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August 9

God Sightings
Have you heard anyone talk about their grandchildren lately? If you will listen, most grandparents are more than happy to tell you how little Johnny took his first step, is learning to drive or about to go to college. To hear the proud grandparent tell the story, you’d think they were the first to have the experience. Most of us are willing to indulge the story teller with polite attention.

Why is there such a strong compulsion to talk about our surgeries? I’ve never enjoyed these conversations. Just in case you are wondering, I don’t want to view the video of your surgery or see your gall stones in the jar. Yet, I find myself drawn to tell stories about my own recent surgeries. Why is that? I know people really aren’t interested, yet I often find myself starting sentences with, “Well, during my second surgery, I …”

If the academy honored story telling, they would have to have a “somebody done me wrong” category. Most of us have these stories and we relish in ret…


August 9

Fanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915
  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36, 37)

In every believer there is a constant struggle between the old nature, which is attracted to the world, and the new nature, which responds to God. These two opposing natures will never cease to struggle as long as we are residents of this world. Worldliness can be described as anything that tends to draw us away from God and limits us from being all that He wants us to be. Separation from the world, however, does not mean that we are to live in isolation from individuals within the world, whether they be saint or sinner. We cannot represent our Lord if we remain aloof from the needs of those around us. There must always be that fine balance in our lives between a closeness and total commitment to Christ and an availability and helpful contact with those in our everyday world,.
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