MY OUTMOST TO HIS HIGHEST

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Keep Recognizing Jesus

…Peter…walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid…  Matthew 14:29-30

The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves, as well as on top of them? He could have, yet neither could be done without Peter’s continuing recognition of the Lord Jesus.

We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, “…why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him.

If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?” Be reckless immediately— totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything— by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 10-11; Acts 4:1-22

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.

from The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed, 669 L

 

 

 

 
 

3 Least-Crowded European Vacation Cities

Most people dream of going to Europe on vacation, but even the most social people can get aggravated by the crowds that flock to its major cities. Cities like Paris, Rome, and London have become tourist traps: Everything is expensive, and you have to fight through a crowd to be able to catch even a glimpse of the big attractions. Luckily, though, there are alternatives to these cities that are just as beautiful – perhaps even more so. Here are three of the least-crowded vacation cities in Europe to get you away from the crowds.

Utrecht, Netherlands

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Each year, 15 million people flock to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. If you want to be jostled around by crowds, you can go there, too, or you can head to nearby Utrecht instead. Utrecht is the fourth-largest city in the Netherlands, but is one of the least-visited, with an average of just 4 million tourists per year. Its castles and canals are very similar to those in Amsterdam, just without all the people pushing you around to get a better view. In the fall, it is home to a famous film festival, and in the summer it hosts several music festivals. It also boasts the 700-year-old Dom Tower, which gives those bold enough to climb it an amazing view of the city below. This is a great walking city full of impressive architecture, delicious food and antiques dealers as far as the eye can see.

Valencia, Spain

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Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain, but it is much less crowded than comparable cities like Barcelona. Here, ancient structures and culture are combined with modern, avant-garde buildings that have only been built in recent years. It is a vibrant, cheerful city with theaters, cinemas, museums and cathedrals. As a port city, it also has beaches with fine sand that butts up against beautiful, crystal clear water. If a lovely city and a gorgeous coast aren’t enough for you, the city also has mountains along the coastline, making this a beloved destination for city folk and nature lovers alike.

Galway, Ireland

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Ireland is a beautiful country with rolling fields of green and incredible vistas. Some of its major cities like Dublin, though, are often crowded, making it hard to enjoy the peacefulness and calm of nature. Galway, though, is much quieter, and only sees around 1.5 million visitors per year. According to some sources, it is Ireland’s best city, due to its artistic flair, energy and charm. It is home to some fantastic destinations, such as Connemara and the Aran Islands, and has roads that are more than a thousand years old. To visit Galway is to step back in time to another era, back to when the Irish culture was just beginning. Much of the city is a melting pot, with many different types of people and cultures all united in one bright, beautiful place. If you are traveling with children, they will particularly enjoy the local aquarium and the “mummery” in Dunguaire Castle close by.

4 Places to See Pyramids Outside of Egypt

Pyramids are one the great achievements of the ancient world and one of the few we can still experience today. In fact, the Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving relic of the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Egyptian culture may be the closest associated with pyramids, but there are many other ancient civilizations that built similar monuments. Here are four of the best places outside of Egypt where you can see pyramids on your next trip abroad.

Mexico

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Mexico is known as one of the best places outside of Egypt to explore pyramids. The country boasts hundreds of well-preserved ancient relics and some of the most striking pyramids in the western hemisphere.

Perhaps the most famous of these is Chichen Itza, a step-pyramid in Yucatán built around 900 A.D. The intricately decorated, 98-foot-high stone walls align with the sun’s rays during both the spring and autumn equinoxes. Equally impressive are the twin pyramids of Teotihuacan, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, which sit opposite one another in the ancient settlement that is estimated to be at least 2,000 years old.

True pyramid enthusiasts should make the trip to the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which by some estimates is the largest pyramid in the world. The true size of the Great Pyramid of Cholula is not apparent at first, as it is hidden under the jungle landscape that reclaimed it in the centuries since it was built in the 9th century A.D. This pyramid, whose volume is larger than any of the Egyptian pyramids, sits beneath the creeping jungle and a Spanish church built on top of the mountain-like structure in the 16th century.

Peru

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Home to the famous Machu Picchu, Peru is well known as a center of South American ancient archeology. It also boasts an extensive network of pyramids that can be found across the country.

One of the most significant areas is the region of Túcume. Sometimes referred to as South America’s Valley of the Pyramids, there are at least 26 major pyramids and monuments that were built over a period of 500 years beginning in 1100 A.D.

Hundreds of miles to the south lie the ruins of Caral, which also enjoy an impressive nickname – the First City of the New World. Caral was first occupied over 5,000 years ago, making it the earliest-known major settlement in the Americas by about 1,000 years. The active Peruvian climate and the advanced age of these structures has deteriorated them to an advanced degree, but their pyramidal structure remains obvious.

Sudan

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If you are interested in seeing structures that are like the famous pyramids of Egypt, the Nubian pyramids of Sudan are an excellent choice. Sudan has the most pyramids of any country in the world, with over 350 spread over five sites.

These granite and sandstone pyramids were built at a time that the region was under the influence of the ancient Egyptians and bear a remarkable resemblance to the great Egyptian pyramids. These pyramids served as tombs for Nubian kings, queens and prominent citizens.

The best-preserved region is the Meroë site where three burial sites contain over 50 pyramids. Despite the wealth of history and culture at the site, it receives few visitors, owing to the sites’ long distance from the capital of Khartoum and the few facilities near the site.

The shortage of visitors and facilities means that this UNESCO World Heritage Siteis left largely unmonitored. This gives you the opportunity to get up close with these historical monuments but has also allowed vandalism to become a worsening problem.

Europe

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Despite Europe’s long association with antiquity, you would be forgiven for not considering a visit to one of its pyramids on your next visit. However, there are a remarkable number of well preserved and unique pyramids across the continent that are well worth a side trip.

In Greece, two of the original four Pyramids of Argolis still stand. While a great deal of dissention exists within the archeological community as to the timeframe in which the pyramids were built, they are at least 2,000 years old. They are distinct in their design as they were constructed in a different method than the Egyptian pyramids. The Grecian pyramids are made of locally quarried limestone that was cut to fit, as opposed to the freestanding blocks that make up the Egyptian pyramids.

One of the best-preserved pyramids of the ancient world can be found in the heart of Rome. The Pyramid of Cestius was built in 12 B.C. as a tomb for a Roman magistrate. The Pyramid of Cestius resembles the thin, steeply angled Nubian pyramids of the Meroë region, whom the Romans had warred with only a decade earlier, suggesting a direct link between the two.

Off the coast of Spain, on the Canary Islands, lie the youngest pyramids on this list. These six rectangular step-pyramids, known as the Pyramids of Guimar, were built sometime in the 1800s out of lava stone, well after the island’s conquest in the 1400s by the Spanish. Despite this, the pyramids were not widely known until the 1990s, and their construction, function and point of origin is still contested among archaeologists today.