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Human Chess

Chess is an ancient game of strategy. Each player begins with 16 pieces on the chessboard with the goal of cornering his opponent’s king. It has taken different forms over the years. One form is human chess, which was introduced around ad 735 by Charles Martel, duke of Austrasia. Martel would play the game on giant boards with real people as the pieces. The human pieces were costumed to reflect their status on the board and moved at the whim of the players—manipulating them to their own ends.

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Pink Sheep

While traveling on a road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was enjoying the beautiful, pastoral countryside when a rather humorous sight captured my attention. There, on a small hilltop, was a rather large flock of pink sheep.

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The Power Of Ritual

When I was growing up, one of the rules in our house was that we weren’t allowed to go to bed angry (Eph. 4:26). All our fights and disagreements had to be resolved. The companion to that rule was this bedtime ritual: Mom and Dad would say to my brother and me, “Good night. I love you.” And we would respond, “Good night. I love you too.”

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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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9 thoughts on “The Ultimate Sacrifice

  1. ektigah says:

    God’s Love is so amazing, unfathomable, unrelenting, unchanging, and very deep. What a LOVE!

  2. poohpity says:

    It seems one has to discover and experience the love of the Lord, it can not be taught. That which is discovered and experienced can be shared from the heart, soul and mind. Genuine love is displayed in actions that need no words.

  3. seancase says:

    Your daily studies have such a profound impact on my life. I don’t get to read them every day because of worldly struggles but when I do,they directly relate to what I’m currently experiencing in life. Thank you for the marvelous work you do in advancing God’s word in the world. Today’s lesson hit me hard & opened my eyes,yet again, to what God wants me to see. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

  4. Lanka says:

    eternallyhis

    Thank you for such kind and caring words yesterday.

    It is so nice that while reading the ODB we can also share insights, learn from each other’s experiences and pray for each other.

    We may be many miles apart and on different continents – but it is wonderful to be bound by our love
    for God.

    Thank you ODB for providing this forum.

    Thank you again eternallyhis – God bless you.

  5. vijoyal says:

    We are like the rescued family; we left Christ on Cross and we walked away. But God is giving us an opportunity to come back and show our gratitude and Love.

  6. eternallyhis says:

    Deng Jinjie is definitely a hero and I’m sure has a special place in the heart and kingdom of God. This certainly was an expression of John 15:12,13 and I pray the people he saved were able to see the reflection of God’s love and saving grace through the heroic actions of Deng Jinjie.

  7. eternallyhis says:

    I believe God gave me the analogy of seeing this world as a great sea of sin, Jesus is the Lifeguard. and we are the drowning victims. Our part is to call on God to save us and Jesus comes to the rescue to pull us safely to the shore. As in a sea of water, the lifeguards job is much easier and faster, if the drowning victim relaxes, which I believe the same is true for our salvation, the need to relax, to rest in Christ and let Him do His perfect work in us and through us.
    Not meaning we are to ‘be lazy and do nothing,’ but to simply ask and trust God to make whatever changes He might want to make in us. To place ourselves on the altar of God (Romans 12:1), as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. (We are holy because He is holy (Romans 11:16; 1Corinthians 1:30).
    As we go about our daily life at work, at home and in the church, wherever we are, whatever we might be doing, ask and trust God to continually remind you that you are safe in Him, the One who is able to save to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:5), and in due time you will be able to shout to the world that you are ‘fully persuaded He is able to keep that which you have committed unto Him against that day (2Timothy 1:12), even the salvation of your soul and while we’re at it, let’s stand in the gap and commit our loved ones unto the Lord, by faith believing for their salvation also. Praying God will send forth laborers (Matthew 9:37,38), even to surround our loved ones with a great cloud of witnesses Hebrews 12:1). Have faith in God, as it is written in Mark 11:22-26; Matthew 7: 7-12 and you will see mountains moved

    1. hsnpoor says:

      I would go one step further because if we stop with The LIFEGUARD saving us from drowning, we become like the family who walked away, like Vijoyl noted . Not only has The LORD saved us, but he’s commissioned us to join him in his work as lifeguards to show others how they can be saved as well from that sea of sin. HALLELUJAH! Bless his Holy Name!

  8. doctor-perspective says:

    There are at least two major messages in 1 John 3. The first message is that God loves us and demonstrated His love for us at Bethlehem, Calvary, Bethany and beyond!
    The second is that as a direct result of our being beneficiaries of the love of God, we now have an obligation to demonstrate that same quality of love to each other.

    Isn’t it like God to manipulate the chapter and verse system to arrange for one of the greatest so-called “co-incidences” in the Bible. Written by the same author, John, 1 John 3:16 is an accurate summary of John 3:16, plus the addition of a stinging tail – “and we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
    Who knows John 3:16? Almost every Christian. Who knows 1 John 3:16? Very, very few Christians. The context is clear. The message is irrefutable. Just as Jesus laid down His life for us, we must be willing to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Full stop.

    We all need help in perfecting this life-style. The required foundation is a thorough understanding and appreciation of who we were, and where we were heading before God intervened in our lives. Part of this foundation is to understand how much it cost God to rescue us and provide us with the right-standing we now enjoy in Him. We need to meditate on the detailed reality of His sacrifice day and night, until it becomes part of our personality. That is the foundation.

    On this foundation we will build gratitude to God, and a willingness to practically demonstrate our gratitude to Him. Here is the question in the words of Composer and Singer Andre Crouch… “How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me…?”
    Here is the answer? “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another…. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another…” (John 13:34; 1 John 3:11)

    How is this possible?
    (1) Appreciate what God has done for you.
    (2) Appreciate that God has done the identical thing for your Christian brother and sister.
    (3) Appreciate that God places a similar value on your brother and sister as He places on you.
    (4) Appreciate that in obedience to His Word, God will bless you when you love your Christian brethren. An investment in them is an investment in God’s Kingdom, and that is an investment in yourself.
    (5) Appreciate that you and your brother or sister, are both dependent members of the same body, and are connected to the same head. When one suffers, all suffer. When one rejoices, all rejoice.
    (6) Our strengths and weaknesses are different, but we all have them both.
    (7) Finally, for now, we are all in the same army, fighting the same enemy, under the command of Jesus Christ.

    Fully appreciate these things, and loving each other, God-style, will become easier and with practice, will become a way of life.

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