about change in your life that will enable you to once again be able to go to church and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, our foundation and our strength. May God richly bless you.

  5. lunar says:

    I’ve been to many different churches in my life. Most of them were Protestant of some sort, and I initially identified myself as Baptist. But now as I’ve grown older and began reading my Bible more and more, I feel myself pulling away from the divisive denominational confusion that seems to dominate modern church assemblies. As of right now, I don’t claim affiliation with any one denomination. If anyone asks, I tell them that Christ is my founder and foundation, the Holy Spirit is my minister, and God’s Word is the final authority.

    As far as church attendance goes… Currently, I don’t feel that I have a church. There is one, approximately 40 minutes from home, that I enjoy visiting. The people there are friendly and Christ-like, but I never get to go there anymore. I’m unable to drive, and nobody is willing and able to take me. Literally every time I plan to go, something prevents me (illness, accidents, injury, alarm clock failure, visitors, no gas money, severe weather, etc.) I know that I’m supposed to be in fellowship with other believers, and I want to, and it’s frustrating when I’m not able. If anyone will, please pray that something will change, my family’s health and circumstances will improve, and that we will be able to attend church regularly. Thank you, and God bless you all.

    1. ktbsu says:

      Amazing Grace! This morning I heard on the radio the following: “It is not what you have that makes any significance, but rather what you do with what you have.” It is when we totally surrender what we have to God that He can do the impossible. It is very easy to write this but next to impossible to do. Maybe the I-factor gets involved (prIde). The Apostle Paul gives us the remedy for a life of total surrender: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

    2. eternallyhis says:

      Dear lunar,
      It might help you to prayerfully read doctor-perspective’s comment today (it was one of the older comments on here). Also, God helped me to see soon after giving my life to Him that I should never look to my pastor, nor any other human in this world for perfection, but to look directly to our Lord Jesus Christ, as He is the only perfect One.
      When you go to church, go with the mindset that you are going to seek and to worship our Lord Jesus Christ, and to learn whatever He might want to teach you. Ask and trust Him to show you the truth and to protect you from believing any lies, and He will do, IS already doing the good things you ask in His Name. Believe and you shall receive (Matthew 7:7-12; Mark 11:22-26).
      When I was baptized, the pastor made a point of telling us we were not being baptized into any particular denomination or church, but we are baptized into the body of Christ and that we the people are the church. Various members of His body, the living church might be found in the Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, Methodist, or any other denomination, if that person is born again, by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16 1John 5:11-13;Ephesians 2:8,9).
      Don’t let the enemy stop you from gathering and fellow shipping with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). If you cannot get to the church you would like to attend, ask and trust God to lead you to one of His choice that is close enough for you to attend. And go in His Love and keeping power, asking and trusting Him to teach you and to use you in whatever way He might choose within that church. Sometimes just giving someone a friendly smile or a kind word can make them feel their life is worth living, that someone really cares. Ask God to fill you full to overflowing with His Holy Spirit so that people will see and hear Him in and through you as you go to church to serve Him. As He teaches, we need to seek to serve not to be served (Matthew 20:26-28)…go in His Love and Power and you will be blessed.
      I pray this helps you, God’s best to you and yours.

      1. eternallyhis says:

        p.s. It seems I left out the point I meant to make, which is maybe you could speak privately with the pastor of one of the churches nearest to where you live. In a kind, yet direct way, explain your feelings to the pastor and/or to others who might be part of the problem, and it might make things much better. God tells us to walk in truth with one another (1John 1:7; 2John 1:4; 3John 1:4) He might want to use you in righting this particular matter????? God bless

    3. mitra says:

      Dear Lunar,
      You may try to send a letter or e-mail to that Church and ask them if they have a special service home-service for those who were to ill or unable to attend the Sunday service at the Church. Just explain your condition and your longing to be in fellowships with sisters and brothers in Christ. Who knows? God bless

    4. hsnpoor says:

      Lunar: I am & will pray in agreement with you to be able to attend church regularly with your family. Looks like the Devil is on a special mission to keep you away, but he’s already a defeated enemy, so we won’t give him any power or credit. Most churches have a van to pick up worshippers without transportation. Have you checked into that?

  6. everglo says:

    Christ is my foundation no more no less for all eternity. I remember well the old chorus: “I’m on the Rock Hallelujah I’m on the Rock to stay. For He lifted me from the miry clay. I’m on the Rock to stay.” Ame

  7. florencebansah@ymail.com says:

    Yes indeed, the church’s only one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord. But what do we see these days? At the time of testimonies after a miracle has been performed by God, I surprisingly hear people given the praise to their pastors who also take it. let’s beware!

  8. barrysmallin says:

    The words of Christ are my foundation. They are what my life now revolves around they comfort and guide me so that I may always follow the Lord in everything I do!

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