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.