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Snug As A Bug In A Rug!

When I was a child, my family lived in a house my father built in the cedar breaks west of Duncanville, Texas. Our house had a small kitchen-dinette area, two bedrooms, and a great room with a large stone fireplace in which we burned 2-foot-long cedar logs. That fireplace was the center of warmth in our home.

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Snake In A Box

At a nature center, I watched my friend’s rosy-cheeked toddler pat the side of a large glass box. Inside the box, a bull snake named Billy slithered slowly, eyeing the little girl. Billy’s body was as thick as my forearm and he sported brown and yellow markings. Although I knew Billy could not escape from his container, seeing a menacing-looking creature so close to a small child made me shudder.

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Wonders Of The Heart

Our heart beats about 100,000 times every day, pumping blood to every cell in our bodies. This adds up to about 35 million beats a year and 2.5 billion beats in an average lifetime. Medical science tells us that every contraction is similar to the effort it would take for us to hold a tennis ball in our palm and give it a good hard squeeze.

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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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Stones Cry Out

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

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Johnny’s Race

When 19-year-old Johnny Agar finished the 5k race, he had a lot of people behind him—family members and friends who were celebrating his accomplishment.

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Better Than Before

As infants, my children had nearly perfect skin. Their flesh was soft—they had no dry elbows or rough patches on their feet. Smooth and new, it contrasted with mine, which was marked by years of various scars and callouses.

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Human Chess

Chess is an ancient game of strategy. Each player begins with 16 pieces on the chessboard with the goal of cornering his opponent’s king. It has taken different forms over the years. One form is human chess, which was introduced around ad 735 by Charles Martel, duke of Austrasia. Martel would play the game on giant boards with real people as the pieces. The human pieces were costumed to reflect their status on the board and moved at the whim of the players—manipulating them to their own ends.

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Called By Name

At the beginning of the academic year, a school principal in our city pledged to learn the names of all 600 students in her school. Anyone who doubted her ability or resolve could look at her track record. During the previous year she had learned the names of 700 students, and prior to that, 400 children in a different school. Think of what it must have meant to these students to be recognized and greeted by name.

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Whose Side Are You On?

In the heat of the American Civil War, one of President Lincoln’s advisors said he was grateful that God was on the side of the Union. Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

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17 thoughts on “Whose Side Are You On?

  1. spio says:

    @eccles,

    My prayer too. Thank The Lord. Jesus says he is preparing a place; in Fathers house there are many mansions.
    “. By thy grace divine, always on the Lords side Savior always thine” god bless you all.

  2. street says:

    was there a long post on Psalm 73 ; i came back to look for it, to read it.

  3. aampll says:

    Imaging being on a winning team ALL the time. That’s what it’s like to be on team JESUS.

    1. street says:

      Jesus team has to go by the way of the cross. early on it is fun and easy. later it becomes much harder and quite difficult. Jesus learned obedience through suffering. i think we will follow in His footsteps. i also have to say Jesus found joy in this. i don’t understand it all. i just want to give you a heads up so when it gets difficult you always turn to Father, like Jesus did. God bless you and keep you in your going out and coming in.

  4. paulofdetroit1 says:

    Indeed Doc, we must be on the Lord’s side if we are to have any hope in victory. Thanks for sharing your perspective and the encouraging hymn? May I often reflect in this holy battle we call life, whether I am truly on God’s side and not just tickling my own ears. <

  5. eccles says:

    Back in the day when I was a ‘young’ Christian, I came across this Psalm during my quiet time. You could say I was having a crisis of faith but God, in His mercy and grace, spoke to me through it; particularly in verses 21 to 24. He reminded me of the assurance I have that, despite all I was, I am now right with God and Jesus has reserved a place in Heaven for me and I will be with Him forever one day.

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