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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15 thoughts on “Courageous And Consistent

  1. TEbie says:

    Matt.16:25,”For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it;but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.” Be an encouragement in lost world. BLESSINGS to all!

  2. princessdee says:

    May God continue to give us the grace to encourage one another in the Lord and be grateful when others appreciate us for the good work we are doing.
    Also, lets all make it a point of duty to pray for our pastors and all workers in our local churches.Our labour of love will never go unrewarded in Jesus’ name, amen. (1st Cor 15:58)

  3. granmayaya69 says:

    I have been consistent in reading ODB for almost 2 decades and I find the encouragement needed to walk the path of life that brings to Jesus, my salvation. These devotions are now part of my life and they fulfill my aspiration for a spiritual support. This is the Holy Ghost breath that , each morning sweeps off the dust of unrighteousness and gives me the courage to face a new day.

    1. mtap007 says:

      I like what you said about the Holy Ghost breathing the unrighteous dust off every morning. Good thought to keep everyday.
      thank you.

    2. theforgottensailor says:

      Thanks for sharing ODB help start my day. For someone who has witness Gods grace up close and personal I still struggle in this sinful world. Thanks

  4. cathcarth says:

    I agree that we all should should give and take encouragement but I also got from this that when we are in a difficult place in life we need to have the attitude of grace. Our eyes need to be looking forward on the important aspect of life God. When this occurs you are focused on loving, showing hospitality, and courage, as people see you walking through your troubled times and showing the grace of God then you will have the opportunity to share Christ with others. The title says courageous and consistency, what better way to show the consistency of Christ in your life then when you are going through a difficult time.

  5. dewunmia says:

    Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! I pray we are all emboldened to proclaim the kingdom of God without hinderance.

  6. bsbuster says:

    ” Today we are reminded that leaders equally need encouragement, and that the followers are as capable of giving, as they are of receiving encouragement..”

    If you apply this principle to our political leaders specially, all it will do is boost their egos into the stratosphere and make them act more irresponsibly and arrogant! They will take it [‘’encouragement’’] for praise !
    Could you please go to Washington DC and try this on our Senators and Congressmen/women?
    As you well know, it is so much easier to preach to the choir..

  7. funmioyee says:

    Encouragement in the body of Christ is something that we need to cultivate. Leaders and followers both need encouragement in words and in deed. Let us stand together at all times!

  8. shorts says:

    “It is a kindness to accept kindness. “

    1. tomv17 says:

      Let us not wait for Senators and Congressmen to change. We can make a diff in our own spheres of influence even if it is very small.

  9. boilers says:

    Thanks Doc as always.

    Sometimes it can be awkward to be complimented or receive from others especially when we may not need what it is being offered.

    But we must be careful not to block others from the blessing of giving what they can. After all we can always gratefully accept and pass it on to someone else.

    1. bsbuster says:

      It is one’s EGO/PRIDE and ENVY/JEALOUSY that stops one from praising someone else’s excellent work; it is that simple!

  10. doctor-perspective says:

    Take a look at the persons in the “giving and receiving of encouragement” in today’s devotion. Paul was the Bishop/Elder, Visionary, Church Planter and Apostle. He is the one who was in need of encouragement. He is the one who was encouraged. The encouragers were “the brethren” These men and women were important only as a group, but with none of them special enough for their name to be mentioned. These were the “persons in the pew”.

    We know that it is the leaders’ responsibility to encourage the followers. Today we are reminded that leaders equally need encouragement, and that the followers are as capable of giving, as they are of receiving encouragement.

    Dig a little deeper. Did they preach an encouragement sermon? What rituals did they perform? Were they graduates of counselling psychology? It was merely their presence that provided the encouragement that Paul received. It is easier than you think to give encouragement.

    In fact, the only difficult part is to desire to be an encourager. These brethren were in an attitude of encouragement and this attitude was transmitted through every fiber of their body. The truth is that God is very active in our ministry of encouragement. All that we have to do is provide the desire. God will provide the opportunity, the words, the money if necessary, and whatever else He knows is necessary for us to perform our ministry of encouragement.

    Let us go deeper still to the art of receiving encouragement. We all know that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) But has it ever occurred to you that the blessing that comes from giving, cannot materialize unless someone receives what the giver gives. So, there is a greater blessing in giving, but there is also a huge blessing in the pivotal ministry of receiving.

    I drive one of the buses at my Church. Three nights ago, the Youth Pastor approached me as I was ready to take the young people home, and began to express his appreciation for my faithfulness in making myself available for the round trip every Friday evening. Before he could finish speaking, I told him that his expression of appreciation was not really necessary because I am committed to the ministry and would serve regardless. Fortunately for me, he was mature enough to insist that I allow him to finish. No sooner had he gently rebuked me, than I was overcome with shame for failing to practice what I teach. I apologized to him, asked for forgiveness, gracefully accepted his appreciation, and appropriately gave all the glory to God.

    God gives a special grace that is necessary for receiving encouragement, especially when you are perceived by others and/or yourself to be in a position of seniority or leadership. It is born out of an accurate understanding of our total inability outside of God’s mercy, and also out of a good understanding of the interconnectivity and interdependence of every member of the body of Christ

    1. hope.more says:

      Quoting the whole Acts 20:35, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”. This saying of Jesus is nowhere in the Gospel yet Paul is directly quoting Him. Hmm…

      I wonder what else, Jesus could have said or done that is not recorded in the Gospel or the whole Holy Scripture for that matter? The Apostle John indicated, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”.

      So, what did Jesus really say about the transmission of our Christian Faith “if the whole world would not have room for the books…”? Then, it’s gotta be the ordinary men and women – leaders who will shepherd His flock. I guess, this is what Jesus meant when he said, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”.

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