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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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25 thoughts on “More Than Waiting

  1. eternallyhis says:

    I love it to see all Three Persons of our Triune God being referred to as living in us, God the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 6:19; Acts 10:47); God the Son (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17); God the Father (John 17:21; 2Corinthians 6:16-18). These are only a few of many scriptures referring to God living and working in us and through us, giving ample proof of the Trinity, as does the whole Word of God, from the first book, Genesis 1:26,27 that rncpitt and doctor-perspective mentioned, to the first and last chapter of Revelation 1:11; 20:16; 22:13 and throughout the whole Bible.
    The Trinity has been so difficult to fully understand, or to try to describe or explain, but is it any wonder considering how great our God is? Far beyond our ability to comprehend while in our body of flesh, but the day will come when we will see Him as He is and we will all bow down before Him in true humility and adoration, our Lord and our God.
    “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face, now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.” (1Corinthians 13:12) All honor, all glory and all praise to our Lord God.

  2. mario says:

    Nice message. Allow me to add some more on what the Lord does while we wait for answers to our prayers. During this waiting period, we pursue on learning the teachings of the Lord Jesus (Mt 11:28-30). As we study, we begin to see and realize our own weaknesses or mistakes as we learn His words which are spirit (Jn 6:63). I understand that this is part of the Lord’s will or desire to cleanse us or purifiy us from any unrighteousness. At times we get hurt during the process but because of our faith, the help and comfort of the Spirit and the encouragement we receive from fellow believers (church),
    we are able to overcome. (1 Jn 1:8-10/1 Jn 3:3/Eph 5:25-27/1 Jn 5:4-5). Thank you.

  3. bondserve says:

    The difference between waiting for anyone or any event and waiting for Christ to return is that He has never really left us. He dwells within Christians through God’s Spirit. Our witness takes on such greater impetus when we seek His presence daily, communing with Him, studying His word and keeping the prayer line open.

  4. rncpitt says:

    I’m 67 years old,have gone to church most of my life, but didn’t accept Christ as Savior until I was 29. Now, after being a born again believer for 38 years I realize I’ve just been feeding on the milk of the word most of this time. Just in the last couple of years have I started looking deeper into the Word. All the resources at ODB.org have been a big help in my Journey. Along the way I have also discovered other resources as well, including one retired pastor, teacher, & Hebrew language professor who offers a daily word study where he delves deep into the root word meanings of the original Hebrew text of the Bible. Just yesterday he pointed out the plurality of God in Gen. 1:1, as mentioned in the comment by “doctor-perspective”. Chaim Bentorah is the name he writes under, and he pointed out why the Hebrew text uses both the Elohim and Jehovah names of God when He created the world. Jehovah is the caring, nurturing, merciful aspect of God, and Elohim is the aspect that gives justice, protection, provision, and discipline. The world needs both to endure. How many times have I read and heard that verse and never even thought about the reason behind it. How many other treasures are waiting to be found that I have missed all these years? Even at this stage of my life, I’m considering trying to learn Hebrew to enhance my understanding of the word.
    When Jesus came to this world the first time, he came representing the Jehovah aspect of God to show us His love and mercy. While we long for His return, we must realize that the longer He delays, the more opportunities there are for the lost to be saved. I pray for the lost and for all those that are seeking. What a lot of people don’t understand is that God wants everyone to know and love Him, and when Judgement Day comes, He will pass judgement as He says because He can not lie, but His heart will be breaking as it is happening.

  5. quietgrace says:

    I understand this as the “already but not yet” tension we live in. We are saved, but not yet saved until that day. We are part of eternity, but still in time. Meanwhile we wait, all the while ‘working out our salvation’ as the scriptures say.

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