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The Blame Game

When Jenny’s husband left her for another woman, she vowed that she would never meet his new wife. But when she realized that her bitterness was damaging her children’s relationship with their father, she asked for God’s help to take the first steps toward overcoming bitterness in a situation she couldn’t change.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Shared Bond

When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. After he arrived and began opening my little Ford’s door, we began chatting and I recognized his warm, familiar accent.

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25 thoughts on “A Shared Bond

  1. Robert Bothwell, Texas says:

    Most Merciful God,

    We ask your blessing on our offering.

    We pray that our offering will be used to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    We pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who travel to the farthest reaches of the earth to spread your Gospel.

    At this very moment they are there in uncomfortable places, inhospitable places, ….unhealthy places.

    We pray for the Samaritan’s Purse medical missionaries who are there in West Africa at great risk to their personal safety…..and their health.

    They are there in Your name, providing comfort, trying to heal unknowing, scared, and desperate people against great odds.

    Be with these Christian missionaries Lord as they provide medical care and comfort to the sick and dying in a land alien to most of us.

    Lord You told us:

    “as you do to the least, so you do unto Me”

    “I was a stranger …and you did not invite Me in …. I was sick … and you did not look after Me”

    These Christian medical missionaries are providing aid and comfort to the least of us, as they would provide for You.

    We pray our offering will find its way to aid and secure these Christian missionaries … wherever they are found.

    We ask that our offering be a witness to Your love…to Your justice…to Your caring for the sanctity of human life…

    … and the everlasting peace that only You can provide.

    We offer this in Your name,

    Amen

  2. chloe_nadilie says:

    Its soo true…it makes you very happy to know that someone else has that same joy Christ has put in us and they’re always there too
    the best time of my life is when Jesus found me
    looking forward to a lasting journey with Him by myside
    I love You Lord

  3. eternallyhis says:

    I love it when meeting someone in the grocery store (for instance) for the first time and discover they too are a Christian. It’s amazing how two complete strangers like that can and do feel an instant bond of God’s Love stirring within them, as soon as they discover they are talking with a fellow believer.

  4. tracynikkel says:

    I have often said: “If blood is thicker than water, Spirit is thicker than blood!” It amazes me that no matter where I/we go, we find instant family in those who share our love for Jesus! It can literally make fellow believers closer than blood relatives! I have lived far from my childhood home for most of my adult life. I have longed for the warmth & help of my family. It is great to feel that bond with people who love Jesus! Probably the only reason I still have some of my sanity left!

  5. TEbie says:

    Thanks Dave for the devotion today. My thoughts are as we(I) walk this side of Heaven, the ups and downs that come upon us have to be dealt with. Again the choices (we)I make will help develop my attitude. Sometimes getting help is good if you(I)aren’t inclined to get the job done or might of just frustrated things more. Calling on a locksmith was a good thing. Gal.5:5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. Listening to the Spirit is always a better way. In Dave’s case a bonus the rescuer whom Dave could identify with was sent his way. God is good!Gal.5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not tun your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.(no coincidences). And finally I thought how great it is to be unified in Christ as brothers and sisters in the forever family of God,the love is great.Eph.2:19,So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,but you are fellow citizens, with the saints and are of Gods household. Blessings to all!

  6. jay nesbitt says:

    Two thoughts dominate during this mornings devotional:

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    And

    John 14:6King James Version (KJV)

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    How can one call themselves a Christian and call our Master, our Savior and Lord liar?!!!,

    1. jay nesbitt says:

      Sorry, I was in Sunday school and trying to post. The first scripture is from Galatians 3:28.

      If there was another way, another religion, any work that granted salvation, then Jesus’ statement was a lie.

      Jesus is universal for all people, but the idea that all roads lead to the same place- Universalism is a big lie!!!

      In Christ!!!
      Jay

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