Wednesday, December 31, 2008

eSeed: Fishy Story

FISHY STORY
Read Romans 13:1-5 TLB
The small fish were swimming in his bucket, and he was calmly waiting for another bite.

Suddenly the game warden walked up and asked, “Don’t you see that No Fishing sign?”

“But,” he protested, “I’m not fishing. I was giving the little fish a lesson in swimming.”

That’s a fishy story!

A real Christian not only obeys the laws of the Lord, but also the laws of the land.

What the world needs is not more Christianity but more Christians who practice Christianity not only where they worship but also where they work, not only when they pray but also when they play.

The Living Bible says, “Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should.”

Prayer: Make us, Father, godly Christians and good citizens. Implant within our hearts a love for Thy laws and the laws of the land. Make our lives to be radiant Thy presence: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

eSeed: Somebody's Listening

SOMEBODY’S LISTENING
Read 1 Timothy 4:12
I asked a friend, “Has your baby learned to talk yet?”

“Yes, sir,” he answered. “Now we’re teaching her to keep quiet.”

There’s a time to keep quiet and a time to speak up, for somebody’s listening to you.
When you speak a bad word, somebody hears it, and is ruined by it. A word isn’t a bird. If it flies out, you’ll never catch it again.

When you speak a good word, somebody hears it, and is redeemed by it. Bunyan heard some women talk about the Lord with such joyful enthusiasm that he called upon Him and was saved. Then we wrote Pilgrim’s Progress.

Your words will either help or hurt. You’ll weigh them, won’t you?

Prayer: Give us, Father, a hatred for evil and a love for righteousness. Let no evil thoughts be in our minds, no evil words on our lips, and no evil ways in our lives. Make us clean: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, December 29, 2008

eSeed: Candy or the Queen

CANDY OR THE QUEEN
Read Matthew 6:33 NKJ

The Queen of England was coming to town, and a father took his little girl to see her.

While waiting for the queen, the girl saw a man selling lollipops. “Dad,” she begged, “buy me one.”

Reluctantly he took her out of line to get one. But while they were gone for the candy, they missed the queen.

The girl rejoiced in the candy for the moment, but for the rest of her life she regretted she had missed the queen.

Don’t allow the paltry things to rob you of the precious, the material things to rob you of the spiritual, or the temporal things to rob you of the eternal.

The Bible says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Prayer: Grant us Thy pardon, Father. Give us a greater hunger for the spiritual and lead us into a Spirit-filled life that honors Thee: in Christ. Amen.

Friday, December 26, 2008

eSeed: Purely Voluntary

PURELY VOLUNTARY
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
Bored by a tedious talk in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill fell asleep.

Angrily, the speaker walked over to him and asked, “Must you fall asleep while I’m speaking?”

Without opening his eyes, Churchill answered, “No, sir, it’s purely voluntary.”

But too many people go through life living in a nap sack.

The Lord created you because He wants to use you where you are. So look for a hurt and heal it. Find someone with a burden and help bear it. Reach for someone with a problem and help solve it. Search for someone who’s a victim and help him become a victor.

The Lord doesn’t want dozing disciples. He wants serving saints.

Prayer: Father, make our lives useful in service, beautiful with love, strong in faith, and courageous in standing up for Jesus. Help us to be loyal to Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

eSeed: The Great Omission

THE GREAT OMISSION
Read Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

A salesman always kept his hat on while working at his desk in the office.

“What’s the matter?” asked a newcomer. “Hairless?”

“No,” he answered, “I need to be here less. My hat reminds me I ought to be out selling.”

Maybe church members ought to be wearing hats too.

We need to put some demonstration to our education, some motion to our devotion, and some expression to our impression.

It’s time for us to stop putting more saints in stained glass and start putting more saints in shoe leather.

Our Lord said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” That’s the great commission.

Don’t let the great commission become your great omission!

Prayer: Father, make us more than church members, make us Christlike church members. Make us more than ordinary Christians, make us extraordinary Christians: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

eSeed: The Safety Pin

THE SAFETY PIN
Read James 1:5-8
In 1825, Walter Hunt owed a debt of $25.00 – a big sum; and he was broke.

That obstacle didn’t engulf him. It only encouraged him to overcome it.

He took his tools and some wire and tried to make something to sell. Suddenly he realized he had invented something.

Hunt took it to his debtor. He gave him $400 for complete rights to all future sales of his invention. It was the first safety pin.

Troubled? Pray. The Living Bible says, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him.”

Prayer: Father, we miss so much when we fail to talk with Thee in prayer, and through prayer to receive into our lives the grace, the strength and wisdom which only Thou canst give. Help us to pray and put feet to our prayers: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, December 22, 2008

eSeed: Run With Ryun

RUN WITH RYUN
Read 2 Timothy 2:22 TLB

Jim Ryun, the great miler, was being kidded by a reporter.

“You like to do a lot of different things in training,” he said. “Why don’t you go out for football?”

“Because,” he answered, “I’ll be better off in the long run.”

And so was Joseph.

Potiphar’s wife suggested that he sin with her. But he refused.

One day, when no one else was around, she grabbed him by the sleeve demanding, “Sleep with me.”

But he tore himself away and ran from the house.

That’s how to triumph over temptation.

The Living Bible says, “Run from anything that gives you evil thoughts…but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right.”

Prayer: Father, give us the power to conquer every temptation that will come to us; the strength to do every task that is assigned to us; and the grace to bear every burden which is laid upon us: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

eSeed: No Doubt About It

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
Read 1 John 5:12 NKJ

A lady walked into a store and started looking at some baby clothes.

“Are you expecting?” asked the clerk.

“No,” she answered, “I’m sure.”

And I’m sure of eternal life.

Is it because I’m a church member or a clergyman? No, it’s because of the Savior and the Scriptures.

Eternal life isn’t something we attain, but accept; not something we deserve, but desire; not something we purchase, but prize; not something we reap, but receive.

We receive eternal life not only from the Lord but in the Lord. The Bible says, “He who has the Son has life.”

Prayer: Prepare us for heaven, Father, by forgiving our sins and by cleansing us from every wrong. Inspire each of us day by day to grow in grace and to become better acquainted with our Lord and Savior: in His name. Amen.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

eSeed: Dad Or Dollars

DAD OR DOLLARS
Read Job 13:15

A student wrote this letter:

“Dear Dad, I haven’t heard a word from you in weeks. Please send me a check by return mail, so I’ll know you’re all right.”

I’m afraid he was more interested in dollars than dad. Aren’t you?

He was like many in Bible times. They followed the Lord for His favors, not His fellowship.

That’s what Satan thought about Job. He said to the Lord, “Look how rich he is. Take away his wealth and You’ll see him curse You.”

The Lord gave him permission to take away his wealth. Did Job curse God? No.

He said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

He had a rugged faith. Not a rigged faith. Have you?

Prayer: Give us, Father, a faith that is vital and vocal; a faith that loves Thy word, that listens to Thy word, that lives Thy word, and that labors for Thy honor and glory: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

eSeed: Picking The Colors

PICKING THE COLORS
Read James 1:1-4 TLB

Sourness spoils milk, and it had the same effect on a certain man. Then one day he had a paralyzing stroke.

Years later, when an old friend visited him, he found him grateful, not grouchy; compassionate, not cruel; sweet, not sour.

“What happened?” he asked.

“Sickness has a way of coloring the personality,” said the paralyzed man. “I decided I’d pick the colors and make my life beautiful.”

When we make God’s will our will, He’ll give us grace for our grief, gladness for our gloom, and stars for our scars.

Then our lives will be beautiful, and we’ll “be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.”

Prayer: Thou hast given us life, Father; help us to use it wisely and not foolishly; with discipline and not self-indulgence, that we may live only and always for Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Monday, December 15, 2008

eSeed: Mittens Or The Master

MITTENS OR THE MASTER
Read Romans 6:14 TLB

Come winter or summer, Californian Timothy Mack has been ordered to wear stiff mittens every time he appears in public.

Judge Richard Hayden saw this as the only remedy to Mack’s chronic pickpocketing.

But better than mittens for victory over sinning is the Master. He’s the great Transformer. He can turn your stealing into serving, your getting into giving, and your demands into dedication.

Your life can be an affirmation, not a defamation; a rock of strength, not a cesspool of weakness; a blessing, not a blight.

The Living Bible promises, “Sin need never again be your master.”

Prayer: At this moment, dear Jesus, I ask Thee to save me from all my sins, from sins of heart and hands, and from sins of habits and haunts. Constrain me to avoid that step that will lead me to sin and make me a victorious Christian: in Christ. Amen.

Friday, December 12, 2008

eSeed: Re-Signed, Not Resigned

RE-SIGNED, NOT RESIGNED
Read Philippians 4:13 NKJ

The last time you failed – did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying?

A young man applied for admission to West Point, and he failed to get in. But he didn’t stop trying.

He applied again, and was turned down the second time. But that didn’t make him bitter. It made him better.

By faith he turned that barrier into a bridge. He tried the third time, and was accepted. That man, General Douglas MacArthur, perhaps more than any other, helped us win World War II.

Refuse to be foiled by failure, or defeated by discouragement. Trust in the Lord, and resolve with St. Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Prayer: Inspire us, Father, by faith to turn our barriers into blessings, to transform our frustrations into forgiveness and our trials into triumphs. Make us to be optimistic overcomers: in Christ. Amen.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

eSeed: Make The Best Of It

MAKE THE BEST OF IT
Read Philippians 4:13

Allen Heath lost a hand and almost his life in an accident. But he came back to win a race as “The One-Armed Bandit of Racing.”

He said, “Being a race driver is tough. Being a race driver with a hook for a hand is tougher. But hurtin’ never stopped me from doin’ what I wanted to do.”

Heath added, “If you want to lay down and cry, you can. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to feel sorry for myself and give up. I had to accept what had happened and make the best of it.”

Like Heath, the victorious Christian talks more about his blessings than his bruises, more about his opportunities than his obstacles. He makes the best of everything by the grace of God.

Do you?

Prayer: Help us, Father, to think of life as we ought to think of it. Constrain us to use life wisely, to live life generously, and to use life for Thy honor and glory: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

eSeed: Wishful Thinking

WISHFUL THINKING
Read 1 John 5:14 NKJ

After thanking the Lord for a good day, and asking Him to bless her family, little Debbie prayed, “Dear Lord, please make seven plus six equal 11.”

“Why?” asked her mother.

“Because,” she said, “if it’s not, I’m going to fail math.”

The Lord is all powerful. But there are some things He can’t do. He can’t sin or act contrary to His nature. His unlimited power always operates in harmony with His goodness and wisdom.

The Lord is more anxious to answer than we are to ask, and more able to give than we deserve. But He always acts according to His will.

The Bible says, “If we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us.”

Prayer: Come Thou, Lord Jesus, into our hearts and home. Keep us from doing and saying anything that will shame Thee. Grant that we may be responsive to Thy voice: in Thy name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

eSeed: Pray For Me

PRAY FOR ME
Read Jeremiah 33:3

A little girl had been bad in church, so her father picked her up and started to carry her out. When they reached the door, she said, “You all pray for me, now!”

She had the right idea, didn’t she?

You can pray about anything, anytime, anywhere.

You can’t bring anything too little for God’s mercy or too big for His might.

Prayer has alerted angels, delivered from diseases, locked the mouths of lions, purged passions, soothed the storms, triumphed over the tempter, and won over want.

You can’t pray and fail to get an answer. God has pledged, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee.”

So in the words of the little girl, “You all pray for me, now.”

Prayer: Lord, teach us to pray. As we draw near to Thee, our spirits long for Thy Spirit to possess us, to prepare us to pray, to obey wholeheartedly, and honor Thee daily: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, December 8, 2008

eSeed: Is Anyone Up There

IS ANYONE UP THERE
Read Psalm 60:11-12

A man fell off a cliff, but he grabbed a limb on the way down. Tearfully he cried, “Is anyone up there?”

“I am the Lord. I’m here,” came the answer. “Do you believe in Me?”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. “But I can’t hang on much longer.”

“I’ll save you,” said the Lord. “Just let go.”

There was a pause, and the man asked, “Is anyone else up there?”

Isn’t it just like many to doubt the Lord and put their trust in man?

But not the Psalmist. He prayed, “O God, give us help from trouble; vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly.”

Prayer: Shame fills our hearts, Father, for our doubts and despair. We blush to remember our complaints. Lead us into a new tomorrow of trusting Thee and obeying Thee. Make us ready for Thy will and way: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Friday, December 5, 2008

eSeed: Object-ionable

OBJECT-IONABLE
Read Proverbs 25:27-28 TLB

A teacher asked, “Can you give me a sentence with an object?”

“Yes, ma’am,” said Joey. “You are very beautiful.”

“What’s the object of that?” asked the teacher.

“To get a good grade,” replied Joey.

Many flatter, just to be flattered. They give a gift, just to get a gift. They slap you on the back, just so you’ll cough up something for them.

As a wolf is like a dog, so is a flatterer like a friend. He deceives only to destroy.

The Living Bible says, “The man who sets a trap for others will get caught in it himself. Roll a boulder on someone, and it will roll back and crush you. Flattery is a form of hatred and wounds cruelly.”

Prayer: Father, control our tongues, and keep us from saying things that hurt Thee and others. Shut the door of our minds against all ugly and unclean thoughts: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

eSeed: Which Way

WHICH WAY
Read Acts 4:23-31 NKJ

Two men went to Alaska for a bear hunt. Walking into the wilderness, they came onto the footprints of a big grizzly.

One said, “You go that way and see where he went. I’ll go this way and see where he came from.”

It’s natural to be afraid. And some are just as fearful about seeking the godless as this man was in seeking the grizzly.

But you’re the only one who can cure your cold feet. How? By prayer. That’s what Peter and John did.

The Bible says, “When they had prayed…they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Don’t let fear overcome your boldness. By prayer let your boldness overcome your fear.

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from being frail and feeble followers. Make us strong saints, firm in the faith, powerful in prayer, and adequate for anything: in Thy name. Amen.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

eSeed: Lost - A Nose

LOST – A NOSE
Read Romans 6:13 TLB


Ernie Camero startled the doctors at a hospital in Venezuela. He handed them his nose which had been cut off during a fight.

They bandaged his wounds, but couldn’t do anything with his nose.

Who has your nose, your hands, your heart?

Being a Christian is offering every part of your body to God to be used for His glory.

Your heart – for Him to love through.

Your lips – for Him to speak through.

Your hands – for Him to touch through.

Your mind – for Him to think through.

The Living Bible says, “Do not let any part of your bodies become tools of wickedness, to be used for sinning; but give yourselves completely to God – every part of you…to be used for His good purposes.”

Prayer: Father, I give myself to Thee, body, soul and spirit. Use me as Thou wilt. Make me to be obedient to Thy word and Thy will: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

eSeed: No Engine

NO ENGINE
Read Romans 8:9

Police in England arrested two young men for stealing a car. They were found pushing it a mile from the garage.

On being caught they asked the police, “Why won’t it start?” Lifting up the hood, they found no engine. The owner hadn’t replaced it.

You’re pushing a car without an engine, when you try to live the Christian life without Christ. The Bible says, “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.”

You’re pushing a car without an engine, when you try to follow Christ without faith. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”

Cars are better with an engine and people are better with faith in Christ. So have faith in Christ.

Prayer: Grant us the faith, Father, which can accept things which we can’t understand, and which will never turn to doubt. Grant us the hope which continues throughout life and the loyalty which will always be true to Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, December 1, 2008

eSeed: We've Got To Get Some Of It

WE’VE GOT TO GET SOME OF IT
Read Psalm 90:17

A mama skunk and her baby skunks came to a paper mill. If you’ve been close to one, you’ll get the drift of it quickly.

One of the baby skunks was almost overcome with the odor. “Mom,” she cried, “what’s that?”

Sniffing deeply, she answered, “I don’t know, but we’ve got to get some of it.”

As believers in the Lord, we need to live a beautiful and beneficial life, a gracious and godly life, a happy and helpful life, a winsome and worthwhile life so that others will say, “I don’t know what that believer has, but whatever it is, I’ve got to get some of it.”

Let’s pray with the psalmist, “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.”

Prayer: Give us, dear Father, love for our lips, mercy for our mouths, truth for our tongues, and Thy loveliness for our lives. Let Thy beauty be upon us, Father, that we may live beautiful lives for Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

eSeed: Mr. Know-It-All

MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
Read Acts 16:31

A young fellow decided he didn’t need to take skydiving lessons. So he chartered a plane and they took off.

When it came time, he jumped. He enjoyed his free fall, and then he pulled the cord. But his parachute didn’t open. Then he realized he didn’t know how to operate the reserve parachute.

As he fell lower, he saw a man rising higher. He yelled, “Do you know anything about parachutes?”

“No,” said the man. “Do you now anything about gas furnaces?”

The Philippian jailer wasn’t a know-it-all. He wanted to be saved and know it. He asked, “What must I do to be saved?”

St. Paul answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

Prayer: Father, cleanse us from all our sins, and keep us clean. Help us to grow in compassion and courage, making us people of purity and prayer: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

eSeed: Watch Out For The Gatepost

WATCH OUT FOR THE GATEPOST
Read 2 Samuel 3:38

A mean fellow died. There were no funeral directors then, so the widow dressed the body and placed it in the coffin.

As it was being carried from the house, the pallbearers stumbled, and the coffin crashed into a gatepost. The knock revived the mountaineer and he cursed everyone in sight.

The man lived about a year and died. Once more he was placed in the coffin. But the widow cautioned, “Watch out for the gatepost!”

Are you kind or cruel, helpful or hurtful, godly or ungodly? Will your death grieve or gladden others?

Will it be said of you as David said of Abner, “A great man has fallen!” or “Watch out for the gatepost!”

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from having a hard heart, a calloused conscience, and a dispassionate disposition. Make us sensitive to Thy Spirit and sympathetic to the saints and sinners so that we will be lovely in life: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, November 24, 2008

eSeed: What Problem?

WHAT PROBLEM?
Read Isaiah 49:15 NIV
A man had a problem with forgetfulness. It drove his wife to distraction. She finally insisted he see a psychiatrist.

“Doc,” he said, “I have a terrible problem with forgetfulness.”

“How long have you had this problem?”

The patient asked, “What problem?”

It seems so easy to forget a favor or a friend, a promise or a pledge. That’s not true with our Lord.

He never forgets a person, nor forfeits a promise, and never fails on a pledge. He’s faithful in all things, at all times, and with all people.

He declares, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, that Thou dost never forget Thy children. How good it is to know that Thou art always thinking about us and providing for us: in Christ Amen.

Friday, November 21, 2008

eSeed: Wise Or Otherwise

WISE OR OTHERWISE
Read James 1:5-6 NAS

An old mountaineer was known for his wisdom. “Uncle Zed,” asked a young man, “how did you get so wise?”

“Easy,” he answered. “I’ve got good judgment. That came from experience. And experience – that came from bad judgment.”

The wise learn from mistakes. The foolish merely keep repeating them.

To keep from repeating our mistakes, we may experience the wisdom that comes down from above.

Our Lord is anxious to give us wisdom for our talk and our walk, our bearing and our daring, our gains and our pains.

The Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously.”

Prayer: Give to us, Father, the enlightenment of our minds in knowledge, the guidance of our footsteps in wisdom, the help in every hour of temptation: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

eSeed: Selfish Sweetie

SELFISH SWEETIE
Read John 6:26-27 TLB

A pretty young model was looking sad. “What’s the matter?” asked the photographer.

“My boyfriend just lost all his money,” she answered.

“Oh,” he said, “I bet you’re feeling sorry for him.”

“Yes,” she answered, “I’ll miss him.”

Like that girl, there are many who follow the Lord for the loaves, not love; the fish, not faith; the sensational, not the spiritual. They major on the temporal and ignore the spiritual.

Our Lord said, “You want to be with Me because I fed you, not because you believe in Me. But you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. No, spend your energy seeking eternal life that I can give you.”

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, into my heart. Dictate my words and direct my ways. Weave into the fabric of my life the virtues of love and loyalty, submission to Thy word and steadfastness in walking in Thy will: in Thy dear name. Amen.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

eSeed: The Bored

THE BORED
Read Romans 8:37-39

When the minister ended his long, dry sermon, he asked for the board to remain for a few minutes.

Among those who stayed was a stranger, and the preacher said, “I asked that only the board remain.”

“That includes me,” said the visitor. “I never was more bored in my life.”

No, I don’t want to bore you, but I would like to bless your heart with the good news that our Lord can deal with the difficulties that discourage you, the temptations that trouble you, and the problems that plague you.

He’s able to inspire your mind with His wisdom, endow your body with His strength, and empower your will with His might so that you’ll be victorious.

Why don’t you trust Him?

Prayer: We look to Thee, Father, to guide us, govern us, and guard us. Grant that we may not forget Thy presence and Thy power. Help us to trust Thee with our lives: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, November 17, 2008

eSeed: Wiggle-Tails In Your Cup

WIGGLE-TAILS IN YOUR CUP
Read John 7:37-39 TLB

An old-fashioned church enjoyed a time of testimony every Sunday night. Many were stimulating, but one was stale.

A trustee you couldn’t trust gave the same testimony week after week. He’d say, “Twenty-five years ago the Lord filled my cup and it has been full ever since.”

One night a little girl leaned over to her mother and said softly, “Mom, I bet that man’s cup is full of wiggle-tails.”

How true!

With the inflow there must be the outflow to keep the supply fresh. The Lord isn’t pleased with stagnant saints.

He says, “The Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in Me.”

Prayer: Save us, Father, from playing at prayer, or trifling with testifying. Constrain us to walk in honesty, faith and fidelity: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

eSeed: No Difference

NO DIFFERENCE
Read Jeremiah 31:3 NKJ

Many years ago, after paying his debt, a poor fellow had just enough money left for one gift. Deciding on a mirror, for they had none, he hurried home and gave it to his family.

His wife smiled as she looked into it. His little girl giggled. But his boy cried. His face had been kicked by a mule, and it was badly scarred.

“Mom,” he asked, “did you know I looked like this?”

“Yes.”

“And you still love me?”

“I do,” she answered. “The face makes no difference.”

In like manner, the Lord loves you, even though He knows your faults and failures.

Hear Him as he says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Aren’t you gratefully glad?

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee for Thy limitless love. Impart unto us those qualities of faith and fortitude which will liberate us from sin’s penalty and power: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

eSeed: The Winner

THE WINNER
Read 1 John 3:5
A preacher saw a gang of boys sitting around a dog. “What are you boys doing?” he asked.

“Telling lies,” answered one. “The one who tells the biggest lie gets the dog.”

“Shame on you,” said the preacher. “When I was a boy, I never told a lie.”

“Give him the dog,” said a boy. “He’s the winner.”

There has been one, and only one, sinless person, and that One is the Lord Jesus.

His life, which began without sin, was preserved without sin.

Coming in contact with impurity, He was always pure. Touching sinful men, He remained sinless. Though perfectly human, He was a perfect human.

Yes, Jesus is God’s perfect Man and man’s perfect God.

Prayer: We choose Thee, Lord Jesus, to be our Savior. May we never be fickle, but always faithful; never cowardly, but always courageous. Make us good and gracious Christians: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

eSeed: Waiting, Not Working

WAITING, NOT WORKING
Read Mark 10:27
A tourist saw a man sitting by the ruins of a house that had been blown away. He asked, “Was this your house?”

“Yep.”

“Any of your family blown away with it?”

“My wife and kids.”

“Why aren’t you hunting them?”

“The wind’s due to change,” he said. “So I might as well wait here until it brings them back.”

Too many are waiting, when they ought to be working; hoping, when they ought to be hopping; praying, when they ought to be pursuing.

God won’t do for you what you can do for yourself. So work and pray. Work as though everything depended on work and pray as though everything depended on God.

Prayer: We long, Father, to be like Thee where we worship and where we work, where we pray and where we play. Constrain us to keep our eyes on Thee moment by moment: in Thy name. Amen.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Where Am I Going

WHERE AM I GOING
Read Psalm 16

Dwight Morrow, the famous diplomat, was absentminded. Once, when the train conductor asked for his ticket, he couldn’t find it.

“Never mind,” said the conductor. “When you find it, mail it to the company.”

“Thanks,” said the diplomat, “but where am I going?”

There are only two places where you can go at the end of life’s line – heaven or hell.

You were born with your back toward heaven. To go to heaven, you must turn around. When you do, you’ll find yourself in the hands of our Lord. And when you die, you’ll find yourself in His home.

In His presence there is fullness of joy. At His right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

You’ll turn to Him now, won’t you?

Prayer: We turn to Thee, Father, at the beginning of this day. Constrain us to pray at the start of each task, and to praise at the end. Guide us and grant us Thy grace: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, November 7, 2008

eSeed: Skyrocket or Star

SKYROCKET OR STAR
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB


A fellow worked like the devil – he was crooked. But he professed conversion.

His boss asked, “Will he do an honest day’s work?”

His fiancĂ© wondered, “Will he behave himself on dates?”

His mother questioned, “Will he act differently at home?”

Many go forward in meetings. Like a skyrocket they rise into the air. There’s a flash, a burst of color like a star, and then a blackened stick.

Why? He wasn’t a God-made star, just a man-made skyrocket; not a real Christian.

A real Christian is one who has been born again. The Living Bible says, “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. A new life has begun!”

Prayer: Father, we come to Thee for a new life, light and love. Keep our hearts soft and clean so we may be used by Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

eSeed: Growing Old

GROWING OLD
Read Psalm 23

A famous baseball player said, “My youth’s going.”

“How do you know?” asked a friend.

“When I start chasing a ball,” he said, “my brain commands my body to run forward, bend down, scoop up the ball, and peg it to the infield. But my body says, ‘Who, me?’”

Old age is a part of life, and it can be the best part!

Instead of seeking sympathy, let’s spread sunshine. Instead of searching for seclusion, let’s find friends. Instead of building barriers, let’s remove roadblocks.

I’m going to live happily all the days of my life, and put off dying until it’s the last thing I do. Then what?

“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Will you?

Prayer: Father, make me a bridge and not a barrier. At any cost, melt me, mold me, and make me a soul winning Christian: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

eSeed: Do It Again

DO IT AGAIN
Read Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV

A country church was having a homecoming service, and all former members were invited.

One had become a millionaire, and he testified, “I was just a poor boy. All I had was a silver dollar. When a need for money was presented, I gave it to God. The reason God has richly blessed me is that as a boy I gave Him everything I had.”

“Do it again,” shouted a little boy.

You can’t out give God! The lad who gave the Lord his lunch didn’t go hungry. He had all he wanted, and more.

The Bible says, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”

It’s strange, but very true; giving to God just enriches you!

Prayer: Forgive us, Father, for giving Thee and others watered-down gifts. Deliver us from our greediness and make us gracious in our attitude, our expressions and our service: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

eSeeds: Turn Blights Into Blessings

TURN BLIGHTS INTO BLESSINGS
Read Romans 8:28

Just before Richard Byrd was graduated from Annapolis, he broke a bone in his foot. It was discovered that his foot hadn’t healed while on his first trip as a naval officer, and he was retired from the Navy.

He appealed to Washington, applying for active duty as a flyer, and was accepted. He fought bravely in the war, flew to the North Pole, hopped the Atlantic and flew to the South Pole.

But his greatest achievement was turning his affliction into an advantage.

Refuse to be hampered by handicaps. By faith in God turn your setbacks into successes.

As you trust Him, He’ll make “all things work together for good.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, that Thou art our everlasting Friend and our ever-present Help. Inspire us to trust Thee with our lives and loved ones. Help us not to be hindered by any obstacles we encounter: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, October 31, 2008

eSeed: A Malicious Look

A MALICIOUS LOOK
Read Psalm 90:17

A wife was bragging to her new maid. “My husband,” she declared, “is the head of our State Militia!”

“I might have guessed it,” said the maid. “He’s got a malicious look.”

What kind of a look do you have?

If you have the Lord within, His loveliness will be seen without.

Your face will reflect blessedness, not bitterness. Your eyes will radiate faith, not fear. Your expression will register affection, not aggression. Your features will reveal kindness, not cruelty.

Let’s pray with the Psalmist, “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.”

Prayer: Father, grant that Thy beauty will be seen in our lives and Thy blessedness be spoken by our lips. May our lives and our love be a leading influence on our companions, children and all those that we meet: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, October 27, 2008

eSeed: Turn My Back To The Wind

TURN MY BACK TO THE WIND
Read Psalm 29:7-11

A tramp was asked, “When you wake up in the morning, how do you shape your course?”

“I always turn my back to the wind,” he replied.

Where he went made no difference. He refused to buck the wind. He took the path of least resistance.

But following the line of least resistance leads to confusion, crookedness and collapse. Following the Lord leads to a clear conscience, a clean character and the comforts of the celestial city.

The Psalmist prayed, “Teach me, O Lord, the way.”

To know and go in the Lord’s way – nothing more, nothing less, nothing else – brings joy here and hereafter.

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, that in coming to Thee we have happiness here and heaven hereafter. We acknowledge that the manifestations of Thy grace and goodness are more than we deserve: in Christ. Amen.


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Friday, October 24, 2008

eSeed: From Problem To Profit

FROM PROBLEM TO PROFIT
Read James 1:5 TLB
About a hundred years ago there was a candlestick-maker who often stopped at a market on his way home and bought fish for his evening meal.

It was wrapped in ordinary paper which became soggy, and the passengers on the street car always complained about the odor.

One morning he dipped some paper in molten wax. That day he wrapped his fish in the treated paper. It didn’t become soggy, and there was no odor.

That’s how wax paper was born.

Got a problem? Don’t curse it. Look for a cure.

The Bible says, God “is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art so gracious and so good to me. I thank Thee for the talents that Thou hast given me. Inspire me to discover and to develop each one so that daily I will honor Thee and I will help others: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

eSeed: From Problem To Profit

FROM PROBLEM TO PROFIT
Read James 1:5 TLB

About a hundred years ago there was a candlestick-maker who often stopped at a market on his way home and bought fish for his evening meal.

It was wrapped in ordinary paper which became soggy, and the passengers on the street car always complained about the odor.

One morning he dipped some paper in molten wax. That day he wrapped his fish in the treated paper. It didn’t become soggy, and there was no odor.

That’s how wax paper was born.

Got a problem? Don’t curse it. Look for a cure.

The Bible says, God “is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art so gracious and so good to me. I thank Thee for the talents that Thou hast given me. Inspire me to discover and to develop each one so that daily I will honor Thee and I will help others: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

eSeed: A Good Yarn

A GOOD YARN
Read Proverbs 3:3 TLB

Wanting to buy a sweater, but looking at the price tag, a man asked, “Isn’t two hundred dollars high for a sweater?”

“No, sir,” said the clerk. “It’s all wool. And it’s shorn from a special breed of sheep. It’s quite a yarn.”

“You’re right,” said the man, “and you tell it well.”

That’s the trouble. A falsehood is so easy. Truth is so difficult.

But truthfulness makes us conduits of courage. It adds fragrance to our friendships, harmony to our homes, and benefits to our businesses.

The Bible says, “Never forget to be truthful and kind. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart.”

Prayer: Father, take control of our tongues. Guard our lips from telling lies. Turn us away from evil places, pleasures and people, and lead us into right paths. Help us to speak the truth in love: in Christ’s name. Amen.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

eSeed: Get Out Of the Dirt

GET OUT OF THE DIRT
Read 1 John 2:15-17
A little girl was helping her mother work in her flower garden. Watering a beautiful plant, she cried, “Mom, I know why flowers grow.”

“Why?” she asked.

“Because,” she answered, “they want to get out of the dirt.”

A Christian has his roots on this earth, but he has his heart set on things above. He gets his cues of behavior from the word, not the world.

He values the Bible above books, character above convenience, God above gold, loyalty above license, self-control above self-indulgence.

The best way to live in this world is to live above it. Be like the flowers – grow to get out of the dirt.

Prayer: Help us, heavenly Father, to wait on Thee, that Thou mayest strengthen and sustain us, cleanse and control us, mold us and make us Christlike Christians. Constrain us to keep our eyes on Thee: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

eSeed: Great Men Make Mistakes

GREAT MEN MAKE MISTAKES
Read 1 John 1:1-9

On his last visit to Philadelphia, President John F. Kennedy gave a man his pencil. On one end was an eraser that showed signs of much use. A friend asked him, “What do you cherish most about that pencil?”

“The eraser,” he answered. “When I look at it I’m reminded that great men also make mistakes.”

“Yes,” says the Living Bible, “all have sinned. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is right, not one.”

Where’s the Divine eraser that can remove our sins? The Bible answers, “The blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin.”

Made mistakes? Want them erased? Go to the Lord. He’ll cleanse you.

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from committing the same sins over again. Inspire us to willingly and whole heartedly obey Thee. Grant that we may only do Thy will and always delight in Thy word, pleasing Thee in everything: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

eSeed: Hair-Spray-Can Religion

HAIR-SPRAY-CAN RELIGION
Read John 10:27-30

“I wish,” said a preacher, “that we could package religion in spray cans. It would be more popular.”

Maybe, for some prefer their religion in “short bursts.” They’re a little too bad to be good, so they’d like a “shot” every now and then just to be respectable, but not too religious.

There are many who’d like to make use of their religion only when they’re “under pressure.” They turn to God in their pain, but they turn from Him in their pleasure.

Many pastors would like a “hair-spray-can religion” for the “hard-to-hold” members so they’d “keep their religion in place all day.”

But the Lord will do that for you, if you’ll turn your life over to Him.

Why don’t you do it now?

Prayer: Father, I offer myself to Thee. Take me. Be Thou my Master. I will be Thy slave. I want to be a slave to all that is right, holy and good. Use me for Thy purposes: through Christ. Amen.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

eSeed: Faith and Works

FAITH AND WORKS
Read James 2:14-17

Bill Jones was riding in his boat when it overturned about a mile from shore. His friends knew he wasn’t a good swimmer, and they thought he’d drown.

But he didn’t, and when he reached the shore, they asked, “How did you ever make it?”

“I don’t know,” he answered. “All I know is that I prayed to God, and kept my arms and legs in stroke.”

What a good secret for survival – pray to God and do your best.

It was General Booth who said, “Work as if everything depended on work, and pray as if everything depended on prayer.”

My friend, don’t expect to lean on the Lord, if you lean on the shovel. Prove your faith by your works.

Prayer: Help us, Father, never to be satisfied with words without work, with promises without performance, with prayer without putting feet to our prayers: through Christ. Amen.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

eSeed: It Won't Come Sweet

IT WON’T COME SWEET
Read Psalm 119:9-16

A little girl sat at the table, stirring and sipping her tea. Bursting into tears, she cried, “Mom, it won’t come sweet.”

“Did you put sugar in it?” asked the mother.

“Oh, no!” answered the girl. “I forgot.”

This done, the sugar did the rest.

No amount of stirring can make your life sweet. But when you invite the Lord to come into your heart, He makes it sweet.

He gives affection for anger, graciousness for gracelessness, helpfulness for harmfulness.

Sweetness of life is only possible as He who is the Sweetener dwells within your heart.

Tired of stirring in vain? Invite the Lord into your heart, won’t you?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, unlock my heart and come in. Undo my tangles and free me from my evil habits. With Thy pardon, grant the power to overcome sin and not be overcome by sin: in Thy name. Amen.


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Monday, October 6, 2008

eSeed: No Man Gains Who Gives Up God

NO MAN GAINS WHO GIVES UP GOD
Read Mark 8:34-38

There were many blossoms on our pear tree, and a friend said, “You’re going to have many pears.”

“Maybe,” I replied, “but not all will become pears. Some will fall off.”

That happens to people, too. Look at Judas.

He cast his lot with the Lord. He became a blossom. He was so beautiful that he was chosen treasurer. He worked with Christ, but he never blossomed into a Christian.

Why? He didn’t receive Christ, for he loved silver more than the Savior, and he sold the Lord for thirty pieces of silver.

Did he gain by it? No. He lost his silver and his soul.

No man gains who gives up God.


Prayer: Father, I come to Thee. Receive me and redeem me. Create within me a clean heart, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. Make me willing to obey Thee: in Thy name. Amen.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

eSeed: Using A Word Seven Times

USING A WORD SEVEN TIMES
Read John 1:1-12

A language arts teacher was stressing the need of a large vocabulary to her English class. “Using a word seven times,” she insisted, “will make it yours.”

Mary was in love with John and she wanted to make him love her. So she said seven times, “John, John, John, John, John, John, John.”

But just as repeating John’s name didn’t make him hers, so repeating the name of the Lord won’t make Him yours. But receiving Him in your heart will.

Say to Him, “Lord Jesus, I receive Thee. Here’s my body, live in it. Here’s my brain, think through it. Here’s my face, glow from it. Here’s my heart, love with it.”

Prayer: Knowing, heavenly Father, that my body belongs to Thee, I yield myself completely to Thee – every part of me – to be used for Thy good purposes. Have Thine own way in my life: through Christ. Amen.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

eSeed: When I Ask God To Forgive Me

WHEN I ASK GOD TO FORGIVE ME
Read 1 John 1:5-10

A boy was asked, “What’s wrong with your face?”

“Jeanne scratched me,” he cried. “We had a fight. She’s bad!”

“Don’t talk like that,” begged his sister. “I asked you to forgive me. When I ask God to forgive me, He doesn’t mention it any more. The matter’s closed.”

How true! Concerning those who have asked for His forgiveness, He says, “Their sins will I remember no more.”

When God forgives, He forgets; and He helps you to forgive and forget. Then He enables you to think positively, walk fearlessly, live victoriously and sing happily.

Prayer: Give me such love for Thee, Lord Jesus, that I will forgive quickly and forget immediately. More and more think Thy thoughts with my mind, love with my heart, and work in my body: in Thy name. Amen.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

eSeed: I Love You, Not The Car

I LOVE YOU, NOT THE CAR
Read Colossians 3:18-19

A woman’s car was sideswiped on a trip to the store. Tearfully opening the glove compartment, she looked for the insurance papers on the car for the police officer.

Fumbling through them she saw a note her husband had written. It read: “Dear Mary, when you need these papers, remember it’s you I love, not the car.”

Isn’t that precious!

Cars don’t make a home, caring does. Gifts don’t keep a family together, God does. Lust isn’t the foundation for a happy home, love is.


Invite the Lord into your house, and He’ll bring in His life, love and laughter; and you’ll have a safe home.

Prayer: Father, make our homes heavenly and happy. Help us to live love, to lighten the load of our loved ones, to be gracious and godly, and always do those things that please Thee: through Christ. Amen.


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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

eSeed: The Blessings of the Lord

THE BLESSINGS OF THE LORD
Read Luke 6:38

A tramp approached a man of well-to-do appearance and asked for charity.

Without a word, the man put his hand in his pocket, and the tramp said, “May the blessings of the Lord follow you.”

But the man only pulled out his handkerchief and kept on walking. Whereupon the tramp yelled, “And never catch up with you.”

But the blessings of the Lord will catch up with you if you care and share.

Charity gives itself rich. Covetousness hoards itself poor.

Our Lord said, “if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over.”

Prayer: Give us, heavenly Father, a deeper love for Thee and all for whom Jesus died. Inspire us to give heartily and happily, lovingly and liberally: these things we ask in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

eSeed: Part-Worker

PART-WORKER
Read Romans 6:12-14 TLB

A Canadian newspaper carried this statement: “Darryl Raymaker is a longtime part worker.”

It should have read: “Darryl Raymaker is a longtime party worker.”

But there are many “part-time” workers in our churches.

They go to church, if they don’t have some other place to go. They give to the church, if they have some money left over. They work in the church, if they don’t have something else to do.

When the Lord needs them, they’re conspicuous by their absence.

But the Bible says, “Give yourselves completely to God – every part of you. Be tools in the hands of God, to be used for His good purposes.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, wholeheartedly and happily we commit our lives to Thee. Make us what Thou wilt, send us where Thou wilt, do with us what Thou wilt, at any cost: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

eSeed: My Wife Did It

MY WIFE DID IT
Read Genesis 3:12

A sign on a wrecked car amused me. Above the bent fender were the words: “My wife did it.”

And that’s what Adam said.

In order to excuse himself, he had only the woman, the serpent, and the Lord. So he said, “The woman.”

Today we blame family, society and poverty.

But God puts the blame where it belongs – on the sinner.

With Him there’s only one way to find forgiveness. Confess, “I did it. I’m to blame. Forgive me.”

He’ll cleanse you, convert you and make you more than a conqueror. And you’ll be able to say, “I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

Prayer: Accept our thanks, heavenly Father, for revealing to us our sins and for removing them. In cleansing us, keep us clean. Make us pure within and without: in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Monday, September 22, 2008

eSeed: Ungodlike Not To Work

UNGODLIKE NOT TO WORK
Read John 5:17


A lazy farmhand fell off a tractor and was rushed to the hospital.

After an examination the doctor said, “Here’s some good news and some bad news. You won’t be able to work for six months.”

“Thanks,” said the man. “Now, what’s the bad news?”

But work isn’t bad for us. It’s good. The daily grind of work gives us polish!

God isn’t a lazy God, but a laboring God. The Bible opens with God working, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

He’s still working. Our Lord said, “My Father is always at work, and I am working.”

It’s ungodlike not to work if you can work.

Prayer: Make me, Father, diligent in my work, fair in my games, and clean in my pleasure. Grant that my work will bring glory to Thee and good to those I work for: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

eSeed: Exciting Expectations

EXCITING EXPECTATIONS
Read Ephesians 3:20 TLB


A woman turned 100, and her friends gave her a party. After greeting them she met a reporter.

“Congratulations!” he exclaimed. “Do you have any children?”

“Not yet,” she answered.

Christianity is a “not yet” faith. It sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.

It attempts great things for God and expects great things from God.

The Bible says, “Glory to God who by His mighty power at work withing us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of.”

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee for the joy that flooded our souls when Jesus came into our hearts. Now every day is happier and better than the day before. How grateful we are the best is yet to come. Hear us: through Christ. Amen.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

eSeed: Praise Day By Day

PRAISE DAY BY DAY
Read 2 Chronicles 30:21



A farmer was a chronic grumbler. He never missed a chance to complain. But one year he harvested a bumper crop.

“You couldn’t ask for more,” said a friend.

“I don’t know,” he grunted. “Crops like this are hard on the ground.”

It’s not the greatness of the trouble that makes people complain; it’s the littleness of the soul.

And the reason why some people are dog-tired at night is because they’ve growled all day.

When things are good, be grateful and when things aren’t good. Even then God is making all things work together for your good.

So be like the believers of whom the Bible says, they “praised the Lord day by day.”

Prayer: Rather, we thank Thee that Thou art always with us to protect us and to provide for us, to give us Thy guidance and Thy grace. Help us all through this day to glorify Thee: through Christ. Amen.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

eSeed: Work Hard

WORK HARD
Read Colossians 3:23 TLB


A fellow lost his job and a friend asked why.

He answered, “Foremen don’t work. They just watch others work.”

“But why were you fired?” the friend repeated.

“Jealousy,” replied the fellow. “Others thought I was the foreman.”

Some people are bent by toil, but he was crooked avoiding it.

The Bible dramatically teaches us that laziness distorts our thinking, disquiets our soul, and disturbs our body.

Laziness demoralizes our life, depresses our family, disheartens our friends, and destroys our testimony.

The Bible says, “Work hard and cheerfully at all you do.”

Prayer: Constrain us, Father, to work heartily and happily, so that our work as well as our worship is well pleasing unto thee. Give us strength for hard tasks, wisdom for difficult toil, and grace for everything: through Christ. Amen.


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