A Special Birth

In the pages of Scripture, several baby-boy births stand out. Cain, the firstborn after creation. Isaac, the hope of Israel’s future. Samuel, the answer to a mother’s fervent prayer. All extremely important. All joyously expected. And all described exactly the same by the chroniclers of Scripture: In each case, we are told that the mother conceived and bore a son (Gen. 4:1; 21:2-3; 1 Sam. 1:20).

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Repeat Warnings

Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly.

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Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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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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A Picture Of Humility

During the Easter season, my wife and I attended a church service where the participants sought to model the events that Jesus and His disciples experienced on the night before He was crucified. As part of the service, the church staff members washed the feet of some of the church volunteers. As I watched, I wondered which was more humbling in our day—to wash another person’s feet or to have someone else wash yours. Both those who were serving and those being served were presenting distinct pictures of humility.

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Our Foundation

The Bavarian city of Nördlingen is unique. It sits in the middle of the Ries Crater, a large circular depression caused by the impact of a huge meteorite a long time ago. The immense pressure of the impact resulted in unusual crystallized rock and millions of microscopic diamonds. In the 13th century, these speckled stones were used to build St. George’s Church. Visitors can see the beautiful crystal deposits in its foundation and walls. Some might say it has a heavenly foundation.

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Example That Encourages

The story is told that in the late 1800s a group of European pastors attended D. L. Moody’s Bible conference in Massachusetts. Following their custom, they put their shoes outside their room before they slept, expecting them to be cleaned by hotel workers. When Moody saw the shoes, he mentioned the need to others because he knew their custom. But he was met with silence. Moody collected all the shoes and cleaned them himself. A friend who made an unexpected visit to his room revealed what Moody had done. The word spread, and the next few nights others took turns doing the cleaning.

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20 thoughts on “Example That Encourages

  1. godgaveusfreedom says:

    European Pastors was to be on the defense. “Did they not realize they were in a different country, and they would need to adopt the ways of their new environment. Many times I have been culprit to this sin. Lord thank you for making me aware of my sin and help to change it and adopt humility to my brother who may used to different things.

  2. godgaveusfreedom says:

    While reading today’s meditation, I was reminded of how sinful I am. My first reaction to the customs of the European Pastors was to be on the defense. “Did they not realize they were in a different country, and they would need to adopt the ways of their new environment. Many times I have been culprit to this sin. Lord thank you for making me aware of my sin and help to change it and adopt humility to my brother who may used to different things.

  3. tapmout says:

    Well said!..All you really need is humility, love and the desire to serve the Lord to help others. Although some parts of ministry or service does require some spiritual education and careful ,some things like cooking a meal for a widow, cleaning a yard or a home for a disabled person,running an errand, visiting and praying for someone who is ill,there are many simple but very important needs to be fulfilled.We don’t always have to be the CEO or church leader, although very important positions, to be a part of Gods servants.

    1. tapmout says:

      My typing!lol.. Careful consideration.

  4. markg says:

    Selfless service verses all other distractions. D. L. Moody’s example of Christ like service was powerful and reminded others of the importance of selfless service. Distractions are a real challenge to Christian service. Distractions have always been around but our way of life has them like no other. Paul reminds Timothy and all Christians to stay focused. While many distractions are relaxing and helpful our Godly challenge is to remember to stay focused upon the wishes of Christ.

  5. princessdee says:

    It is important as christians that we humble ourselves.Paul said in 1 Cor 15:10 that “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
    When we are doing excellently in our careers, in our businesses, when we are making a lot of money, please let us still humble ourselves and not feel like super stars because we are what we are by the grace of God.We must never look down on anyone that is yet to achieve what we have achieved in life.We must never boast in ourselves but in God.God bless you all!

  6. ktbsu says:

    Humility is not only knowing God but also thirsting for God. It is when we quench this thirst for God through His word and prayer that we transformed into His image. Blessings

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