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This Includes You

“This includes you”

Col. 4:20 NLT

Remember  when they use to pick teams at school for a softball game? The two most athletic kids agreed to be the captains and then they took turns picking kids to be players on their teams. Of course they picked the really good players first until they got down to the few who weren’t so good. Reluctantly, they gestured with a grunt for the inept kids to join the others and the teams were set.

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Put On Your Thinking Cap

I grew up in an environment of sarcasm. One of the phrases I remember from my high school days was; “Use your head for something more than a hat hanger!” Thinking back this makes me smile because most of my peers did not wear hats, we preferred to let our long locks flow.

Another saying from my childhood, I probably heard it, day one of grade one was; “Ok children everyone put your thinking caps on”, as my teacher Mrs. Vaughn, pretended to tie an imaginary cap under her chin. No, problem with the hair thing then I was wearing a crew cut under my imaginary cap.

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Live Free

‘So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.’ Ephesians 1:15

Don’t live like fools. Immediately my mind would go to thinking about other people who live like fools, they are so easy to find. But, I’m reading this and it’s talking to me. In the last 24 hours, how have I lived like a fool?  Well, between the hours of approximately 10 pm to 6:30 am I was sleeping so there was nothing foolish about that. Now yesterday morning until bedtime last night is the time I ask myself how was I a fool?

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House of Bread

I was privileged to grow up with a Mom who could really bake bread. My recollections are coming home after school, smelling the beautiful aroma as I got in the back door and then seeing the masterpieces filling the kitchen table. There were loaves of bread, dinner buns and the best of all cinnamon buns with raisins. Now, I know there are some of you that do not like raisins, but they make a cinnamon bun in my opinion. For a few days my family enjoyed the fresh baking and then it was back to the store bought stuff until Mom baked again. These goodies tasted especially good on a winters day after trudging more than a mile through the snow. No, we didn’t have to walk up hill both ways.  

This morning during a brief conversation, one of my colleagues asked me a question.  She said “did you know that the name Bethlehem, means “House of Bread” in the Hebrew language? I said I did not. This fact took me back to the memory of my childhood home, but I was quite astonished that I had always known Bethlehem as “the city of David”, the birth place of the baby Jesus.  Yet, had never known the connection between this literal meaning of the name and who Jesus said he was later in his ministry.

Remember, Jesus called himself the bread of life and said whoever comes to me will never go hungry (John 6:35) and I am the living bread that came down from heaven whoever eats this bread will live forever (John 6:51). It is recorded in four books of the bible that at the last supper the scripture says he took bread, broke it, gave some to his disciples and said take this and eat it in remembrance of me.

It is no coincidence that Bethlehem, the town where Jesus was born means house of bread. The place where lowly shepherds saw a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. The Bread of Life. 

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