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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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Not Even A Nod

Traffic was bad and everyone was cranky on that hot afternoon. I noticed a car with two young men waiting to enter traffic from a fast-food restaurant driveway. I thought it was nice when the driver ahead of me let them in.

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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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Keeping Darkness At Bay

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

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Walking Billboards

Pete Peterson’s first contact with Vietnam was in the Vietnam War. During a bombing raid in 1966, his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Over 30 years later he returned as US Ambassador to Vietnam. One press article called him “a walking billboard for reconciliation.” He realized years ago that God had not saved his life for him to live in anger. Because he believed this, he used the rest of his life and his position to make a difference by pushing for better safety standards for children in Vietnam.

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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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Difficult People

In the book God in the Dock, author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.

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Focus On The Process

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

In William Zinsser’s book On Writing Well, he says that many writers suffer from “the tyranny of the final product.” They are so concerned with selling their article or book, they neglect learning the process of how to think, plan, and organize. A jumbled manuscript, Zinsser believes, is produced when “the writer, his eye on the finish line, never gave enough thought to how to run the race.”

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Make It Attractive

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

The story is told of a young boy who, during a bygone era, was aboard a passenger train attempting to make money selling apples. He made his way through the train car, saying, “Apples! Would you like to buy an apple?” When he got to the rear of the car, he still had a bagful of apples and no money.

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A Call To Comfort

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

In their book Dear Mrs. Kennedy, Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis note that during the weeks following the assassination of US President John Kennedy, his widow, Jacqueline, received nearly one million letters from people in every part of the world. Some came from heads of state, celebrities, and close friends. Others were sent by ordinary people who addressed them to “Madame Kennedy, Washington” and “Mrs. President, America.” All wrote to express their grief and sympathy for her great loss.

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14 thoughts on “A Call To Comfort

  1. xs says:

    We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God 2 corithians 1: 8 & 9

  2. jeffsiete says:

    God comforts us so that we can comfort others. God who is the Father of comfort will bring us comfort when we are in need. I am so glad that I have my Father to go to for comfort.

  3. joy123 says:

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so ever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting Life! He is the Answer to our relief from all sufferings. This is a fallen world we live in, because of the sin curse. This world and humankind will experience many different trials and tribulations, all meant to draw us to a saving knowledge of God’s Grace and Mercy. The book of Job is a wonderful explanation of ones trials and the response God is looking for. Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you, says The Lord. Then we can help others in their times of suffering. Bruce

  4. aroa926 says:

    Have you noticed? Those who do not believe in God always ask those who do the following question: if your God is really a good God who loves you and will never forsake you, then why does he allow all the bad things in the world to happen? Why is there terrorism, racism, murder, abuse, calamities, death? The topic today reminds us that although these abound, we have a God who is God of all mercies and all comfort. God uses each one of us so that when these trials come to our brothers or sisters, whether believers or not that we can help comfort them the way God wants us to these people in need, such that they will see how God truly works in our lives that they, too might believe in God :-) let’s cling to Him in times of trouble for He alone will completely comfort and heal us in our pain. Thank you, Lord!

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