AF Daily Devotional |Concert For A Dead Man

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AN AMAZING FACT:  One stormy night in 1910, a group of traveling musicians arrived at the city of Riga, on the Baltic Sea, to fulfill a concert engagement. The weather was so bad, however, that the conductor of the orchestra tried to persuade the manager of the hall to cancel the concert. He felt sure that no one would venture out on such a rainy night. The manager refused to cancel, but he did agree that if not even one listener turned up, the orchestra could leave early in order to catch the night boat bound for Helsinki, Finland.

When the musicians arrived at the concert hall they found only one person sitting in the audience—a stout old man who seemed to smile at everyone. Because of this one old man, the musicians were forced to play the entire concert and were unable to leave early to catch the boat. After the concert was over the old man continued sitting in his seat.
Thinking he was asleep, an usher nudged his shoulder. Only then was it discovered that the old man was dead. The musicians had played the entire concert for a dead man. But, ironically, in doing this they had actually saved their own lives, for the boat they would have taken to Finland sank that very night with a complete loss of life.

The Bible also speaks of how the death of one man saved the lives of many. In Paul’s great letter explaining salvation to the Romans, he writes, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life” (Romans 5:18). And what was the “righteous act”? “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (verse 8).

Through Adam’s one act of disobedience, death came to us all. But because of Christ’s life of perfect obedience—which led Him to die on the cross for our sins—life may come to us all! Have you accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation?

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16

 

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The Rebellious Prince | Storacles Lesson #4

The Rebellious Prince

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What is the origin of sin? Did God create a devil? Where did Satan come from? The story of Absalom lays a foundation for us to understand the story of Lucifer and his fall. Bible clearly teaches us that God did not create sin and Satan. Societies picture of the devil isn’t what the Bible reveals.

Downloadable PDF: The Rebellious Prince

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AF Daily Devotional | Odd Luck of Todd Lincoln

For Oct 11, 2014

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AN AMAZING FACT:  Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, seemed to have a life of close calls. For starters, Robert was the only one of four brothers to survive beyond the teenage years. Then, when Robert was about 20, he fell between a moving train and the station platform. A fast-thinking stranger seized Robert by the coat collar and pulled him back to the platform, saving his life. Robert quickly recognized the good Samaritan as the famous actor Edwin T. Booth. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Edwin’s infamous brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated Robert Lincoln’s father one year later. He was not at the Ford Theater when his father was shot, but was present at his bedside when he died.

Later, Robert carved out his own political career and was rewarded with the Secretary of War post under President James Garfield. In 1881, only four months into his new position, Garfield invited Robert to join him on a trip to New Jersey. Before either man could step onto the train, Garfield was gunned down. A few years later Robert Lincoln was in
Buffalo, New York, by invitation of President William McKinley. While at a speaking engagement, McKinley was shot twice by an assassin. Robert did not see the shooting but was in the room and heard the gunshots. McKinley died eight days later from his wounds.

Knowing he seemed to be bad luck for his presidential pals, Robert turned down just about every presidential invitation that came his way, saying, “ … there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present.” He made one exception, and he did attend the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922. President Warren G. Harding and former President William Howard Taft survived the occasion.

Few people have witnessed so many history-making events. But the Bible speaks of one or two. Joshua, who was appointed to leadership after Moses, saw astonishing events unfold during his lifetime. He led the children of Israel into the Promised Land and witnessed, many times over, the amazing fulfillment of God’s promises. Let’s take time to review these events and have our own faith strengthened.

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. – Joshua 23:14

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AF Daily Devotional | Compulsive Hoarding

 

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AN AMAZING FACT:  Compulsive hoarding is a condition where a person habitually gathers or buys growing piles of useless possessions, and then seems powerless to discard anything. This expanding collection of junk can lead to unbearable living conditions that cause significant clutter and impairment to mobility within their home. Of course, this pathological collecting is a strain on relationships, but it can also interfere with basic living activities such as cooking, cleaning, showering, or sleeping.

For example, an eccentric loner in Britain hoarded so much junk and trash he had to burrow through it to get around his home. Then in January 2009 he evidently got lost in the maze of tunnels and died of thirst. This 74-year-old human mole, Gordon Stewart, had filled the rooms of his house clear up to the ceiling with years’ worth of old newspapers, garbage, and clutter, making it impossible to walk around. Neighbors said Mr. Stewart’s home had been accumulating rubbish for at least 10 years. Heaps of plastic bags could clearly be seen piled up against his front window, while broken furniture, computer parts, and even an old TV spilled over onto his front lawn. A car dating back to the 1950s stood in the garage, untouched for years as garbage accumulated around it.

Neighbors in Broughton, England, called authorities after failing to see him leave his house for several days. When police arrived, the stench from the garbage was so foul they brought in a police scuba diving team with breathing apparatus to search the dwelling. They crawled around through mountains of junk and garbage, searching the elaborate network of tunnels until they located Stewart’s body. The compulsive hoarder is believed to have become disorientated inside the walls of rotting trash and unable to find a way out until he collapsed from dehydration.

The Bible says there is “ … A time to keep, and a time to throw away” (Ecclesiastes 3:6). We might roll our eyes at people who struggle with hoarding, but there is probably a touch of greed in everyone’s heart. If insecurity drives us to find peace in collecting the things of this world, let us do a deep work of removing the clutter of such thinking and rest
in Jesus.

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
– Mark 8:36

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The Coming King | Storacles Lesson #3

The Coming King

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The Coming King speaks about the Bible’s teaching about the soon coming of Christ. Though we cannot know the exact day or hour, we can know that it is near. There are many Scripture passages that explain the importance of Jesus’ 2nd coming. What does the Bible say about how Christ will return?

Downloadable PDF: The Coming King Lesson #3

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AF Daily Devotional | Elephants

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For Sep 26, 2014

AN AMAZING FACT:  The elephant is the largest land mammal left on Earth. Throughout history elephants have been revered, honored, and prized for their great size and strength. On the battlefield, soldiers with elephants have terrified and trampled enemies. Elephants also have been trained to carry heavy supplies through jungles and to haul huge logs from the forests where they once lived.

The most obvious characteristic of elephants, besides their massive size, is their trunk. An elephant’s trunk is nothing more than an elongation of their nose and upper lip, but it is the most versatile of all mammalian creations. The trunk is composed of an estimated 150,000 muscles and is employed as a nose, arm, hand, and multipurpose tool to pull branches off trees, uproot grass, pluck fruit, and to place food in their mouths. The trunk is also used for smelling, trumpeting, drinking, greeting, or throwing dust for dust baths.

Elephant tusks are elongated upper incisors and are the largest and heaviest teeth of any living animal. The tusks are used for digging for roots and water, stripping the bark off trees for food, defense from predators, and fighting each other during mating season. Elephant tusks grow continuously throughout the elephant’s life. They can grow as long as 10 feet and weigh as much as 150 pounds each. This ivory, also known as “white gold,” was used at one time in the manufacture of piano keys, billiard balls, and other objects. Over the years hunters have slaughtered thousands of these magnificent animals just for their tusks. At the turn of the 20th century, elephants numbered from 5 million to 10 million, but widespread hunting and habitat destruction reduced their numbers to an estimated 600,000. Ivory poaching has almost driven elephants into extinction.

Did you know the Bible predicts that in the last days real Christians will be hunted because they obey God’s commandments? “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12). There is only one thing more frightening than being charged by an angry elephant, and that is to have the devil come after you. But in Christ we can find refuge.

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
– Daniel 7:19

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AF Daily Devotional |Koala Bears

For Sep 25, 2014

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AN AMAZING FACT:  The Australian koala bear certainly looks like a round, furry teddy bear, but the koala is actually a pouched marsupial related more to the kangaroo and the wombat; it really has no close relatives. Today these quiet and cute marsupials are Australia’s premier icon, but until the late 1920s koalas were nearly hunted to extinction for their skin, with as many as 500,000 a month being exported. Thankfully, they are now protected and loved as one of Australia’s most unique animals.

You might say koalas are “all thumbs” because each koala foot has three toes and two thumbs, helping it climb and cling to branches. The koala is also unique from other marsupials because its pouch opens at the bottom rather than the top. The young are born small, blind, and hairless. The baby crawls to its mother’s pouch, where it suckles and
grows for six months. Then the young koala climbs out onto its mother’s back and she teaches it how to feed.

The koala spends almost all its time in eucalyptus trees and is an amazingly fussy eater. Of the more than 600 species of eucalyptus in Australia, it will only eat from 50. And it will pick through 20 leaves for every one it decides is good enough to eat. The eucalyptus leaves contain strong-smelling oils that act as a bug repellent, keeping the animal free from parasites. Unfortunately, they also make the koala smell like very strong cough syrup!

Because the eucalyptus is not very nutritious, adult koalas have to eat about 2.5 pounds a day, and they spend most of the day sleeping in the fork of a tree to conserve energy. In fact, a koala spends up to 18 hours a day—or three quarters of its life—asleep.

Did you know that Jesus warns that just before His coming most of the churches will be sleeping, due in part to bad nutrition? Friends, we need to feast on the Bread that came down from heaven. The Bible says, “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (John 6:51). Now that’s good nutrition!

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. – Matthew 25:1-5

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AF Daily Devotional | The Dog Knows

For Sep 24, 2014

 

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AN AMAZING FACT:  The incredible sense of smell in a dog boggles the mind. Did you know that from a single drop of urine from an animal, a dog is able to determine its diet, health, sex, mental state, and whether it is friendly, dominant, or submissive? In fact, a dog’s ability to pick up smell is so powerful that it can detect extremely diluted odors that not even the most sophisticated scientific instruments can measure. It can even discriminate different odors, making it impossible to cover up one odor with another. A dog can tell the difference.

God gave dogs an amazing sense of smell. The average dog has about 200 million scent receptors in its nose. (Humans have about 5 million scent receptors.) A dog also has about seven square meters of nasal membranes. (Humans have about half of a square meter.) When you walk into a room and say, “Something stinks in here,” imagine what a dog would say! One dog expert explained that dogs see a 3-D image of odors in a much more detailed way than what people see with their eyes. A dog’s world is all about smell. That’s why they love the smell of their favorite blanket (or your favorite coat or sweater!). If a dog is hanging his nose out the window while you drive around town, he will know when you turn down your street because of the smell in the air.

Some dogs are professionally trained to use their nose to find substances like explosives, illegal drugs, or blood. Different from hunting dogs that search for game, or search dogs that search for missing people, detection dogs are often used to pick up specific items. In California, dogs have been trained to detect the quagga mussel on boats, since it is an invasive species. Some springer spaniels have been trained to detect bumblebee nests. And some have even been trained to find illegal cell phones in prison cells. So, if you need to find bed bugs, money, firearms, mold, or even termites, hire a dog!

The Bible says 50 men searched for three days to find Elijah when he went to heaven. They couldn’t find him. Neither could Ahab find Elijah during the time of no rain. When Obadiah finally found him, he told Elijah, “There is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to hunt for you … ” (1 Kings 18:10). But God always knows where we are. He can sniff us out anywhere!

But have you searched for God yourself?

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
– Jeremiah 29:13

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AF Daily Devotional | Gentle Giant

For Sep 22, 2014

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AN AMAZING FACT:  Perhaps the greatest myth about gorillas is that they are violent creatures. Since they have been featured in monstrous films of fantasy, such as King Kong, we often think of them as aggressive and dangerous. They are actually gentle and will never attack a human unless provoked. Male “silverbacks,” who are the troop leaders, have been observed carefully nurturing an orphaned baby gorilla. In spite of their size, they are shy, non-aggressive, and very calm animals.

 

Gorillas live in central Africa and are primarily grouped in to Eastern lowland and Western lowland gorillas. Males usually weigh between 300-500 pounds and have very muscular arms that are longer than their legs. A male gorilla can spread his arms eight feet across and is as strong as four to eight strong men. They “knuckle walk” using their long arms. They can grow to over six feet tall and don’t usually stand upright. Adult female gorillas are about half the size of the males. An adult male becomes a silverback at about age 15, when he is fully grown and the hair on his back begins to turn silver colored.

Some scientists go to great lengths to show a connection between the gorilla and humans in order to demonstrate them as our closest ancestors. They show comparisons of DNA, the make-up of hands and feet, abilities to communicate and show expression, using tools, and even their blood types to connect us as relatives some 7 million years ago. Are these plant-eating gentle giants our next closest kin, along with chimpanzees?

The Bible says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). If you take Genesis 1 at face value, there is no room for eons of evolutionary time to eventually produce people! “And God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’” (verse 26).

Whose image and likeness do you most want to reflect?

 

KEY BIBLE TEXTS

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
– Ecclesiastes 7:29

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month | Features | CDC

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month | Features | CDC.

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Hello everyone,

The month of September is almost over but there are a few health issues that I wanted to bring awareness too.  Our children’s health is so very important.  We have to set the example, healthy living starts with us.  The fight against childhood obesity is something that is near and dear to my heart especially because I have struggled with obesity since the age of 10.  Here are a few resources to check out.  Please share with family, friends, neighbors, or any one you think this information would be helpful to.  Thanks for reading.

Learn about ways you can promote healthy growth in children and fight childhood obesity.

About 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others. While there is no single or simple solution, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem.

  • Children who have obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems, including diabetes and increased risk of certain cancers.
  • Children who have obesity face more bullying and stigma.
  • Childhood obesity is influenced by many factors. For some children and families factors include too much time spent in sedentary activities such as television viewing; a lack of bedtime routine leading to too little sleep; a lack of community places to get adequate physical activity; easy access to inexpensive, high calorie snacks and beverages; or a lack of access to affordable, healthier foods.

Small boy riding bicycle

Riding bicycles is a great activity to help children maintain a healthy weight.

There are ways parents can help prevent obesity and support healthy growth in children.

  • To help ensure that children have a healthy weight, energy balance is important. To achieve this balance, parents can make sure children get adequate sleep, follow recommendations on daily screen time, take part in regular physical activity, and eat the right amount of calories.
  • Parents can substitute higher nutrient, lower calorie foods such as fruit and vegetables in place of foods with higher-calorie ingredients, such as added sugars and solid fats.
  • Parents can ensure access to water as a no-calorie alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Parents can serve children fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks and model this behavior themselves.

Three girls riding bicycles

Being physically active improves children’s overall health.

Addressing obesity can start in the home, but also requires the support of communities.

  • We can all take part in the effort to encourage more children to be physically active and eat a healthy diet.
  • The federal government is currently helping low-income families get affordable, nutritious foods through programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP).
  • State and local stakeholders including health departments, businesses, and community groups can help make it easier for families with children to find low-cost physical activity opportunities and buy healthy, affordable foods in their neighborhoods and community settings.
  • Schools can help students be healthy by putting into action policies and practices that support healthy eating, regular physical activity, and by providing opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.
  • With more than 60% of US children younger than age 6 participating in some form of child care on a weekly basis, parents can engage with child care providers to support healthy habits at home and in child care settings.

Working together, states, communities, schools, child care providers, and parents can help make healthier food, beverages, and physical activity the easy choice for children and adolescents to help prevent childhood obesity.

Daaimah

For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html

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