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Goodness And Grace

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A teenager whose father is abusive said to me, “I want to be a good man like my Sunday school teacher and like you, not like my dad.”

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Who Gets The Thanks?

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According to USA Today, a Costa Mesa, California, resident found a small package on her doorstep that contained a car key and a note that read, “This is a gift for you because I love you.” It also included a Scripture verse and was signed, “An angel of the Lord.” In her driveway was a late-model car—just what she needed to replace her old unreliable one.

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Fragrant Fruit

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We were privileged to be the guests of some friends who live in the mountains. When we entered our room, we were pleased to find a lovely basket of fresh fruit on the table. The grapes, pears, apples, and strawberries looked refreshing and delicious. But it was not until we cut or bit into the fruit that we experienced the full aroma and flavor.

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In Your Footsteps

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A father and son were walking along the beach. The boy was lagging behind and suddenly shouted, “Look, Daddy, I’m walking in your footsteps!” This prompted the man to think about his responsibility to provide spiritual leadership for his son.

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Single Satisfaction

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A friend of mine, Elizabeth-Ann, is in her sixties, single, and radiantly contented. “But how is that possible?” she is often asked. To answer this question she wrote a book titled Complete As One, which is based on Colossians 2:10. She recalls being challenged years ago by a comment about a friend: “You know what I appreciate about June? She’s so satisfied with Christ.”

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The Secret Of Joy

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One of the shortest books in the Old Testament is the book of Habakkuk. In its three brief chapters we see an amazing transformation in the prophet’s outlook on life. His opening words express depths of despair, but at the close of the book he has risen to heights of joy.

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A Better Way

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We are always looking for better ways to do things. We have faster computers, more efficient cars, and better-sounding compact disc players—vast improvements over the abacus, the Model-T, and the Victrola.

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Toddler's Creed

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Elisa Morgan, president of MOPS International (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers), shared this insight into a child’s view of the world:

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Darwin Or Micah?

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Charles Darwin’s famous On the Origin of Species was subtitled The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Darwin viewed human progress as inevitably tied to conflict, where the strong overcome the weak.

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A Serious Celebration

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An exclusive club in New York refused membership to a man because he was Jewish. A minister who belonged to the club denounced this from his pulpit as “morally reprehensible.” Shock waves rippled down the aisles, because many church members belonged to that club. The pastor then added, “Anyone who has in any way—by thought, word, or deed—condoned this action is not welcome to receive Holy Communion until he has worked out his own peace with God.”

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