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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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With Him Forever!

In 1859, during the turbulent years prior to America’s Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to speak to the Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As he spoke, he shared with them the story of an ancient monarch’s search for a sentence that was “true and appropriate in all times and situations.” His wise men, faced with this heady challenge, gave him the sentence, “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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I Am Not Forgotten

Waiting is hard at any time; but when days, weeks, or even months pass and our prayers seem to go unanswered, it’s easy to feel God has forgotten us. Perhaps we can struggle through the day with its distractions, but at night it’s doubly difficult to deal with our anxious thoughts. Worries loom large, and the dark hours seem endless. Utter weariness makes it look impossible to face the new day.

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

When Deng Jinjie saw people struggling in the water of the Sunshui River in the Hunan province of China, he didn’t just walk by. In an act of heroism, he jumped into the water and helped save four members of a family. Unfortunately, the family left the area while he was still in the water. Sadly, Jinjie, exhausted from his rescue efforts, was overwhelmed and swept away by the river current and drowned.

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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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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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14 thoughts on “Live In Love

  1. TEbie says:

    Thank you all for your comments, very well appreciated. One thing stands out for me in this devotion THE LOVE, the Father has for us and how we are made in HIS image; to help,assist, and the list could go. I and we are not God, but as fellow believers our Lord commands us to have that LOVE(agape) for one another. And in doing so to act on and walk the talk. God is always faithful, but we are weak, He knows our heart and the closer I and we are to HIM the more faithful we become. Its a blessing every time! GOD is LOVE! In closing I wanted to share a scripture you all know but never get tired of, it just goes on and on. 1 Cor.13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Peace and LOVE always in Christ Jesus!

  2. bondserve says:

    It wasn’t long after meeting Jesus heart to heart that He taught me how foundational love is to the new me, which is being constructed in Christ. What better way to share that love with others, than to help provide one of the most essential requirements for life? Water.

    Jesus said that the living water He gives will become in us a well of water springing up into ever lasting life! As the living water Jesus provides us flows through us, we pour out to others this life giving message of hope in Christ. And it is His amazing love shining through each believer, which draws souls who are thirsty, to hear, and drink of the water of life. The gospel of Christ satisfies our deepest needs.

  3. poohpity says:

    When we remember everything we have comes from the Lord it becomes easy to share it with others. In Matt 6:2-4 Jesus says,

    “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”

    That shows whether we are doing it out of our love of God or the kudos of man wanting our reward now or when we get to heaven.

  4. jlcasey59 says:

    Thank you Lord for the most precious gift of your love! As I receive your blessings, help me to be a blessing to others!

  5. wawraenks says:

    Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Keep these at the forefront of your mind, obey them and you can be assured your doing the will of the Jesus for you.

    1. megafied says:

      Maybe it’s just me but in this mornings devotional it indicates that this Psalm is written “in alphabetical order” & despite in depth analysis, I truly can’t figure out what that means. Can someone please explain this to me? Thanx much

      1. richardtour says:

        A Psalm that is written in alphabetical order simply means that the first word of every verse begins with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order. It’s just a poetic style that was sometimes used by David.

  6. boryo says:

    Jesus taught us to love one another as He has loved us. He said this as a summary for all Ten Commandments.
    This makes perfect sense as one would not kill his or her loved one because of whatever. And also a man will not commit adultery as he loves his wife soo soo dearly.
    Today we are taught that this love should cut across, not only to people we know or family but even strangers who need our help. We are encouraged to show love and generosity to one another for there are blessings in doing so.

  7. Lanka says:

    God is love.

    We display and reflect His character in no better way than by showing love to others.

    So you want to be like Jesus? I think you know the answer!

  8. ahyordele1 says:

    Love is all we need to shape the World for Christ,it’s the Bedrock of True Christianity.Love is our Hallmark as Sons & Daughters of God through Christ Jesus.With Love we Thrive & without Love we Trivail.With Love we Unite,without Love we Divide.With Love we experience Peace,growth & Development in all Spheres of Life & without love we experience the Opposite.May the Grace to Keep sharing the Love of God that is shed abroad in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us(Romans 5:5) keep enabling us to share His Love to the World in Jesus Mighty Name!

  9. blessedsue says:

    Thank you ODB for today’s devotional. I realise am a selfish person and not generous at all! Iam not happy about it and would love to change. Please Lord help me to give cheerfully and generously in all, as in time and help to those in need. I need to share the love to others as you have loved me and blessed me. Thank you Lord!

  10. doctor-perspective says:

    Today’s Christian “Roxannes” who serve in sections of the world in which many other Christians would not survive, are to be honoured and prayerfully supported. However, that is only half of the story. The “Roxannes” of today would make very slow progress were it not for Christians who love with their “pocket-books”.

    Money can’t bring love, but love will send money. I have little idea as to how God’s score-card works. However, I am reasonably sure that when clean-water wells are dug, materially challenged men, women, boys and girls can gain a new lease on life and live to praise their God, He takes note of all the persons who contributed.

    Love is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. Jesus indicated that love is the identifying mark of His disciples. (John 13:35) The entire salvation story is predicated on God’s love for the human race (John 3:16). Christians are expected to mirror the love of God for each other (1 John 3:16). In 1 John 4:7-8 we read, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

    Love is meaningless outside of actions. Love requires us to sacrificially give of our time, our money and ourselves. We are also required to be good stewards of God’s resources. There are many dishonest and fake charities that are set up explicitly to steal our money. There are also large numbers of genuine Christian ministries, and we could not possibly sow into each of them. We will definitely need to ask God to tell us how much we must give, and to whom.

    Seven years ago, the Lord connected me to visionary Pastor Munyangeri Brasius who wanted to plant a church. This educated Pastor, unlike many others, chose not to pastor in Kigali city, and instead to labour among the most neglected people in rural villages of Rwanada. But the people are very poor. He cannot do a secular job and pastor and evangelize effectively. He needs Christian love in action.

    I have never been to Rwanda, but my money goes every month as the Lord prospers me. Seven years and three churches later, Pastor Brasius’ desire to evangelize the poorest in Rwanda grows stronger. His vision is reflected in the name of their dot com internet presence, Rwanda4Jesus. I thank God for their prayers. I smile at the honours that the Churches in Munyaga have conferred on me. I accept it only as a necessary part of the ministry of giving and receiving. It’s almost too easy. I give back to God a portion of what He gave to me, and He turns around and blesses me for doing so.

    As in love we increase our response to the needs of God’s people, we will retain only that which is necessary to make our life “comfortable”. We will give the rest to help make the lives of millions “bearable”.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      God bless you doctor-perspective for your faithfulness and labor of love in Christ on this site, and I’m sure this is only one of many ways in which you serve our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s best to you and yours always in every area of your heart and life.

    2. hsnpoor says:

      Doc P, I love that boundary perspective of retaining only that necessary to make our life “comfortable” and giving the rest to help make the lives of others “bearable”. That seems to me to be a very good “rule of thumb” or standard to adhere to and it’s one I’ll store in my memory bank and attempt to “put feet on” in my Christian Walk. I too thank you for your faithful efforts to lend insight and wisdom on this site. May God bless you richly!

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