Monday, November 30, 2009

Get It Right

Read Colossians 3:25

A church member upset a service by first removing a shoe and then his sock.

“Why?” asked a friend.

“I just noticed that one of my socks was on wrong side out,” he said. “When I find I’m wrong, I proceed at once to get right.”

That’s not a bad idea.

If a thing isn’t all right, it’s all wrong.

And if it’s all wrong, you’ll not feel all right. For the Bible says, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong.”

There’s nothing shameful about confessing being wrong. The shame is continuing in it. So quit it, and proceed at once, with God’s help, to do right.

Prayer: Do a work of grace, Father, in our hearts; cleansing us, changing us, and making us consistently Christlike. Help us to avoid doing things that are wrong. Constrain us to love Thee as Thou dost love us: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Be Courteous

Read Philippians 2:3 TLB
A man gave his seat on the bus to a lady. She fainted.

On recovering she thanked him. He was so surprised, he fainted!

Courtesy is a lost art. Too many are suffering from a hardening of the hearteries.

But to be courteous to all; to help others; to hurt no one in thought, word, or deed; this is the constant duty of the godly.

You and I shall pass through this world only one time. Any courtesy we can show, any good deed we can do, let’s do it. We won’t pass this way again.

The Bible says, “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”

Prayer: Make us more willing, Father, to serve than to be served; to give than to get; to love than to be loved. Make us more willing to give our strength to the weak, our sympathy to the sorrowing, and our substance to the poor: through Christ. Amen.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Champ

Read Hebrews 13:21 NIV

A little man said to a 250-pounder, “If I was as big as you are, I’d be the heavyweight champion of the world.”

“Tell me,” he replied, “what’s keeping you from being the lightweight champ?”

You are you. The Lord doesn’t want you to be a carbon copy of any one. He wants you to be you.
You are unique. You’re distinct from all other persons. That difference is no mistake. It’s an expression of the Lord’s touch.

The Lord wants to do through you what He hasn’t done through any other person.

So let go and let Him “equip you with everything you need for doing His will.” Then your life will be beautifully and wonderfully complete.

Prayer: Father, dictate my thoughts, direct my words, and discipline my manners. Make my life complete. All through today give me pure thoughts, kind words and noble deeds: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Loafin' Laborer

Read Proverbs 12:24 TLB
A banker persuaded an old farmer to give his son a job for the summer. A week later the banker stopped by the farm and he asked, “How’s my son doing?”

“If he had one more hand,” said the farmer, “he’d need a third pocket to put it in.”

“An idle brain,” say the Germans, “is the devil’s workshop.” “An idle man,” say the Arabians, “is the devil’s playfellow.” And the Italians say, “By doing nothing we learn to do evil.”

The Living Bible says, “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.”

You can sit, soak and sour; or you can start, strive and soar. Which will you do?

Prayer: Keep us, heavenly Father, from disappointing our families, from dishonoring Thee, and from disgracing ourselves. Give us Thy wisdom for our minds and Thy skill for our hands and inspire us to work hard for Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Repeat Performance

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB

The judge released a drunk saying, “I don’t want to see you in this court again, understand?”

But the man appeared the next day, as drunk as ever. “Didn’t I tell you,” demanded the judge, “that I didn’t want to see you in this court again?”

“That’s what I told the cop,” said the man, “but he wouldn’t listen.”

How’s that for passing the buck?

But you don’t have to stay the way you are. The Lord can change you, if you’re willing.

Your condition is immaterial. If you really want to change, the Lord has the power to do it.

St. Paul says, “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!”

Prayer: I come to Thee, Lord Jesus, and accept Thee as my Savior. Live Thy life in me and love others through me. Help me daily to know Thee better and to serve Thee better: in Thy name. Amen.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Power Of A Push

Read Joshua 1:9 TLB
A man said to his guests, “I admire courage. It made me a billionaire.”

Pointing to a swimming pool, filled with alligators, he said, “I’ll give you anything, if you’ll jump in and swim to the other side.”

Suddenly he heard a splash. He saw a man swimming for his life. He made it to the other side unharmed.

“What do you want?” asked the billionaire.

“Just one thing." said the breathless man. "To know who pushed me into the pool!”

Moses died. He needed a successor. God gave Joshua a push, saying, “Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua became obedient to the Lord. He united a people, and his memory bears no stain.

Prayer: Father, we accept Thy divine leading with courage and confidence. Strengthen and sustain us with Thy counsel and companionship: through Christ. Amen.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

The True God

Read John 17:3 TLB

A widow cried, “My late husband didn’t love me.”

“But,” asked a friend, “didn’t he give you that diamond ring?”

“Well,” she said, “he had a burial policy – $10,000 for a casket and $5,000 for a stone. This is the stone.”

She got around that. But you can’t get around the first commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

You adore Him or abhor Him. You can’t be neutral.

If you don’t worship Him, you worship that person or pleasure which has first place in your life.

But the Bible says, “This is the way to have eternal life – by knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to earth.”

Prayer: We come to Thee, Lord Jesus, believing with all our hearts, and beseeching Thee to make us like Thee. Make our faith to be vital, vocal and victorious: in Thy name. Amen.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hidden Challenge

Read Genesis 50:20 TLB

Janitor Murray Spangler had a problem. The dust he stirred up sweeping floors made him cough and sneeze.

He wondered, “Why not eliminate the broom and suck up the dust?”

Spangler turned his problem into a possibility and came up with the vacuum cleaner. An old friend financed it. His name? Hoover.

Handicaps don’t have to hinder you. They can become a help. Obstacles don’t have to obstruct you. They can become an opportunity. Look to the Lord. He’ll make them work together for your good.

He did that for Joseph. He said, “God turned into good what was meant for evil.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, heavenly Father, that Thou dost make all things work together for our good. Teach us to discern Thy will more clearly and to delight in Thy Word more consistently that we might be conquering Christians: through Christ. Amen.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Great Wall of China

Read Matthew 6:33

The Great Wall of China stretches about fifteen hundred miles. It’s twenty-five feet high, and it tapers from a width of twenty-five feet at the base to fifteen feet at the top.

Made of brick and granite, it appeared invincible. But it was breached three times.

Why? Was it defective material? No, defective men caused the breach. They bribed the gatekeepers.

It’s true – money talks. How you earn it and spend it is a clue to your character.

Oh, for men who value God above gold, integrity above influence, and self-control above self-indulgence.

Do you?

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from wasting our time, talents and treasures. Inspire us to live in love to Thee and all who are Thine. Constrain us to do only those things that honor Thee and never to cause Thee sorrow: in Christ. Amen.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Oh, No!

Read Galatians 6:1-2 NIV

Disappointed with life, a fellow decided to drink his troubles away. Stumbling out of a bar, he came face to face with his minister.

“Pastor,” he cried, “I hate for you to see me like this!”

“But God sees you,” replied the man of God.

“Yeah,” admitted the fellow, “but He keeps it to Himself.”

When someone is overcome by sin, don’t prey on him. Pray for him. It’s not condemnation he needs, but compassion and a cure.

St. Paul said, “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens.”

Prayer: Father, expand our hearts and our minds with the deepest concern for the blessedness of others. Help us to act in love and to speak with kindness this day. Constrain us to pray for others: through Christ. Amen.

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