Filtered Light

The painting A Trail of Light by Colorado Springs artist Bob Simpich shows a grove of aspen trees with golden leaves lit by the autumn sun. The topmost leaves are brilliantly illuminated while the ground beneath the trees is a mixture of sunlight and shadows. The painter said of this contrast, “I can’t resist the light filtered through to the forest floor. It weaves a special magic.”

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The Language Of Whistling

On La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, a language that sounds like a bird song is being revived. In a land of deep valleys and steep ravines, schoolchildren and tourists are learning how whistling was once used to communicate for distances up to 2 miles. One goat herder who is using this ancient language once again to communicate with his flock said, “They recognize my whistle as they recognize my voice.”

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Terms Of Service

If you’re like me, you seldom read the full text of contracts for online services before you agree to them. They go on for pages, and most of the legal jargon makes no sense to ordinary people like me.

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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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Following The Master

At a dog show near my home, I watched a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Trevor perform. At his master’s command, he ran several yards away and immediately returned, he jumped fences, and he identified objects using his sense of smell. After finishing each exercise, he sat down at his master’s feet and waited for more instructions.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” This cliché has no basis in fact, but experience makes it seem true.

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The Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the most visited homes in the US. It was built in the 1930s and named after the original owner’s great aunt, Grace. It later became famous as the home of Elvis Presley.

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Confident Access

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island located about a half-mile off the coast of Normandy, France. For centuries it has been the site of an abbey and monastery that has attracted religious pilgrims. Until the construction of a causeway, it was notorious for its dangerous access that resulted in the death of some pilgrims. At low tide it is encompassed by sand banks, and at high tide it is surrounded by water. Accessing the island was a cause for fear.

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Feeling Chained?

Boethius lived in sixth-century Italy and served the royal court as a highly skilled politician. Unfortunately, he fell into disfavor with the king. He was accused of treason and imprisoned. While awaiting execution, he asked for writing materials so he could compose his reflections. Later, these became an enduring spiritual classic on consolation.

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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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22 thoughts on “The Power Of A Name

  1. vet4christ says:

    The names of God are many and wonderful. But I just think that the name mentioned – Jehovah Yahweh – is a repetition of God’s name, the tetragrammaton YHWH, which is translated as either Yahweh or Jehovah.

  2. happyinjesus says:

    I love the many names of God!!! It is awesome to know that God is our healer, our deliverer, our intercessor, our high priest and so much more!! Thank you Jesus!!

  3. doctor-perspective says:

    Brother Joe’s nickname was “Liver Lips”. Mine was “Big head Stammering Mac”. What was yours? Many of the nicknames that we acquire during childhood are public nicknames, and yes, are quite often very hurtful.

    But there are other kinds of nicknames… private, personal and intimate ones. Those are the ones that are born out of intimate relationships such as that of a man and his wife. These are usually loving and motivational.

    You can easily find over 200 names and/or descriptions throughout the Bible that refer to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Revelation alone, you will find over 20. As brother Dave has taught, each Name of God reveals an aspect of His character and person. Addressing God by His Names is an excellent way to get to know Him.

    But do you have any private, intimate names for God?

    Many Bible Names are directly related to actual personal experiences. In Genesis 22:14 Abraham named the location on which he was ready to sacrifice his only son, “Jehovah Jireh”, which means the Lord will provide. Why? Because the Lord provided a ram caught in a bush in the nick of time, just before Abraham plunged the knife into his only beloved son in obedience to God. For Abraham, Jehovah Jireh was a very personal and intimate name, born out of a very personal and intimate experience.

    God has made us all different and wants to maintain a unique and different relationship with each of us simply because we are all different. Out of those experiences can come Names of endearment as we revel in the sweetness and intimacy that He wants to develop in our relationship with Him.

    So go ahead. Create your own “nickname” for God as He intimately relates to you in personal areas of your life that only you know about. Despite the hundreds of Names of God and their derivatives in the Bible, in the heart of God, there will always be room for one more… the one that is born out of our experiences with Him.

    If I were to share my name for God with you it would be, “Jehovah Everything I Need You to Be”.

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  5. Rocky says:

    When I was a born, the neighbor was not able to pronounce my first name, and she said that fat and heavy as a rock, and that she was going to call me Rocky.

    I stuck, it later became my middle name, I’ve learned that Rock or Rocky also means Peter, he was the only one besides Jesus that walked on water.

    I tell people that they can call me Rocky Jr. because my father is the Rock! :)

  6. ilove says:

    I was praying just before reading today’s ODB and God said to me “I will put my name on the line and keep the promises I made with you forever.” I didn’t expect that a few minutes later I would be reading about God’s name as a reflection of his faithful character. Praise be to God!

  7. Randy Bridgeman says:

    Truly our GOD is awesome and awe-inspiring. I suppose if we began now listing His names, it would take an eternity and beyond to finish! Blessed be the name of our GOD.

    Another weekend is here; here’s wishing the Saints a wonderfully blessed one including tomorrow when we come together to worship, praise, honor our GOD as ell as fellowship with our fellow Saints. I love all of you and keenly look forward to meeting you in Heaven if we don’t meet on earth.

  8. princessdee says:

    He is the captain of my salvation, the ancient of days, the lily of the valley, the rock of ages, the lion of the tribe of Judea, the I AM THAT I AM, the bright and morning star, the Alpha n the Omega, the beginning and the end, my present help in time of need, my fortress, my strong tower, my hiding place,my shield, my buckler, my God, my glory n the lifter of my head, the king of kings and the Lord of lords, the one that was, that is and is to come, the everlasting father, the Prince of peace, my savior, the all knowing and all powerful God, the faithful God, the covenant keeping God, the creator,the greatest of the greatest, the glorious God, my defender, my helper, my father in heaven, my peace, a consuming fire , the warrior, the fighter of my battles, the only wise God,my redeemer, restorer, rewarder, rebuilder, ….I worship you O God because I am nothing without you.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      Amen to all that and knowing He is even that much more. Our Awesome LORD GOD, how great thou art, blessed be Your Holy Name.

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