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Is Somebody Singing?

From 200 miles above Earth, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, joined in song with a group of students in a studio on Earth. Together they performed “Is Somebody Singing,” co-written by Hadfield and Ed Robertson.

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Power Of Simplicity

Few people take time to study the US Internal Revenue Service income tax regulations—and for good reason. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 tax codes surpassed the four million-word mark. In fact, the tax laws have become so complex that even the experts have a hard time processing all the regulations. It’s burdensome in its complexity.

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Waving The White Flag

Recently, while watching a video of a church service held in South America, I noticed something I had never seen before in church. As the pastor passionately called his flock to yield their lives to Jesus, one of the parishioners took a white hankie out of his pocket and started waving it in the air. Then another, and another. With tears running down their cheeks, they were expressing full surrender to Christ.

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Words To Live By

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

For many years I’ve maintained a file folder labeled “Speaking.” It has become thick with articles, quotations, and illustrations that might be useful. Recently I went through it to discard things that are out of date. I found it difficult to throw away many of the items, not because I haven’t used them in a talk but because I haven’t put them into practice. I closed the folder thinking, “These aren’t words to talk about; these are words to live by.”

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Heart Matters

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Our hearts pump at a rate of 70-75 beats per minute. Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back. A healthy heart can do amazing things. Conversely, if our heart malfunctions, our whole body shuts down.

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Tears Of Gratitude

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

At a communion service my wife and I attended, the congregation was invited to come forward to receive the bread and cup from one of the pastors or elders. They told each one personally of Jesus’ sacrifice for him or her. It was an especially moving experience during what can often become just routine. After we returned to our seats, I watched as others slowly and quietly filed past. It was striking to see how many had tears in their eyes. For me, and for others I talked with later, they were tears of gratitude.

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Probing Questions

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

While riding on a train a few years after the American Civil War, General Lew Wallace of the Union Army encountered a fellow officer, Colonel Robert Ingersoll. Ingersoll was one of the 19th century’s leading agnostics, and Wallace was a man of faith. As their conversation turned to their spiritual differences, Wallace realized that he wasn’t able to answer the questions and doubts raised by Ingersoll. Embarrassed by his lack of understanding about his own faith, Wallace began searching the Scriptures for answers. The result was his confident declaration of the person of the Savior in his classic historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

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Left Side Of The Road

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

Growing up in the US, I always thought it interesting that in some countries motorists drive on the left side of the road instead of the right. Then, when I was in England, I heard a London tour guide explain one possible reason for this law: “In the 1800s, pedestrians as well as horse-and-carriages used the same roads. When a carriage was on the right side of the road, a driver’s horse whip would sometimes hit a passerby. To remove this hazard, a law was passed requiring all carriages to travel on the left side of the road so the pedestrians could be kept safe.”

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Job Titles

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

When the British Broadcasting Corporation asked for examples of important-sounding, obscure, and even bizarre job titles, one writer offered hers: Underwater Ceramic Technician. She was a dishwasher at a restaurant. Sometimes titles are used to make a job sound more important.

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Prone To Wander

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

One of my favorite classic hymns is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” which was written in 1757 by 22-year-old Robert Robinson. In the hymn’s lyrics is a line that always captures my attention and forces me to do some self-evaluation. The line says, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” I feel that way sometimes. Too often I find myself distracted and drifting, instead of having my heart and mind focused on the Savior who loves me and gave Himself for me. Robert Robinson and I are not alone in this.

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17 thoughts on “Prone To Wander

  1. sandy229 says:

    Every part in the body of Christ is important just like the arm is of no use by itself but with the rest of the body it holds a purpose and is useful.

  2. reneeat52 says:

    I am a musician and “Come Thou Fount” is also one of my favorite hymns. As I reflect on the lyrics, “prone to wander,” the Lord has made me aware that I am mentally and spiritually wandering. Earlier this week the Spirit showed me how selfish I am. Instead of giving more financially I’m putting far too much financially and attention wise into shoes-I’m a shoe lover. Pray that I focus more on the needs of others and not myself. I want to do more for the Kingdom of God.

  3. blestsparrow says:

    A Pastor once described the Holy Spirit as the hound of heaven. A hound never retreats and pursues until his master calls him off. What a wonderful descciption of a never failing, God. A God who saves to the uttermost and and loves to the guttermost.

    1. akwasi says:

      We even make Him love us more if we run to Him when we sin instead of running away from Him.

  4. linda creel says:

    John 14:15 “If you love me keep my commands” Jesus said. Because I do what i don’t want to do, help me Lord to be humble and You be my strength so I may love you with all my heart, soul, mind, & strength. Thank you Father for being the Shepherd of my soul. Keep me near to Your heart today. amen

  5. lpink25 says:

    Our distractions in life are just tests. Continue to call on the Lord and trust that He has everything under control, no matter how it may look to us. We will never be able to understand with our own mind why and how God do what He does in our lives. We must lean on the Holy Spirit and continue to bless His name. God Bless

  6. aristocratprince says:

    We are so much blessed for having a God that is never tired of pursuing us. All glory and honor to the one God!

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