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A Special Birth

In the pages of Scripture, several baby-boy births stand out. Cain, the firstborn after creation. Isaac, the hope of Israel’s future. Samuel, the answer to a mother’s fervent prayer. All extremely important. All joyously expected. And all described exactly the same by the chroniclers of Scripture: In each case, we are told that the mother conceived and bore a son (Gen. 4:1; 21:2-3; 1 Sam. 1:20).

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Another Hero Of Christmas

For most of my life, I missed the importance of Joseph in the Christmas story. But after I became a husband and father myself, I had a greater appreciation for Joseph’s tender character. Even before he knew how Mary had become pregnant, he decided that he wasn’t going to embarrass or punish her for what seemed to be infidelity (Matt. 1:19).

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Whose Side Are You On?

In the heat of the American Civil War, one of President Lincoln’s advisors said he was grateful that God was on the side of the Union. Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

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Divine Perspective

Jason took a trip to New York during spring break. One afternoon he and some friends piled into a cab and headed for the Empire State Building. To Jason, the ride on the ground seemed chaotic and dangerous. But when he got to the observation deck of the skyscraper and looked down on the city streets, to his amazement he saw order and design. What a difference a change in perspective made!

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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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Keep Calm And Carry On

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Keep calm and call mom.” “Keep calm and eat bacon.” “Keep calm and put the kettle on.” These sayings originate from the phrase: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” This message first appeared in Great Britain as World War II began in 1939. British officials printed it on posters designed to offset panic and discouragement during the war.

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What Do We Want?

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

My friend Mary tells me that she doesn’t always sing all the words to the hymns and choruses in a church service. She says, “It doesn’t seem honest to sing, ‘All I want is Jesus’ when my heart wants many other things too.” I appreciate her honesty.

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Jordyn’s Journey

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Jordyn Castor was born blind. But this doesn’t hold her back from living a full and productive life. The documentary Can You See How I See? tells her story. She excels at school and with a little help she enjoys biking and downhill skiing.

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Interruptions

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

My sister and I were looking forward to our holiday in Taiwan. We had purchased our plane tickets and booked our hotel rooms. But 2 weeks before the trip, my sister learned she had to stay at home in Singapore to handle an emergency. We were disappointed that our plans were interrupted.

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Many Advisors

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

The fifteenth-century theologian Thomas à Kempis said, “Who is so wise as to have perfect knowledge of all things? Therefore, trust not too much to your own opinion, but be ready also to hear the opinions of others. Though your own opinion be good, yet if for the love of God you forego it and follow that of another, you shall the more profit thereby.” Thomas recognized the importance of seeking the opinions of trusted advisors when making plans for life.

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18 thoughts on “Many Advisors

  1. terry8 says:

    I don’t know if the example about Ahithophel is good as in 2 Sam 16:21, he was advising Absalom to sleep with his father’s concubines ! Anyhow Praise God as He makes me realise that even if my personal opinion seems good and if I forego it for the love of God, there is blessings as His plans are great and wonderful. This quiet time reminds me to seek the counsel of God and others before I make any decision. Thank God for the wisdom

  2. deyda says:

    Selflessly seek counsel. Strip off oneself of pride and know that whilst we may think that know better, in reality -we probably do not. Pride takes away pure joy.

  3. giant says:

    I got from this a ton of wisdom. I once asked my pastor to a point wise counsel around him and I was ignored and for that fact it drew distance between my pastor and I. I have been praying for him to get piece around the church and to utilize wise counsel I felt would help but after being ignored I just didn’t have anywhere else to turn.

  4. nanxi says:

    You can tell a lot about a person by the people who support them

  5. xs says:

    Be sure to listen to God’s opinion….. Consult Him for everything….. Proverbs 3:5-6

  6. jsylseto says:

    Seeking advice from people should be after much prayers. Also look at the life of the advisor rather than hearing his/ her opinion only. Is this person in tune with
    God? Otherwise, you will be confused rather than clear.

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