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The Indwelling Word

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Before Clara Schumann, the widow of German composer Robert Schumann (1810-56), would play any of her husband’s music in public, she would first privately read over some of his old love letters. Inspired by his words, she said it seemed as if his very life filled her, and she was then better able to interpret his musical compositions to the public.

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Prepared Soil

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The farmer may be shoveling snow or enjoying the warmth of a winter fire right now, but he’s thinking ahead to spring planting. Already he’s anticipating those days when he turns over the soil. He’ll pull out rocks that have risen with the frost, spread the right fertilizers, and get the earth ready for the seed. He knows that the harder he prepares in the spring, the better his harvest will be.

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What's Inside

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A third-grader was asked to write an essay on the subject of the human body. He submitted this masterpiece:

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Enemy Tactics

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Satan uses many methods to hinder the work of the Lord. Chapters 6 through 8 of Acts contain three illustrations of how he does his evil work through people and circumstances.

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A Man Named "Large"

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A man dubbed the King of Franks downed 20 hot dogs in 12 minutes of Coney Island competition. The man, whose nickname is “Large,” devoured his competition in the process, and then boasted that he was off to a barbecue. His nearest challenger consumed only 15 dogs.

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Unsung Heroes

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They may never be publicly applauded. Only a handful of people may praise them. In fact, they may be criticized and written off as foolish or even weak-minded. Yet they are the unsung heroes who serve as the salt that saves society from total corruption.

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An Insult To God

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A woman who was extremely upset phoned me several years ago. She said she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Apparently she had strayed far from the Lord, but now had returned to Him and truly wanted to do His will. The memories of her days of spiritual wandering, however, kept haunting her. She somehow couldn’t accept the fact that God had forgiven her sins, and she had no peace or joy. But worse than that, by her attitude she was saying to God, “I don’t believe You. You don’t mean what You say!”

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Reading And Remembering

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My elderly aunt was having difficulty with her memory. She tried to recall Scripture verses she had learned earlier in life, but they weren’t coming to mind. This bothered her. I told her that God understands our weaknesses. He remembers His promises even when we can’t. It’s more important that we rest in His faithfulness.

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Dartboard Or Pipeline?

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One day during my devotional time, this thought came to my mind: “Don’t let life happen to you. Let life happen through you.”

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In The Beginning

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Talk about great opening lines! You can’t do better than the Bible does. In just 10 words, Genesis 1:1 answers the age-old question of the origin of the universe. But what’s even more important, that opening verse introduces us to the majestic One who is behind it all.

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