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Post  Admin on Thu 14 Feb 2019, 10:05 pm

Date: February 13, 2019 at 2:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Bitterness Trap

The Bitterness Trap

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."  Ephesians 4:31-32

Scripture Focus: Ephesians 4

Only through Jesus can we rid ourselves of bitterness. His entire life showed us how to forgive, even to His last few moments on the cross. As He looked out at bitter humanity-at those who mocked Him, spat on Him, and watched Him be beaten beyond recognition-He spoke solemn words: "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34). Bitterness is the acid that consumes the container. We don't hold onto it so much as it holds onto us. A bitter person is negative, never satisfied, and forever bringing up old wounds. The only cure is forgiveness. Marriages, families, and friendships can all be ruined by just one bitter person who feels justified in his/her feelings. But these relationships also can be saved by the reality of the One Person who gave perfect forgiveness at Calvary. While Jesus spoke directly to those gathered around the cross, His prayer that the Father would forgive them is spoken for you and me, too. Let Jesus' words dissolve the bitterness you may harbor. He has freely forgiven you, so go ahead and forgive others.

Insight: Come to the fountain of Jesus' precious blood. Be cleansed and forgiven today, forgiving others along the way.

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Topic: +DEV+  A Wedding Feast for Everyone


A Wedding Feast for Everyone

"Then the angel said to me, Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb! And he added, These are the true words of God."  1 John 4:1

1 John 4

Some people will never marry and find it very difficult to be single. Many women hear the echo of the rather dismal adage, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." For the Christian, that saying is a myth in one important respect: being the bride of Christ is the ultimate privilege. Throughout time, people have chosen singleness willingly, preferring, as the Apostle Paul did, to remain unmarried in their lives of ministry (1 Corinthians 7). The remarkable Sophie Muller was one such saint. Beginning in the 1940s, she started over 50 churches, translated the Bible into countless dialects, and founded a Bible institute in the jungles of Columbia. From age 19 until she died in her 80s, she was active in speaking and ministry. Sophie Muller knew that Jesus Christ was her all in all. Believers who walk through life alone can know as well that their Bridegroom is calling them. Every one of us who trusts in Jesus can be assured that we are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb. Don't miss the feast at which our Lord has promised us a place!

Insight: When brides like Sophie meet their groom, what a wedding feast it will be! And all of their spiritual children will be there!
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Date: February 12, 2019 at 12:57 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Wise Stewards

Wise Stewards


"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."  1 Timothy 6:10

Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 6

A great deal of life in families will necessarily revolve around money-its abundance or its lack. The God who made us knew how all-consuming it would be, so Scripture speaks often to the topic. The Lord knows our need of it. Paul spoke plainly about it. Money in itself is certainly not evil. But as we grow older, we all become more aware of money's ability to do great good or great harm in society. I had the chance to meet a dear Christian woman We will call Mrs. Jones as my children played various games at the "Jones Center." It turned out that she was the name behind that beautiful facility as well as the name behind some of the popular places of the buisnesses around town. She and her husband had no children of their own, so they invested in the ones growing up near them. Whether you are in plenty or in want, remember that all you have and work hard to own belongs to the Lord. We are simply His stewards of it. Your Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and He surely owns and loves you, too.

Insight: The evangelist D. L. Moody once remarked that the last thing in most people's lives to get converted is the pocketbook. Live generously!

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Post  Admin on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 12:46 am

Date: February 11, 2019 at 1:54 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Priceless Wife
The Priceless Wife
"A wife of noble character who can find?"  Proverbs 31:10a
Scripture Focus: Proverbs 31
Many a hardworking wife who knows the Proverbs 31 list of qualities to measure up to is glad for that opening question. Could anyone ever find a wife like this? She serves her husband, family, and community. She is ambitious and trustworthy. She prepares food and clothing for the family and the poor. She finds bargains, stays in shape, purchases real estate, and speaks wisdom and kindness at all times. It's an overwhelming list! How could any woman accomplish it all? The godly wife need not feel burdened to meet this perfect standard. The principles set out in the closing of Proverbs are things a wife would do well to aim for. But the Lord is not imposing a harsh to-do list. He knows our failures. He wants two people in a marriage to work hard for each other's good, seeking to serve in whatever capacity they can. But most of all, He wants us to see that overshadowing our shortcomings is our great need for a Savior. We can't do it all, but He already has! Of even more value than a good wife, the Lord Himself is priceless.
Insight: "May God himself, sanctify you, the one who calls you is faithful and he will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:23a, 24)

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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 4:41 pm

Date: February 4, 2019 at 12:26 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Honesty

Honesty

"My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes."  Jeremiah 16:17

Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 16

Honesty is perhaps the most precious gift two people in any relationship can give each other. Our inner motives as well as our outer actions are all known to God and-thankfully-are constantly cleansed by the blood of Jesus. When we use dishonesty to get what we want, we only fool ourselves. Politicians, celebrities, sports heroes, and business moguls make light of truth and honesty. They may show us regret for being caught in lies, but rarely would we see contriteness for wrongdoing or a request for forgiveness. Praise God that there is a better place to look, and His name is Jesus! When He was brought before one of the most powerful and prominent people of the known world, Jesus stopped Pilate short with these words: "In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (John 18:37). Make honesty a permanent part of your relationships, especially in marriage which is itself to be a picture of Christ's honest, enduring love for you.

Insight: Lord, thank you for healing us from our sin and shame. Show us how we may rise up and serve you today.

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Post  Admin on Tue 22 Jan 2019, 11:31 pm

Date: January 22, 2019 at 2:16 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Extended Family

Extended Family

"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone."  Ephesians 2:19-20

Scripture Focus: Ephesians 2

God's plan for marriage makes the home a place of blessing for the husband and wife, for their children, and for any who come into contact with them. Marriage is the foundation of all institutions in society. It was the very first structure that God wove into life with Adam and Eve; the two became as one. Organizations in government, economics, and education are built on the interdependent connectedness of humanity which finds its basic expression in marriage. The family home establishes a context for spiritual and intellectual growth, development of economic and social responsibility, and appreciation of living with different yet complimentary personalities. The church, then, is an extended family, and we are His adopted children. God's household provides a nurturing atmosphere which draws its members together. Psalm 68:6 tells us, "God sets the lonely in families," whether blood- related or spiritually united. We can show the patterns of love that should govern all other relations as the Bible enters into real life.

Insight: A home that is secured by obedient faith has a pervading sense of calm acceptance and affection which can weather any storm.

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Post  Admin on Thu 17 Jan 2019, 5:10 pm

Date: January 17, 2019 at 1:52 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Urgent Words: Watch

Urgent Words: Watch

"Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch." Matthew 24: 42-43a

Scripture Focus: Matthew 24

Jesus connected the deep truths of His kingdom to commonplace images so those listening to Him at the time and all of us through the ages could relate.. If you have ever had anything stolen or know someone whose home was broken into, you know what Jesus is saying here. No one ever has an idea of when a robber might come. But if a person had known, great measures would have been taken beforehand to prevent it. That is sort of how it is with us who know Jesus' promise that He will indeed come again. If we believe He is telling the truth, we will not be indifferent; we will take care and be prepared! He has told us that He will come to judge all evil-to separate the sheep from the goats-and to take His precious ones home with Him (Matthew 25:31-46). His words carry great urgency. But we also have great assurance from the hope of salvation. God did not appoint you to suffer His wrath; He appointed His own Son to take that wrath for you so you might live in peace and joy with Him, both for this life and the next.

Insight: Christ died for you so that whether you're awake or asleep when He comes, you'll live together with Him!

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Post  Admin on Wed 16 Jan 2019, 10:46 pm

Date: January 16, 2019 at 3:13 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Urgent Words: Baptize

Urgent Words: Baptize

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  Matthew 28:19

Scripture Focus: Matthew 28

I love attending or officiating at baptism services when people who have accepted Christ as their Savior show that they are a new creation. Jesus' command to baptize is as fresh now as when He first spoke the words. Water baptism demonstrates what has happened to a person: the old life is buried in the water; the new life emerges. It is a declaration that the old has passed away and the new truly has arrived. As I write these words, I am excited because this coming Sunday I will be watching the baptizing of a good friend. Born a Jew in New York and now in his 70s, Ezekiel has found and accepted Jesus Christ as his Messiah. He has fallen in love with Jesus and wants everyone to know it. When he called me several weeks ago to tell me about his baptism, I was in tears. Sunday will be a special moment for Ezekiel, and for a congregation who will celebrate with him. If you have not made a decision to live your life for Christ, if you have not read His words to you in the Bible, if you have never been baptized, perhaps now is the time!


Insight: When a person enters the waters of baptism, they are saying to their world, "I am a child of God."

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Post  Admin on Tue 15 Jan 2019, 7:12 pm

Date: January 15, 2019 at 2:36 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Urgent Words: Go, Preach

Urgent Words: Go, Preach

"He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."  Mark 16:15-16

Scripture Focus: Mark 16

I heard those words loud and clear one Wednesday afternoon in the back of the church when I was a teenager, and I was so scared of the idea that I argued with God and ran for 8 years from the calling. Jesus gave the "Go Command" to the disciples just before He was taken up into heaven. What a moment that must have been! Their response was immediate. The Bible says they went out and "preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them" (Mark 16:20). The great commission has never changed. Every follower of Christ is called-perhaps to your next door neighbor, to your friend at work, or to some faraway place in our world. Don't be put off by the word "preach." While some surely are called to preach as you know it from a church pulpit, each of us carries the message of the gospel to others, preaching it as Jesus commanded. My Uncle Harold once told me, “Mike, the most important sermon you will ever preach is the one you preach in your home." A pastor's Sunday sermons are important, but so are the acts of kindness you extend to others, "preaching" with your life.

Insight: "God's command to 'Go ye, and preach the gospel to every creature' was the categorical imperative. The question of personal safety was wholly irrelevant." (Elizabeth Elliot)

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Date: January 14, 2019 at 2:26 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Urgent Words: Be Reborn

Urgent Words: Be Reborn

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

Scripture Focus: John 3

This session we've looked at some of the sweet words of Jesus, the challenging words of Jesus, and the deep, longer teachings of Jesus. Now we turn to several passages of His most urgent words, beginning with the well-known John 3:16, a passage of great significance despite its familiarity. Jesus' strong words to Nicodemus about salvation through Him were radical, changing everything Nicodemus thought he understood about God. Jesus showed him that all his knowledge and model living were not guarantees of salvation. That would come with rebirth and belief in Christ. During 40 years of ministry life, I have had the joy of kneeling alongside people at church altars, opening my Bible, and sharing the truth with them. I have inserted their names in the place of the "whoever" in John 3:16. I've wept with them as they accept Jesus as their Savior. Without Christ, people are lost and hopeless. But reborn in Christ, they are on the way to heaven. Rejoice, because even the angels in heaven celebrate when one person is born again!

Insight: Sin cannot enter heaven. It's like we get a do-over when we are called to be born again.

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Post  Admin on Sat 12 Jan 2019, 11:02 pm

Date: January 11, 2019 at 2:02 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Heaven

Deep Teachings: Heaven

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life."  Matthew 7:13-14

Scripture Focus: Matthew 7

Jesus came to earth to rescue His people and make a way for them to enter heaven. He told a rich young ruler that he needed to give all of his money to the poor because his money was keeping him from surrendering his heart. Gloomily, the man went away, missing his opportunity for heaven. The four Gospel books tell the story of salvation, but each hearer of the Word is required to accept or reject that good news. In many ways it would be easier to forget about heaven and eternity altogether and just seize each day for what it is, live like there's no tomorrow. But I challenge you to live your life for and with Jesus. The journey is indeed an exciting and surprising one. It will have its ups and downs, but you can travel through knowing your Savior is holding your hand the whole way. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was a young boy, more than 50 years ago. Jesus paid the price for my salvation, and I am confident that the day I leave this old earth, I'll go through the narrow gate called Eternal Life.

Insight: "We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night... The beauty of heaven is seeing God." (Max Lucado)

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Post  Admin on Wed 09 Jan 2019, 6:26 pm

Date: January 9, 2019 at 7:11 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Give

Deep Teachings: Give

"Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”  Matthew 5:42

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5

All through the Bible we're challenged with verses telling us to be givers. Jesus clearly taught the importance of giving generously. In Mark 12 we read that one day He was watching the people bring their gifts. He saw the rich drop their large gifts into the temple treasury with pride. But He also saw a poor widow drop in two tiny copper coins, all she had. Jesus told His disciples that her gift actually was of far more value than the other large offerings because she gave all she had to live on. We are asked at times to give until it hurts, and that is exactly what the widow did. I can only imagine how the disciples reacted to Jesus' comments. They must have scratched their heads to hear Him say that those coins worth only a fraction of a penny were a far bigger gift than other large amounts being thrown in. Generosity is born in the heart. It's why a child's small gift and a millionaire's large gift may just be the same in the Lord's eyes. Give from your heart; for God knows your heart to its very depths.

Insight: A generous gift might be judged not by what comes out of your wallet, but by what is left in your wallet.

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Post  Admin on Tue 08 Jan 2019, 10:38 pm

Date: January 8, 2019 at 2:01 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Good Deeds

Deep Teachings: Good Deeds

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5

A lot of ink has been spilled and much talk spent in religious circles about doing good deeds. In fact, many people assume that "doing good" is what religion is all about. Jesus turned that notion upside down during His earthly ministry. And He made it clear that there is only one reason to do good deeds: to give praise and glory to God. When Jesus is the center of our being, the light of His life shines brightly, and we will automatically be doing good deeds. The disciples closely watched Jesus for three years. They saw, as we can see, that good deeds do not earn Jesus' favor. Rather, good deeds are a grateful response for all He's done for us. We are "eager to do good" (Titus 2:14) because He has redeemed us. A pastor friend in Africa invited a neighbor to church many times, but the man always said no. One afternoon the pastor saw the neighbor painting his house. He changed clothes, got a brush, and began painting alongside him. The following Sunday the neighbor showed up in church with his family and gave his life to Christ. Let your good deeds like this bring praise to the Father.

Insight: It's often true that our actions speak louder than words. your actions bring praise to God and may bring others to Him.


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Post  Admin on Mon 07 Jan 2019, 11:04 pm

Date: January 6, 2019 at 10:28 PM

Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Golden Rule

Deep Teachings: Golden Rule

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."  Matthew 7:12

Scripture Focus: Matthew 7

Jesus set out a principle so practical and reliable that it is used today in every school setting, is likely to be part of employee training seminars, and is familiar to any person you'd meet on the street. We all see the justice and fairness in "the golden rule." And Jesus said that it summarized all the law of the Old Testament. Truth be told, our world would rather reword things slightly and operate on a rule that says, "Do unto others what they do to you. Preferably before they do unto you.” But that is not what Jesus taught. Perhaps you think treating others justly was easy for Jesus to say; after all, He is the Son of God. But the Bible clearly tells us that Jesus was tempted in all ways, just as we are tempted, yet He was without sin. When people make mistakes, remember how we'd like them to respond if we had made that mistake. A word of encouragement and a word of prayer will often carry someone through a difficult time. Treat others with kindness and understanding in the name of your Savior who has treated you with ultimate kindness.

Insight: Perhaps reach out to someone who is hurting with a gentle touch on the shoulder. Tomorrow, we may be the ones needing that touch.

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Date: January 4, 2019 at 1:37 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Pray

Deep Teachings: Pray

"I pray also for those who will believe in me, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you." John 17:20-21  

Scripture Focus: John 17

John 17 records what we know as the longest of Jesus' prayers. I have always found it remarkable that Jesus needed to get away and pray. He was the Son of God who came to earth to die, be resurrected, and become the Savior of all mankind. Yet He took time to pray. He prays for Himself, then for His disciples, and finally for all believers of all times. Think of it: Jesus was praying for you and me! Every Christian needs to pray. It is in this way that we draw nearer to the Lord and see our will align with His. It is during our time spent communicating with God that we receive strength and courage to take the love of Jesus to our broken world. Through prayer we grow stronger spiritually. Take time to pray for the needs of others. None of us has a shortage of friends or family members to pray for! Then, if possible, "put feet" to your prayers by going to help or encourage those you pray for. The hard work of prayer will become less of a chore and more of a joy as you talk often with your loving Father and Creator.

Insight: Prayer is hard work, but it must be an integral part of our daily living.

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Date: December 21, 2018 at 2:39 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Promised Child: a King!

The Promised Child: a King!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah 9
How could a child be called these names? When I look at my children, I see dependence, immaturity, cuteness, and plenty of room for growth. But I wouldn't put them in charge of running the world! God sees His Son very differently. He is the eternal one and only begotten Son, to whom every knee will bow and all authority is given. When we accept God's gift of His Son, we, in turn, are viewed by God as His vice-regents, given the task of ruling in His absence. I am always moved by the scene in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in which Aslan crowns the Pevensie children to reign in his absence. He bestows titles on them: "Queen Lucy the Valiant," "King Edmund the Just," "Queen Susan the Gentle," and "King Peter the Magnificent." He crowns them with titles that are what he, Aslan, has made them, titles that are not really what they deserve. You, too-though undeserving-have been crowned "a royal priesthood, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you," (1 Peter 2:9).

Insight: Meditate on your royal identity as child of the king, called to reign during this time between his first and second coming.

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Date: December 20, 2018 at 2:44 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Wise Men from the East

Wise Men from the East
“After Jesus was born, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:1-2

Scripture Focus: Matthew 2
The remarkable star had guided the Magi from the east for possibly months of travel. Once near, they went directly where anyone might look for royalty: to the capital city. Surely they'd find the new king in Jerusalem, just as we would find Britain's Prince William and Princess Kate with their new baby, residing in Kensington Palace in London. When the Magi came seeking a king in Jerusalem, Herod felt threatened. He inquired of his scholars who told him of Micah's Bethlehem prophecy. It seemed as unlikely as it would be to seek the British royals in the countryside. But King Herod sent the travelers on anyway with these deceiving words: "As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him" (vs. 8). In Bethlehem they found the child and presented Him with their lavish gifts but did not go back, because God warned them in a dream not to. When you search for the Son of God today, you, too, may find Him in the most unlikely of places. Tired of looking? Don't worry, He will come right into your heart!

Insight: "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)

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Topic: +DEV+  Unstoppable Joy

Unstoppable Joy

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.  Psalm 28:7

Scripture Focus: Psalm 28

Advent is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year. We certainly do produce a "look" of joy with all our bright lights, gift giving and carols. Still, the month of December for many is the most depressing time of the year. Many fret about decorating and shopping and what will happen at this year's family gathering. For others, Christmas only brings to mind pain from the past. 

2018 may have marked the loss of a parent, a spouse, a child, or a dear friend, and now it is hard to feel joyful. This Advent, let the unstoppable joy of Jesus work its way into your holiday planning, into your parties, and even into your painful memories. Hang up a sign in your heart: "No joy stealers allowed." Even in the sadness and loss that is reality for you, express your joy by praising the Lord for the gift of His son Jesus who once told His followers, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). 

At a time when the world seems to be making merry, Jesus gives life and joy to those overcome by grief.

INSIGHT: The surface joy will wear off come January, let the unstoppable, true joy of Jesus fill your heart always.

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Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.
Because of Love (Please read all the way to the end)
A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre- Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents with their small herd of horses. The farm was where they had grown up and had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped the hill behind the farm. Through the years the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside. The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives, and called them away to a different life.
The old folks no longer showed their horses, for the years had taken their toll, and getting out to the barn on those frosty mornings was getting harder, but it gave them a reason to get up in the mornings and a reason to live. They sold a few foals each year, and the horses were their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day's end.
Angry, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old folks "Why do you not at least dispose of The Old One." She is no longer of use to you. It's been years since you've had foals from her. You should cut corners and save so you can have more for yourselves. How can this old worn out horse bring you anything but expense and work? Why do you keep her anyway?"
The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in the toes, scuffed at the barn floor and replied, " Yes, I could use a pair of new boots.
His arm slid defensively about the Old One's neck as he drew her near with gentle caressing he rubbed her softly behind her ears. He replied softly, "We keep her because of love. Nothing else, just love."
Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished the old man and his wife a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole through the valley.
The old couple shook their heads in sorrow that it had not been a happy visit. A tear fell upon their cheeks. How is it that these young folks do not understand the peace of the love that filled their hearts?
So it was, that because of the unhappy leave-taking, no one noticed the insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn. None saw the first spark fall. None but the "Old One"

In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames were licking at the loft full of hay. With a cry of horror and despair, the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn to save their beloved horses. But the flames were roaring now, and the blazing heat drove him back. He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless before the fire's fury. His wife back from calling for help cradled him in her arms, clinging to each other, they wept at their loss.
By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins were left, and the old man and his wife, exhausted from their grief, huddled together before the barn. They were speechless as they rose from the cold snow covered ground. They nodded thanks to the firemen as there was nothing anyone could do now. The old man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulders as his shaking old hands clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red bandana. Brokenly he whispered, "We have lost much, but God has spared our home on this eve of Christmas. Let us gather strength and climb the hill to the old pine where we have sought comfort in times of despair. We will look down upon our home and give thanks to God that it has been spared and pray for our beloved most precious gifts that have been taken from us

And so, he took her by the hand and slowly helped her up the snowy hill as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his old and withered hand

The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies in the steep snow. As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill, they paused to rest, looking up to the top of the hill the old couple gasped and fell to their knees in amazement at the incredible beauty before them.

Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine, and it was aglow with heavenly candles. And poised on its top most bough, a crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass. Never had a mere mortal created a Christmas tree such as this. They were breathless as the old man held his wife tighter in his arms.
Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy. Amazed and mystified, he took his wife by the hand and pulled her forward. There, beneath the tree, in resplendent glory, a mist hovering over and glowing in the darkness was their Christmas gift. Shadows glistening in the night light

Bedded down about the "Old One" close to the trunk of the tree, was the entire herd, safe.

At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her muzzle and had led the horses through it. Slowly and with great dignity, never looking back, she had led them up the hill, stepping cautiously through the snow. The foals were frightened and dashed about. The skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like rabbits. The mares that were in foal with a new year's crop of babies, pressed uneasily against the "Old One" as she moved calmly up the hill and to safety beneath the pine. And now she lay among them and gazed at the faces of the old man and his wife.
Those she loved she had not disappointed. Her body was brittle with years, tired from the climb, but the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift---
Because of love. Only Because of love.
Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise and joy... And again the peace of love filled their hearts.
This is a true story

Willy Eagle
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Topic: +DEV+  There Is Still Hope

There Is Still Hope

"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9) Hebrews 4:14-16

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 4

Would you want to see into the future? Scrooge found it quite unnerving to have a glance at his time to come. Because he'd shown no tenderness toward others, there was no affection toward him in his death. The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come in the famed Dickens novel could only show him the real emotion of a couple having hope - that their merciless creditor was gone. How utterly dreadful for Scrooge!  

The prophet Zechariah gave God's people a glance into the future. However, his words about Jesus, spoken centuries before He was born, brought great rejoicing! The coming Savior would be upright, gentle, humble and approachable. Because of Jesus' humility and tenderness, many would draw near and follow Him. Because of His saving work on the cross, lives would be changed forever. 

The future does not have to be unnerving, even for someone fixed in selfishness as Scrooge was. The future can be filled with rejoicing when we keep our eyes on our humble, gentle Savior, the One who does know what's ahead.

Insight: Lead on o King Eternal, we follow, not with fears; for gladness breaks like morning where'er your face appears.  (Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888)

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Date: December 12, 2018 at 12:07 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Old Man: Simeon

The Old Man: Simeon

"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation" (Luke 2:29-30). Luke 2:21-35

Scripture Focus: Luke 2
Some people record the activities they'd like to do before they die. Things like "see the Grand Canyon," "run a marathon," or "write a book" fill such lists. The old man, Simeon, had just one thing on his "list": see the Messiah. 

He and Anna were the only ones who paid attention at all to the temple guests that day. Forty days after astonishing visits by angels and shepherds, no one else remembered who Jesus was. 

According to Jewish custom, Mary and Joseph would have taken the baby to the temple to present Him to the Lord. When Simeon took Jesus in his arms and declared Him to be the Savior, a light to the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel, how Mary's heart would have leaped. It would falter, too, pierced by Simeon's prophecy that Jesus would be a sign spoken against. Harsh days waited. Still Simeon's words were welcomed, and his prophecy did come true. The Savior lived and died for us, trampling evil, making a way so that the one thing on His "list" was realized: redeem my people! 

Insight: There have been many lists made this Christmas season. Let your first wish be to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

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Date: December 10, 2018 at 2:47 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Blessing Of Children


The Blessing Of Children


"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." (Psalm 84:11b)

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:8-20, 57-64

Nothing brings joy and blessing like the birth of a child - all the more when the arrival comes as a surprise after losing hope that it could ever happen. 

Even hearing it from an angel, Zechariah had trouble believing that he and his wife Elizabeth would at last conceive. The angel Gabriel's message, however, was specific. They would have a son named John - a joy and delight to this upright priest and his wife, who blamelessly followed God's law. John would be great in the eyes of the Lord, set apart for God, and filled with the Holy Spirit. 


What a gift John must have been to his late-in-life parents as they watched him grow and as they nurtured his faith, knowing that he would someday become "a prophet of the Most High" preparing the way for the Redeemer, as prophesied. 


That amazing gift of new birth takes place in our hearts, too, when we are born again in Christ. Eternal life, made possible by His incomparable love and saving grace, is given to us. And it's ours for the receiving. Will you accept Jesus now?


Insight: "Like Any Other Gift, The Gift Of Grace  Can Only Be Yours If You Reach Out And Take It." (Frederick Buechner)

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Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Loving
Deep Teachings: Loving

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:17

Scripture Focus: John 15

Even those with minimal exposure to the Bible or just a surface understanding of who Jesus is know that Jesus taught much about loving others. During His three years of earthly ministry, He modeled love for everyone to see. To the woman caught in adultery, He gave forgiveness and love. For Peter, who denied Him three times, He showed restoration and love. To the richest and to the outcast, He freely gave love. Jesus' entire ministry was one of loving people, even those who plotted to kill Him. While teaching a class at church over 40 years ago, I met a young man who lived with severe challenges. He followed me around, incessantly asking questions. I began to want to avoid him. But the Holy Spirit convicted me and prompted me to show him the love of Christ. The next Sunday I went straight to him and gave him a huge hug. The smile on his face reminded me then and all these years later that showing the love of Christ to others is the least we can do. After all, Jesus showed the greatest love to us at the cross.

Insight: Let's take time today to look for someone who needs a dose of God's love. and then, be that dose of love!

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Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Treasures

Deep Teachings: Treasures

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Matthew 6:33

Scripture Focus: Matthew 6

Jesus spent a lot of time teaching about His kingdom, especially in what we know as the Sermon on the Mount. He desperately wanted His disciples and His followers to live with heaven in sight. Jesus warns us not to pile up earthly treasures that don't last. He points out the birds which don't sow or reap but are fed daily by God. He tells us not to worry about our tomorrows or what we will eat or wear. We need to keep heaven in mind while living on earth. Years ago I counseled a young couple who seemed to have everything this world can give. Though their material possessions and bank account were impressive, their marriage was in shambles. The nice cars in the garage of the lovely home were not saving them from divorce. When I asked them about where the Lord fit into their lives, they hung their heads in shame. When we put our earthly treasures on the throne of our lives, the Lord will give us over to those things. Treasure Jesus instead and keep Him on the throne of your life; He's the only one who can save you!

Insight: Jesus spoke words of assurance directly to us: "Do not worry about tomorrow,Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34).


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Date: November 28, 2018 at 1:26 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Deep Teachings: Abide

Deep Teachings: Abide

"'I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  John 15:5
Scripture Focus: John 15

Jesus' long teachings that speak of the gardener or farmer, the seed, the plant, or the harvest, resonate with us. When He calls us branches of a vine, He is reminding us that without Him we have no spiritual life at all. The person tending grapevines knows that the branches which are not bearing fruit need to be cut away completely. Even the fruit-bearing ones must be pruned so they will be more fruitful in the end. What a perfect analogy for our lives as Christians. It is essential that we remain connected to Jesus, the true vine, our source of eternal life. Paul wrote to the Colossians about the importance of abiding in Christ. "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught" (2:7). As we remain in and abide in Christ, we can know the full joy of being rooted in Him. Our salvation is sure. Spend time daily in the presence of Christ. You'll be spiritually nourished and will continue to grow as you abide in Him.
Insight: "into the thirst of an empty soul, the streams of living waters flow. Ever thirsting is the secret of never thirsting." (Andrew Murray, 1882)

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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Nov 2018, 3:06 pm

Date: November 27, 2018 at 2:22 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Hard Words: Be Perfect

Hard Words: Be Perfect
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."  Matthew 5:48

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5

When I was dating my wonderful wife, Anita, I told her often that she was perfect. That early love made us both think the other simply could do no wrong. But we both found out pretty quickly after marriage that neither of us was perfect! So how are we to understand Jesus' hard words telling us to be perfect? We know that nobody can live a perfect, sinless life. We know many who've struggled to do so and have instead carried a life-long burden of feeling inadequate. When Jesus urged sinful people to be perfect, He was admonishing us to let our love be complete. When we love all people, even those who are unlovable, we are becoming "perfect" in how we love. Paul challenged the Ephesian church to be imitators of God. The early church believers were first called Christians because people said they acted like little Christs. The only thing perfect about us is the continual cleansing of our sins through the shed blood of Jesus, poured out to perfectly satisfy the debt we owed. And for that we are perfectly grateful!

Insight: “To be like Jesus,/ All I ask is to be like Him./ All through life's journey,/ from earth to glory,/ All I ask, is to be like Him."

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