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Walking with God - November 2013

A relationship involves companionship, dialogue, and a meeting of hearts and minds. Explore how to cultivate your relationship with God.
 

01-11-2013
A Walk with God
A Walk with God

“If anyone says that they love Jesus,” the catchy song in my daughter’s Christian cartoon goes, “they should walk as He walked too. Walk and talk and be just like Him, in everything you do.” Many of us are probably used to hearing advice along those lines, and maybe we take that to mean we’re supposed to live by a set of rules and regulations, or we make resolutions that we end up not keeping, and we get discouraged.

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01-11-2013
One Who Knows Him
One Who Knows Him

A friend and I happened to walk past a cinema just as several movies ended and hundreds of people flooded onto the sidewalk. One man stood out in the crowd—literally—and he was walking straight toward us. He must have been seven feet tall and had the athletic build of a basketball player. As I turned to tell Abi what I was thinking, she ran up to him.

“Francisco, let me shake your hand!” she said excitedly. “No, let me hug you! You are doing such a good job! I think your team will win the championship!”

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01-11-2013
Forest Fire!
Forest Fire!

Over the past decades, violent forest fires have swept the wooded areas of North America, wiping out huge tracts of woodland and often destroying entire neighborhoods. It has not always been like this. Although some fire has always been a part of the local ecology, these problematic massive fires are a fairly recent development.

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01-11-2013
God with Us
God with Us

My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.
—Mizuta Masahide (1657–1723)

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It is not a question of God allowing or not allowing things to happen. It is part of living. Our Father knows about every bird which falls to the ground, but He does not always prevent it from falling. What are we to learn from this? That our response to what happens is more important than what happens. Here is a mystery: one man’s experience drives him to curse God, while another man’s identical experience drives him to bless God. Your response to...

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01-11-2013
Mr. Rabbit and Me
Mr. Rabbit and Me

It all started when we gave in to the children’s pleas and bought a cute little rabbit. At first, the little fellow was too small to be left alone in the garden while the children were at school, but neither could he remain in his hutch all day without any exercise.

So the task fell on me to take the rabbit out in the garden daily. It soon got to be our little ritual. Whenever I’d unlock the screen door in the morning, there’d be a “Thump!” from his hutch, as if he was saying, “I’ve been waiting for you!”As soon...

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01-11-2013
The God Factor
The God Factor

God is in the heavenly realm, but He works in the real world. He deals not just in spiritual blessings and rewards, but in tangible, black-and-white, dollars-and-cents material blessings and rewards as well. He’s the God of heaven, and also the God of this present world. He transcends both, rules in both, lives in both, dominates both‚ creates in both, and has the power to pay us in both currencies.

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01-11-2013
Star Dust
Star Dust

It’s been over a decade since this event was reported,1 yet the story of a commercial airplane that mysteriously disappeared while on a routine flight still fascinates me.

It was 1947. A British passenger airliner called Star Dust had taken off from Buenos Aires, Argentina, bound for the Chilean capital, Santiago, a trip that should have taken less than four hours. The route was across the Andes Mountains, the captain and his first and second officers were experienced pilots with Royal Air Force combat experience during World War II, and the aircraft model—an Avro Lancastrian—was perfectly suited for the task.

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01-11-2013
Effective Prayers
Effective Prayers

Do you sometimes forget to pray, or not know where to start or how to go about it when you do remember? It takes a while for prayer to become a habit, but it’s one that’s worth cultivating because it can solve so many problems, sometimes before they even happen. If your prayer times need a jump-start, these tips should help.

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01-11-2013
The Bridge
The Bridge

I’d just arrived in the port city of Tampico, Mexico, and I was being shown around the townhouse our volunteer work would be based out of. It is located fairly close to the busy downtown, but also not too far from the poorer outlying areas where we conduct most of our projects. What a nice setting, I thought to myself, looking at the beautiful lagoon where folks gather to mingle in the cooling twilight, and also just a short drive from a clean uncrowded beach.

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01-11-2013
Sand Between My Toes
Sand Between My Toes

The small card fell out of a pile of papers. It was an old photograph, nothing special, a tiny fishing boat crossing a calm ocean underneath a blue sky. I don’t know how it got there, but I smiled as it triggered memories of my younger years playing by the seaside, feeling the sand between my toes, collecting shells with my neighborhood friends, and seeing who could throw stones the farthest out into the waves.

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01-11-2013
Be an Icon
Be an Icon

The Greek word translated as “image” in most English versions of the Bible is eikon, from which we also get “icon.” It is used in the Bible both literally1 and figuratively.2 The Septuagint, the first standard translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek, called Adam “the eikon of God.”

The sculptures, paintings, and carvings in Orthodox churches are called icons, but modern culture also includes a surprising quantity of icons. People who are greatly admired or considered excellent at what they do—entertainers, sports stars, entrepreneurs, etc.—are often considered icons. And then there are more mundane icons—our computer screens are cluttered...

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01-11-2013
Walking with God
Walking with God

Perhaps you prefer to walk in the early morning, like Jesus who rose a “great while before day and went into a solitary place to pray.”1 Or maybe you enjoy walking peacefully in the evening.2 Perhaps your walks are purposeful, part of your journey to work, school, or shopping. Wherever or whenever you walk, you’re following in a great tradition:

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01-11-2013
Constant Companion
Constant Companion

I want to be a very present companion, counselor, and help to you—not merely someone you know of, or someone you met once but rarely think about or talk to, or even an advisor that you consult from time to time when you have a problem or need to make an important decision. I want to be a constant, loving presence.

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