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The Power Of Ritual

When I was growing up, one of the rules in our house was that we weren’t allowed to go to bed angry (Eph. 4:26). All our fights and disagreements had to be resolved. The companion to that rule was this bedtime ritual: Mom and Dad would say to my brother and me, “Good night. I love you.” And we would respond, “Good night. I love you too.”

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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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Amazing Grace

Pressed into service in the Royal Navy, John Newton was dismissed for insubordination and turned to a career trafficking in slaves. Notorious for cursing and blasphemy, Newton served on a slave ship during the cruelest days of trans-Atlantic slavery, finally working his way up to captain.

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Every Hardship

Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of a beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern US. Within a few years it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, the primary source of revenue. In desperation, farmers started growing another crop—peanuts. Realizing they had been dependent on one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify, which led to increased prosperity.

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The Ultimate Reunion

I’ll never forget the vigil of sitting by my dad’s bed as he spent his last few days with us before slipping into eternity. To this day the moment of his passing continues to have a profound effect on me. My dad was always there for me. I could call him whenever I needed counsel. I have great memories of our days fishing together; we would talk about God and the Bible, and I would prompt him to tell those fun stories from his youth on the farm.

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A Matter Of Trust

A news item from Australia told the story of Pascale Honore, a paraplegic woman who, after 18 years of being confined to a wheelchair, has taken up surfing. How?

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The Wise Old Owl

Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short poem about the merits of measuring our words.

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The Language Of Whistling

On La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, a language that sounds like a bird song is being revived. In a land of deep valleys and steep ravines, schoolchildren and tourists are learning how whistling was once used to communicate for distances up to 2 miles. One goat herder who is using this ancient language once again to communicate with his flock said, “They recognize my whistle as they recognize my voice.”

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An Emergency Of The Spirit

In March 2011, a devastating tsunami struck Japan, taking nearly 16,000 lives as it obliterated towns and villages along the coast. Writer and poet Gretel Erlich visited Japan to witness and document the destruction. When she felt inadequate to report what she was seeing, she wrote a poem about it. In a PBS NewsHour interview she said, “My old friend William Stafford, a poet now gone, said, ‘A poem is an emergency of the spirit.’”

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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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23 thoughts on “Repeat Warnings

  1. js1985 says:

    Thank you Lord with arming me with your word so i know the truth and can follow Christ into your arms. Please help me arm myself for others as well, so when those questions are asked i will have the answers from your word and direct them towards you.

    Amen

  2. TEbie says:

    Thanks Dave for the devotional and others for the comments. I wanted do comment also how traveling the journey this side of heaven will continue to be a process for all. Some would say this or that person has it nailed down and again others say they do. Whatever the case only God and the individual really deep down knows the heartfelt meaning of the walk they are in. That is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to be well balanced in CHRIST. Be ready to give an account of the true message, gospel of Jesus Christ. Reading and knowing what the Bible says, would be very good. Attending and getting involved in a good Christ centered church would be good. And there are many more ways to maintain a Godly walk with the Lord. But as humans, keep the proper focus on God, not steering off course, but if we do, refocus and know God can get us through. God is love, He alone knows the best route to take. God Bless

  3. bondserve says:

    Wow, strong language from Apostle Paul in verses 8&9. I think the Greek word for “accursed” is “anathema”, meaning to be banned or excommunicated from the church. False doctrine is like a cancer, which needs to be cut out, removed and guarded against. The gospel message is so clear and simple. But so many times, mankind thinks more complicated has to be better. Jesus took the death penalty in our behalf, rose from the dead bringing us victory, and ascended to His rightful place on the throne of heaven. Now, it is our faith in His completed work which grants us that same victory. Praise God!

    SB—Author of “Meet Him on the Mountain

  4. 8sno2cdishop7x says:

    We need to make sure we are not victims of another gospel, even worst; preaching another gospel. If we do, we are under curse. The Gospel is: Jesus Christ- the Son of God-the Savior of the world. He came to save our souls. He died on the cross of Calvary, buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures [1 Cor. 15:1-4]. After 40 days He ascended up to heaven and is now sitting on His throne at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. After 10 days of His ascension, the Holy Spirit came as promised [Pentecost] to continue the work of God on earth until the trumpet of God will sound and the ‘dead in Christ will rise first and we who are [saved] alive and remained shall be caught up together with them in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord’ [1 Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-58].

    The Great Commission to preach the gospel to all nations, was given to the Church [Mark 16:14-15; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-49]. John, on the other hand, had a different emphasis of approach but not a different gospel [John 21:15-22] . Not another spirit but the same Spirit. John focused on loving and following the Lord. On feeding the sheep. On teaching. On edification. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s emphasis is on preaching. On evangelization.

    Did you ever wonder why the phrase, “make disciples” is not found in Mark, Luke, and John? Only in a single verse: Matthew 28:19. But even in Matthew’s account, in the earlier version, such as the Geneva Bible [1599] and the King James Version [1611] “make disciples” is not found.

    Some Jews converted to Christianity, were trying to employ the Jewish laws and ways of doing things in churches. It’s their “patriotism” and pride of religion. It is what the Apostle Paul called, “another gospel.”

    In the Jewish standard, you can’t make disciples if you are not a Rabbi. And it should be that way. Rather, than being assertive and proud of what I think I can do or needs to be done by other Christians, e.g. “make disciples,” I need the Church, the Word of God, and yield myself to the Holy Spirit’s control. I thank God, I am not a Jew but a Gentile-a Gentile saved by the blood of the Lamb. I am praying for Israel, don’t get me wrong. But generally they have rejected the Messiah- Jesus Christ. Like the Muslims who are waiting for the 12th Caliph, the Jews are still waiting for the coming of their Messiah.

    Avoid curse. Don’t be a victim of another gospel. Don’t be a Jew if you are not. But more important, don’t be ignorant of the Word of God.

    “ For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
     And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” [Romans 11:25-26].

  5. poohpity says:

    The law of Moses was fulfilled in Christ Jesus and it was he who enacted the New covenant of grace. Sadly many Christians do not understand what that means even after so many warnings.

  6. aampll says:

    It’s good to be warned about what could happen if we do certain things, so we are well informed not to do them- Caution.
    And we dare not think “like the Galatians” ‘that our salvation was dependent on good works instead of the true gospel:faith in Christ’s work.’
    What good works can any of us do in order to qualify us for something as significant as salvation?
    LORD HELP US to believe in the simple message of the cross, and let us not preach any other or believe any other.

    1. bondserve says:

      Amen!

  7. eternallyhis says:

    Please pray for my son as he says he believes we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but he refuses to believe anyone is really saved unless they immediately stop all known (outward) sin. My son is pastor of a small congregation, and it’s probably because he immediately repented of and forsook all sinful habits as soon as he turned fully to Christ, that he believes everyone should be able to do the same. I have tried showing him through scripture, such as the message that is given today in ODB, but he will not listen, insisting the law and/or works spoken of in Galatians only pertains to circumcision.
    And although I know it is sometimes necessary to rebuke the enemy and cast out demons, it seems (to me) my son also tends to give too much attention to the workers of darkness. I was taught that Satan loves to hear his own name mentioned, even if he is being blamed for bad things. My son is often rebuking the devil, and/or casting out demons, but does not believe a person should receive the Holy Ghost until after they are free from all demonic holds over them. I believe we need the Holy Spirit within us to overcome the enemy for us. The way I see it, the more of the Holy Spirit we have within us, the less room there will be for any darkness. I also see it as dangerous to cast out demons and ‘leave the house empty’ (Matthew 12:43-45)
    I will appreciate any and all prayers for my son and his congregation, and for my own self as well. Thank you

    1. bondserve says:

      I am praying for you and your son. I would be interested to hear how he would expound upon Romans 7, where Paul reveals that even after we are saved, we are still in a battle against the flesh. Though we have victory in Christ, and the Spirit now enables us to live lives that are pleasing to God, we’ve not yet attained perfection and will not, until Christ returns and perfects us.

      Sometimes our understanding comes in stages and we grow in faith and in the knowledge of sound doctrine. I used to believe the wrong thing on several issues, yet God has grown me and my understanding. Never stop praying for your son. Be thankful for the faith he does have, and that God has changed his life. Many years ago my own mother used to say the same thing about me concerning my always talking about the forces of darkness. It is simply an acute awareness of the spiritual battles that are taking place and not necessarily a bad thing. Some Christians are called to expose it, and that is something they focus on a lot. My focus is now on constant spiritual growth, (faith & obedience) instead of constantly pointing out the devil’s work like before. Perhaps you could ask your son if he is no longer in need of God’s grace, since he no longer has any problem with sin? Has he now attained righteousness of his own, instead of the righteousness of Christ? I’m not trying to sound harsh, but simply offering some thoughts to help equip you to pray more specifically and also to speak (in love) with your son. Blessings!

      1. eternallyhis says:

        Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. My son surrendered his life to God aprox. 20 years ago and was immediately delivered from drugs, alcohol and all that goes with it. He was so happy and on fire for Jesus that his faith was contagious. I have no doubt about his salvation, but I cannot help wondering if he is (unintentionally) discouraging or driving people away from Christ by making them think they have to be totally free from sin in order to be saved.
        As for Romans 7, I tried pointing that out to him, but he believes that is before Paul’s conversion. I’ve asked him about many scriptures that God gives me much assurance through, but…anyhow, that’s why I’m asking for people to stand in faith with me for him. Again, thank you and God bless you and yours

    2. hsnpoor says:

      eternallyhis,

      I so hear and feel your Mother’s heart in this utterly important matter regarding your son. I’m sure this is what can be described as a trial & a tribulation. But, you raised your son up in the way he should go, yes? Have faith that he will wind up just where you directed him, but the victory will be that of the one who has never lost a single one of those that are his and he never will. Believe that, trust that and rest in his power. That is and will be my prayer for you, eternallyhis. Your son is in God’s hands and his path may be difficult for you to watch, but I’m confident that the victory has already been won! Be at peace about that, In The Name of Jesus!

      Much Love To You….

      1. hsnpoor says:

        I should have said “parents” heart, as I don’t know whether you are a Mother or a Father, but something within made me think you are a Mother…. I’m sorry if I made a wrong assumption….

  8. hjperez46 says:

    Brothers be careful of what you hear and read. Today’s world is changing but our Father never changes. He the same one yesterday as today. There’s no need to prove a different gospel. The true one is already in front of you.
    Learn on Paul’s Letters to the church. HJP sr.

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