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Post  Admin on Sat 25 Oct 2014, 9:35 pm

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"I am going to send you to the Gentiles, to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God's people, who are set apart by faith in me."​ ​​Acts 26:17-18.​

​When the apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa and explained what God had called him to do in proclaiming the gospel, he broke it down into one of the most clear presentations I have found anywhere in the Bible. 

Paul said that God had called him to proclaim this message-
- which was to open the eyes of his listeners that-
- they might turn from darkness to light, 
-​ ​from the power of Satan to God,
- and that they ​​might receive the forgiveness of sin​,​ 
-​ ​and an inheritance among those who are sanctified. 

Here, we see ​five ​steps: 
One, your eyes are opened. 
Two, you turn from darkness to light. 
Three, you turn from the power of Satan to God​,
Four, you receive the forgiveness of sin and,
Five, ​​possess an inheritance among those who are sanctified. 

Many people have taken step one-
- but they have never made it to step two​ onwards​. 

They have had their eyes opened and have seen there is a God and there is a devil. 
They have also seen there is a choice to be made. 
They have seen that Jesus Christ is the answer to their problems and that they need to trust in Him and turn from their sin. 

They intellectually agree with these things. 

But they haven't taken step two, which is-
- turning from darkness to light and 
-​ ​from the power of Satan to God. 

And until you have taken that step-
- you are ​​​​​​not truly converted​!​
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In the past few days-
I have experienced a sudden arrest of activity-
- that had been one form of my continued service to God. 

I'm prevented from continuing here and there. 
I'm uncertain as to why this has happened and what I'm to do. 

But-
I know that God is in control of my situation.
And I have a great hope and future in the Lord,especially in the area of serving God non-stop.

Paul and Silas were arrested suddenly-
- while they were proclaiming the gospel in Philippi and put into stocks. Acts 16.

Not only was their work halted altogether-
- but they themselves were physically immobilized in a dungeon, held fast in stocks. 

What strange treatment for two earnest servants of God! 

What did they do? 
It would be quite understandable if they had raged or wept or ​​​​​​sunk into silence! 

Instead-
- they continued what for them had long since become habitual-
- they continued "at their prayer," and sang praises to God. 

Then what happened?
They ministered to a jailor's family that came to Christ.
Then they continued a marvellous ministry!

God allowed an arrest-
- in order that He could accomplish His will through His servants.

What do I do now? 

Simple answer:
Praise and pray.
Plan and ​be patient! 

"For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise." Hebrews 10:36.

As a sincere servant of God-
If you are blocked,hindered,stopped or prevented to serve God in a particular area,do not worry.

Praise God.
Pray and plan for the future in the presence of the Lord.

For God needs you for a special purpose in a special place of His choice!
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"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9.

We make our plans-
- but God always will have His way. 

There is nothing wrong with making a plan for tomorrow or next month or next year. 

But just keep in mind that God may change your plans. 

He is in control of your life. 

We are told in Jeremiah 10:23, "I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course." 

We call this divine providence.

Having said that-
- it does not mean that bad things will not happen to good—even godly—people. 

But it does mean that even when bad things happen-
God can bring good out of bad. 

Romans 8:28 reminds us, "And we know that God causes everything to work 
together for the good of those who love God and are called according to 
his purpose for them."

However-
- the good that God promises will not be fully realized until we get to heaven. 

We can look at some things in our lives and say, "That was bad, but in retrospect I can see the good that has come from it." 

Then there are other things we will experience in which we never will see the good, at least, as far as we can see. 

In fact-
- it will not be until we get to the other side and see God ​​​​face-to-face that we will understand these things.

Meanwhile,
we must realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our 
eternal benefit, with emphasis on the word "eternal." 

What we sometimes perceive as good could be potentially bad, and what we sometimes perceive as bad could be potentially good.

And sometimes what we think of as bad today may ultimately be good-
- because it changes who we are and makes us more like Jesus!
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 7:35 pm

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"What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?​" Psalm 116:12.​
A farmer who was known for his frugality owned a cow that 
gave birth to two calves. 

He said to his wife, "I am going to dedicate 
one of these calves to the Lord." 

Knowing his miserly ways, she was 
very surprised and asked which one he was planning to give to the Lord.

"I haven't decided yet, but I'll let you know," he said. 

A few days 
went by, and again she asked which calf he was giving to the Lord. 

"I'm
still thinking about it," he told her. 

Then one day, one of the calves
got sick. 
It grew worse and worse, until one night the farmer walked 
up on the porch with the calf draped over his arms. 

He said to his 
wife, "Honey, I have bad news. The Lord's calf just died."

Many times we tend to give God that which we don't really want 
ourselves. 

Think about a typical day. 
What place do we give to the 
things of God? 

Maybe we utter a quick prayer as we roll out of bed or 
offer some hurried words of thanks over breakfast?

Then we rush off to 
our responsibilities. 
At the end of the day, we say, "Oh, right. I'll 
give God these last four minutes as I'm dozing off."

If God is important, then why do we give Him our ​​​​​​leftovers? 

God 
doesn't want our leftovers. 

In Malachi 1:7-​-8​, God said to Israel, " 'You have despised my name by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar. Then you ask, "How have we defiled the sacrifices?" You defile them by 
saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect.' "

God gave us His best. 
Let's give Him our​ be​s​t​.
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"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress..." ​Hebrews 12:1.​

I heard about a great concert violinist who was asked about the secret to her great performances.

She answered:
"Planned neglect. Anything that would keep me from practicing and playing well must be neglected."

I think that some of us could use some planned neglect in our lives, because there is a lot more junk in them than we may realize.

If you don't believe me-
- then try moving from one house to another.

Isn't it amazing how much junk you have collected?

The same is true in our lives.
We take on things we don't need.

Periodically, we needed to jettison this excess weight and let it go.

When the race of life gets difficult-
- we like to blame circumstances,
- other people, or
- sometimes even God.

But we need to remember that if we stumble or fall, it is our own fault.
The Bible says that Jesus' "divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life​.​" 2 Peter 1:3.

The Bible also tells us to lay aside the weight and the sin that hinders our progress​.​Hebrews 12:1.

Notice the distinction:
​W​e are not just to lay aside the sin​.
​W​e also are to lay aside the weight.

In fact, I would suggest periodically asking yourself this question about the uncertain areas of your life:

Is it a wing?
Or is it a weight?

In other words-
- does it speed you on your way in this race you are running?
Or, is it a weight—something that slows you down?
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"Don't copy the behavio​u​r and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do​..." Romans 12:2.

A flock of wild geese was flying south for the winter when one goose looked down and noticed a group of domestic geese by a little pond near a farm.

He noticed they had plenty of grain to eat.

So, he flew down and hung out with these geese until spring and enjoyed the food that was there.

He decided that he would rejoin his flight of geese when they went north again.

When spring came, he heard them overhead and flew up to join them, but he had grown a bit fat from all of the seed.

Flying was difficult, so he decided to spend one more season on the farm and then rejoin the geese on their next winter migration.

When the geese flew south the following fall, the goose flapped his wings a little, but he just kept eating his grain.

He had simply lost interest.

That is what happens in the subtle process of the world influencing our lives.

It is not necessarily dramatic, nor does it usually happen overnight.
It is gradual, causing erosion in our lives as we begin to lower our standards.

Soon, the things of God become less appealing-
- and the things of this world become more appealing.

After awhile, we have no interest in the things of God.

We have a choice​!

​E​ither we will be conformed to this world, or we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

It is one or the other.

The only question is-
​​​​​​​Which way will you go?

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Colossians 3:2.
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Sep 2014, 9:34 pm

An unbiblical lie
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A great many people believe falsely in purgatory-
- a miserable place where people supposedly go after death. 

In order to advance to heaven-
- a person supposedly must either suffer long enough to make restitution for his or her sins 

- or be prayed out by loved ones still living. 

The doctrine is ​​​​an unbiblical lie-
- because purgatory is a thinly veiled second chance for people to get into heaven.

There is not a single verse with which to defend the false theology of purgatory. 

In fact, the very idea of a second route to heaven runs counter to God's redemptive plan. 

Jesus Christ was the substitute for you and me, and His death paid our sin-debt. 

He obtained our eternal redemption with His blood. Hebrews. 9:12. 

If there is a place where people can go to suffer for their own sins,in other words, pay their own penalty-
- then God sending His Son to die makes no sense.

In John 14:2, Jesus told the disciples that He was going away to prepare a place for His followers. 

Nowhere in Scripture do we find any mention of a detour into misery where we "earn" a pass into heaven. 

The Bible says that believers are either at home in the body, or absent from it and present with the Lord. 

There is simply no in-between stopover. 2 Corinthians 5:8.

I have a responsibility to present biblical truth. 

Those who reject Christ get no second chance after death. 

"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.." Hebrews 9:27.

They are eternally separated from God. 

But whoever receives salvation is completely forgiven of all sin and guaranteed an eternity with Him.
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Post  Admin on Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:57 pm

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A poll was taken not long ago that asked a group of people what they thought was their main purpose in life. 

The responses were interesting. 

You would
think some would say-
"To make a contribution to society," or 
"To
have a meaningful life." 

But what most people said was-
"The main 
purpose of life is enjoyment and personal fulfillment." 

It's 
interesting to note that 50 percent of those polled identified 
themselves as born-again Christians. 

According to the Bible-
- the purpose of life is not enjoyment and 
personal fulfillment. 

The Bible teaches that-
- we are placed on this earth to bring glory to God.

We need to mark that well in our minds and 
hearts. 

God says​:
"All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them."Isaiah 43:7.​​​
​W​e are to glorify God in all that we do with our 
lives. 
Are you using your resources and talents for His glory? 

Sometimes 
we think that it God has given us this life to do with what we will. 

We
may say, "Lord, this is mine. This is my week. Here is your time on 
Sunday morning. The rest of it belongs to me." 
Or
"Here is the plan 
for my life, Lord. Here is what I want to accomplish." 
Or
"This is my
money. Here is your 10 percent, Lord but 10 
percent is all you get." 

We develop a false concept of God.

It's possible to have-
- a saved soul, 
- but a wasted life. 

If you were
asked today-
"What is ​​​​the main purpose of your life?" 
-​​what would you say?
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Post  Admin on Sun 21 Sep 2014, 10:24 pm

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"For the eyes of the Lord 
run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on 
behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."​2 Chronicles 16:9.​

What kind of people does God want to use? 

We find the same 
pattern throughout Scripture: 
​T​he people God used were faithful in what 
He had placed before them. 
The people that God used for big things were
people who were faithful in the little things. 

Perhaps you have 
considered dedicating your life to Christian service one day, maybe even
in another country. 

That is a good and noble aspiration. 

But how 
about just serving the Lord where you are right now? 
How about seizing 
the opportunities around you today? 

When God used David to defeat Goliath, he was on an errand for his 
father, taking food to his brothers on the front lines. 
But as he was 
faithful in a little way, God gave him more. 

We know that when God 
called Gideon to lead Israel, he was threshing wheat. 
When Elijah 
called Elisha into the Lord's service, he was plowing a field. 
When 
Jesus called Peter and John to become fishers of men, they were mending 
their nets. 

Not one of them was sitting around thinking​:
"I wonder if 
God will ever do anything in my life?" 

They were busy with the work at 
hand. 

While we're looking for distant opportunities-
- we might miss the 
ones that are right in front of us. 

Are you serving the Lord right now 
with what He has called you to do? 

Be faithful in that. 
Do it well. 
Do it as unto the Lord. 

It may seem like your efforts go unnoticed​.

But
there is someone who sees!
And He will one day reward you openly.
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Post  Admin on Wed 17 Sep 2014, 10:52 pm

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From what we get-
- we can make a living!

From what we give-
- we can make a life!!

The focus should be on giving rather than on getting.
And that makes all the difference.

As long as our focus is on-
- getting all we can, 
-​ ​canning all we get, 
-​ ​and sitting on that can-
- we're slaves to our money. 

On the other hand-
When we view money as a tool for accomplishing good-
- then it becomes our servant. 

That attitude frees us to use money as God intended-
- to provide for our needs, 
- but also to provide for ​others. 

Jesus addresses the bottom line. 
"You cannot serve God and money." 

Are you the master of your money?
Or is your money your master? 

Master or slave? 
​​​​The choice is yours!
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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 6:41 pm

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"Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus". John 11:5.

When Mary and Martha informed Jesus that Lazarus was sick-
- they expected to see their brother recover as soon as the message reached Jesus. 

But nothing happened.

And instead of coming right away-
Jesus intentionally waited for two more days.

By the time He arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead four days. 

Like Mary and Martha, maybe you had a need that you brought before the Lord-
- only to receive an answer you didn’t want. 

You may have concluded that God doesn’t love you.

But-
God had a different plan than you did. 

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the 
heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8–9. 

Martha and Mary’s message said, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” John 11:3. 

Their word for “love” can be translated, “brotherly love,” which speaks of love that a friend has for a friend. 

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...”John 3:16.

This word “love” speaks of a sacrificial, agonizing love, which loves a person in spite of anything. 
And this is how Jesus loved Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. 

Mary and Martha only thought of friendship-
- while Jesus thought of sacrificial love. 

They thought of their temporal comfort-
- while Jesus thought of their eternal benefit. 

They wanted a healing-
- while Jesus wanted a resurrection. 

Jesus wanted to do above and beyond what they could ask or imagine.

He loved them with a deeper love. 
And He loves us with a deeper love as well.
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Post  Admin on Thu 11 Sep 2014, 9:57 pm

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"...so that there will not be among you a man or a woman or family or tribe 
whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God..." - Deuteronomy 
29:18.

There are many enemies within the home-
- seeking to destroy the family. 

Let me share a few:

Materialism
People are over-committed, mostly through workaholism,just to make more money. 
This is true for all ages with our over-organized children's activities.

Morals
Approximately 34% of all births in the U.S. are to single moms. 
Even in some families that have a dad, he's often absent or practically non-existent.

Media
Kids spend more time with the TV and internet than they do with their parents.
And its influence can be overwhelmingly negative. 

It's a substitute for family communication. 
Internet pornography is devastating marriages and perverting how some men view women.

Parents!

A vibrant relationship with God through Jesus Christ-
- is the best way to battle the many enemies within the home!
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Post  Admin on Sun 07 Sep 2014, 10:08 pm

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"I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ...to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me." 
Romans 15:30. 

To be a missionary in today's world-
One has to separate himself from the I-want-it-now culture we live in. 

Results on the mission field can be slow going!
So it's not uncommon for missionaries to retire having seen but a handful of conversions during their entire career. 

This fact is enough to discourage many people-
- from ever becoming full-time missionaries.

But for those who have heard their Divine calling to missions-
- nothing—not even the lack of apparent progress 
- or the constant persecution—can keep them from fulfilling their task.

One reason they are able to push on is that-
- they have Christian brothers and sisters faithfully supporting them through prayer.

Fellow believers!
We should never underestimate the power of our words offered up to God-
- on behalf of the brave souls on the mission field.

God hears those words and grants His workers the ability-
- to remain encouraged and faithful to the cause.

Prayer for our missionaries is tantamount to the work itself!

American missionary Samuel Zwemer once said:
"The history of missions is the history of answered prayer."

Remember us in your prayers-
- that we grow not weary in well doing!
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"Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!" Ecclesiastes 9:4.

We spend a lot of time reaching out to students, parents, and to adults in general.

I was thinking today - what about you teachers? 
What a job you have!

And everywhere you turn, you are constantly bombarded with more and more rules you must follow. 
Such an important role you play in all of our lives, yet you have one of the most thankless jobs anywhere.

Do you ever feel that there is no hope for you or possibly no hope for one of your students? 

Hopefully, this scripture will remind you that where there is life, there is hope. 

As you teach longer, you may think your productive classroom years are behind you. 
Maybe your accomplishments seem so small and you're wishing you had done more. 

The students you did not reach, and the students who never cared probably haunt your memories. 
Even your victories may seem insignificant.

Well, let me tell you something. 
You are WRONG! 

God has purpose for your existence. 
He designed you to teach. 

Your place of employment and/or job assignment may change through the years, but you will always have purpose.

You need to discover God’s purpose in each day and pursue it with all your might. 

Too often we all seek the "big picture" before we start the puzzle. 
But,
often God asks us to place each piece of our puzzle before Him daily 
and He will bring the big picture into focus in His time. 

Frustrating, I know, but it's the truth.

Set God's work and His love as your goal and press toward it with all your might. 
Only in eternity will you know how valuable yesterday's class was in His Kingdom and what today's plans will accomplish. 

Live today to its fullest. 

The secret to success is purpose and perseverance. 
God will lead you if you will follow.

Thank you for teaching and loving our kids. 
God bless Teachers!
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"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the 
body, whether good or bad". 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Do you know where the expression "facing the music" comes from? 

The story begins in medieval Japan with a man who wanted the 
prestige that came from being a performer in the Imperial orchestra.

But there was a minor glitch: 
He couldn't play an instrument. 
Yet he knew what he wanted and pulled every possible string to accomplish his purposes. 

Against his better judgment, the orchestra's conductor consented to let the man into the ensemble. 
He gave him a flute, sat him in the most inconspicuous seat, and instructed him to try and fit in.

With each musical number, our man dutifully raised his instrument, puckered his lips, moved his fingers, and pretended to blow. 
He went through the motions, but not a tweet ever escaped his flute.

This deception might have continued indefinitely, undetected, had it not been for the appointment of a new conductor. 

This man's first act was to tell his musicians that each of them would have to audition. 
One by one the players auditioned and were restored to their positions.

Eventually all finished, except for the fake flutist. 

Frantic with worry, he claimed to be sick. 
The doctor pronounced him "fit as a fiddle."

Finally the time came for the audition. 
The flutist, unable to face the music, lost his position, his salary, his home, his future.

Now, there are a number of ways people prepare to face Judgment Day's music. 

Some gamble there is no God. 
They believe somehow, in some way, everything created itself. 
Without God, they hold to the theory that the universe is the product of accidents. 

Others think, "God is so good that He will never condemn sin. 
And, if He does, "I'm okay, because I lead a pretty good life."

The Bible is consistent in saying-
- the Lord is coming and all of us will have to appear before Jesus the Judge. 

Will you be ready to face the music?

You can be ready. 

Through God-given faith in Jesus' cleansing blood-
- sinful souls can become prepared to face the music!
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You've been walking by faith. 
You've been believing God to meet your need. 

But-
- what do you do when the results seem slow in coming.
And you are tempted to give up? 
Be patient! 
There is not much said about patience these days. 
But, when it comes to receiving from God, it is just as important as faith. 
It will make the difference between success and failure for you. 
Patience undergirds and sustains faith until the result is manifested. 
After you have meditated on the promises of God and have them in your spirit, patience will encourage you to hold steady. 

Patience is power!

It has the courage to refuse the lie of Satan that says the Word is not working for you. 
It knows that God's Word has never failed. 

Patience will not draw back in fear!
But will press forward in faith until you have the answer. 

When the results of your faith seem slow in coming-
Don't give up! 

Continue to put the Word first, with patience!And you will surely receive the promise of God!!
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It was 1903!

Two young men stood perched on a sand dune overlooking the Atlantic. 
The place Kitty Hawk, NC on the outer banks. 
 
The boys we remember as Wilbur and Orville Wright.

They were launching a 40 foot long frame that weighed barely 750 pounds.

In a brief 12 second flight of less than a 120 feet the Wright Brothers became the fathers of modern aviation.
 
Imagine a gleaming metal object sat on our parking lot.

This metallic tube is 185.7726 feet long, 
65.2833 feet high, 
wings spreading 194.544 feet wide, 
and weighing 317520 kg.
 
That object is called today a Boeing 747-400. 
In 1903 there would have been no wildest imagination that such an object weighing (fully loaded) 317520 kg could ever fly. 
 
Strapped to the earth by sheer weight and the law of gravity-
- it would be impossible to ever think it could soar through thin air. 
 
But hundreds of times each day all over the world objects just like it do!
 
Do you ever feel like you are one of the Wright Brothers 
sitting at Kitty Hawk with an 317520 kg hunk of metal on the sand trying to get it in the air? 
 
Trying to walk in the Spirit-
- but glued to the ground?
 
The way to live an unbelievable, incredible life is found in God's Word. 
 
In fact-
-the secret that sums up Peter's life, Paul's life and John's life.

This same secret summarizes how the galaxy of 1st through 21st century saints have stood alone triumphantly for Christ. 
 
The secret they knew and followed was:
Fullness of the Spirit!
 
Walking in the Spirit is-
- living in the conscious presence of the Lord Jesus Christ,
- letting His mind, through the Word, dominate everything that is thought and done. 
 
Being  filled with the Spirit is-
- the same as walking like Jesus did on earth!
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"Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God...not on earthly things." Colossians 3:1.
 
Once upon a time a loaf of bread fell from a bakery truck and as it hit the ground a crumb broke loose.

Three sparrows all eyed the crumb and swooped down to grab it, but began fighting over it.
 
Eventually one of the sparrows succeeded in scooping up the crumb 
in its beak and flew away with it—hotly pursued by the other two 
sparrows.

A frenzied aerial fracas took place until the crumb was completely consumed.
 
The only thing these sparrows saw was the crumb. 
None noticed the loaf still on the ground.
 
How often we consume our energies squabbling over trivialities-
- while the true riches of life go unnoticed and escape us. 
 
And how often we concentrate our energies on non-essential issues-
- while the needs of the hurting are neglected and the lost go to hell!
 
May God give you the wisdom to see and the good sense to-
- major on the majors and 
- not get carried away majoring on the minors!
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"A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." Matthew 7:18-20.

There are people today who say, "I am a Christian,"-
- but they are out getting drunk. 

They say, "I am a Christian,"-
 - but they are having premarital sex or 

- being unfaithful to their husband or wife. 

They say, "I am a Christian,"-
- but in their business, they lie to people every single day. 

They distort things. 

They take money that is not really theirs. 

There are a lot of people today who think they are Christians-
- but are not, because they have not really changed. 

They are not living according to what the Bible teaches.

I am not saying that a Christian cannot sin. 

I am not saying that a Christian won't slip up.  

But I am saying that there is a big difference between-
- a person who slips up, sins, is sorry for it and wants to change 
- and a person who lives in continual, willful, habitual sin.

The Bible says that if you live that way, you don't know God. 

Maybe the reason that some people have never really known the joy of the Lord is that they have never met the basic requirements of salvation. 

They think being a Christian is just having Jesus along for a ride. 

They don't realize that He wants to be their Lord and wants to lead and guide them. 

They don't realize that He has a distinct and unique plan and purpose for their lives.

Jesus Christ wants to be the Lord of every aspect of your life. 

He wants to be the Lord of-
- your business, 

- your free time, 

- your relationships,

- your body, mind and soul...

If He is not the Lord of all-
- then He is not a Lord at all.
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"After the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper." 1 Kings 19:12.

Sometimes we look for God in the wrong places. 

We assume there has to be a hundred-voice choir singing before we can hear from God. 
We look for God in thunder and lightning, trumpets and billowing smoke.

But that's not always God's way. 
Yes, he can speak through fire or earthquakes or any way he chooses. 

But when we hear him whisper, he knows we're really listening.

The hardest thing to do sometimes is to be quiet and listen. 
We don't like silence. 

We mistakenly assume that God isn't pleased with us-
- unless we're active, so we're always looking for things we can do for God. 

We confuse stillness (spending quiet time with God) with idleness (doing nothing). 
We'd rather be doing something--anything--than sitting still, so we immerse ourselves in noise and activity. 

Then we wonder why we don't hear from God.

But God shouldn't have to shout in order to be heard. 
He is God! 
He shouldn't have to compete with the other noises in our lives.

If we want to hear from God-
- we need to stop making so much noise. 

We need to get comfortable being quiet before the Lord-
- doing nothing but reading his Word, 
- getting familiar with his Spirit, 
- enjoying just being with him. 

We must stop our activity long enough to listen for his whisper. 
If we're quiet, we'll hear it.

What things make the most noise in your life?
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"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,nor stands in the path of sinners,nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord,and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,that brings forth its fruit in its season,whose leaf also shall not wither;and whatever he does shall prosper." 
Psalms 1:2-3.

One of my favorite passages in the Scriptures is Psalm 1.

Clearly this psalm holds an important key for our lives as believers to be fruitful and prosperous. 

That key is meditation. 

The psalmist describes the one who prospers as one who meditates "day and night"; a continual meditation developing the Godly habit of disciplining one’s mind in divine truth.

I love what Charles Spurgeon said about meditation:
"He is not the best student who reads the most books, but he who meditates the most upon them; he shall not learn most of divinity who hears the greatest number of sermons, but he who meditates the most devoutly upon what he does hear; nor shall he be so profound a scholar who takes down ponderous volumes one after the other, as he who, reading little by little, precept upon precept, and line upon line, digests what he learns, and assimilates each sentiment to his heart by meditation."

Meditation on the word of God brings its truth and light-
- to bear powerfully upon your mind and soul. 

Since you are made in the image of God-
- you are not a shallow creature, but a very profound one. 

You have the opportunity-
- to be deeply affected and 
- beautifully transformed by the living words of God. 

Don't miss out on it. 

As you contemplate and reflect on His Word, allowing it to expose, redefine, and transform every area of your life, you will flourish like a tree planted by a river, and whatever you do will prosper! 

Only remember:
It begins with meditation!
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"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." Isaiah 6:8.

Warren Wiersbe's, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, quotes:

"Millions
of surveys which we have helped to take around the world indicate that 
approximately 98 percent of the Christians do not regularly introduce 
others to the Saviour."

In a survey given to those attending 
training sessions for a Billy Graham crusade in Detroit, attendees were 
asked to answer this question by checking one of the following answers. 

"What is your greatest hindrance in witnessing?" 

0% said they don't care. 

9% said they were too busy to remember to do it. 

12% said their own lives were not speaking as they should. 

28% felt the lack of real information to share.

51% feared the reactions of those with whom they might share.

If we truly believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life-
- why aren't we spreading the word? 

Maybe we don't really believe that. 
I guess no one thought to include that reason on Billy's survey.

Do we truly believe in heaven? 
Do we believe without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the only way to get there? 

If we do, how can we keep our mouths closed to a world of people who are headed for the agony of eternal burning?

"Here am I."

This should be our cry to the Lord today. 

"Send me, Lord! 
Help me to open my mouth for you! 
Work through me Lord, for your sake Lord, and for the sake of those who don't know you!"

Let's be about doing His business-
- and commit ourselves to sharing the good news with the lost around us!
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"All those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." 2 Timothy 3:12.

Timothy's timid, sickly nature was a liability in a day-
- when people were thrown to the lions for their faith in Christ. 

So Paul tried to prepare him for the dangers ahead-
- by warning him that anyone who practiced Christianity would be persecuted. 

The only way to avoid persecution was to deny Christ.

Some Christians take suffering as a sign that they're out of God's will. 

They
spend their entire lives avoiding anything that causes them discomfort,
even when it could be that God wants them to endure some discomfort for
his sake.

Look at it this way: 

If God were only concerned that we be happy one hundred percent of the time, Jesus would never have gone to the cross. 
John the Baptist would never have been beheaded. 
Paul would never have been imprisoned. 

God is more concerned with our obedience than with our comfort.

Now, you will probably never be thrown to the lions for your faith-
- but you may be mocked at school or at work. 

You may be excluded from certain programmes. 

You may not be as popular as you might have been. 

If you seek to live a godly life-
- be assured that persecution will come.

Nevertheless, when you overcome it-
- you will share in the same glorious reward as John the Baptist, Jesus, and Paul. 

The Bible assures us that no suffering in this life can match-
- the wonder of being loved by God for eternity
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"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no 
fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will
be even more fruitful." John 15:2.

There was a man who would stop by the garden market each spring and buy a plant or bush. 

He loved working in his garden caring for the plants.

One year, he bought a flowering patio tree with small purple flowers that bloomed all spring, summer, and fall. 

In late fall, he would carry it to the barn, put it in an empty stall, and water it once or twice a month.

It was dormant and showed no signs of life in the winter.

In the spring, when he brought it back to the patio, he set it next to a window. 
Each day, he watched it... hoping it would show some life again soon. 

He took the pruning shears and shaped it, cared for it, and hoped for the best. 
After a few weeks, he noticed a few green leaves sprouting out of the dead branches. 
And a month later, almost all of the branches were covered with leaves.

If the man hadn't taken care of the tree and cut the dead branches-
- it wouldn't have looked so beautiful for the spring, summer, and fall. 

In the same way-
Jesus sees the dead, unfruitful branches in us and cuts them away.

The dead branches can be-
- relationships that control our lives, 
- material things, 
- attitudes, or 
- pride in work or ministry. 

Only the Lord knows each person well enough to know-
- the exact branches that need to be cut away. 

But, He is caring for you and watching over you all the time.

Thank God for knowing you so well-
- that He knows exactly which branches to trim, 
- so you can be more fruitful.
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"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if 
we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all 
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Galatians 
6:9-10. 

As we've been watching the news recently-
- it seems the word of the hour is crisis! 

It seems everywhere we turn we hear it!

It's a "financial crisis", 
- a "political crisis," 
- international, environmental, spiritual crisis!

I came across an interesting fact recently. 

The Chinese word for crisis is composed of two symbols. 

They represent two words: 
Danger and opportunity. 

When we're in the midst of all these crises-
- it's tempting to focus on the danger. 

While it's important to be aware of the danger-
- we must be even more keenly aware of the opportunities it brings!

God is allowing this world to be shaken a little today. 

Let's prepare ourselves-
- to be a means of peace and light and strength to those who are afraid. 

Let's not grow weary in well doing.
There's so much work to be done!
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