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Disposable Culture

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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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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City Of Refuge

As we entered a town in Australia, we were greeted by a sign that declared: “We welcome all who are seeking refuge and asylum.” This kind of welcome seems to resonate with the Old Testament concept of the cities of refuge. In the Old Testament era, cities of refuge (Num. 35:6) were established to be a safe haven for people who had accidentally killed someone and were needing protection. God had the people establish such cities to provide that refuge.

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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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“No Grace”

I have nicknamed our car “No Grace.” Sunday mornings are the worst. I load the car with all the stuff I need for church, get myself in my seat, close the door, and Jay starts backing out of the garage. While I am still getting settled, the seat belt warning starts buzzing. “Please,” I say to it, “all I need is another minute.” The answer, apparently, is no, because it continues buzzing until I am buckled in.

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Wisdom From Above

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

If Kiera Wilmot had performed her experiment during her high school science class, it might have earned her an A. But instead she was charged with causing an explosion. Although she had planned to have her teacher approve the experiment, her classmates persuaded her to perform it outside the classroom. When she mixed chemicals inside a plastic bottle, it exploded and she unintentionally unsettled some fellow students.

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The Day My Dad Met Jesus

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

My grandfather, my father, and his brothers were all tough men who, understandably, didn’t appreciate people who “got up in their faces about faith.” When my father, Howard, was diagnosed with a rapid and deadly cancer, I was so concerned that I took every opportunity to talk to him about Jesus’ love. Inevitably he would end the discussion with a polite but firm: “I know what I need to know.”

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Generous God

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

When our family lived in Chicago several years ago, we enjoyed many benefits. Near the top of my list were the amazing restaurants that seemed to try to outdo each other, not only in great cuisine but also in portion sizes. At one Italian eatery, my wife and I would order a half portion of our favorite pasta dish and still have enough to bring home for dinner the next night! The generous portions made us feel like we were at Grandma’s house when she poured on the love through her cooking.

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30 thoughts on “Generous God

  1. crystaldnewkirk says:

    All Praises to JEHOVAH GOD &’his matchless son JESUS CHRIST.
    When we can not see our eyes are open by these fruitful messages of insight.
    This message was right on point & lifted my spirits up! Our GOD IS GENEROUS INDEED.

  2. lizy says:

    Exceedingly abundantly! Awesome Abba my Father:) I love you in plenty and in need. Glory be to your name.

  3. joyskp says:

    Thank you Abba Father for your presence in my life and your unconditional love extended to me and my family near and afar. Life surprises us with its pits and falls but under your wings we rise above all that and continue to receive your many blessings! Thank you dear Lord!

  4. walterdavis says:

    Lord, I thank You for Your generosity that You had shown towards me. Help me to show the same generosity toward others.

  5. trooperx says:

    God, I want to Thank You for ALL blessings that you have given, will give and have already given to us!!!!!. Let us not forget from Whom ALl Blessings Flow!!! And that’s You!!!!

  6. sandy229 says:

    I thank God for all He has given me and has taught me to never give up hope because He does all things and answers my prayers in His time…..not mine. He gives me more than I ever hoped for and I just have to learn to hang on and not give up because He will answer and He did.

  7. princessdee says:

    Thank u Lord for your goodness and faithfulness towards my family n I.I thank you for sound health, peace and hope for a better tommorrow.You have been our present help in times of need.We know you are more than able to do greater works that we can never dream of or imagine.Thank you father because our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

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