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That Time I Helped the Squirrels Starve to Death

"From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, 'Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.' But he turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.' - Matthew 16:21-23 (ESV)

I seem to remember it being the fall of 1995. I was 11 years old and lived at an apartment complex in the shadow of several tremendous oak trees. As you walked down the sidewalk corridors under the canopy of these noble giants, you would hear the steady crunch of acorns underfoot reminding you of the living creatures to which you owed great gratitude for the shade they provided. These acorns were, in many ways, a great nuisance, but, for those animals which relied upon…

How a Cube of Ice Melted My Heart

"For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward." - Mark 9:41 (KJV)

I was in a Mayan Indian village in the western area of the Toledo District of Belize at a fairly new preaching point that had been established by the native Pastor from Indianville near the coast.  About a dozen of us had jammed into my little Suzuki SUV to conduct a worship service in the thatched roof hut used normally as a home but, on special occasions, became a place of worship.  
The home was a traditional Mayan dwelling with thatched leaves for a roof, pimento sticks bound together for walls, low interior beams supporting the structure, dirt floors and no electricity.  The house was illuminated by glass bottles filled with kerosene suspended from the beams by rope with a small cloth wick alive with a dim, but dancing, flame.  
When we arrived, the family was busily putting rough wood benches in place and…