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Looking through my binoculars does not increase the size of the distant mountains or trees or birds. They only make the objects I’m looking at appear larger. I see them more clearly. And my sense of awe increases. In a similar way, the psalm writers invite us to “magnify” the Lord. “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3, NKJV). “Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let such as love

The Masai tribe in West Africa has an old custom of saying thank you. When they express thanks, they bow, put their foreheads on the ground, and say, “My head is in the dirt.” Members of another African tribe will express gratitude to an individual by sitting for a long time in front of the hut of that person and say, “I sit on the ground before you.” Paul wrote, “I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3). Think about

“There is nothing quite so stirring in the matter of moving us to pray as being thankful to God for what he has done for us and with us.” This saying from E.F. Hallock tells us, especially when we don’t know what or how to pray, begin with thanks. David began with a spiritual inventory in Psalm 103, saying in essence: “God is so good! He cancels the debt of my sin by forgiveness. He counters my diseases by healing. He exchanges

When a teacher asked the class to make a list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, one little girl wrote these seven wonders: Seeing, Hearing, Tasting, Touching, Running, Laughing, Loving. How often do we forget to enjoy the simple gifts of life? A bed to sleep in. A place to live. Food to eat. Clothes to wear. A few games to keep us amused. A few friends to keep us happy. At the end of Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace

People look at the future in three different ways. Some say everything will stay the same. This view states that everything has always been much the same as it is now. Reincarnation probably fits this view. Life doesn’t actually have an end, but just goes on and on in an endless loop. Others say that everything will get better. This view claims that people and our world are progressing. As people improve or evolve or get educated, they’ll figure out ways to