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Stealing Sand

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During the rains in Bosnia last year, an important levee on a river broke in four places. Manmade walls had been built to protect low-lying areas from possible flooding, but over the years, people had been stealing sand from the barriers for their private use. Home construction projects seemed more important than a high river bank; after all, the river hadn’t risen to flood levels in 120 years. Last year those walls were tested as never before—and failed. The raging water flooded vulnerable towns and farmland.

As I prayed for Bosnia, a picture came to my mind. I started to ask the Lord to flood Bosnia with His love and blessing in the same way this river had flooded farms and towns. But the Lord interrupted me mid-prayer! He said, The flood happened because people stole the sand away and weakened the wall. I want you to steal sand away from the barriers Bosnians have put up around their hearts. Every time you show My love, you “steal sand.” The flood will come when the walls have been weakened to the point of breaking.

Thank you, Lord, for this powerful picture of how our work and Yours go hand in hand.

Is there someone you know with a barrier around his or her heart? Start stealing sand!

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We Will Proclaim

We celebrate that our God is a speaking God who has revealed Himself to us. The Bible is our inspired text which He will never contradict. We are commissioned to proclaim His message in word and deed. We will “not be ashamed of the gospel” but serve as “Christ’s ambassadors.”

And so we ask ourselves, “Are we students of the Scripture? Do our sermons and life messages arise from the Word? Do we have a listening ear for His voice? Are our words and lives proclaiming His truth? Do we both ‘show’ and ‘tell’ the truth?”

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