Johnny’s Race

When 19-year-old Johnny Agar finished the 5k race, he had a lot of people behind him—family members and friends who were celebrating his accomplishment.

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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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Live In Love

In the African country where my friend Roxanne lives, water is a precious commodity. People often have to travel long distances to collect water from small, contaminated creeks—leading to sickness and death. It’s difficult for organizations like orphanages and churches to serve the people because of a lack of water. But that’s beginning to change.

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The Parable Of The Sting

I can still see Jay Elliott’s shocked face as I burst through his front door almost 50 years ago with a “gang” of bees swirling around me. As I raced out his back door, I realized the bees were gone. Well, sort of—I’d left them in Jay’s house! Moments later, he came racing out his back door—chased by the bees I had brought to him.

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Example That Encourages

The story is told that in the late 1800s a group of European pastors attended D. L. Moody’s Bible conference in Massachusetts. Following their custom, they put their shoes outside their room before they slept, expecting them to be cleaned by hotel workers. When Moody saw the shoes, he mentioned the need to others because he knew their custom. But he was met with silence. Moody collected all the shoes and cleaned them himself. A friend who made an unexpected visit to his room revealed what Moody had done. The word spread, and the next few nights others took turns doing the cleaning.

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Courageous And Consistent

While reading the obituary of Eugene Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, I was struck by two things. First, for many years Patterson was a fearless voice for civil rights during a time when many opposed racial equality. In addition, he wrote a column every day for 8 years. That’s 2,922 newspaper columns! Day after day, year after year. Courage and consistency were key factors in the impact of his life.

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Lookin’ Good!

After trying on my new sunglasses in the car one day, my daughter handed them back and said, “These are not sunglasses, Mom. They’re just fashion lenses. Let me guess,” she teased, “you bought them because you look cute in them.”

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The Power Of A Name

Nicknames are often descriptive of some noticeable aspect of a person’s character or physical attributes. Growing up, my elementary school friends brutally called me “liver lips” since at that stage of development my lips seemed disproportionately large. Needless to say, I have always been glad that the name didn’t stick.

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Roadside Assistance

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

An acquaintance of mine was hunting with friends near Balmoral, the country estate of the queen of England. As they walked, he twisted his ankle so badly that he couldn’t go on, so he told his friends to continue and he would wait by the side of the road.

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Forgotten Memories

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Recently, a friend from my youth emailed me a picture of our junior high track team. The grainy black-and-white snapshot showed a vaguely familiar group of teens with our two coaches. I was instantly swept back in time to happy memories of running the mile and the half-mile in track meets. Yet even as I enjoyed remembering those days, I found myself thinking about how easily I had forgotten them and moved on to other things.

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31 thoughts on “Forgotten Memories

  1. nanxi says:

    Thank you Lord for loving me before I even knew you. Thank you for life.

  2. princessdee says:

    I hold on to this”Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past strengthens me for the future”.Thank you Lord!

  3. bbnick says:

    I thank God for the inspiration to sit down and give HIM a bit of my busy day, I thank Him for the peace I just felt as I read the Daily Bread and was fed by it. It is so fulfilling to look around and see the abundance of God’s blessings and be reminded that He will be there to help us carry our load when it is too much for us.

  4. eternallyhis says:

    To give a hint of my age, :) when I attended the one room school house in our little village, my teacher not only taught us ‘the golden rule of doing unto others as we’d have them do unto us (Matthew 7:12), but also to count our blessings. She often mentioned the saying about a man feeling bad because he had no shoes, until he met a man who had no feet. Sayings such as that and the songs such as ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one’ that I learned in church, one or the other or all of these things would come to remind me throughout my life to be thankful. Even now, at my ‘elderly age’ :) I sometimes dread doing dishes (for example), but God is quick to remind me, I have much reason to praise Him. Thank You, Lord Jesus for my home and necessities of life and that I am still able to get out of bed, and to cook and to clean, etc. Although it’s not as good as when I was younger, I still have my sight and mobility of my legs and arms; and I have loving people in my life. Having so much more than what many others have, especially when seeing and hearing of the poverty and poor health, etc. of people in third world countries, and even many people right here in our own country. Yes, ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget not all His benefits.’ Blessed be Your Holy Name. Amen and Amen

  5. ibukunoluwa12 says:

    Thank You Bill for this wonderful reminder often i get carried away by the events in my life .God has been faithful in the past and He is still faithful today. Dear Lord please always remind us of this great truth about Your character so we can always trust in You in all situations,Amen.

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