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Broken But Beautiful

Recently, my daughter showed me her collection of sea glass. Also known as beach glass, the varied bits of colored glass are sometimes pieces of pottery but often they are pieces of shattered glass bottles. Originally the glass had a purpose, but then it was casually thrown away and became broken.

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Divine Perspective

Jason took a trip to New York during spring break. One afternoon he and some friends piled into a cab and headed for the Empire State Building. To Jason, the ride on the ground seemed chaotic and dangerous. But when he got to the observation deck of the skyscraper and looked down on the city streets, to his amazement he saw order and design. What a difference a change in perspective made!

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Looking For Zacchaeus

Alf Clark walks the city streets looking for Zacchaeus. Well, not the actual one in the Bible—Jesus already found him. Alf and some friends who serve with an urban ministry do what Jesus did in Luke 19. They go purposefully through town to meet with and help those in need.

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Small Ways In Small Places

Often I meet with people who serve in what they think are seemingly small ways in small places. They are frequently discouraged by loneliness, feeling that their acts of service are insignificant. When I hear them speak, I think of one of the angels in C. S. Lewis’ book Out of the Silent Planet. He said: “My people have a law never to speak of sizes or numbers to you. . . . It makes you do reverence to nothings and pass by what is really great.”

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Living Bridges

People who live in Cherrapunji, India, have developed a unique way to get across the many rivers and streams in their land. They grow bridges from the roots of rubber trees. These “living bridges” take between 10 to 15 years to mature, but once they are established, they are extremely stable and last for hundreds of years.

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32 thoughts on “Living Bridges

  1. rome507 says:

    Amen

  2. TEbie says:

    Thank you for your thoughts and comments. We wouldn’t be at this point had it not been for each one. Blessings to all!

    1. wearenotgod says:

      Not sure if this is reflection to my comment, however, if so, and even if not, lol, you are very correct in saying this; denominationally inclined or not, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and continue throughout life with struggling sin and hopefully, less and less of deliberate sin. God bless, TEbie :)

  3. wearenotgod says:

    Bravo! God’s word shared well, especially, adding the very last line to the INSIGHT, “God searches and knows us, but loves us despite our inherent sinfulness,” because it is often too hard for some to forgive themselves enough to know that we can always start over; and good job for yours truly!
    ps…Now if we could just remove the denominational pride that destroys the Christian church, changing all titles to “Jesus Christ” instead of Methodist, Lutheran, or Presbyterian this or Baptist that, and on and on, organized church may just begin filling back up again rather than emptying and closing; not pessimism, just fact too often ignored, because of the pride of man.

  4. bibleman says:

    I have no intent other than to learn. The insight today says The heart is the very basis of character, including the mind and will. Because of our sinful nature, the “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9). Jeremiah debunked the popular belief that people are basically good. As new testament Christians we are told, “And I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do [them]” (Ezek. 36:26-27).

    That deceitful and incurable heart is that stony heart that is taken away and is replaced by a heart of flesh! The Holy Spirit gives His people a NEW HEART and causes them to walk in obedience!

    And not only is the heart new, EVERYTHING is new. The regenerated person is a NEW CREATION: So that if anyone [is] in Christ, [he] is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2Co. 5:17).

    The old things include the old heart. It is GONE. The Holy Spirit makes a person anew! There is a GREAT CHANGE that has taken place! To say that the heart of a believer remains deceitful and incurably wicked is to deny the transforming work of the Holy Spirit!

    Does the Christian still sin? He most certainly does. Indwelling sin is still constantly with him to harass him make him do what he does not want to do, to the point of making him cry out that he is afflicted, distressed, grieved, and vexed (Rom. 7:14-24). But he even sins differently than the wicked. The sin of the wicked comes from their totally depraved hearts. The sin of believers comes from the principle of sin dwelling in them. Believers hate their sin (Rom. 7:15). They have died to sin, do not live in sin, no longer serve sin, are no longer under the dominion of sin, have been set free from sin, do not walk according to the flesh, are free from the law of sin, and are not in the flesh (Rom. 6:2,6,11,14,22;8:1,2,4,9).

  5. sandy229 says:

    Very good comment Doctor.

  6. bible.srinivas says:

    Thank you LORD, for rooted in your word.. Plz. Let me learn to lean on your mighty strength only .. instead onf mere human strength

  7. neetavg says:

    But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (‭Psalms‬ ‭1‬:‭2-3‬ NLT)
    May we be deeply rooted in the word of God, be a bridge between God and man and may we draw our strength from Him and trust in The Lord who is faithful in what He says and does, unlike man who is selfish and can fail many times.

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