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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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20 thoughts on “Example That Encourages

  1. godgaveusfreedom says:

    European Pastors was to be on the defense. “Did they not realize they were in a different country, and they would need to adopt the ways of their new environment. Many times I have been culprit to this sin. Lord thank you for making me aware of my sin and help to change it and adopt humility to my brother who may used to different things.

  2. godgaveusfreedom says:

    While reading today’s meditation, I was reminded of how sinful I am. My first reaction to the customs of the European Pastors was to be on the defense. “Did they not realize they were in a different country, and they would need to adopt the ways of their new environment. Many times I have been culprit to this sin. Lord thank you for making me aware of my sin and help to change it and adopt humility to my brother who may used to different things.

  3. tapmout says:

    @poohpity,
    Well said!..All you really need is humility, love and the desire to serve the Lord to help others. Although some parts of ministry or service does require some spiritual education and careful ,some things like cooking a meal for a widow, cleaning a yard or a home for a disabled person,running an errand, visiting and praying for someone who is ill,there are many simple but very important needs to be fulfilled.We don’t always have to be the CEO or church leader, although very important positions, to be a part of Gods servants.

    1. tapmout says:

      My typing!lol.. Careful consideration.

  4. markg says:

    Selfless service verses all other distractions. D. L. Moody’s example of Christ like service was powerful and reminded others of the importance of selfless service. Distractions are a real challenge to Christian service. Distractions have always been around but our way of life has them like no other. Paul reminds Timothy and all Christians to stay focused. While many distractions are relaxing and helpful our Godly challenge is to remember to stay focused upon the wishes of Christ.

  5. princessdee says:

    It is important as christians that we humble ourselves.Paul said in 1 Cor 15:10 that “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
    When we are doing excellently in our careers, in our businesses, when we are making a lot of money, please let us still humble ourselves and not feel like super stars because we are what we are by the grace of God.We must never look down on anyone that is yet to achieve what we have achieved in life.We must never boast in ourselves but in God.God bless you all!

  6. ktbsu says:

    Humility is not only knowing God but also thirsting for God. It is when we quench this thirst for God through His word and prayer that we transformed into His image. Blessings

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