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The Final Picture

What started as an empty 11-acre field in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended up as the largest land portrait in the British Isles. Wish, by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, is made from 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tons of soil, 2,000 tons of sand, and miscellaneous items such as grass, stones, and string.

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The Drinking Gourd

Prior to the American Civil War (1861–1865), fugitive slaves found freedom by following the Underground Railroad, a term for the secret routes from the South to the North and the abolitionists who helped them along the way. Slaves would travel at night for many miles, keeping on track by following the light of the “Drinking Gourd.” This was a code name for the collection of stars known as the Big Dipper, which points to the North Star. Some believe the fugitives also used encoded directions in the lyrics of the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to keep them from getting lost as they traveled.

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The Honor Of Following

While visiting Jerusalem, a friend of mine saw an old rabbi walking past the Wailing Wall. The interesting thing about the aged rabbi was the five young men walking behind him. They too were walking bent over, limping—just like their rabbi. An Orthodox Jew watching them would know exactly why they were imitating their teacher. They were “followers.”

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Tear Down The Wall

The years following World War II were labeled the Cold War as nations exchanged threats and jockeyed for power. The Berlin Wall, built in August 1961, stood for almost 3 decades as one of the most powerful symbols of the smoldering animosity. Then, on November 9, 1989, it was announced that citizens could cross freely from East to West Berlin. The entire wall was demolished the following year.

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Oranges Or Milk?

When I told my young daughter that a 3-month-old baby boy was coming to our house for a visit, she was delighted. With a child’s sense of hospitality, she suggested that we share some of our food with the baby; she thought he might enjoy a juicy orange from the bowl on our kitchen counter. I explained that the baby could drink only milk, but that he might like oranges when he was older.

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Multiply It

Amy had battled cancer for 5 years. Then the doctor told her that the treatments were failing and she had just a few weeks to live. Wanting some understanding and assurance about eternity, Amy asked her pastor, “What will heaven be like?”

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Horse Power

Think for a moment of the power, beauty, and majesty of a galloping horse—his head held high, his mane flying in the wind, and his legs working in unison to provide speed, power, and abandon.

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Less Than The Least

Unlike those who think highly of themselves, Jacob knew that he had been ruined by sin (Gen. 32:10). He thought himself a man unworthy of God’s grace. He had cheated his brother Esau out of his birthright (ch.27), and his brother hated him for it. Now, years later, Jacob was going to face Esau again.

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Perception Or Reality?

We often hear it said, “Perception is reality.” That idea for Americans may have dawned on September 26, 1960—the date of the first televised debate between two presidential candidates. In front of the cameras, John Kennedy appeared composed; Richard Nixon appeared nervous. The perception was that Kennedy would be a stronger leader. The debate not only turned that election, but it also changed the way politics is done in the US. Politics by perception became the rule of the day.

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Does God Care?

Minnie and George Lacy were faced with some questions: “Is Jesus enough? Is our relationship with Christ sufficient to sustain us? Will He be enough to help us want to go on living? Does He care?”

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30 thoughts on “Does God Care?

  1. manealsr says:

    Maybe God used them in the situation to get someone’s attention, to even get the parents closer to him for his glory.

  2. willowsprite says:

    Arnoldmazz, of course it is not convenient to bring children there, but maybe they had the children when as they were living there, doing God’s work as missionaries. I know a family who were missionaries in PNG for years and their children were born there. Also lots of children died of scarlet fever in those times, all over the world, not just in the mission field. You say children should come first, but actually God should come first, and if he calls us to preach the gospel to people who do not know Him, then we should. And if a missionary wants to marry and have children, that is his choice and needn’t stay single to continue his work.

  3. arnoldmazz says:

    I think that it is not convenient to expose five children to the hardships and risks involved in missionaery work in distant and dengerous places, especially at the time (year 1904)which the Lacys served as missionaries. Paul the missioanary par excellence was single. Our duties as parents should take priority.

    1. vijoyal says:

      Arnold..India was ruled by British, Portuguese and Dutch. In all those times there were many missionaries came along with them and spread the gospel. Still you can meet many of those missionaries children who were born and brought up in India and none of them perished. God’s calling is different. If God thinks that he wants anybody’s life, he can take it whether he is in US or in Utopia.Don’t forget Job and his children. I know a person with the same name who was a servant of God. God took his both children at the prime age of 28 and 22 within a span of 3 or 4 years. Still he continued his work till last year when he was also called to heaven. Serving Christ is not a secured, comfortable life and don’t expect any material benefits.

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