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Just The Right Time

The conductor stood on the podium, his eyes scanning the choir and orchestra. The singers arranged the music in their folders, found a comfortable position for standing, and held the folder where they could see the conductor just over the top. Orchestra members positioned their music on the stand, found a comfortable position in their seats, and then sat still. The conductor waited and watched until everyone was ready. Then, with a downbeat of his baton, the sounds of Handel’s “Overture to Messiah” filled the cathedral.

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In Jesus’ Name

One of my favorite collections of photos is of a family dinner. Preserved in an album are images of Dad, his sons and their wives, and his grandchildren in a time of thanks-giving and intercession.

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The Heart Of Christmas

Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol was released on December 19, 1843, and has never been out of print. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy, sour, stingy man who says, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas,’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding!” Yet, one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is radically changed into a generous and happy man. With great humor and insight, Dickens’ book captures the universal longing for inner peace.

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My Friends And I

John Chrysostom (347–407), archbishop of Constantinople, said this about friendship: “Such is friendship, that through it we love places and seasons; for as . . . flowers drop their sweet leaves on the ground around them, so friends impart favor even to the places where they dwell.”

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A Work In Progress

Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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28 thoughts on “A Work In Progress

  1. eternallyhis says:

    js1985

    I’m so slow getting things posted on here. I wanted to comment on your post yesterday, so here I am, a day late again.
    Anyhow, what I wanted to say is that Christmas is a perfect time to give people inspirational books to point them to Christ, or just little note pads, or refrigerator magnets with scripture verses, or key chains and even Bibles. And if nothing more than little chick tracts about salvation inside of their Christmas cards, or taped onto their gifts, that sure made an impression on me when my sister-in-law sent one to me inside of a card, which said ‘going to church won’t save you, being good won’t save you, etc. but only Jesus Christ.’ Let’s all become fools for Christ this year (1Corinthians 4:4).
    Anyhow, have a merry merry Christmas

    1. js1985 says:

      Thank you for your response, I was in a Christian book store last week and i saw a few things that could work like that. I hope the Lord blesses me with another year so i can be prepared next year. I love your ideas, i also hope to be prepared to have some Christian Christmas cards ready next year so they can replace the Santa’s and Reindeer ones the most people in my family send.

      It’s been a rough month, and i feel so unprepared, but the Lord is showing me things and ways to promote that will stay in my mind, hopefully he blesses me with another year. Also I’m not feeling as bleak today as i did yesterday, I know I’m growing and the Lord won’t let it be in vain, i will sow some seeds in this world.

      Merry Christmas to you eternallyhis and all my brothers and sisters on odb.org.

  2. eternallyhis says:

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
    God’s Word assures us “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6

    Let’s not forget, God’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-29). Do not let Satan weigh you down with impossible burdens that only God is strong enough to carry. Always remember, we are nothing more than vessels through which God can and will work when we are open to Him and to the people around us. We cannot save anyone our own selves, but only God is able. He is the good Shepherd and He will work in us and through us, even in ways we might not even be aware of. Our part is to pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers, and to surround our loved ones with a great cloud of witnesses to bring them into the fold. To stand in the gap for our people, interceding on their behalf, following the example of the One who ever liveth to make intercession for us. Not getting discouraged, but stand in faith, knowing the Holy Ghost is working like a mighty undercurrent to touch the hearts and lives of people through us, and through other means and ways. Jesus came to give us life and to give it more abundantly, let us rejoice in God our Saviour, the One who is able and will save us to the uttermost, and the One who is able to reach and to save even the most stubborn, or most rebellious etc. loved one we may have.
    Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)

    1. js1985 says:

      Your words have helped me once again. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with sowing seeds that I forget I am only a vessel and work on the Lord’s time alone. He will work through me, this i know.

  3. bigskysue says:

    What another great lesson and comments. God seems to know what my needs are as this scripture leaped out at me. As we grow in Jesus we need to bear that fruitful love with others. Lord am so thankful to be loved by you this day and be a child of yours. Please always help me to remember I need to ask what I can do for you as well as my requests.

  4. Rocky says:

    Thank you Cindy for the great insight that you shared. When Mr. Casals answered, “Because I think I’m making progress.” This is a great example to live by.

    By nature, I’m a procrastinator, even though I reach most of my deadlines, I love to procrastinate and often times find myself wasting time. I need to apply Mr. Casals principle to my lifestyle.

    In verse 13 when Jesus says “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

    I must admit to voluntary say, here take my life, and not my friend’s, I don’t don’t that I would be able to do it right now. I can remember as kids I would hear people say “I would die for you” I really don’t think I’m there yet. Although, if I was being robbed, I would do everything to protect my family, I would be their shield, but for an acquaintance, stranger, friend? I don’t know how I would truly react or respond in a difficult situation, would I run for safety or would I be a shield for them too?

    1. ghudd says:

      rocky, refreshing to read your honesty. truth is most of us are in your boat as well at least that’s what I would surmise.

    2. js1985 says:

      Rocky I don’t think the Lord would ever expect us to die for our friends, but he does want us to help them through life even if it is at the cost of our own free time, pay check and patience.

      To lay down one’s life for a friend could mean to just be there for them, always be armed with the gospel for times of strife in their lives and to do without being asked, as sometimes our friends are too proud to ask of us when they need us the most.

      1. Rocky says:

        js1985,

        You make a good point, I often do that, I have a saying “To be a good parent, teacher, mentor, I must be willing to be inconvenienced” We will be inconvenienced in this life.

        thank you for the insight.

  5. seeker1944 says:

    At one point in my life many years ago, I was hurt deeply my someone I loved and my life was permanently changed as a result. I carried a bitter resentment, almost hate, that at my lowest would surface. The Lord convicted me of this feeling and I came to have forgiveness in my heart, but the The Lord impressed on me to pray that this person be blessed today. I have genuinely done that and The Lord has given me a spirit of freedom in the matter. Like with Joseph, God has used it for good.

    1. js1985 says:

      Praise the Lord, he gives us peace and grace that cools even the warmest bitter feelings.

  6. paulofdetroit1 says:

    Right on Doc and very eloquently stated. Much of modern Christianity brushes past what Jesus so clearly stated, because it is hard to take. Obedience earns God’s friendship. It’s not just about works or anything we do to earn “salvation” but our obedience is a sign that we are truly in union with God and when we fail, it is a reminder that we need to keep “practicing” no matter how accomplished in the faith we may think we are. Thanks for loving your brothers so much that you share your valuable insights on a regular basis. <

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