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Disposable Culture

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

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A Fresh Start

In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But that’s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, “Of all the items Keenan recycles . . . it’s the people that may be his biggest success” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, “We take guys nobody else wants.”

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Repeat Warnings

Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly.

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On Being Known

One of the most difficult inner conflicts we have is our desire to be known versus our fear of being known. As beings created in the image of God we are made to be known—known by God and also by others. Yet due to our fallen nature, all of us have sins and weaknesses that we don’t want others to know about. We use the phrase “dark side” to refer to aspects of our lives that we keep hidden. And we use slogans like “put your best foot forward” to encourage others to show their best side.

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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The Blame Game

When Jenny’s husband left her for another woman, she vowed that she would never meet his new wife. But when she realized that her bitterness was damaging her children’s relationship with their father, she asked for God’s help to take the first steps toward overcoming bitterness in a situation she couldn’t change.

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The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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A Possum’s Pose

Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!

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More Of Him, Less Of Me

While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!”

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20 thoughts on “More Of Him, Less Of Me

  1. thaqueenmaheaqponer says:

    Before reading today’s daily bread, I decided to have a little worship time and happened to stumble by one of my favorite:

    Thank You Lord
    by Weldon Kekauoha

    Thank You Lord for saving my life
    I promise I’ll praise Your name
    For You held me up when I couldn’t stand
    Through You my life has a plan

    For You gave Your life for me that day
    Upon that rock on Calvary
    I can’t imagine and still deny
    You are the way, the truth, and the life

    So I thank You lord
    For seeing me through
    Those times when my eyes couldn’t see
    Even when I fell , You still loved me
    Where in the world would I be

    Maybe lost and lonely in the cold
    Hoping for someone to hold
    I can’t imagine and still deny
    You are the way, the truth, and the life

    So I thank You lord
    For hearing my prayer
    And giving me all that I need
    I will try my best and do all I can
    Because I know only you understand

    You have blessed my life and helped me through
    All of those times when I needed You
    I can’t imagine and still deny
    You are the way, the truth, and the life

    And so I thank You lord
    For saving my life
    I promise I’ll praise Your name
    For You held me up
    When I couldn’t stand
    Jesus now I understand
    Jesus now I understand
    Yes Jesus, You are the man
    Yes Jesus, You are the man

  2. cooks says:

    I really liked the word for today & I finally found the Daily Bread book in South Carolina, the place where I was born! Not where I live at now.

  3. Robert Bothwell, Texas says:

    Dear Lord

    We ask Your blessing on our offering.

    We come to you this morning with a heavy heart…
    for our brothers and sisters in Christ are being persecuted today on a scale never before experienced in Christian history.

    We pray that our offering will be used to aid and comfort them.

    Lord, we try to understand the plight of our fellow Christians … but the numbers are incomprehensible to us.

    We are told the persecution of Christians today is the largest religious persecution since the Jewish Holocaust.

    We are told that 80% of religious persecution in the world is carried out against Christians…

    We are told there are 100 million Christians being persecuted worldwide…

    … 100 million Christians..persecuted … primarily in the Middle East and Asia.

    Oh Lord, these Christians may not look like us… they don’t sound like us… …But they are us… And we are them in the Body of Christ.

    They suffer interrogations, displacement, assault, barbaric executions … And now reports of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale in Northern Iraq.

    We pray for these Christians, Lord, even as we ourselves have no experience with religious persecution.

    We don’t know what it’s like to have to meet in secret to read Your Word.

    We don’t know what it’s like to have to pray to You behind closed doors.

    We don’t know what it’s like to hide our bible under the floorboard or under the mattress.

    You told us Lord…

    “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    …Ye are the salt of the earth…
    …Ye are the light of the world.”

    So You told us, Lord. So we believe.

    Our persecuted brothers and sisters do not ask for much from us.

    They ask only our prayers.

    Our prayers … that they are able to stand strong against the persecution.

    Our prayers … that they are able to overcome their trials in a way that is honorable to You, Lord.

    And so we pray.

    We also pray that our offering finds its way to those agencies that provide relief and comfort to those 100 million persecuted Christians.

    Hear our prayer Oh Lord,
    Our God of Strength,
    Our God of Refuge,
    Our God of Hope

    Amen

  4. mpaul01 says:

    How powerful

  5. raicy. says:

    More of Him, less of me. Life cannot be all about Jesus and all about me at the same time.

  6. horllaife says:

    KIERRA “KIKI” SHEARD
    “Invisible”

    A total eclipse has just begun
    We blocked out the sun
    Can’t believe this is what we’ve come to
    So you think that you’re a star
    But the real star has some scars
    On his hands and feet where the nails went
    through
    God is headlining this show
    To introduce him is what I’m here for
    So with out further delay
    It’s time to take to the stage
    Then I move out the way
    So that they only see you that’s inside of me
    Don’t let me block the view that’s not what I
    wanna do
    I’ve got to be seen through make sure they see
    you make me invisible
    The crowd applause and now you’re on
    They start to play your song but did he even
    come along
    Or did he get left behind the day that you decided
    that you would out shine his light
    But he’s headlining this show
    To introduce him is what I’m here for
    So with out further delay
    It’s time to take to the stage
    Then I move out the way
    So that they only see you that’s inside of me
    Don’t let me block the view that’s not what I
    wanna do
    I want to be seen through make sure they see you
    Make me invisible
    Make me invisible
    It’s time to take to the stage
    Then I move out the way
    So they only see you that’s inside of me
    Don’t let me block the view that’s not what I
    wanna do
    I’ve got to be seen through make sure they see
    you make me invisible
    Make me invisible
    Make me invisible
    Make me invisible
    Make me invisible

    thank for the word. I’m really blessed by it

  7. nanxi says:

    I know this is not the place to write this, but I don’t want to tell people in my life about this, but I need wisdom from people like you. Some one has been stalking me cyberly for over two years, I kinda guessed who she is, I cannot think of anyone else. I deactivated my FB because for over ten times she has tried to friend me with a fake account, all kinds of ways to make it convincing by adding my friends first. Just thought she is out of the picture for good, she started doing the same thing on Google +. It took her a year to create a empty page that generated 20,000 hits and friends that are in my circle. I will not post anything about my life from this point on. I am worried about what she will do next, and what she will do to this other person. I am also concern about her own well-being.

    1. poohpity says:

      Report it to your internet provider and ask them what you need to do. If you fear for your life or the life of others report it to the law. If it is kept a secret then there will be no hope of defeating the stalker or getting help for yourself. You must know her pretty well to know that it took her a year to create a empty page that generated so many hits.

      1. nanxi says:

        I don’t mind a life without FB, etc. I don’t want to make it worse for her. I just pray she doesnot do any harm to herself or others. I kinda know how potentially destructive this type of condition could be.

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