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Category: Contentment

Let The Ice-Cream Melt

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Source: “Scientists Discover Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt” By LOUISE DEWAST, posted ABC News, LONDON — Aug 31, 2015, 8:13 AM ET
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Scientists from the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh have formulated a new recipe for an ice cream that doesn’t melt. The recipe is the result of the discovery of a new protein,BsIA, that binds the air, fat and water in ice cream to make it more stable.

The new ice-cream could be available within three to five years, and it is anticipated to contain lower levels of saturated fats, fewer calories and a smoother consistency.

This advancement will also benefit manufacturers, allowing it to be more easily transported.
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Man Burns House Down Killing Spider

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Topic: Peace
Scripture: John 14:27
Source: “Man Tries to Kill a Spider and Ends Up Burning His House Down” by Samantha Grossman, TIME Online, July 16, 2014
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A Seattle man accidentally burnt his house to the ground recently after trying to kill a spider with a cigarette lighter and a can of spray paint. The man later told police that the spider had been lurking in the laundry, and he had accidentally lit the wall on fire with his makeshift flame thrower.

Surprisingly, this happens more often than you might think! Just a few weeks earlier, Ginny Griffith of Hutchinson, Kansas, lit her laundry on fire after seeing a spider crawl into a pile of towels. The fire quickly got out of hand, and her home went up in flames. She’s been charged with aggravated arson.

Application:

Too often, we tend to overreact to problems. As believers, we need to remember that even in the midst of trouble, it’s possible to have a trouble-free heart. Jesus didn’t say we wouldn’t have problems, but He did say: Let not your heart be troubled.

Don’t take a flame thrower to the spiders that lurk in your life. Remember that it is more important to experience God’s peace than it is to rid yourself of life’s annoyances.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

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Staying Where You Belong

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Topic: Ambition
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6
Author: Joshua Noble
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There is a story told of a young and ambitions lawyer who was moving up from a local district attorneys’ office to a large and prestigious law firm. His boss at the DA’s office was disappointed to see him go. He told the young lawyer that he belonged there; that he was great at his job; that there he had an opportunity to usher in a small amount of justice in a place where justice was rarely the outcome. The young lawyer replied, “I have worked too hard to stay where I belong.”

Application:

How many of us have chased big dreams, pouring our time, energy, and resources into reaching them, only to pass right by the place where God could use us and our talents the most?

“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment” (I Timothy 6:6).

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Inoculate Yourself With Gratitude

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Author: John Henry Jowett / Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 4:8; Proverbs 17:22
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“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.”

— John Henry Jowett
[John Henry Jowett (1864-1922) was an English pastor and teacher who shepherded prominent churches in both England and America. Renown for his depth of Bible knowledge, his motto was, “I have had but one passion, and I have lived for it-the absorbingly arduous yet glorious work of proclaiming the grace and love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”]

Application:

Gratitude is a vaccine … by focusing on that which is praiseworthy, gratitude inoculates us against the disease of bitterness and resentment.

Gratitude is an antitoxin … by focusing on that which is praiseworthy we counteract the poisonous lie of the Evil One that says trials are proof that God has abandoned us.

Gratitude is an antiseptic … by focusing on that which is praiseworthy we sterilize our thoughts of all that would breed the germ of discontent.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

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