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The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” - 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

While traveling, I stopped at a roadside produce stand. After checking out the usual fare — tomatoes, melons, etc. — I turned to read the labels on the glass jars displayed on the shelves. I saw pickled vegetables, jellies, and F.R.O.G. jam. Frog jam? The name discouraged me from checking...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, help us to view others as you do. May we not be distracted by outward appearances but instead look for value on the inside. Amen.

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Today's Reading
1 Samuel 16:1-13

Thought for the Day

What have I missed by focusing on the packaging and not the contents of God’s children?

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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