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A Fresh Start

In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But that’s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, “Of all the items Keenan recycles . . . it’s the people that may be his biggest success” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, “We take guys nobody else wants.”

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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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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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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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More Than Waiting

I don’t know how it works where you live, but when I have to call for a repair for one of my appliances, the company says something like, “The repairman will be there between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.” Since I don’t know when the repair person will arrive, all I can do is wait.

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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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Water For The World

Although 70 percent of the world is covered by water, less than 1 percent of it is drinkable by humans. Water conservation and sanitation are crucial matters in many parts of the world, as all life depends on having sanitary water.

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True Loyalty

By one estimate, more than 14 trillion frequent-flyer miles have been accumulated by people worldwide. It all started in the early 1980s, when airlines began the first frequent-flyer programs to encourage repeat business by rewarding customers for their loyalty. Accumulated miles could be redeemed for free travel, goods, and services, so it wasn’t long before people began planning their travel based as much on personal reward as on price or schedule.

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The Jaws Of Death

Lauren Kornacki is glad she took that summer CPR class, but she probably never thought she would have to use it so soon and on someone she loves. Her father was repairing his car when the jack slipped and the car fell on him. Lauren, a 22-year-old, reportedly heroically lifted the 3,300-pound car enough to pull him from underneath! Then she kept him alive with CPR until the paramedics arrived.

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Make It Attractive

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

The story is told of a young boy who, during a bygone era, was aboard a passenger train attempting to make money selling apples. He made his way through the train car, saying, “Apples! Would you like to buy an apple?” When he got to the rear of the car, he still had a bagful of apples and no money.

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18 thoughts on “Make It Attractive

  1. tailfeathers says:

    There is a way that seems right unto a man but its end is the way of death. (Prov. 14:12). Truly disappointed in ODB to see this post. This line of thinking is what the “Seeker Sensitive” Movement is all about. It’s why we have churches that look like the world. It why we have people who think “If I can just get them to like me and see that I’m their friend, then they’ll want the Gospel.” It’s a lie.

    The Bible says that the Gospel is an offense to the Unbeliever. There was nothing “attractive” about Jesus. In fact, if Easter teaches us anything it is that the people hailed Jesus as King and threw a parade for Him when they thought He’d give them what they wanted. As long as Jesus fed them, healed them, and told them what they wanted to hear, they loved to be around Him. But when they didn’t get the deliverance they wanted, when they saw him beaten and bloodied, they yelled “Crucify Him!” And when they saw Him hanging on the cross, they mocked Him.

    How do you make “You must deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Me.” attractive? It is just this kind of false gospel that leads to someone accepting Jesus as “part of their life” and then walking away from the faith when trials and tribulation comes. And it is this false gospel that is at least partially responsible for the huge number of self-professed Christians that aren’t (Matt. 7:13-23) and look no different than the World.

    The power of the Gospel is not in how we pretty it up to make it attractive. The power of the Gospel is the Word and the Holy Spirit. Just obey Christ. Give them the Word and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

  2. jenlund says:

    I failed to do it yesterday, just blown it totally. I was so angry and so desperate that I wrote something bad in fb. I was so angry about my husband who is not a believer and for me to get to him is by writing in fb so his friends could see it and would tell him my threat. Now I realize how bad it was. Please Forgive me Lord Jesus. Please pray for my daughter that God will give her strenght to face our trials. My husband is divorcing me and has another woman….it’s sooooo hurting us….

  3. sandy229 says:

    My prayers are with you Gertie. I pray in Jesus name that his paths will be made straight.

  4. sandy229 says:

    The reason Saul persecuted them is because they were Christians. God does draw us near Him but we need to be a shining example for Him and people will want what we have and I believe that is important to show others Gods love and live on a matter that is pleasing to Him.

  5. gertie says:

    This is answered prayer for me. Dear Lord help me to help my husband to find the lord and his path in life so that all negativity will be removed In the name of Jesus.

    1. nohea414 says:

      Aloha Gertie,
      I pray that his eyes, ears, heart, and mind will be opened up to the word and to the call of the Spirit upon his life. I ask that my sister Gertie is strengthened in her walk with you Father, that she will walk upright in your will and be that shining example of your love. I also lift up those who are near to Gertie’s husband, may someone come into his life that may be used of the spirit to lead him to you that you may claim the victory. The victory in Jesus! I ask these things Father, in your son’s most holy name, Jesus. Amen

  6. sandy229 says:

    I like what Walterdavis said….”let them see Jesus in me”. It is God who draws people to him but we have to be a good example so others can see that we are different from the rest of the world. I pray that I can also be a shining example for Jesus so people will want to know the secret of my happiness, the reason for living and showing them they too can experience God in there lives.

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