Medieval Meal

A while ago I attended a conference on the Middle Ages. In one seminar we actually prepared several foods that would have been common in medieval times. We used pestle and mortar to grind cinnamon and fruit to make jam. We cut orange rinds and broiled them with honey and ginger to produce a sweet snack. We crushed almonds with water and other ingredients to create almond milk. And, finally, we prepared a whole chicken to serve as a main dish with rice. As we sampled these dishes, we enjoyed a tasty culinary experience.

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Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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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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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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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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A Heart For Prayer

While traveling on an airplane with her 4- and 2-year-old daughters, a young mom worked at keeping them busy so they wouldn’t disturb others. When the pilot’s voice came over the intercom for an announcement, Catherine, the younger girl, paused from her activities and put her head down. When the pilot finished, she whispered, “Amen.” Perhaps because there had been a recent natural disaster, she thought the pilot was praying.

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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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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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Think Of Them No More

My early years as a believer in Christ were laden with foreboding. I had the impression that when Jesus comes back, all my sins will be portrayed on a giant screen for everyone to see.

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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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37 thoughts on “The Small Giant

  1. virtualmuse says:

    The Lord is a mighty, conquering hero. The bigger my giants are the harder they fall from their egos. I truly can remember when my ego was too big to fail, and fail it always did without Him. Now that He has humbled me with His love there is no problem that I fear. For He is bigger than them all. My God is an awesome God and because of what He has shown me my faith will never decrease, day by day, hour after hour even upon this hour. I fear The Lord my God and so shall you enemy.

  2. worldbfree4u says:

    David’s faith was based on his prior experiences with God which gave him the courage to face Goliath. We too must understand that the small victories God gives us over trials prepares us for the “giants” we will face today or tomorrow. If God delivered before He is able to give us the victory over any trail or giant we may face today. The battle is always The Lord’s but we must have the faith to forge ahead in battle and fight.

  3. daweblegend says:

    I’m really blessed!

  4. cst5 says:

    The residual effects of the blood clot to my rt. Cerebellum sometimes interfere w/ my word phrasing. I meaam always amazed at how puny my giants turn out to be; when my Lord goes before me, behind me, on either side of me AND is inside of me as well. It is HE, that opens my eyes to see, ears to hear & soul to really understand the other’s lives, or why of it, so that I may be a better prayer warrior. Regardless of whether or not it may help me, or my situation at that time and place. There was a reason I am there, in this place, w/these people. I pray that I can always be able to see the path the Lord has lain before me, and make the most of it. Cst5

  5. dxsnipe says:

    Don’t tell God how big your giants are. Tell your giants how big your God is.
    …this is so true..remember your past victories.

  6. cst5 says:

    I thank odb for its faithfulness, in keeping w/the Lord’s work &spreading the Good News to the ends of the earth. There are countless giants out there, strange ones I’d rather gone around. One’s that no one, will acknowledge, family, medical,civil legal nor jurisprudence communities; which leaves you in a bit of a bind. Toxic Mold Illness or Biotoxin Illness is devastating! I don’t know how I ever would have survived THIS AT ALL,if not for the simple fact that Yahweh loves me, has a purpose for me, His Son, Jesus, the Counselor, Holy Spirit, have not completed that assignment as of yet. My GOD is indeed bigger. I’m still here to prove it.

    Dr.Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D.

  7. samuel1949 says:

    Confidence will always be displayed by action!

  8. mruppert says:

    Well, I can think of a few “Goliaths” in my life such as inflation, the income tax, & the federal gov’t in general, those at least. And my girlfriends “pet Goliath” seems to be arthritis.

  9. david.f.smith says:

    I love the last sentence. “Don’t tell God how big your giants are. Tell your giants how big your God is.” When your in trouble some times we need to remember this. I think it called Faith.

  10. clsevents says:

    His confidence is not in what he has but in who is with him (v.45)
    So thankful for this word today!

    Gods word is balm for my soul!

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