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October 10 & 17 Minute Messages

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October 10

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The word “autumn” – the formal word for this season – has its roots in the Latin but was first found in the English language in the 14th century. By the 17th century, however, so many people referred to the falling of the leaves or when the leaves fall that here in America the word autumn gave way to the use of fall to describe this beautiful time of the year. And, oh, what a glorious time of year it is! Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

Every leaf contains different color pigments, but we don’t see the colors during the food producing seasons as the chlorophyll turns most leaves green. However, as that season ends and the cooler temperatures arrive, the green pigments give way to the brilliant colors of autumn. God could simply have made the leaves turn brown and drop off at the end of summer, but he didn’t. He gave each tree its own spectacular crown of glory and painted his world in a way no artist can duplicate. Just think – if God is so creative with a dying leaf, imagine what he can and will do to bring color to your daily life.

October 17

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David Sarnoff wrote, “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

Theodor Geisel was not a doctor, but he did have a knack for illustrating crazy cartoon characters and writing unique and memorable children’s books. It all started on a trip across the ocean. The rhythmic sound of the engines inspired the cadence of the book’s poetic style. Ted borrowed from his childhood home’s address for the title, “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street.” Rejected twenty-three times, Ted had determined to burn the manuscript until a chance meeting with an old college friend changed everything. The book was a success. Ted took his middle name, added the title Dr. and more than sixty books later, everyone knows the name Dr. Seuss.

Like the Grinch, discouragement lurks in the dark shadows of life, always ready to steal our joy. The will to persevere is our best defense – don’t give up! Scripture teaches us “that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Oh, the places you’ll go, if you just persevere!


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