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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Thursday, September 11, 2008

eSeed: Lose Yourself

LOSE YOURSELF
Read Mark 8:35

It was a bad season for a football team, and a friend was trying to cheer up the coach.

“You’ve taught your boys good sportsmanship,” he said. “They’re good losers.”

“Good losers?” growled the coach. “They’re perfect!”

While some are good losers in sports, they’re not in losing self.

Forget your rights, but remember your responsibilities.

Forget your obstacles, but remember your opportunities.

Lose yourself, not into self-indulgence, but service; not into immorality, but immortality.

Our Lord said, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.”

Prayer: Father, help me to lift and never lower others; to be a blessing and never a blight. Make me brave enough to face the battles of life and strong enough to overcome the temptations: through Christ. Amen.



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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

eSeed: I'm Through For The Night

I’M THROUGH FOR THE NIGHT
Read Joshua 1:9 TLB
There was a boxer who was called, “the Caterpillar,” – he stayed in the ring only by crawling.

One night a sharp blow floored him. The referee began his count. But he didn’t stop at ten. He knew the fighter was bluffing. When he came to twenty, the boxer said, “You’re more than fair, Mr. Referee, but I’m through for the night.”

Being floored isn’t fatal. Failure to get up is.

Don’t give in to discouragement and don’t give up in despair.

The Bible says, “Be bold and strong. Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from discouragement. Illumine our minds, quicken our hearts, and lift our spirits that we might think only on that which is true, good, right and lovely: through Christ. Amen.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

eSeed: The Hose And The Can

THE HOSE AND THE CAN
Read John 7:37-39
A neighbor was sprinkling his lawn. The water was pouring from his hose.

His little boy hurried with his sprinkling can. He filled it with water and went from sprig to sprig, and the water trickled from his can.

It didn’t matter if the water came from the big hose or the little can; the grass was watered.

It matters little how well-known or unknown you are, how skilled or unskilled you are. Just so the water of life flows from your heart, and you do what you can.

Our Lord said, “Whosoever believes in Me, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, never before have we faced as many exciting opportunities to love Thee and to live for thee. Help us to see our problems as possibilities. Every day and en every way lead us on from victory to victory: in Christ. Amen.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

eSeed: Prayer - Farce Or Force

PRAYER – FARCE OR FORCE
Read James 5:16

A little girl said, “Mom, I’m not going to pray any more.”


“Why not?” she asked.

“I didn’t say my prayers for three nights,” the girl said, “and nothing happened.”


Does prayer work?

It does! Moses prayed, and the waters of the Red Sea parted to make a dry highway for the children of God. Joshua prayed, and the walls of Jericho fell down flat. Elijah prayed, and he locked and unlocked the rain doors of heaven. Hezekiah prayed, and the Lord lengthened his life by fifteen years. Paul and Silas prayed, and the prison doors opened.


The Bible says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Prayer: Save us, Father, from Biblelessness and prayerlessness. Inspire us to pray where we worship and where we work, in our rest and in our recreation: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

eSeed: Spoiled Pages

SPOILED PAGES
Read 1 John 1:10

Jimmy never failed to display his pest manners. But he had a teacher who put Christian love into action, and there was a change.

Parent’s Night came, and his workbook was displayed. The first half had silly pictures and curse words.

His parents found his workbook. They opened it and smiled approvingly. Amazed, he hurried to it and discovered the first half had been removed. Only the improved pages remained.

“Why?” he asked.

“Jesus took the spoiled pages out of my life,” said his teacher, “and He’ll do the same for your life, if you let Him.”

The boy did. Won’t you?

Prayer: Purify our affections, Lord, refine our ambitions, and make our hearts a fit dwelling place for Thy Spirit. We now submit ourselves to Thy control. Help us to follow Thee faithfully: in Thy name. Amen.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

eSeed: Hurrah

HURRAH
Read Luke 23:39-43
The word “hurrah” was first used as a battle cry.

Some people believed that if a man died fighting for his country, he went to Paradise. So they shouted “Hurrah!” It meant, in the Solvanic tongue, “To Paradise.”

But it’s not fighting for a purpose that saves. It’s faith in a Person – Jesus.

Christ was crucified with two criminals. One said, “So You’re the Messiah, are You? Prove it by saving Yourself – and us.

But the other prayed, “Jesus, remember Me when You come into Your kingdom.” “Today,” replied Jesus, “you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Will you be with Him?

Prayer: Keep us, heavenly Father, from drifting or straying. Bind our hearts to Thine, and keep us close to Thy side, infilling our hearts with love for Thee and Thy word. Inspire us to love Thee more and serve Thee better: through Christ, our Savior. Amen.
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