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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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The Growth Chart

If my family ever moves from the house where we live now, I want to unhinge the pantry door and take it with me! That door is special because it shows how my children have grown over the years. Every few months, my husband and I place our children against the door and pencil a mark just above their heads. According to our growth chart, my daughter shot up 4 inches in just 1 year!

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19 thoughts on “The Growth Chart

  1. happyinjesus says:

    As a Christian we should be growing in our faith. We stunt our growth when we fail to study God’s word and gain wisdom and knowledge. And not only that, but we must apply what we learn. Let’s all grow in grace and in knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. sentinel46 says:

    Dear Heavenly Father, “…Of thy Truth in the sharing of thy Word on today I humbly thank you in the name of Jesus your begotten Son of Heaven and Earth whom’s wisdom and understanding He has made known to usward the blessings of this day in the sharing of the scripture lesson(s) on the Our Daily Bread web site for us Your children of man(kind) reborn again to you by Thy Son Jesus Christ to continue to grow in spirit with the Spirit of the Living God…Amen!”
    Bible References:
    …Deuteronomy 11:1-32; Deuteronomy 32:1-24; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:1-176; Psalm 121:1-6; Psalm138:1-8; Proverb 1:1-23; Proverb 3:1-35; Proverb 6:23; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Habakkuk 2:4; Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 11:28-30; John 5:39; Acts 20:32; Romans 1:16; Romans 5:1-21; Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-39; Romans 9:1-33; Romans 12:1-21; 1 Corinthians 1:1-31; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 3:1-23; 1 Corinthians 4:1-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58; 1 Corinthians 16:23; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 4:1-18; Galatians 5:1,13-6:18; Ephesians 1:1-2:22; Philippians 3:1-21; Philippians 4:1-13,23; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18; 1Timothy 4:1-16; 1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:15-16; Hebrews 1:1-11; Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 10:19-25; Hebrews 11:1-40; Hebrews 12:1-29; Hebrews 13:5-8; James 1:5,17; 1 Peter 1:1-25; 1 Peter 2:1-25; 1 Peter 5:1-13; 2 Peter 1:3-2:20; 2 Peter 3:10-18; 2 Corinthians 13-11-14; Revelation 1:3…

    2 Timothy 2:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

    15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ[a] depart from iniquity.”

    Footnotes:
    a. 2 Timothy 2:19 NU-Text and M-Text read the Lord.
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

    2 Peter 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

    18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

  3. Rocky says:

    Oh to be able to measure our spiritual growth, as we do our physical growth. :)And to be able to recognize where other’s are in their spiritual walk, so to not talk down to them or to look to them for advice or direction as a mentor or a teacher. :)

  4. sandy229 says:

    John 3:10-12 says
    “No one can come to me (Jesus) unless the father who sent me draws him. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.

    John 15:16,19 said to his disciples
    “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”

    We do not choose Him, He chooses us, loves us, and reveals His eternal purposes for our lives.

    Revelation 3:20 says
    “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me”

    John 15:16 says
    “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.”

    “Philippians 2:13 says
    It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

    God made us for His purpose and not our own. A love relationship with God is more important than any other single factor in our lives. We cannot advance His kingdom unless we have this close relationship with Him.

    1. Rocky says:

      We can’t choose to be born again anymore than we can choose our own parents. But once we are born physically or spiritually, we must learn and grow. Learn the things that our earthly parents and our heavenly father teaches us. It’s not a magic wand, it doesn’t happen by osmosis

  5. xs says:

    Being willing to grow comes with much challenge, but perseverance is the key, not through self reliance, but through God who gives us strength.
    God bless you all

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