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Every Precious Minute

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; …” (Psalm 127:3-5).
What would you do if you found out your son or daughter only had minutes to live? For Bethany and Eric Conkel of Dayton, Ohio, that was their reality. During their pregnancy, doctors informed the young parents that their son had a severe birth defect in which babies do not develop part of their brain or skull. They decided to carry the pregnancy to full-term knowing they would only have minutes with their son before he would die. In the short time they had, Bethany says, “We could only love him, celebrate his existence, and embrace the time we had with him.”

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In Remembrance

“He had no beauty or majesty to attack us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him” (Isa. 53:2).
When asked to recall a certain movie star, politician, or hero of the past, the mind reflects first on facial features and sure enough, there comes to mind a square jaw, flowing locks, or sparkling eyes. And then, ti turns to clothing, and if “clothes make the man,” how can Jesus qualify as one remembered for the usual traits?


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Stop Sign

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Have you ever run a stop sign? I have. I don’t remember where my mind was, but I didn’t even see it. Luckily, I did not cause an accident, and there was no policeman nearby to give me a ticket. If a policeman had seen me, he probably would have given me a ticket, no matter my excuse.
The law of the Old Testament was a stop sign. If one broke any part of it, he was guilty of breaking the whole law (James 2:10). He had to pay the penalty.


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