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Post  Admin on Wed 17 Jul 2019, 8:09 pm

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Redeeming the Time  

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men
but as wise, making the most of the time, because the
days are evil."1

Chuck Colson tells about one prisoner he met who had
been on death row for fifteen years. His name was John
Irving.

John was allowed out of his cell for only one hour a
day. The rest of the time he was studying to become a
minister--preparing to serve God.

Noticing that John had nothing in his cell but a few
books, Colson offered to give him a TV.

"Thanks," John said, "but no thanks. You can waste an
awful lot of time with those things."

Can you imagine wasting time on death row?

Colson goes on to say, "The real evils of the
entertainment industry are not the violence and
profanity--offensive though they are. No, it's the
banality: the sheer waste of time. When we turn the TV
on, we turn our minds off; studies have shown that the
analytical areas of the brain nearly shut down during
extended TV viewing."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, without going to extremes
and ignoring TV altogether and/or becoming a
workaholic, may I learn to use my time wisely,
including quality time with my loved ones and making
time to take proper care of myself with adequate rest
and relaxation ... and making time to spend with You.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Ephesians 5:15-16 (RSV).

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Sweet Temptation  

Jesus said, "Watch and pray so that you will not fall
into temptation."1

I read a while back about certain ants that have a
passion for the sweet glandular substance given off by
the caterpillar of a large blue butterfly. According to
the article, the ants can become so enthralled by the
substance they carry the supplier into their nest with
great delight. What they don't realize is that the
caterpillar gorges himself on the ant larva.

Usually such a threat would be attacked by an army of
ants and destroyed or repelled. However, because they
enjoy the caterpillar's tasty secretions so much, they
become "addicted" to it. In so doing they are oblivious
to the fact that their young are being destroyed!

In reality many of us are addicted to something. It may
not be drugs or alcohol, but anything we habitually or
compulsively use or do to avoid facing our inner
unresolved problems (such as fears, hurts, losses,
anger, guilt, inadequacies, etc.), is an addiction. It
may be work, religion, gambling, spending, eating,
smoking, relationships, sex or any of a score of other
things--some of which may be very enjoyable.

Of one thing we can be sure, when our life is being
controlled by addictions, we don't grow and we can
damage and even destroy our children, our closest
relationships, and our physical, emotional or spiritual
health. Besides, an addiction is often a counterfeit of
the real thing and when we settle for the counterfeit
we can stop ourselves finding the genuine.

Only when we are ruthlessly honest with ourselves, and
admit to God and at least one other safe person that we
are addicted, can we get God's help to face the causes
behind our addictions and seek the help we need to
overcome them.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, if there is anything I am
doing or using to medicate or deaden any unresolved
problems in my life, please deliver me from the sin of
denial, and give me the courage to admit my problems
and find the help I need to face and resolve them.
Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus's name. Amen."

1. Matthew 26:41 (NIV).

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Purposeful Prayer  

“In all your ways acknowledge God and he will direct
your path (or make your paths straight)."1

A NASA official involved in space exploration was
talking to a reporter about humans landing on Mars. The
reporter was concerned about how they would be able to
return to earth.

"That involves a highly complex plan," the space
official said. "It begins with the words, 'Our Father
who art in Heaven.'"

Jokes aside, the reality is that most people do pray at
some time or another. Even those who rarely pray often
do when they are in trouble. How much better to daily
commit and trust our life to God and seek his guidance
in all that we do at all times--regardless of our
circumstances.

Sometimes it's difficult to see how God is directing us
or making our path straight--especially when we've been
going through a series of rough times. In time,
however, if we have daily trusted our life to God and
look back, we will see how God has led us all the way.
It is true, “In all things God works for the good of
those who love him"2--even if it is eventually!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to remember
to daily commit and trust my life and way to You for
every decision I will be called on to make and for
everything I need to do each day. Thank You for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name,
amen."

1. King Solomon, in Proverbs 3:6.
2. Romans 8:28 (NIV).

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The Affliction to Give Advice  

“Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives,
refusing to work and meddling in other people’s
business."1

In much younger and far less experienced days, I recall
how a psychologist friend described some people as
being “cursed with the affliction to give advice." At
that time I had no idea what he meant. 

Today, however, perhaps a “nicer" way to describe these
people is that they can be very officious. According to
Google, being officious basically means to be intrusive
in a meddling or offensive way, marked by excessive
eagerness in offering unwanted [or unsolicited]
services or advice to others. It means generally …
sticking your nose in places where it's not wanted."

The Australians have an interesting saying for people
who stick their nose into other people’s business and
that is, they are being “sticky beaks!"

Certainly the Bible doesn’t use slang terms, but it
does make it clear that we are not to meddle in other
people’s business. This doesn’t mean that we are not to
give help where help is needed and requested, but it
does mean we are not to give unsolicited advice or help
when such is not wanted. Actually, for me to give you
unsolicited and unwanted advice is basically a “put
down" in that I am implying that I know more about your
situation than you know, and that I know better about
what you need to do than you know. This is rather
presumptuous to put it mildly.

Furthermore, it is important that we don’t do for
others what they are quite capable of and need to do
for themselves. Doing this for others keeps them
over-dependent on us and both of us immature. Be
assured too, that neither will God do for us what he
has already equipped us to do for ourselves. 

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me not to be a
‘sticky-beak’ by meddling in other peoples’ business
but just to be available if my help is requested and
genuinely needed. In all such situations, please help
me to be ‘as Jesus’ to the person in need. Thank You
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus’s name, amen."  

1. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 (NLT). 

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Dark Night of the Soul  

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the
everlasting arms."1

Many years ago I snapped an Achilles tendon and was
only out of the cast a few weeks when I snapped it
again! I was not a happy camper. Altogether I was
hobbling around on crutches for much of a six-month
period.

Other things were a lot worse at the same time and for
quite a while I felt like God had forgotten me.

Times like these have been called "the dark night of
the soul." Most of us go through such periods.
Sometimes it's just life's circumstances that get us
down such as having an accident, getting sick, being
betrayed by a friend, or experiencing the loss of a
loved one or a job, or because of an unresolved
relational conflict. And sometimes we have no idea why
we feel so down.

Whatever the reason, the difficulties we are
experiencing may be God's wake-up call for us to put
something right in our life, to help us grow, or to
motivate us to get into a recovery or counseling
program to overcome a depression that has lasted too
long or to help us overcome an addiction--or even
motivate us to change the direction of our life.

If you are going through "a dark night of the soul" be
assured that God wants to use this time to help you
grow and become a better and wiser person or to change
some direction in your life. For me personally, I don't
think I have ever made a major change in my life or
work without it having been preceded by a "dark night
of the soul" period. I mean, who wants to change
anything when everything is going great? Not me! The
"dark night" times leave me open to change and to God's
direction.

However, no matter what we are going through, if our
lives are committed to God, of one thing we can be
certain, "The eternal God is our refuge and underneath
are the everlasting arms."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in any dark night of my
soul and anguish of heart, please help me to learn what
you are seeking to teach me, to hear what you are
saying to me, and/or to know what you want me to do.
And give me the good sense and courage to follow your
bidding. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV).

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When You Can't Forgive Yourself ... Part I  

"Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has
cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete
honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak
and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and
night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My
strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped
trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess
my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me! All my
guilt is gone."1

"How can I get rid of this terrible guilt?" a
distraught father recently asked me. "I have been in a
terrible conflict with one of my sons for many years.
Two weeks ago I was so frustrated with him that I said
to myself, 'I wish he would die.' That night he died."

This father is blaming himself for the death of his
son. In his mind he is convinced that Satan killed him
because of his wish. 

I can understand why this father is distraught.
However, the fact is, he didn't cause his son to die.
His son had been very ill for some time and died of
natural causes. If Satan had anything to do with this
matter, it was sowing the lie in the father's mind
about the devil killing his son. What the father is
struggling with is not real guilt but false guilt. 

One of the difficulties regarding guilt is learning to
tell the difference between real guilt and false guilt.
Because they pretty much feel the same, it can be
challenging to sort out the real from the false.

Some counselors claim that all guilt is psychologically
damaging, but this is nonsense. If we don't feel guilty
when we do wrong, we'd be a bunch of psychopaths with
dead consciences. It's false guilt that is
psychologically damaging because it keeps people in
endless bondage not because of what they did, but
because of their faulty thinking.

To resolve real guilt, for our spiritual wellbeing we
need to admit what we have done wrong, confess it to
God and ask for his forgiveness. When we do this God
forgives us. He promised he would.2 For our mental
wellbeing we also need to confess our wrongdoing to at
least one trusted friend or counselor, and wherever
possible ask the one we wronged for their forgiveness,
and seek to make amends for what we have done. And
then, regardless of whether this person forgives us or
not, God has forgiven us and we need to forgive
ourselves. When we genuinely do this, we experience the
relief that David experienced when he confessed his sin
with Bathsheba. 

However, if having done all of this and we still feel
guilty, the feeling is false guilt and that is a
totally different matter.

Continued tomorrow in Part II….

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to always
admit and confess my sins so I can be forgiven and
therein resolve my feelings of guilt, and please help
me to overcome the sins that so easily beset me. When I
experience false guilt, help me to see it for what it
is and get the help I need to overcome it. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 32:2-5 (NLT).
2. 1 John 1:9.

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The Power of a Father's Influence  

Wishing all fathers a very Happy and God blessed
Father's Day
"Fathers, do not exasperate [provoke to anger] your
children; instead, bring them up in the training and
instruction of the Lord."1

Many years ago a small Jewish boy asked his father,
"Why must we surrender our Jewish faith and start to
attend Lutheran services here in Germany?"

The father replied, "Son, we must abandon our faith so
that people will accept us and support our business
adventures!" 

The young lad never got over his disappointment and
bitterness. His faith in his father and in his religion
were crushed. When the lad left Germany he went to
England to study at the British Museum where he formed
his philosophies for life. From those intensive
investigations he wrote a book that changed the world
called, The Communist Manifesto. 

From that book one-third of the world fell under the
spell of Marxist-Leninist ideology. The name of that
little boy was Karl Marx. He influenced billions into a
stream that for 70 years ruined, imprisoned and
confused many lives. Today, that system of thinking is
crumbling, but only after people got a good look at its
tragic consequences. The influence of this father's
hypocrisy multiplied in infamy. Without godly faith,
all of us are subject to distortions in our
perspectives.2

As Pope John XXIII said, "It is easier for a father to
have children than for children to have a real father."


On the positive side of the coin, however, Mario Cuomo,
the famous former Italian governor of New York, said,
"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both
hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him
once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a
man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak
the language, who taught me all I needed to know about
faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his
example." 

Jim Valvano said, "My father gave me the greatest gift
anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

Speaking personally, my father had his struggles, was
misunderstood by many (including myself), but he gave
me what I believe was the greatest gift any child could
ever receive--he took me to a church where I learned
about God and His plan of eternal salvation through
Jesus Christ my Lord. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, as a father [parent]
please help me to so live that my children, seeing the
example I set in following your ways and modeling what
a real Christian should be, will want to follow my
example to follow you. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Ephesians 6:4 (NIV).
2. Paul J. Fritz. Cited on
http://www.bible.org/illus.asp?topic_id=2 

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Protesting too Much  

"He who hides his hatred has lying lips."1

As Robert Edwards said, "Don't place too much
confidence in the man who boasts of being honest as the
day is long. Wait until you meet him at night."

I recently heard a man trying to convince his
acquaintances how honest he was, which reminded me of
the time I heard another man arguing about how humble
he was.

When I hear statements like this I can't help but
think, "If I have to convince you I'm a gentleman, you
can be pretty sure that I'm not. If I have to tell you
how humble I am, already I've lost it. And if I have to
repeatedly tell you I'm being honest, it's probably a
good sign that I'm not. As William Shakespeare so
eloquently put it: "The lady doth protest too much,
methinks."

I don't have to talk to lie. I can do it through my
body language and facial expressions. I can lie by
smiling or being saccharine sweet when I'm angry, by
laughing when I'm hurting or sad, by being aggressive
when I'm afraid, and so on. I can lie just through my
tone of voice, or by pretending that I'm feeling or
thinking something that I'm not.

Friends who don't speak the truth cannot be trusted.
You can't feel safe or comfortable in their company.
You'll never know where they stand or where you stand
with them.

As the Apostle Paul encouraged us: "We will lovingly
follow the truth at all times-speaking truly, dealing
truly, living truly--and so become more and more in
every way like Christ who is the head of the body."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be
open-faced, genuine, authentic, and real--always--and
be like Jesus in all my relationships. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's
name. Amen."

1. Proverbs 10:18.
2. Ephesians 4:15 (TLB).

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The Music of Your Life  

"Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a
bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives
light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let
your light shine before men, that they may see your
good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."1 

According to an article in Turning Point Daily
Devotional, "Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the
world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his
concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most
of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin
on one of his trips, he wasn't able to buy it. Later,
having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he
returned to the seller, hoping to purchase that
beautiful instrument.

"But to his great dismay, it had been sold to a
collector. Kreisler made his way to the new owner's
home and offered to buy the violin. The collector said
it had become his prized possession, and he would not
sell it. "Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to
leave when he had an idea. 'Could I play the instrument
once more before it is consigned to silence?' he asked.
Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled
the room with such heart-moving music that the
collector's emotions were deeply stirred. 'I have no
right to keep that to myself,' he exclaimed. 'It's
yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let
people hear it.'

"We have a message to share. Our heavenly Father
created us as exquisite instruments, and the beautiful
music we are to make is the Good News of salvation
through faith in Jesus Christ. We were made to be
played."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to let my
light so shine that it will be as 'music to another's
ears,' and draw them to You, the 'Master Musician par
excellence.' Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV).
2. Turning Point Daily Devotional (7-26-06). Cited on
Preaching Now http://www.preaching.com.

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Living in a Boomerang World  

“When you ask [pray], you do not receive, because you
ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get
on your pleasures."1 “God is near to all who call on
him; to all who call on him in truth."2

There’s an old joke about the Australian aborigine who
was given a brand new boomerang for his birthday.
Unfortunately he couldn't throw his old one away--it
kept coming back.

Life’s kind of like that. Have you ever tried to throw
away an old bad habit ... or a self-defeating
addiction?

Someone said that the best way to break a bad habit is
to drop it. Sure would be great if it were that easy.
It isn’t. However, if we don’t break the habit or
addiction, it will have a way of breaking us.

So how do we break a bad habit and/or a self-defeating
addiction?

First, we need to admit that we have a problem and that
it has us beaten. The only person God or anyone else
can ever help is the one who admits, “I have a problem.
I need help"--and genuinely means it and is prepared to
do something about it. Bad habits and addictions
rarely, if ever, leave us without a battle.

Second, we need to avoid playing the blame-game at all
costs and accept full responsibility for our actions
and our recovery.

Third, we need to realize that bad habits and
especially addictions are a means to medicate some
inner problem or pain that we have never faced, dealt
with and resolved. Bad habits and addictions are almost
always the “fruit of a deeper root."

Fourth, we need to seek qualified help, be it a
support/recovery group and/or that of a qualified
counselor/therapist. We need this support in order to
keep us accountable and to help us stop acting out our
addiction and thereby medicating (deadening) the pain.
To heal it we need to feel it. Medicating it stops us
from facing and resolving it.

Fifth, we need to pray the right prayer. Many people
beg God to deliver them from their destructive symptoms
but never think to realize that they need to pray that
God will confront them with the reality of the cause/s
that drives them to act out in destructive habits
and/or addictions. It is only as we face and confront
the truth--the real cause/s--behind our destructive
habits that we have any chance of recovery. 

As Dr. Cecil Osborne used to day, “When we are hiding a
deeper sin or fault we tend to confess a lesser one all
the more vigorously." That is; instead of confessing
the cause/causes of our behavior we get obsessed with
and confess only the symptom. This tends to reinforce
the addiction rather than overcome it because “whatever
the mind dwells on, the body acts on."

When we pray for truth and genuinely mean it, God
always answers. Once we see the truth (cause) of our
problem, we usually know what we need to do about
resolving it. As God’s Word says, “The LORD is near to
all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, no matter what problems I
struggle with, please help me to see the real cause/s
behind them and, with Your help, accept full
responsibility for dealing with them. Also, please lead
me to the help I need to overcome. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."


1. James 4:3 (NIV).
2. Psalm 145:18 (NIV).

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Just Suppose  

"My son [and/or daughter] give me your heart ... for
out of it are the issues of life."1

Zig Ziglar tells the story about an elderly man playing
an organ in a cathedral in Europe. He was playing sad
and melancholy music. It was sad because this was his
last day as organist of the cathedral. He was being
replaced by a younger musician.

At dusk, somebody stepped into the cathedral. Seeing
the younger man, the organist stopped playing, locked
the organ and slipped the key into his pocket. He was
approached by the young man, who simply said, "Please,
the key."

On receiving the key, the young organist went to the
organ and began to play.

While the old man had played beautifully and
skillfully, the young man played with sheer genius.
Incredible music came rolling out of that beautiful old
organ.

This was the world's introduction to the music of
Johann Sebastian Bach. The old man, with tears in his
eyes, said, "Suppose--just suppose--I had not given the
master the key!"

Have you given the Master of Life the key--the key to
your heart and to your life?

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I surrender the key to my
heart and life to You. Please make me the man/woman of
God You want me to be. Do with my life as You will.
Please use me to be a part of what You are doing in the
world today. Thank You for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Proverbs 23:26 with 4:23 (NIV & KJV).

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Reflections  

"But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can
be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.
And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we
become more and more like Him."1

Corrie Ten Boom said, "If a bird is flying for
pleasure, it flies with the wind, but if it meets
danger it turns and faces the wind, in order that it
may rise higher."

Bernard Brunstang believes that "people who have
setbacks and trouble often emerge with values and
priorities that are higher and nobler, more sensitivity
and understanding of the difficulties of others, and a
new appreciation of how much people mean to them."

"Life is like a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down
or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of."

Stan Buck tells the story about a little girl who, on
their way home from church, turned to her mother and
said, "Mommy, the preacher's sermon this morning
confused me."

The mother said, "Oh! Why is that?

The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger
than we are. Is that true?"

"Yes, that's true," the mother replied.

"He also said that God lives within us. Is that true
too?"

Again the mother replied, "Yes."

"Well," said the girl. "if God is bigger than we are
and he lives in us, wouldn't he show through?"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be as
Jesus today to whomever You bring into my life and
grant that my life will mirror Your beauty and Your
love to them. And grant that they, seeing Jesus in me,
will want him for themselves. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name,
amen."

1. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (TLB).

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Angels Unawares  

"Continue to love each other with true brotherly love.
Don't forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing
it!"1

Someone has wisely said, "The great thing in life is
not so much what we are doing at the moment, but the
direction in which we are headed."

This was certainly true for a couple in Germany that I
read about who, many years ago, were preparing their
evening meal when they heard a knock at their door.
When they opened the door, standing there in the deep
winter cold, was an ill-clad youth asking for food. The
couple took him in to give him food and shelter for the
night.

Being Christians, they prayed for this rather destitute
young man. Somehow they both felt that they should take
him into their home and, in time, adopt him as their
own son. Little did they know who this stranger was and
what he would accomplish with his life. His name?
Martin Luther.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available again today.
Please make me usable and use me to be as Jesus to
whomever You bring into my life today. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Hebrews 13:1-2 (TLB) (NLT).

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Toothbrush “Theology"  

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."1

What I am about to say may seem extremely simplistic
but it was a vivid reminder to me of the incredible
privileges and blessings I/we experience every day here
in the Western world.

When I was brushing my teeth last night, I thought to
myself how blessed I am to have a toothbrush and
toothpaste so I can clean my teeth every morning and
night. I was thinking how awful it would be to live
where such simple amenities were not available.
However, before writing me off as some kind of pedantic
fanatic please consider a recent experience that Joy
(my wife) had.

A while back she was on a mission team from our church
that went to a poverty stricken area in the
Philippines. She shared how incredibly excited and
thankful the children were when the team gave each one
of them a toothbrush and toothpaste--something they had
never had in their life before.

And then this morning I was so thankful to God that we
had indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, all
the food we need, modern medical help, a roof over our
head, a cozy bed to sleep in, a loving partner, the
wonderful privilege of writing to you, incredible means
of communication and travel, fabulous highways--and a
thousand other conveniences, privileges, and endless
benefits that we have that all too often are taken for
granted--not to mention the unspeakable privilege of
having heard and received God’s great gift of
salvation--and because somebody cared enough to
introduce me to Jesus. 

I hope that when you brush your teeth today that you,
too, will see and remember the incredible blessings
that you have and that, together, we will work to help
those less fortunate than ourselves. As another has
said, “Would I sell my hands or my eyes for a million
dollars?" No way.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please open my eyes so
that I will continually see the endless blessings You
have so freely given to me and, above all else, please
give me a thankful heart. And may praise and
thanksgiving to You always be in my heart and never far
from my lips. And please help me to remember the poor
and needy where I live and those in other parts of the
world, and do what I can to help those who are not in a
position to be able to help themselves--and in so doing
exhibit your love for them. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayer. In Jesus’s name, amen."

1. Ephesians 5:20 (NIV).

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Health Laws  

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my
path."1

"The Bible has changed the lives of more persons than
any other book," said W. Clement Stone. "It has helped
countless thousands to develop physical, mental and
moral health."

In his book, None of These Diseases, Dr. S.I. McMillen
said, "When God led the Israelites out of afflicted
Egypt, He promised them that if they would obey His
statutes [laws], He would put 'none of these diseases'
upon them [diseases that afflicted the Egyptians]. God
guaranteed a freedom from disease that modern medicine
cannot duplicate."2

Every rule, every law, and every principle in the Bible
is there, not because God is a killjoy, but for our
total physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

For instance, the ancient Jews were told by God not to
eat certain animal meats, including that of pigs
(pork). Was this for any kind of religious ritual? No.
It was because those particular animals carried
diseases that caused serious sickness--such as were
common in Egypt.

Still today, God's Word gives us many instructions that
are for mental and physical, as well as for spiritual,
health reasons. We are instructed not to be jealous,
bitter, hateful, resentful, unforgiving, and so on. The
greatest physician who ever lived, Jesus Christ,
pointed out 2,000 years ago the importance of
forgiveness. When He encouraged us to "forgive seventy
times seven," He was thinking of our emotional and
physical wellbeing as much as our spiritual wellbeing.
Dr. McMillen also pointed out that a forgiving spirit
could save us from "ulcerative colitis, toxic goiters,
high blood pressure, and scores of other diseases"--all
possible effects of resentment.

We disregard Gods laws to our peril. This also applies
to his moral laws. For one example, think about STDs
and AIDS. The reality is that we can no more break Gods
moral laws than we can break the law of gravity. When
we try to, we only break ourselves. God also has a law
of sin and death …. We also defy this to our eternal
peril.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your moral
laws which You have given in Your Word, the Bible, for
my protection and well being. Give me the wisdom to
understand them, the faith to believe them, and the
good sense and strength to obey them. Thank You for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's
name, amen."

1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).
2. Dr. S.I. McMillen, None of These Diseases, p. 7.

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Dedicating Our Children to the Lord  Happy Mother’s Day weekend! “I prayed forthis child,
and the Lord has granted me what Iasked of him. So now
I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be
given over to the Lord." And he worshiped
the Lord there."1Being a mom isthe greatest privilege
and an answered prayer for many of us. I am a mom of
twoyoung children, and although there are some days
where I am completely exhausted,I feel so blessed.
Recently, my third child died in utero at five
monthsgestation which was truly heartbreaking. At my
twelve-week checkup, we had beeninformed that our son
had a serious chromosomal defect, which made life
outsidethe womb impossible. Abortion was suggested
multiple times by doctors andspecialists; however, we
chose to love and protect our son as long as Godallowed
us to. I cherished every ultrasound. He kicked and
moved his arms, andhis heartbeat was so strong. I felt
that motherly bond instantly and fell inlove with this
sweet little boy who I knew would meet Jesus soon. Our
son,Elijah Benjamin, was born on April 19th. We held
him gently as wededicated and gave him right back to
the Lord. Losing your child, regardless ofage, is not
easy. I have been overwhelmed with emotions the past
few weeks, butI am at peace knowing that Elijah is
enjoying Heaven with our Father. This experience ledme
to think of the prophet Samuel’s mom, Hannah. She had
wanted a baby for solong! She would go to the temple to
pray and desperately ask God to give her achild. We
read: “In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord,
weeping bitterly.  Andshe made a vow, saying,
“Lord Almighty,if you will only look on your servant’s
misery and remember me, and notforget your servant but
give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for
all the days of his life…"2 This couldn’t havebeen an
easy vow to make considering how much she longed for
this son. However,Hannah kept her vow and took Samuel
back to the temple to dedicate his life toserving the
Lord. As parents, we doour best to raise our children
in God’s ways and pray that they will rememberthis once
they are grown. I would love to be able to be with my
kids all thetime and take care of them, but the truth
is, only God can do that. When wechoose to dedicate our
children to the Lord daily through prayer, we can be
atpeace knowing that God is in control and will be with
them every step of theway. Moms, you areamazing! You
are loved, appreciated, and we celebrate you. God has
chosen youto carry out such an important task in
raising your children. Whether yourchildren are young
or old, I encourage you to keep praying for them
anddedicating them to God daily. Your work is not in
vain. May God bless you andkeep you today and always.
Suggested prayer:“Dear God, please bless our moms. Give
us strength, courage, energy, and guidanceto raise the
children you have given us. Like Hannah, may we
dedicate them toyou on a daily basis, knowing that you
have a perfect plan for their lives andyou have chosen
us to partake in it. Allow us to cherish the moments,
give uswisdom to guide our children, and may they learn
to love you and others throughour example. In Jesus’
name. Amen."Devotional written by: Crystal Bonilla
 1.   1. 1 Samuel1:27-28 (NIV). 2.   2. 1 Samuel1:10-11
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Creative Imagination  

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you
know that the testing of your faith produces
perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that
you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."1

Mary looked through her kitchen window then frowned.
"Those workmen," she fumed, "have dumped a load of
trash right outside the back door."

Then the children came and shouted with delight! They
saw, not a load of trash, but a glorious heap of play
material.

Watching and listening, mother soon saw the children
change the trash dump into a gleaming spaceship
complete with excited astronauts--all done through the
power of imagination.

Does life for you seem dull and ugly right now? Do you
have a "trash dump" staring you in the face? With God's
help and the power of imagination you, too, can create
a new image of what your life can be.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in all the challenges of
life, please help me see beyond the immediate situation
and imagine, with your help, what my life can become;
one that is perfect [mature] and complete. Thank you
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in
Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 1:2-4 (NIV).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Learning to Love  

"We love Him because He first loved us."1

While we are encouraged and even commanded by God to
love one another, it isn't always easy to do. Loving
actually needs to be learned.

As the Bible teaches, we love God because He loved us
first. He modeled it for us. The same principle is true
with human love. We love people because someone first
loved us and modeled love for us.

We didn't come into the world knowing how to love, only
with the ability to learn how to love. If we didn't
receive healthy loving or if we didn't feel adequately
loved when we were growing up, chances are as adults we
will suffer from love deprivation and not know how to
love properly--only how "to make" love which may or may
not have anything at all to do with love!

In other words, to learn to love we need to be loved
first--for what we didn't receive in our early
developmental years, we need to receive now. 

We do this by having at least one or two safe, loving,
non-judgmental, and accepting people to love us as we
really are--by allowing them see our total dark
side--secrets, failures, sins, weaknesses, faults …
warts and all. As these people love and accept us for
who we are (not for what we have or haven't done), we
learn little by little to love and accept ourselves.
Remember, too, that we can only be loved to the degree
that we are known, and we can only love and accept
others to the degree that we have learned to love and
accept ourselves. Admittedly this can be very scary but
it is profoundly healing. 

This is another reason why the Bible teaches us the
importance of confessing our sins and faults to one
another.2 Doing this is crucial for the healing of our
human hurts and damaged emotions.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me a few
friends with whom I can feel safe to let them know me
fully and love me still. Through their love and your
love please help me to learn to love and accept myself
in a healthy way. In so doing teach me to love others
who also need to be loved in the same way I do. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen." 

1. 1 John 4:19 (NKJV). 
2. James 5:16.

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Today's Daily Encounter

Being Authentic

"But the Lord God called to the man [Adam], 'Where are
you?' He answered, 'I heard you in the garden, and I
was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.'"1

In his book, The Transparent Self, Sydney Jourard
explains, "When I say that self-disclosure is a means
by which one achieves personality health, I mean
something like the following: it is not until I am my
real self and act my real self that my real self is in
a position to grow. One's self grows from the
consequences of being. People's selves stop growing
when they repress them."

The problem of hiding and repressing one's true self,
feelings and motives goes back to the first man, Adam.
When he sinned he felt guilty and exposed, so he hid
himself. When God called, "Adam, where are you?" Adam
replied, "I was afraid so I hid." Fearing God might
condemn and/or reject him if he admitted what he did,
Adam hid to defend himself.

Sin has the same effect on us all. Fearing rejection
for our sins, failures, negative emotions, and false
motives, we hide from God and then from other people.
And, if we do this long enough, eventually we hide from
ourselves until we no longer know who or what we really
are. Personal growth then ceases and death as an
authentic person begins.

To be fully alive and fully functioning, we need to be
very much aware of the masks we hide behind and what we
are hiding. Only when we face our reality; that is, our
secret sins, dark side, and supercharged repressed
negative emotions, and confess these to God and to at
least one other trusted person, can we ever feel
forgiven, free, and become authentic and real.

As they say in AA, we are as sick as our secrets. Also,
it's not the truth that hurts us but letting go of the
lies; that is, letting go of the masks and defenses we
hide behind.

There are numerous ways we hide to avoid facing our
dark side and to medicate our pain such as the
following: being too busy, becoming a workaholic or
even a religious-aholic, or in other addictive
behaviors. We use chemical dependency, intellectualism,
theological rigidity, legalism, saccharine sweetness,
an austere bearing, control of others, being a
super-personality, codependency, and a score of other
ways. Only when we stop acting out in these
self-defeating ways and face our inner pain can we ever
have a chance of overcoming what we are hiding from. As
Jesus reminded us, it's the truth that sets people
free.2 Hiding from the truth keeps us in bondage.
Furthermore, living in denial can be deadly! It can
destroy relationships and take years off one's life.

The tragedy is that most of us will do absolutely
anything to avoid facing our reality and feeling our
pain. However, to heal it we need to feel it, admit it,
own it, and bring it to Jesus, to a trusted friend and,
if needed, to a qualified counselor for healing and
recovery.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be real
and connected to every broken part in my life, every
unresolved issue, every buried emotion, and any block
in me that hurts my relationships and stops my feeling
and experiencing your love and affirmation at the very
core of my being. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Genesis 3:9-10 (NIV).
2. John 8:32.

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Successful Living  

"If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you
have money, share it generously. If God has given you
leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.
And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others,
do it gladly. Don't just pretend that you love others.
Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side
of the good. Love each other with genuine affection,
and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy
in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically."1

Marshall Field, quoted in Predictions & Prescriptions
newsletter, gives twelve points to remember for
successful living:

     1. The value of time
     2. The success of perseverance
     3. The pleasure of working
     4. The dignity of simplicity
     5. The worth of character
     6. The power of kindness
     7. The influence of example
     8. The obligation of duty
     9. The wisdom of economy
    10. The virtue of patience
    11. The improvement of talent
    12. The joy of originating 

All of the above are excellent, but the best advice for
successful living is still to be kind, be diligent, do
all the good you can, model Christian living, love one
another, and above all, don't forget God; and serve him
enthusiastically.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to so live that my
life will model what it means to be truly successful
(in your view) so that people will see you in me and
want the same for themselves. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Romans 12:8-11 (TLB)(NLT). 

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Maundy Thursday  

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have
loved you, so you must love one another."1

The day before Good Friday is called "Maundy Thursday."
I believe it comes from the Latin mandatum
(commandment). It was that day, after Jesus had washed
his disciples' feet, that he said, "A new commandment I
give to you, that you love one another." 

I read about how the "King of Abyssinia who once took a
British subject named Cameron prisoner and incarcerated
him in the high fortress of Magdala. No cause was
stated for his confinement. When Great Britain found
out, she demanded an immediate release of her citizen.
King Theodore refused. 

"According to the story, within days Great Britain sent
several thousand soldiers by ship to Magdala. After
marching across unfriendly country for many miles, they
attacked the fortress and rescued that one British
subject. "The expedition took several months and cost
the English government twenty-five million dollars. The
entire resources of the government were made available
in the rescue of only one citizen."

Similarly, because of God's great love for us, he sent
his Son, Jesus Christ, from heaven to earth to rescue
you and me from the prison of eternal death (that we
actually deserved) by dying in our place to pay the
judgment price for our sins. 

However, on the day before Jesus suffered an
excruciating and agonizing death by being crucified, he
gave his disciples and followers a new commandment and
that was "that we love one another." This he
demonstrated for us on the cross at Calvary.

With tireless regularity Easter comes around year after
year as a powerful reminder to all the world that
Jesus, the Son of God, loved us so much that he gave
his life as a ransom for our sins, so that we could be
given a full and free pardon and the gift of eternal
life. 

There is no greater gift in all of life. There is no
greater love in all the world. And because Jesus loved
us so much, may God help us to love and forgive others
as he has so freely loved and forgiven us. This is his
new commandment to you and to me. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear Jesus God, how can I ever thank
you enough for all you have done for me . . . for dying
for my sins and for rescuing me from the pit of hell
and giving me the gift of eternal life to be in heaven
forever with you. Help me to love others as you have
loved me. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer, Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 13:34 (NIV). 

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The Search for Happiness  

"Then he [Jesus] said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not
consist in the abundance of his possessions.'"1

Some time ago "former Tyco executive Dennis Kozlowski
walked out of a Manhattan courtroom and into a swarm of
photographers. He had just been convicted on multiple
counts of looting Tyco of hundreds of millions of
dollars. 

As Chuck Colson wrote, "I have an idea that at the peak
of Kozlowski's wealth and fame, he found his life
empty and meaningless. I did when I rose to great
heights of political power. According to researchers …
a growing body of data points to the conclusion that
the amount of money accumulated above middle-class
comfort level has no impact on our happiness. They
found instead that it's social interaction and
friendships that give us lasting pleasure in life."2

Amazing isn't it? Modern research is now agreeing with
what Jesus taught more than 2,000 years ago.
Furthermore, God's Word repeatedly emphasizes the
importance of relationships. One of the first things
Jesus did at the very beginning of his earthly ministry
was to choose the twelve disciples "that they might be
with him." He reminded his friend, Martha, that it was
more important to relate to him--in the way that her
sister, Mary, was doing--than it was to work for
him--as important as that was. A new commandment that
Jesus gave all his followers was to "love one another."


Jesus also pointed out that when we come with an
offering for God and remember that we have an impaired
significant relationship, we are to first resolve that
relationship and then bring our gift to God. 

It has been claimed that 80 percent of life's
satisfaction comes from satisfactory relationships. For
happiness, yes we do need to have our basic needs met,
and there's nothing wrong with wealth if it is gained
honestly and used purposely with healthy motives; but
of far greater importance is that we not only find
peace with God, but also peace with others by forgiving
all who have hurt us, and resolving every impaired
relationship as far as is humanly possible. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, while not neglecting my
work and responsibilities, please help me to sort out
my priorities and develop and maintain healthy
relationships, first with my family, then with friends,
and also with strangers whom you bring into my life.
And above all, please help me to love you with all my
heart, and always put my relationship to you first in
everything I am and do. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Luke 12:15 (NIV).
2. Chuck Colson in Breakpoint, July 19, 2005. 

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Today's Daily Encounter

Light in the Darkness  

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven."1

When Robert Louis Stevenson was a young child, as dusk
was turning to darkness, he had his face pinned to the
window at the front of his house fascinated by the
lamplighter coming down the street lighting the
old-fashioned gas street lamps.

He called out to his nana saying, "Nana! Come quickly.
There's a man coming down the street punching holes in
the darkness!"

Wherever we are and wherever we go may God's love shine
through us so that by our manner of conversation and
life we, too, will "punch holes in the darkness"--the
spiritual darkness that surrounds us.

No matter how small you feel your "light" may be,
remember that all the darkness in the world cannot put
out the light of one small candle--or that of one
ordinary Christian!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to so live
that your love and your light will shine through me,
and thereby show others the way to Jesus. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen." 

1. Matthew 5:16.

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Looking Back to Go Forward  

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and
straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the
goal to win the prize for which God has called me
heavenward in Christ Jesus."1

You've no doubt read that if flies are placed in a jar
with air holes in the lid, they will fly around
frantically, banging into the lid, desperately trying
to escape from their prison. However, if left there
long enough, eventually they will stop banging into the
lid. Later, if the lid is removed, they won't even try
to escape. Somehow they have been conditioned "to
believe" that there is no escape. They just keep
circling in the cramped jar.

Some of us are like that. Somewhere in our past,
through a bad experience, perhaps in a bad marriage, or
as a teenager or child we were hurt and have been
"conditioned" to believe that there is no escape, so we
are afraid to try again for fear of failure or of
getting hurt again.

To overcome, one needs to acknowledge where and how in
the past he or she had been hurt, express the hurt,
anger and/or grief creatively if these feelings exist,
and then let go of them so he/she can go forward into
the future unencumbered by his or her past.

As Peter said, "So get rid of your feelings of
hatred."2 Repressing or denying feelings doesn't get
rid of them. It only adds interest to them and makes
things worse in the long run. Negative emotions need to
be expressed verbally (or written out) in a creative
manner. With grief we need to sob it out until it is
all gone. That's what tears are for. For some of us
skilled counseling may be needed to help us re-connect
to our super-charged repressed negative and damaged
emotions, and to express them creatively.

Once this is done, forgiveness becomes possible, which
we need to grant to anyone who ever hurt us. Only then
can we be freed from the past and put it behind us. And
then, if there is still fear of being hurt again,
acknowledge the fear but choose not to allow it to
control you. With God's help step out and try, try, try
again until you succeed in what it is you want to do,
or better still, to do what you believe God wants you
to do.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to resolve
any hurts from the past that are affecting my life in
any negative way, and help me to forgive any and all
who have ever hurt me. And help me to seek forgiveness
where I have hurt others, so I can put all these things
behind me, forget them, and be free to fully live and
fully love. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV).
2. 1 Peter 2:1 (TLB)(NLT).

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Today's Daily Encounter

Priorities  

"Seeing a fig tree by the road, he [Jesus] went up to
it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said
to it, 'May you never bear fruit again!' Immediately
the tree withered.'"1

Today in the Word reported how "Andrew Carnegie, a poor
Scottish immigrant turned powerful industrialist,
became one of the richest men of the nineteenth
century--and one of the most generous. It's estimated
he gave nine out of every ten dollars he earned in oil,
railroads, and steel to charity, an astounding total of
$350 million over his lifetime. A strong supporter of
free libraries and education, he believed that the rich
had a moral responsibility to use their wealth to
benefit others. Carnegie spread his wealth around,
making philanthropy his life's priority."2

Obviously, very few people ever have this kind of
wealth, but we all have something that we can give--be
it large or small--to help in some way to make our
world a better place in which to live. 

The Apostle Paul said, "It has always been my ambition
to preach the gospel where Christ was not known."3 His
priority was to spread the good news of the riches of
the gospel message of Jesus Christ. To this he
dedicated and gave his life.

I think just about all of us want to feel that our life
has not been lived in vain--that we have made a
difference in the world in which we live. When we come
to the end of life's journey and meet Jesus face to
face, how terribly sad it would be if we have nothing
to offer him but "leaves" as it was with the tree Jesus
referred to in today's scripture verse. 

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. We start
by setting priorities. Whatever comes first in our
lives are our priorities. Let's make sure that God and
living for him is at the very top of our list of
priorities, remembering that we serve God by serving
people. 

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to set
priorities that are in harmony with your will so that,
when I meet you face to face, I will hear your welcome
words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter
into the joy of your Lord.' Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


1. Matthew 21:19 (NIV). 
2. Today in the Word, April 29, 2005.
3. Romans 15:20 (NIV). 

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