Christmas, Advent

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Sue Monk Kidd, in one of her books, recalls her youth and how she would prepare for Christmas. In early December, she would sit by the wooden nativity set clustered under their Christmas tree and think over the last year of her life. She would think deeply about Christmas and the coming of Jesus. She remembers, one time, visiting a …

Predictability, Habit

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Chuck Swindoll writes: “A bazaar was held in a village in northern India. Everyone brought his wares to trade and sell. One old farmer brought in a whole covey of quail. He had tied a string around one leg of each bird. The other ends of all the strings were tied to a ring which fit loosely over a central …

Missions, Vision

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When David Livingstone volunteered as a missionary with the London Missionary Society, they asked him where he wanted to go. He replied, “Anywhere, so long as it is forward.” After he had reached Africa he recorded his impressions, saying that he was haunted by the smoke of a thousand villages stretching off into the distance. David Livingstone had the heart …

Kingdom of God

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John Huffman writes: “When your citizenship is in the Kingdom of God and you bow your head before His sovereignty, there are those rulers of the kingdom of humankind who are threatened by your allegiance to the Lord. They do not understand this. The currency of the kingdom of humankind is a different currency. Some of us discover this reality …

Sin, Choices

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In a recent Turning Point Daily Devotional, David Jeremiah observes: “On June 28, 1914, Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were being driven on the streets of Sarajevo. Unknown to them, an assassin was lying in wait. The assassin’s plan went awry, but his cohort happened to be loitering elsewhere. Suddenly, the cohort realized the Archduke’s limousine was …

Parenting

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Two boys are talking to each other. One says, “I’m really worried. My dad works twelve hours a day to give me a nice home and good food. My mom spends the whole day cleaning and cooking for me. I’m worried sick!” The other kid says, “What have you got to worry about? Sounds to me like you’ve got it …

Surprise, Missing Out

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Johnny’s mother, unknown to him, planned a surprise birthday party. After he got home, he went upstairs to his room. Then all his classmates and teachers gathered in the living room. When his mother went to his room to get him, he was gone. He had climbed down a tree outside his window and was hiding in a nearby park. …

Hunger for God

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In a recent Breakpoint commentary by Eric Metaxas, he writes: “The great journalist Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote of an Englishman who set out in a yacht, thought he had landed on a new island in the South Seas, and realized at last that he had discovered … England. Chesterton, you see, was that man. In seeking to sail away from God, Chesterton, like …

Salvation

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No one knew how old he really was, but when folks went to see him play baseball, they were sure they were looking at the greatest pitcher ever.  Leroy “Satchel” Paige, however, had two strikes going against him:  His age and the color of his skin.  Paige played ball during the Jim Crow era, and was relegated to the Negro …