Power Of Simplicity

Few people take time to study the US Internal Revenue Service income tax regulations—and for good reason. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 tax codes surpassed the four million-word mark. In fact, the tax laws have become so complex that even the experts have a hard time processing all the regulations. It’s burdensome in its complexity.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” This cliché has no basis in fact, but experience makes it seem true.

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Finding God’s Pathway

The Channel Tunnel opened on May 6, 1994, nearly two centuries after it was first proposed in 1802 by Napoleon’s engineer, Albert Mathieu. Today the 31-mile passage beneath the English Channel allows thousands of people, cars, and trucks to travel by train each day between England and France. For centuries, people had sailed across the Channel until this surprising new way to go under it was completed.

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The Upright Thumb

According to an African fable, four fingers and a thumb lived together on a hand. They were inseparable friends. One day, they noticed a gold ring lying next to them and conspired to take it. The thumb said it would be wrong to steal the ring, but the four fingers called him a self-righteous coward and refused to be his friend. That was just fine with the thumb; he wanted nothing to do with their mischief. This is why, the legend goes, the thumb still stands separate from the other fingers.

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Difficult People

In the book God in the Dock, author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.

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Broken But Beautiful

Recently, my daughter showed me her collection of sea glass. Also known as beach glass, the varied bits of colored glass are sometimes pieces of pottery but often they are pieces of shattered glass bottles. Originally the glass had a purpose, but then it was casually thrown away and became broken.

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Breaking Free

The elephant is the largest land animal on earth—and one of the most powerful. Yet it takes only a strong rope to restrain one. Here’s how it works. When the elephant is young, he is tied to a large tree. For weeks, he will strain and pull, but the rope holds him fast. So eventually he gives up.

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All We Need To Know

In a Fernando Ortega rendition of “Just As I Am,” Billy Graham’s voice can be heard faintly in the background. Dr. Graham is reminiscing about an illness during which he believed he was dying. As he mused on his past, he realized what a great sinner he was and how much he continues to need God’s daily forgiveness.

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A Shared Bond

When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. After he arrived and began opening my little Ford’s door, we began chatting and I recognized his warm, familiar accent.

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The Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the most visited homes in the US. It was built in the 1930s and named after the original owner’s great aunt, Grace. It later became famous as the home of Elvis Presley.

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26 thoughts on “Graceland

  1. eternallyhis says:

    You know, I might be wrong in my view of God’s Word, but it seems to me that the more time we spend looking to Jesus, in prayer and in reading and listening to His Word, the more we would become like Christ, changed into His very image by the Holy Spirit (2Corinthians 3:18). And if we are changed into His image by looking to Christ, then it seems to me the people around us would be changed into His image by the Holy Spirit, simply by seeing Jesus in and through us.
    And through our obedience and righteousness in Christ, shouldn’t many by saved through even just one of us (Romans 5:19)? As He is, so we should also be in this world (1John 4:17).
    I’ve heard it preached many times the great and mighty works God can and will do through just one person who is open and willing for Him to work in them and through them. My prayer is that He will set our hearts on fire with His Love and cause us to walk in His statutes and do them. That He will raise us up to be vessels fit for His glory and honor and that the whole world will see and know that He is the Almighty God, the only true God and people all over the world will be saved. “Let God be glorified and magnified in and through His people. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen”

  2. eternallyhis says:

    Dear acquayegh,
    Grace can be described, or explained in a few simple words, yet is so deep it’s hard to comprehend.
    “Unlimited and undeserved love and forgiveness.”
    What an awesome God we serve.

  3. eternallyhis says:

    Dear bsbuster,
    If you check out Genesis 5:2 as it is written, God called “their” name (male and female) Adam. As is common in most marriages, the woman takes the man’s name as her own. Besides which, Adam and Eve were one flesh, chapter 2 verse 21-24. Whatever one did, it affected the other.
    Also, throughout the scriptures when God’s Word refers to man, we can be sure He means women too. And as is written in Galatians 3:28 there is neither male nor female in Christ, for we are all one in Him. Praise God. This is why I see it could mean the first man (and woman)God created as being the first Adam. I hope this helps.

  4. marcoh says:

    Amazing word, coined in Christianity. A term none other religion even mention it.
    Praise You Lord Jesus!

  5. TEbie says:

    Thanks so much Joe for the devotion today and all who have commented. Because the Apostle Paul is one of my favorite heroes in the Bible, I like using his example in life how our Lord can change what direction we are headed. Paul as we know was a persecutor of Christians early on and later a true follower of Christ. And then we have the thief at the cross next to Jesus at crucifixion time, who looked at Jesus and sensed(felt) different inside about this man(Jesus)who had done nothing wrong and the thief realized he((the thief) was getting what he deserved. But even then Jesus knew and this is my POINT HERE, what was in the heart of the thief. Man looks so much on the outward our natural tendencies. And that brings me to Joe’s last quote of today,” Remember where you live and rejoice in His grace.” We all fall short! Focus and refocus on God through Jesus Christ our Savior.We are each very unique to God and He knows our heart, nothing is kept from Him.In closing Acts 2:8,9″For by grace you have been saved through faith; it is the gift of God;not as a result of works that no one should boast.” Have a blessed day!

  6. faith1 says:

    Thank you jesus for reminding me of your grace that is always sufficient in my time of despair…. ooh thank you jesus !!! I give you the highest praise !!! To god be the glory… Amen..

  7. paulej says:

    Thank you my Father God. Through the death of your Son Jesus Christ we have life, eternal life

  8. godsgirlkarin says:

    I loved this for today. For today, I needed to be reminded to be still and accept Gods wonderful Grace. There are days I feel so alone and lost in this unpredictable world. Then God reminds me of his Grace, and I’m filled with his presence. Thank you Jesus.

  9. xs says:

    Annoint &

    Thank you Lord…..

    1. dr.perspective says:

      Thank you “xs” for your excellent G-R-A-C-E nugget.

      Thanks to the handful of persons who fuel the dialogue on the Daily Devotional read by approximately 200,000 people each day. Thanks for allowing me to be one of those persons, and thanks to all for your expressed appreciation and criticisms.

      Thanks to to those who write the Daily Devotional.

      Thanks to RBC for being the channel through which God makes it all possible.

      To God be the glory!

      1. TEbie says:

        I too am in agreement with you dr.perspective, thanks to RBC and all and to God be the praise and glory in the highest!

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