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Activated November 2009

Giving Love - November 2009

True Christianity can be summed up in one word--love. That's easier said than done, but it gets easier once you realize it's God's love and yours for the asking.

01-11-2009
Let Me Be a Little Kinder
Let Me Be a Little Kinder

A popular song that made a big impression on me as a teenager seemed to be a prayer. I say “seemed” because the song didn’t mention God or prayer. It also didn’t sound like any religious music I’d ever heard. The lyrics were deceptively simple—big truths about character and success in life expressed humbly and winsomely. I wanted to be like that, I remember thinking. It was the best sermon I’d ever heard.

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01-11-2009
Walk a Mile in His Shoes
Walk a Mile in His Shoes

“Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”If there was anyone who knew all about that, it was probably Mother Teresa. After having lived among the poorest of the poor in India for nearly 30 years (and she would continue to do so for nearly 20 more), she was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She began her acceptance speech with the words, “Life is life.” She went on to explain that all human beings are special and of great worth, no matter who they are, and that only when we have learned to respect that...

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01-11-2009
How to Find Real Love
How to Find Real Love

To be genuine and lasting, romantic love must be based on a more enduring foundation than mere physical attraction or fleshly gratification.

It must include an unselfish desire to protect and help and make someone else happy. It must also involve admiration for the other person’s finer qualities. A person can be in love with their partner’s mind, spirit, sentiments, and bearing—all of which have little or nothing to do with physical beauty. Real love is a spiritual thing; it’s not merely physical. It’s mostly manifested in spiritual and mental companionship and compatibility, the likes and dislikes and habits that the...

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01-11-2009
Live to Love, Love to Give
Live to Love, Love to Give

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.

—Attributed to John Wesley (1703–1791)

 

There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.

—Peyton Conway March (1864–1955)

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01-11-2009
Breaking the Selfishness Cycle
Breaking the Selfishness Cycle

Question: I get frustrated and upset when my husband acts selfishly, but I know I am selfish too sometimes, and that bothers me even more. What can I do to help us both in this area?

 

Answer: When such problems crop up between two people, whether they are married or not, honest, open, wise communication is very often the necessary first step toward solutions that will be good for both parties. Knowing how to tactfully bring up the subject and finding the humility to do so are often the hardest parts.

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01-11-2009
Going Broke? The answer could be here
Going Broke? The answer could be here

For an increasing number of us, financial troubles are precariously close to home. With businesses and financial institutions failing daily, it’s no wonder so many worry that their own livelihoods or homes are at risk.

In such times of trouble and uncertainty it’s natural to worry about your own family foremost. If until recently you’ve been supporting your church or various charities, now, with gloomy future prospects, perhaps you question whether such giving makes sound financial sense.

The answer is that if you want God’s blessing, then giving is still definitely in! “God loves a cheerful giver”1 is one of the pillars...

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01-11-2009
Someone Is Watching
Someone Is Watching

While rushing to an appointment, I passed a scruffy beggar with a baby in her arms. It’s a common sight in Caracas, Venezuela, where this took place.

Give her something. I recognized that inner voice as Jesus’.

But she looks like she would spend it on drugs, I protested as I kept walking.

Well then, buy her some food.

Just then I came to a hot dog stand. Okay, I’ll do it for You.

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01-11-2009
Selfless Love
Selfless Love

When someone asked Jesus what was God’s greatest commandment, He replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”1 As far as God is concerned, love is the supreme virtue. Love is the most important thing. God doesn’t ask us to be perfect; He doesn’t ask us to be free from mistakes; He doesn’t ask us to do great things that the world will hear of. He just...

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01-11-2009
My Parenting Safari
My Parenting Safari

While living in Gambia, West Africa, my five-year-old son Chris and I went on a trip to the village of Sintet, where our group of volunteers from the Family International was helping to build a school.

I had enjoyed the thrilling tales told by co-workers who had returned from there, so when I heard that a team needed to make a one-and-a-half-day trip to the village I jumped at the chance to go.

For most of the trip, all I could hear was Chris’s excited voice saying things like, “What’s this? Oh, Mommy—look! Can you take a photo of me on the...

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01-11-2009
At the End of the Day
At the End of the Day

The day is coming to a close. You’re tired, perhaps even drained from all that you’ve needed to take care of through the long hours. Sit still for a moment or lie back in your bed. Read this message from Jesus, then close your eyes and reflect on it. Let Jesus soothe your nerves, relax your tired body, and fill your spirit with His love and peace.

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01-11-2009
A Prayer for the Day: My Help

Thank You, Jesus, for always being ready and willing to come to my aid. It’s a special token of Your love that You help me throughout the day, in every situation I face. Whenever problems arise, You are always there to help me solve them. You are truly concerned about every little detail, and You always know best. 

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01-11-2009
The Eternal Chain of Love
The Eternal Chain of Love

I came to earth because I love you. I gave up the splendor of heaven to come and make salvation and eternal life available to you.

My gift of salvation is for anyone who will receive it, and I long for everyone to come to know Me and My love. That message always has and will always be passed on through the words and deeds of My friends and followers.

Throughout the ages, multitudes of My followers have given of themselves to continue this chain of love. Some have given little, some have given much, and some have given all, but all...

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01-11-2009
Giving at Its Best
Giving at Its Best

Give cheerfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7: Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Deuteronomy 15:10a: Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart.

Exodus 25:2: Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.

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