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Stones Cry Out

Every year it seems that Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Even in nations where the majority of people call themselves “Christian,” the season has become more about shopping than worshiping. The pressure to buy gifts and plan elaborate parties makes it increasingly difficult to stay focused on the real meaning of the holiday—the birth of Jesus, God’s only Son, the Savior of the world.

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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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16 thoughts on “The Jaws Of Death

  1. wearenotgod says:

    A key point is made in the INSIGHT box, that says: “Luke’s emphasis was on Jesus. He was the one who gave His disciples the authority. It’s important to remember that power and authority are always His to give.”

    In reference to so many self-proclaimed healing ministries today, growing astronomically, who could not possibly have received such permission from Christ to do as they claim, as did the disciples who walked & talked with our King of Kings, all bystanders and partakers of such false healing activities should take heed of this false ministry, as it is leading the Christian church further and further down the slippery slope, of the hokey-pokey, as with any human accomplishment.

    PS: if evidence is needed of this false practice, we merely need to attend a healing service and see who is actually healed (if need be, investigate the next day when the emotion has worn off), remembering, that when Jesus and/or His ordained disciples healed someone, they were immediately healed, without delay; instantaneously! Never was there false hope shared or spread, other than by false doctrine and teachers. Caution, beware!

  2. stephenmanning51 says:

    Praying and obeying,and allowing the Holy Spirit to carrying out His work through you and me here on earth. And when we fall short, thank you Lord, that your grace is sufficient.

  3. princessdee says:

    Thanks Doctor-Perspective.I am guilty of not telling pple as much as I should about Christ.Lord, please, forgive me.I receive grace now to be a faithful witness in Jesus’ name.

    1. Emilia Lorio says:

      Dear princess Dee,

      I told my daughter about marriage according to Mathew 19, which was about Jesus’s answer in regard to marriage. I told her but she did not listen. Instead she shared about how wonderful her fiancé is and that she cannot wait to see him this month to marry him as soon as possible. It will be a court marriage of only two of them. I wish to be able to stop her, as I am not in agreement with her about marrying him.Do you have any ideas?

      1. princessdee says:

        @Emilia Lorio…Please, I need to ask you some questions.Why are you not in agreement?How long have they been together for? Is her fiance a believer? Is he a committed child of God? From my understanding of marriage, men that love God and are dedicated to him most times are good husbands.
        Please, pray about this situation and have a heart to heart talk with your daughter about the fact that she should not rush into marriage.You can both agree together in prayer, if possible , wait upon God in the place of fasting so that he can give you a go ahead about the wedding.God will definitely give u a sign.May his perfect will be done concerning your daughter in Jesus’ name.I am with you in prayers.

  4. ljoe35 says:

    Thank you, doctor-perspective for calling us out. I believe I may be in one or a combination of the first three. A very insightful post! Troubling for me. I pray that my Lord God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will show me where my spiritual weakness is in sharing the Good News of my salvation in Christ Jesus with others.

  5. sercher says:

    Unlike the disciples of Jesus we can’t perform wonders of healing. But we still can work “wonders of transformation” by sharing with people how He has transformed our lives and changed our view on what surrounds us for the better!
    I know it might be difficult at times and brother Doctor listed a few possible reasons of this below. But why not start by sharing a link to “The Big Story” series (can be found on Youtube), which graphically shows what Jesus did to transform our lives and how you can participate in making His gospel known to anybody!
    I think most of us know their ways of doing it. Brothers and Sisters, let’s contribute what we can do to Jesus’s commission -”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” (Math.28:19-20).

    1. wonderer says:

      God absolutely still does miraculous healings! I know from personal experience. There were about 30-40 witnesses. But, WE don’t do the healing – GOD DOES. :)

    2. dr.suggs says:

      Like the disciples Mark records: 14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

      15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
      Jesus promised spiritual gifts to all believers as indicatewd by Joel 2:28f; by Jesus in John 7:37-39; 14:14; Acts 1:8 and fulfilled in Acts 2:1-21; Paul Rom 12:1-8; 1 Cor 12:1-13; Ephesian 4:7-13;

  6. ruthng says:

    Thank you Marvin. 3 songs come to my mind when I read odb today: Timeless Truths
    What is heavier than the weight of the cross? BURDENS ARE LIFTED @CALVARY, CALVARY!

    Rescue the perishing, care for the dying
    Jesus is merciful Jesus will save!
    By Franny Crosby 1869

    Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,
    From His lighthouse evermore,
    But to us He gives the keeping
    Of the lights along the shore.

    Let the lower lights be burning!
    Send a gleam across the wave!
    Some poor *struggling, fainting seaman
    You may rescue, you may save.

    Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
    Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
    Trying now to make the harbor,
    In the darkness may be lost.

    Philip Bliss 1871

    With Grateful thanks!

  7. samuel manoharan says:

    JESUS CAME TO THIS WORLD TO SAVE THE SINNERS, AS HUMAN BEING WE CAN NOT SAVE ANY BODY BUT THROUGH GODLY PRAYER WE CAN HELP THEM AND THROUGH HOLY SPIRIT WE CAN SHARE THE GOSPEL. ABOVE ALL
    HE SAVED ME TO BE A WITNESS IN MY WOKING PLACE AS A LIVING WITNESS THAT IS MORE EFFECTIVE IN CHRISTIAN LIFE WITH SHARING GOSPEL TO OTHERS IN NEED. THIS IS MY EXPERINCE

  8. doctor-perspective says:

    Brother Marvin, I have thought it over, and I do know someone who is trapped under the burden of sin. In fact I know of many. In fact I will be bold enough to speak for the majority of evangelical, Bible-believing, born-again, water-baptized, Holy Ghost filled, “Jesus-on-our-mind” Christians. I confess that we know of many who are trapped under the load of sin, and most of us do not do as much as we should to introduce them to Jesus Christ who can lift their burden of sin.

    But let us think a little more and question why this is so.

    Could it be that we do not fully appreciate the magnitude and value of the miracle of our salvation, and as such, we do not attach the importance to it that we should?

    Or could it be that we do not have the love of God for the lost, and as such we do not care that they are going to hell?

    Or could it be that we do not believe that God wants us to play a critical role in the salvation of the Lost, and that He is quite prepared to use someone else?

    Or could it be that we are ashamed of the cross and gospel of Jesus Christ because that identifies us a numerical minority that could easily be victimized or persecuted?

    Or could it be that we are fearful of witnessing because we have never been taught and we think it is difficult, and we do not want to be embarrassed by saying the wrong thing, or by not knowing what to say?

    Or could it be that there are un-surrendered areas in our lives into which the Devil manoeuvres and using any convenient strategy, causes our temporary, partial paralysis in the area of witnessing to the lost?

    Any excuse for not witnessing is bad. Any reason is wrong. Our failure may have been fatal for someone, but it does not have to be final. May God forgive me… may God forgive us… May we ask Him for the grace, the direction and His Holy Spirit’s empowering to be His faithful disciples, and then, through His power, to make disciples of all men.

    1. hodgpig says:

      Thank you for your insight … may the Lord bless you and your loved ones. Your witness and words have prompted me to take action.

    2. Randy Bridgeman says:

      Excellent insights, Doc. Our Lord ALWAYS equips us to do something for Him/in His name. As the Nike commercial says, “Just do it” out of faith, obedience, love and appreciation of what He does for us. Leave the results to Him as well. Blessings & Love to all.

    3. Forever His says:

      Well said, Doc!…”For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” Romans 1:6

  9. jeffsiete says:

    He rescued me from the weight of sin, and I need to be able to tell others how He rescued me. I am grateful that because of His love my sins are no longer on me but on the grave.

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