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Disposable Culture

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

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The Work Of Our Hands

Spring had just turned into summer and crops were beginning to produce fruit as our train rolled across the fertile landscape of West Michigan’s shoreline. Strawberries had ripened, and people were kneeling in the morning dew to pick the sweet fruit. Blueberry bushes were soaking up sunshine from the sky and nutrients from the earth.

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He Calls The Stars By Name

On a plateau high above the Atacama Desert in Chile, the world’s largest radio telescope is giving astronomers a view of the universe never seen before. In an Associated Press article, Luis Andres Henao spoke of scientists from many countries “looking for clues about the dawn of the cosmos—from the coldest gases and dust where galaxies are formed and stars are born to the energy produced by the Big Bang.”

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Rock-Solid

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

It was a sad day in May 2003 when “The Old Man of the Mountain” broke apart and slid down the mountainside. This 40-foot profile of an old man’s face, carved by nature in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, had long been an attraction to tourists, a solid presence for residents, and the official state emblem. It was written about by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short story The Great Stone Face.

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The Careful Walk

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

One of my favorite places to visit in Jamaica is Ocho Rios, home of Dunn’s River Falls—a spectacle that never ceases to amaze. Water cascades down a long series of rocks as it makes its way to the Caribbean Sea. Adventurers can climb the falls, scrambling over rounded rocks on an invigorating trek to the top. The flowing water, the potentially slippery surface, and the steep angles make the going slow and a bit treacherous.

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More Than We Deserve

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Sometimes when people ask how I’m doing, I reply, “Better than I deserve.” I remember a well-meaning person responding, “Oh no, Joe, you deserve a lot,” to which I replied, “Not really.” I was thinking about what I truly deserve—God’s judgment.

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Who’s At The Center?

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

Recently, I had what for me was a “Copernican moment”: I am not at the center of the universe. The world doesn’t revolve around me. It doesn’t move at my pace, in my terms, nor in accord with my preferences.

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Me And Dad

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

A friend once spent a day installing large stone steps in his backyard. When his 5-year-old daughter begged to help, he suggested she just sing to encourage him in his work. She said no. She wanted to help. Carefully, when it would not endanger her, he let her place her hands on the rocks as he moved them.

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Big Spring

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a remarkable natural wonder—a pool about 40 feet deep and 300 feet across that Native Americans called “Kitch-iti-kipi,” or “the big cold water.” Today it is known as The Big Spring. It is fed by underground springs that push more than 10,000 gallons of water a minute through the rocks below and up to the surface. Additionally, the water keeps a constant temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that even in the brutally cold winters of the Upper Peninsula the pool never freezes. Tourists can enjoy viewing the waters of Big Spring during any season of the year.

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Consider The Lilies

Our Daily Bread Cover February 2014

I enjoy nature and giving praise to its Creator, but I sometimes wrongly feel guilty for admiring it too much. Then I remember that Jesus used nature as a teaching tool. To encourage people not to worry, He used simple wildflowers as an example. “Consider the lilies,” He said, and then reminded people that even though flowers do no work at all, God dresses them in splendor. His conclusion? If God clothes something temporary in such glory, He surely will do much more for us (Matt. 6:28-34).

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21 thoughts on “Consider The Lilies

  1. jpoteet says:

    Matthew 6:34 NIV
    [34] Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    This verse helps me daily, may it help you too.

  2. nunez011 says:

    I pray for all who are in need, especially for the woman who had lost her husband and now her daughter. I also pray for all who are ill. May The Lord bless you with healing!

  3. karoslif says:

    Please pray for Norminda, she lost her husband in a helicopter missile attack in Afghanistan years ago and now last night she lost her only daughter of nineteen years, she is a believer and needs us all right now.

  4. sandy229 says:

    Philippans 4:19 “God will provide all our needs according to His riches in glory in Jesus.”

  5. linlou63 says:

    I know my God is real and can see His glory in everything. I have they say an incur able chronic illness called fibromyalgia. I have good days and bad days. I want so much to be whole again but deep inside I know God has a plan. I await His revelation or His call home. I fee my family still needs me and I want to be there for them but most of all I want to serve my Saviour.

  6. slml says:

    There is nothing so beautiful as God’s creation, especially flowers and even weeds. The closer you look at the infinite detail, the more you see absolute perfection. This always brings my mind to How awesome our God is, and how unimportant is the fact I can’t get the garage door down this morning.

  7. sandy229 says:

    God is so amazing! He knows what we are going to say even before we do! He doesn’t want us to worry! Worry is a responsibility God never intended for is to have. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you”. How wonderful it is that we never have to worry about anything. God will always provide our needs. He always knows what we need.

  8. mcbiech says:

    Lord … My heart is so for you and yet I can be so easily tripped up by worry or condemnation … I must stop on these times and surrender again, not just my thoughts, but my entire being. Trusting you again as though for the first time. Let me breathe in the Holy Spirit and breathe out all doubt and fear. Holy is The Lord God Almighty. Blessed are his people who trust in Him!

  9. durugoval says:

    Our God is awesome going by all He created. I now have a fuller revelation of His supremacy promising to give Him utter worship the rest of my life. It really pays to love Him!

  10. edwinpadilla says:

    When I read and think about this message I’m reminded of those whom rely on Horoscopes. So I remind them instead of reaching out only to the stars why not reach out for the Creator of those stars. We’re more than just a “sign”, we”re Christians; free from all religions and signs.

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