Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Properspective

Read Numbers 13:26-33

A little boy picked up a pebble, held it close to his eye and shouted, “Look, Pop, it’s bigger than you.”

“Drop it, son,” said the father. He did. “Now,” he exclaimed, “it’s little!”

There’s only one way to do anything rightly, and there’s only one way to see anything rightly.

When the spies returned from the Promised Land ten saw giants, two saw God; ten saw problems, two saw possibilities; ten put their problems first and were overcome, two put God first and overcame.

Don’t look to God through your circumstances. Look at your circumstances through God. “With God all things are possible.”

Prayer: Inspire us, heavenly Father, to develop spiritually, mentally, socially and bodily. Give us grace for our hearts, strength for our bodies, and wisdom for our minds to do and be the person that will always please Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why Choose Hell

Read Luke 16:19-31

There are close to 60,800 places to live in our nation. Some have interesting names like Acres of Diamond, Florida; Fearnot, Pennsylvania; Happyland, Connecticut.

Some prefer Boring, Maryland; Pitts, Georgia; and Hell, Michigan.

But none are happy in that eternal place of suffering the Bible calls Hell.

One who went there cried, “I am in anguish in these flames.”

And he didn’t want others to go there. He said, “I have five brothers…warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.”

Want to escape it? The Bible says, “Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Prayer: Father, we come to Thee with our worries seeking confidence and courage; with our problems asking for wisdom and light; with our sorrows looking for comfort and strength; and with our sins praying for forgiveness: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last Stand

Read Mark 8:36-37

A father was reading his son’s report card and got angrier by the minute. “That’s awful,” he said. “French, weak. English, poor.”

“But,” cried the boy, “read the last line: health, good.”

You eat three meals a day and sleep seven hours a night. But you’re sickly, because you starve your soul.

It’s important to have a strong body and a serviceable mind. But it’s more important to have a saved soul. The Lord asks, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Don’t spend your life on things that lose your soul. You were made for fellowship with God. Life begins with Christ. Come to Him now.

Prayer: We come to Thee, Lord Jesus; quench the thirst of our hearts and satisfy the longing of our souls. Help us daily to love Thee better and serve Thee faithfully: in Thy name. Amen.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mind Your Mouth

Read Proverbs 18:6-7 TLB
The new pastor said to deacon Jones, “I’m told you played golf instead of coming to church last Sunday.”

“That’s a lie!” he exclaimed. “And I have the fish to prove it!”

His mouth was his undoing.

There’s nothing so revealing as your words. You don’t have to talk long before you reveal if your heart is clean or dirty, kind or evil, obedient or disobedient to the Lord.

When you’re on guard, you’re careful what you say. But when you’re not on guard, when you’re not watching your words, your speech reveals your true character.

The Bible says, “A man’s heart determines his speech.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from foolish and frivolous talk. Grant that our conversation shall be gracious and good, and be pleased to give us the right answer for everyone: in Thy name. Amen.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Suffering For Her Belief

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19

A wife said to her husband, “Our daughter’s suffering for her belief.”

“What belief is that?” he asked.

“She believes that she can wear a size five shoe on a size eight foot,” she answered.

Have you ever suffered from your belief in the Lord? It’s the way of the world to praise dead saints, but to persecute living saints.

But suffering for the Lord isn’t when you’re buffeted for doing wrong. But when you’re good and godly, honest and holy.

Remember, if it’s God’s will, it’s better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong.

So keep on doing what’s right, and trust yourself to God. He’ll never fail you.

Prayer: Father, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts that we may more perfectly trust Thee and more worthily walk in Thy ways. Strengthen our weaknesses and calm our anxieties: through Christ. Amen.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

I Was Thinking Of Her

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 TLB
A mother said, “Bobby, you ate all that cake without thinking of your little sister.”

“I was thinking of her all the time,” he replied. “I was afraid she would come in before I finished eating it.”

Selfishness – it aims for happiness, but it cheats itself out of it.

You can’t be happy until you forget yourself. You can’t forget yourself until you remember others. And you won’t remember others until the Lord sheds His love in your heart. So, let Him.

The Bible says, “Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish.”

Prayer: Deliver us, heavenly Father, from selfishness and self-righteousness. Save us from cruel words and crude ways. So grant that guided and guarded by Thee we may live love and show Thy love to each one we meet: through Christ. Amen.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gift Received

Read John 3:16


A pastor received a package. It contained a hundred-dollar bill with this note: “The only way I’ll know if you’ve received this package, is for you to burn a candle in your living room window Saturday night.”

He burned the candle. It bore two messages. One said, “Gift received.” The other said, “Gratitude revealed.”

God has sent you the Gift of gifts – His only begotten Son. Have you received His gift? Good, now reveal your gratitude. How?

The Bible says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank Thee for loving us enough to be our Savior. Give us Thy strength and Thy wisdom so that we might live this day as we ought. Dictate our words and direct our ways so that we will honor Thee: we ask these things in Thy name. Amen.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pick 'Em Up

Read James 4:11 TLB
Jealous of the mayor, a young lady spread malicious lies about him. The lies ruined him and the mayor had to resign.

Overcome with remorse, she apologized, asking, “How can I make amends?”

“Take the feathers of a goose,” he said, “go to the square, and throw them into the air.” In doing so, they were whisked away in all directions by the wind.

Returning, she asked, “What next?”

“Gather them up again,” he replied, “if you can.”

Gossip! No innocence is impeccable enough to intimidate it. No purity is pure enough to prevent it.

It has no regard for God or man.

The Bible says, “Don’t speak evil about each other. If you do, you will be fighting against God’s law of loving one another.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, set a watch before my mouth and keep the door of my lips. Grant that my thoughts may be pleasing to Thee and my words may be profitable to others: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Prayer Telegram

Read Matthew 14:30

One morning I saw a man running frantically down the sidewalk.

“Why are you running?” I asked.

“Got a need,” he said. “I’m running to church to pray.”

“It’s great to pray in church,” I replied, “but it’s good to pray right here.”

Peter was drowning. He couldn’t get to a church, and he didn’t have time for a long prayer. So he sent a telegram: “Lord, save me.” And the Lord did.

Whatever your condition or circumstances, your pain or problem, your trouble or temptation, try instant communication with Christ. And you’ll find grace to help in the nick of time.

Why don’t you use the prayer telegram?

Prayer: Help me, heavenly Father, to pray expectantly; to believe confidently; and to live victoriously.Constrain me to pray about everything and to follow Thy leading in all things: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mixed Emotions

Read Psalm 23:1


A girl asked, “Why did you break up with Joe?”

“Because,” answered her friend, “my feelings toward him aren’t the same.”

“Are you returning the ring?” the girl continued.

“Oh, no!” she answered. “My feelings toward the ring haven’t changed one bit.”

As with that friend, so with some followers of our Lord. They’re more interested in the gifts than the Giver.

But not the Psalmist. He wanted the Shepherd, and in having Him he had His supplies.

In Him lies strength for our weakness, hope for our despair, healing for our sickness, and power for our temptations.

The Bible says, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

Is He your Shepherd?

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee that Thou art always guiding us in the ways Thou wouldst have us to go: in Christ. Amen.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Washing Or Writing

Read Titus 2:7

A deacon was seen late one night washing a wall on a busy street. A policeman asked, “What are you doing?”

“Kids will pass this wall tomorrow on the way to school,” he said. “I don’t want their minds to be poisoned by the dirty words someone put here. So I’m washing them off.”

As you go through life you’re a blessing or a blight, a stepping stone or a stumbling block, a pattern or a problem.

The world pays more attention to your conduct than it does to your creed. Just one act of yours may turn the tide of another person’s life.

Wouldn’t you rather be one who cleanses than one who contaminates?

Prayer: Father, take from us all tainted thoughts, all devilish desires, all sinful sentences, and all wicked ways. Cleanse us, and grant that we may do nothing to shame our loved ones or Thee, our Lord: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Honesty Pays

Read Proverbs 11:1 TLB

One of the traits that made Harry S. Truman a great president was his honesty.

When running against Dewey he was short of funds. A man offered to give him what he needed if he’d carry out certain policies.

“Give your money or keep it,” said Truman, “but I’m not making any deals.”

This response electrified his staff. The money came in, and Truman won the election.

Happiness is your heritage when honesty is your persistent practice, self-discipline your tireless teacher and truth your trusted tutor.

The Living Bible says, “The Lord hates cheating and delights in honesty.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I submit myself to Thee. Help me to resist the devil, to say no to every voice which invites me to sin. Constrain me to be honest in all that I do. I now draw near to Thee. Grant me Thy presence, Thy power and Thy purity for victory: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

When The Date Stays Too Late

Read Genesis 18:19

“My father,” warned a girl in speaking to a boy, “is an engineer. He takes things apart to see why they won’t go.”

“So what?” asked her date, a wolf in church clothing.

“So,” she said, “you better go.”

Thank God for parents who think positive thoughts and teach positive truths; who show their children which way to go and which way not to go; who don’t confuse their children by giving good counsel with bad conduct.

God said of Abraham, “I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord.”

Can God say that of you?

Prayer: Deliver us, Lord from being poor patterns. Defend us from the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Grant that nothing and no one will lure us from our loyalty to Thee: in Thy name. Amen.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Get It Right

Read Colossians 3:25

A church member upset a service by first removing a shoe and then his sock.

“Why?” asked a friend.

“I just noticed that one of my socks was on wrong side out,” he said. “When I find I’m wrong, I proceed at once to get right.”

That’s not a bad idea.

If a thing isn’t all right, it’s all wrong.

And if it’s all wrong, you’ll not feel all right. For the Bible says, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong.”

There’s nothing shameful about confessing being wrong. The shame is continuing in it. So quit it, and proceed at once, with God’s help, to do right.

Prayer: Do a work of grace, Father, in our hearts; cleansing us, changing us, and making us consistently Christlike. Help us to avoid doing things that are wrong. Constrain us to love Thee as Thou dost love us: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Be Courteous

Read Philippians 2:3 TLB
A man gave his seat on the bus to a lady. She fainted.

On recovering she thanked him. He was so surprised, he fainted!

Courtesy is a lost art. Too many are suffering from a hardening of the hearteries.

But to be courteous to all; to help others; to hurt no one in thought, word, or deed; this is the constant duty of the godly.

You and I shall pass through this world only one time. Any courtesy we can show, any good deed we can do, let’s do it. We won’t pass this way again.

The Bible says, “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”

Prayer: Make us more willing, Father, to serve than to be served; to give than to get; to love than to be loved. Make us more willing to give our strength to the weak, our sympathy to the sorrowing, and our substance to the poor: through Christ. Amen.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Champ

Read Hebrews 13:21 NIV

A little man said to a 250-pounder, “If I was as big as you are, I’d be the heavyweight champion of the world.”

“Tell me,” he replied, “what’s keeping you from being the lightweight champ?”

You are you. The Lord doesn’t want you to be a carbon copy of any one. He wants you to be you.
You are unique. You’re distinct from all other persons. That difference is no mistake. It’s an expression of the Lord’s touch.

The Lord wants to do through you what He hasn’t done through any other person.

So let go and let Him “equip you with everything you need for doing His will.” Then your life will be beautifully and wonderfully complete.

Prayer: Father, dictate my thoughts, direct my words, and discipline my manners. Make my life complete. All through today give me pure thoughts, kind words and noble deeds: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Loafin' Laborer

Read Proverbs 12:24 TLB
A banker persuaded an old farmer to give his son a job for the summer. A week later the banker stopped by the farm and he asked, “How’s my son doing?”

“If he had one more hand,” said the farmer, “he’d need a third pocket to put it in.”

“An idle brain,” say the Germans, “is the devil’s workshop.” “An idle man,” say the Arabians, “is the devil’s playfellow.” And the Italians say, “By doing nothing we learn to do evil.”

The Living Bible says, “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.”

You can sit, soak and sour; or you can start, strive and soar. Which will you do?

Prayer: Keep us, heavenly Father, from disappointing our families, from dishonoring Thee, and from disgracing ourselves. Give us Thy wisdom for our minds and Thy skill for our hands and inspire us to work hard for Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Repeat Performance

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB


The judge released a drunk saying, “I don’t want to see you in this court again, understand?”

But the man appeared the next day, as drunk as ever. “Didn’t I tell you,” demanded the judge, “that I didn’t want to see you in this court again?”

“That’s what I told the cop,” said the man, “but he wouldn’t listen.”

How’s that for passing the buck?

But you don’t have to stay the way you are. The Lord can change you, if you’re willing.

Your condition is immaterial. If you really want to change, the Lord has the power to do it.

St. Paul says, “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!”

Prayer: I come to Thee, Lord Jesus, and accept Thee as my Savior. Live Thy life in me and love others through me. Help me daily to know Thee better and to serve Thee better: in Thy name. Amen.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Power Of A Push

POWER OF A PUSH
Read Joshua 1:9 TLB
A man said to his guests, “I admire courage. It made me a billionaire.”

Pointing to a swimming pool, filled with alligators, he said, “I’ll give you anything, if you’ll jump in and swim to the other side.”

Suddenly he heard a splash. He saw a man swimming for his life. He made it to the other side unharmed.

“What do you want?” asked the billionaire.

“Just one thing." said the breathless man. "To know who pushed me into the pool!”

Moses died. He needed a successor. God gave Joshua a push, saying, “Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua became obedient to the Lord. He united a people, and his memory bears no stain.

Prayer: Father, we accept Thy divine leading with courage and confidence. Strengthen and sustain us with Thy counsel and companionship: through Christ. Amen.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

The True God

Read John 17:3 TLB

A widow cried, “My late husband didn’t love me.”

“But,” asked a friend, “didn’t he give you that diamond ring?”

“Well,” she said, “he had a burial policy – $10,000 for a casket and $5,000 for a stone. This is the stone.”

She got around that. But you can’t get around the first commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

You adore Him or abhor Him. You can’t be neutral.

If you don’t worship Him, you worship that person or pleasure which has first place in your life.

But the Bible says, “This is the way to have eternal life – by knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to earth.”

Prayer: We come to Thee, Lord Jesus, believing with all our hearts, and beseeching Thee to make us like Thee. Make our faith to be vital, vocal and victorious: in Thy name. Amen.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hidden Challenge

Read Genesis 50:20 TLB

Janitor Murray Spangler had a problem. The dust he stirred up sweeping floors made him cough and sneeze.

He wondered, “Why not eliminate the broom and suck up the dust?”

Spangler turned his problem into a possibility and came up with the vacuum cleaner. An old friend financed it. His name? Hoover.

Handicaps don’t have to hinder you. They can become a help. Obstacles don’t have to obstruct you. They can become an opportunity. Look to the Lord. He’ll make them work together for your good.

He did that for Joseph. He said, “God turned into good what was meant for evil.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, heavenly Father, that Thou dost make all things work together for our good. Teach us to discern Thy will more clearly and to delight in Thy Word more consistently that we might be conquering Christians: through Christ. Amen.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Great Wall of China

Read Matthew 6:33

The Great Wall of China stretches about fifteen hundred miles. It’s twenty-five feet high, and it tapers from a width of twenty-five feet at the base to fifteen feet at the top.

Made of brick and granite, it appeared invincible. But it was breached three times.

Why? Was it defective material? No, defective men caused the breach. They bribed the gatekeepers.

It’s true – money talks. How you earn it and spend it is a clue to your character.

Oh, for men who value God above gold, integrity above influence, and self-control above self-indulgence.

Do you?

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from wasting our time, talents and treasures. Inspire us to live in love to Thee and all who are Thine. Constrain us to do only those things that honor Thee and never to cause Thee sorrow: in Christ. Amen.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Oh, No!

Read Galatians 6:1-2 NIV

Disappointed with life, a fellow decided to drink his troubles away. Stumbling out of a bar, he came face to face with his minister.

“Pastor,” he cried, “I hate for you to see me like this!”

“But God sees you,” replied the man of God.

“Yeah,” admitted the fellow, “but He keeps it to Himself.”

When someone is overcome by sin, don’t prey on him. Pray for him. It’s not condemnation he needs, but compassion and a cure.

St. Paul said, “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens.”

Prayer: Father, expand our hearts and our minds with the deepest concern for the blessedness of others. Help us to act in love and to speak with kindness this day. Constrain us to pray for others: through Christ. Amen.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Man Who Made It

Read Ephesians 2:10 TLB

Years ago a company in Wilmington, Delaware made an expensive machine for a plantation in South America. It was shipped to the buyer and Mr. Satterthwaite was sent to put in together.

When the man and the machine arrived the purchasers were upset. They called saying, “You sent just a boy to set the machine up!”

“But that ‘boy’,” they said, “is the man who built it. He operates it here, and he can operate it there.”

The God who made you, knows you. Since He overcame Satan in His life, He can overcome him in your life – if you’ll turn it over to Him.

The Living Bible says, “It is God Himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Jesus Christ.”

Trust Him, won’t you?

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from Satan and sin. Give us an earnest desire to follow Thee closely and to discharge faithfully the duties Thou hast given us to do: in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

eSeed: The Only Way

Read John 14:6

One year Mrs. Guido and I were invited to South America to minister to the missionaries and the nationals.

There were no roads to some of the villages. One day we came to a mountain pass and asked an Indian, “Is this the best way to the pueblo?”

“It’s the only way,” he answered.

And there’s only one way to heaven. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

He’s the only way. Without Him there’s no going. He’s the truth. Without Him there’s no knowing. He’s the life. Without Him there’s no growing.

Let Him take you by the hand just now. He’ll guide you and guard you to glory!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, come Thou into our hearts. Possess us completely. Live Thy life all over again in us, that others will see Thee in all that we say and do: in Thy name. Amen.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

eSeed: The Weight Of Wrongs

Read Ephesians 4:32

Legend tells of a man who majored on misery. Every time someone was unkind to him he would pick up a stone, put it in a sack, and carry the stone filled sack on his back. Soon the burden broke his heart and his health.

It’s healthier to remove a grudge than to retain it, and you’ll be much happier.

Forgiveness turns adversaries into allies, barriers into bridges, remorse into radiance, and it bears the imprint of the Son of God.

The Bible says, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”

Be kind to others, won’t you?

Prayer: Fill my heart with Thy love, Father. Take away my meanness, and give me Thy kindness. Deliver me from impatience, and give me Thy patience. Save me from pride, and give me Thy humility. Love others through me: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

eSeed: Victor Or Victim

Read James 4:7

In the War of 1812, an American general, William Winder, in spite of having a four-to-one advantage over the British, was defeated and taken prisoner.

“Free him,” said the British officer. “His incompetence makes him an ideal opponent.”

Later, when the British attacked our nation’s capitol and burned much of it, Winder was in charge.

Anything in your life that’s not consecrated to the Lord is claimed by the devil. He delights in having you in charge of the Lord’s work. He knows he will win the battle.

Just now submit your all to the Lord, and resist the Devil. Then he’ll run from you, not over you.
Prayer: We submit ourselves to Thee, Father. In all our thinking and doing may Thy word instruct us, Thy love motivate us, Thy strength sustain us and Thy spirit guide us: through Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

eSeed: The Unfailing God

Read Matthew 19:26

A speaker said, “I have some good news and some bad news. Here’s the good news: ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands.’”

“What’s the bad news?” asked a listener.

“When you hear, ‘Oops! I dropped it!’” he answered.

But our God, who has the whole world in His hands, is all-wise and all-powerful. He’ll never drop anything or anyone.

His power will never diminish and His pity will never decline. He never did, nor can He do any wrong. Greatness and goodness in their perfection meet in Him.

Trust Him. After all, He has promised to be your Savior, Satisfier, and Strength.

Prayer: Father, help us to trust in Thee, whose wisdom is infallible, whose strength is invincible, and whose love is illimitable. Guide us each day to believe in Thy power in our lives: through Christ. Amen.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

eSeed: The Six Million Dollar Stumble

Read Psalm 119:133

It was one small misstep for a technician, but it was a big setback for our space program.

The workman tripped on the tail of his lab coat, stumbled and cracked the exhaust nozzle of a space rocket as he fell against it.

The cost to fix this small misstep? Six million dollars.

It was one misstep for King David. He was feasting at home when he should have been fighting at the front. He tripped over Bathsheba and committed adultery.

The cost? Three sons and his kingdom.

Let’s pray with the Psalmist, Lord, “Order my steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”

Prayer: We long, Father, for a more satisfying sense of Thy presence and power which will make us equal to all of our problems and perplexities, all of our tasks and troubles. Hear us, we pray: in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

eSeed: The Enemy Within

Read 2 Chronicles 7:14
During the Spanish Civil War, as the rebel general got ready to attack, he was asked, “Which column will be first to enter Madrid?”

“The fifth,” he answered. “There’s a band of rebel sympathizers already in the city.”

What no enemy has been able to do to America from the outside, the fifth column of immorality is about to do from the inside.

Unless spiritual security goes hand in hand with material security, our nation will pass into obscurity.

It’s only as we seek the Lord and pray, and turn from our sins, that we’ll save our country. I will. Will you?

Prayer: Make us, Father, good Christians that we may be good citizens. Inspire us with a faith that is strong that we may preserve the freedoms our forefathers fought to win. Help our leaders to turn away from sin and lead our country victoriously: through Christ. Amen.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

eSeed: The Assurance

Read 1 John 5:14 NIV

A father took his son to a cafĂ© for dinner. Handing the boy the menu, he asked, “What do you want, son?”

“Pop,” he answered, “I want what you want.”

That’s the secret for answered prayer.

Here’s the permit. Prayer isn’t an intrusion on our part. It’s an invitation on God’s part. He says, “Ask and it will be given you.”

Here’s the limit. “Ask anything according to His will.” And how can we know His will? By combing the Scriptures and communing with the Savior.

Here’s the summit. The Bible says, “We have this assurance in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

Prayer: Inspire us, Father, to pray at all times and about everything, that we may receive strength for weakness, wisdom for folly, and help in hazards. Bestow Thy blessings upon us as we seek to lead others to Thee: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

eSeed: Sell Him a Boat!

Read Revelation 21:4

A real estate salesman said to his boss, “A customer is mad. He claims that his lot is under water.”

“Then,” he said, “sell him a boat!”

What about the accommodations? The Master-Builder said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”

And the air fare? It’s prepaid, for “we shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.”

Any need for shots? No, for there shall be no more death, or sorrow, or pain.

Is it attractive? Indeed. Gold paves its streets, jasper adorns its walls and they’re garnished with precious stones.

Care to make a reservation? The Bible says, “Now is the accepted time.”

Prayer: Accept our thanks, Lord Jesus, for Thy gracious invitation to heaven. We now come in for salvation to go out for service, come in for transformation to go out to be transformers: for Thy name’s sake. Amen.

Monday, October 12, 2009

eSeed: The Best Crop

Read Ephesians 6:1-4

It was graduation time in the Ozarks. A farmer and his wife traveled to the distant campus for the commencement exercises.

They were ashamed of their clothing, but they were proud of their son who spoke with ease and eloquence during the graduation exercises, for he was brilliant.

When the son’s talk ended, the father hugged his wife as he said, “Maw, the boy is the best crop we ever grew.”

Your best crop as parents is to grow good and godly children. Ones who’ll put God above glory, love above lust, morality above money, principle above popularity, and self-control above self-indulgence.

Prayer: Help me to be, Father, all that I should be as a member of my family. Grant that today I may not grieve a loved one, disappoint a friend, disgrace Thy name, or shame myself: through Christ. Amen.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Eseed: Sin - A Disappointment

Read James 1:1-15
A gunman in Cincinnati waited for a bartender as he locked up his business in preparation to go home. As the bartender turned to go, the thief grabbed the bag the bartender was carrying and ran down the street. Coming to a dark corner he opened the bag and found – garbage. What a disappointment.

But every act of sin has its own built-in disappointment. You imagine that your sin will make you happy, wise, or rich. But it doesn’t. The end is always disappointment, despair, and, ultimately, death. For the Bible says, “Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

Want life? The satisfying, overcoming, never-ending life? Try the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have made a mess of my life. Break for me the habits that I can’t break. Deliver me from the guilt and grief of sin. Cleanse me and consecrate me: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

eSeed: Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Existence

Read John 14:1-6

Ellis Wood picked me up at the Metter Airport to fly me to a meeting. As we flew farther out of sight, Mrs. Guido said, “There he goes!”

Where? Out of existence? No, out of sight.

When we buzzed the airport in the other city, friends said, “Here he comes.”

That’s dying to a Christian.

All through our lifetime we have guardian angels. The last thing they do for us is to carry us home to heaven. As we leave this earth, friends say, “There he goes.”

As our Lord welcomes us home to heaven, He says, “Here he comes.”

How wonderful it will be to exchange earth for heaven. Will you?

Prayer: I come to Thee, Father. Save me from sin and its consequences. Deliver me from the judgment and its doom. I thank Thee that Thou art with me, and that one day I will be with Thee in heaven: through Christ. Amen.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

eSeed: Not Of Self

Read Ephesians 2:8-10

“Help!” cried a man who was trapped in an elevator between floors.

“Keep cool,” cried the manager, “keep cool! We’ll have you out in no time. I’ve called for the elevator mechanic.”

“I AM the elevator mechanic,” confessed the trapped man.

Self-sufficiency may be good for some things, but not for all things. Take, for example, a drowning man. He can’t save himself by grabbing himself by the hair and lifting up.

Self-reliance is a virtue. But Savior-reliance is vital for salvation. The Bible says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Call His name, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee for Thy Son, who loved us and gave Himself for us. Help us who have called upon His name for salvation to bring honor to His name: in His name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

eSeed: Follow or Die

Read Mark 8:34-36

Bruce, the Scottish king, when dying, asked his most trusted officer to carry his heart to the Holy Land for burial.

Douglas, the king’s trusted officer, enclosed the heart in a golden case, and with his mighty men went out on their mission to carry out the king’s last wishes.

But on the way, a big band of brutal warriors hemmed them in. To encourage himself for victory, he threw the king’s heart toward the Holy Land and shouted loudly, “Forward! Douglas will follow you or die!”

There’s a battle to be fought, and our Lord’s heart is out before us. Let’s follow the leading of His heart, or die!

Prayer: Father, make us more sensitive and responsive to the prompting of Thy Spirit and the persuasion of Thy Scripture as Thou dost summon us to follow Thee in all things: through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

eSeed: Poor Skate

Read 1 Corinthians 10:24 TLB

A family had only one pair of skates, and the twins went skating.

A stranger said to the boy, “You were kind, son, to let your sister have first go with the skates.”

“Thanks,” he answered, “but I just wanted to see if the ice was thick enough to skate on.”

There was a self-centered boy. And he was off-centered, wasn’t he?

The selfish person cuts away the ice from under his own feet, and he prepares his own watery grave. Every time he does a selfish thing, he pushes himself a little lower into the grave.

The Living Bible says, “Don’t think only of yourself. Try to think of the other fellow, too, and what is best for him.

Prayer: Save me, Father from selfishness and sin. All through today help me to think far less of myself and far more of others, and to find my happiness in making Thee and others happy: in Christ. Amen.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

eSeed: George Was Given A Bike, Too

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

A boy begged his father for a bicycle, and one day his father gave him a beauty. With joy he rode off to show it to his friends.

He soon returned, and complained tearfully, “George has been given a bike, too. And it’s better than mine.”

Jealousy! It rages in the hearts of children and adults.

Jealousy turned Lucifer into Satan and angels into demons. It killed Abel and cast Daniel into the den of lions. It put a crown of thorns on the head of our Lord and nailed Him to a cross.

There’s no profit or pleasure in jealousy, only pain.

Let’s pray, “Lord, keep me from jealousy, and keep jealousy from me.”

Prayer: Fill our hearts, Father, with Thy love. Inspire us to be patient and kind, never envious or jealous, never haughty or rude, never to hold grudges or to grumble: in Thy name. Amen.


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Friday, August 7, 2009

eSeed: Open Up Or Blow Up

Read Ephesians 4:1-3 TLB

A man said to his pastor, “I’m going to divorce my wife.”

“Got any grounds?” he asked.

“Ten acres,” said the parishioner.

“What I mean is,” continued the pastor, “does she beat you up?”

“Nope,” he answered, “I get up before she does.”

“Does she whine a lot?” wondered the minister.

“She’s a teetotaler. We just don’t communicate.”

You must talk it out with each other, or you’ll take it out on each other. If you bottle up, you’ll blow up. So open up. Wonderful things will happen in your home if you’ll pray passionately, live loyally, and converse cheerfully.

The Living Bible says, “Be gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”

Prayer: Make our homes, Father, heavenly and happy. Help us to banish all malice and meanness from our hearts and homes: in Christ. Amen.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

eSeed: Proud of Humility

Read 1 Peter 5:6 TLB

A monk was asked the nature of his order.

“Well,” he said, “when it comes to learning, we don’t compare with the Jesuits. When it comes to good works, we’re not a match for the Franciscans. And when it comes to preaching, we’re below the Dominicans. But when it comes to humility, we’re the tops.”

There is a man who is proud of his humility.

It would be easier to orbit the moon on a firecracker than to achieve success without prayer and preparation, to find fulfillment without godliness and graciousness, or build character without honesty and humility.

St. Peter says, “If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in His good time He will lift you up.”

Prayer: Father, grant that our daily life may be animated and aglow with the spirit of our Lord who walked in humility and holiness. Constrain us to humble ourselves: in Thy name. Amen.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

eSeed: Start With Your Room

Read Mark 5:19

“I’m going to be a political science major,” said a boy to his mother, “so I can clean up the mess in the world.”

“Good!” she answered. “You can go upstairs and start with your own room.”

Christianity, like cleanliness, should begin at home. If your Christianity isn’t any good at home, it isn’t any good anywhere.

Whatever your profession, if your life at home is unclean, your heart is unchanged. If your heart is unchanged, your life isn’t right with God.

But while Christianity should begin at home, it doesn’t stay at home. If it’s real, it will go from heart to heart, from home to home, and from homeland to homeland.

Is your Christianity real?

Prayer: Help us, Father, to make our practice match our profession. Grant that we may never say one thing with our lips and show another thing with our lives: through Christ. Amen.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

eSeed: The Key of Keys

Read 2 Timothy 3:16


Two prisoners in a county jail asked the sheriff for a Bible. “Maybe,” thought the sheriff, “it will help them.”

It did–to escape! Using the Bible’s pliable cover, they jimmied the lock, and walked out of jail. But they were captured the next day.

“Well,” said sheriff McKelvey, “the Bible is the key of all keys.” It’s the key to the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.

As you use it you’ll find it to be a preservative from evil, a plan for direction, and the power for conflict.

Carrying it won’t take the place of using it. So study it through, pray it in, work it out and pass it on.

Prayer: Mold us, heavenly Father, after Thy Word and not the world. Grant that we may be more sensitive to Thy Spirit and more responsive to Thy voice calling us to be like Thy Son: through Christ. Amen.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

eSeed: Stop Your Anger

Read Psalm 37:8 TLB

An old salesman asked a young man, “How was your first trip?”

“Terrible,” he answered. “Every place I go I get mad.”

“I’ve been on the road a long time,” said the old timer. “I’ve been knocked down and thrown out – but angry, never!”

When you begin to feel angry, smile. If that doesn’t snap you out of it, stop what you’re doing.

The worst time to be angry is when the other person is angry. The way to take the wind out of his sails is to stay calm.

When you find yourself angry, stop and find out why. Then pray, and do something good. Never stay angry. If you do, you’ll dig your own grave.

The Psalmist said, “Stop your anger.”

Prayer: Gird us with power, Father, to gain the victory over anger. Fill our hearts with Thy love and make us kind, compassionate Christians: through our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

eSeed: Sensible Speech

Read Titus 2:7-8

Luke asked his neighbor, “What did you give your horse when he had the colic?”

“Turpentine,” said Clem.

Two weeks later they met again. Luke said, “I gave my horse turpentine for the colic and he died.”

“So did mine,” replied Clem.

Sometimes, when you say too little, someone’s horse dies, or worse. And sometimes, when you say too much, tragic things happen.

There’s an art in saying the right thing at the right time. The person who’s mastered by Christ will be the master of his conversation.

The Living Bible says, “Your conversation should be so sensible and logical that…there won’t be anything to criticize in anything you say.”

Prayer: Be pleased, dear Father, to control and take charge of our thinking and talking, our plans and our purposes, bringing everything into harmony with Thy holy and perfect will: in Thy name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

eSeed: The Story Of Adam And Eve

Read Genesis 2:4-25

A girl was telling the story of creation. She said, “The Lord made the heavens and the earth. Then He formed a man’s body out of the dust, and breathed into it the breath of life. And Adam became a living person.”

But she added, “The Lord looked at the man and said, ‘I think I can do better if I try again.’ So He made a woman.”

The Lord didn’t make Eve just to prove He could make a better person. But to give Adam a helper suited to his needs.
He didn’t make Eve from Adam’s foot to run over her; his head to rule over her; but his side to rule with him.

Can you think of anything sweeter?

Prayer: May Thy gracious and gentle Spirit, Lord Jesus, possess and permeate us more completely, making our lives fragrant with Thy grace and fruitful in loving others: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Monday, June 22, 2009

eSeed: Men Wanted

Read Matthew 16:24 TLB

When Ernest Shackleton made a trip to the South Pole, he advertised, “Men wanted for a hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger. Safe return doubtful.”

“It seemed,” said Shackleton, “as though all the men of Great Britain determined to accompany us.”

Another Leader said, “Follow Me.” He advertised, “If anyone wants to be a follower of Mine, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”

He doesn’t offer a couch, but a cross; not pleasure, but persecution, not glamor here, but glory hereafter.

Dare you follow our Lord?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, be Thou our Savior and Sovereign. We place ourselves at Thy disposal. Strengthen us and sustain us with Thy counsel and companionship: in Thy name. Amen.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

eSeed: The Leak Is On The Other Side

Read 2 Chronicles 7:12-22

There was a wreck at sea and four men got into a lifeboat. From their end, two men watched those at the other end bail earnestly to keep the boat afloat.

One said, “Thank heaven the leak isn't on our side.”

But we’re all in this boat together. In the face of political and social evil, neutrality isn’t honest or Christian.

Whether we like it or not, we’re involved – for better or worse.

Our Lord said, “If My people…will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways…I will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

I’ve turned to the Lord. Won’t you?

Prayer: We turn to Thee, Father. Come into our hearts. Inspire us with a faith that fulfills itself in faithfulness and a love that manifests itself in helpfulness: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, June 12, 2009

eSeed: Pulling A Rope

Read Job 5:2 TLB

A convicted cowboy was asked by a visitor to the prison, “Why are you here?”

“For pulling a rope,” he said.

“Why would they arrest you for that?” she asked.

“Maybe,” he said, “because a horse was at the other end of it.”

We’re prone to excuse evil and minimize sin, aren’t we?

We call sin an accident, but God calls it an abomination. We call it a trifle, but God calls it a tragedy. We call it a weakness, but God calls it willfulness.

Sin always starts out as delightful, but then it deceives, then defiles, and destroys.

The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” Why don’t you quit before payday?

Prayer: Father, we penitently confess our sins and pray for Thy cleansing. Teach us to discern Thy will more clearly and to live more closely to Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

eSeed: Get A Job

Read 1 Corinthians 10:17 TLB

He was a poor boy, and when he graduated from high school he didn’t expect a gift. Yet he received one he never forgot.

While others got clothes and cars, he got a quarter. “Buy a newspaper,” said his father, “and read it. Then turn to the classified section and get a job.”

He got a job, and became famous. “A greater gift,” he said, “I couldn’t have received.”

A job is your best friend. It supplies your needs and supports your family. It develops your body and disciplines your mind.

Base men despise it. But believers delight in it, doing everything for the glory of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to do each task well, so that there will be no loose ends, no things half-done or undone in my life. Make me a better Christian. I ask that everything that I do may be to Thy glory: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

eSeed: More Time

Read 2 Peter 3:8-18 TLB

Two seventh-graders were arguing and one insulted the other. The insulted one exclaimed angrily, “ I don't have to take that. I’ll give you ten seconds to take it back!”

“If I don’t take it back in ten seconds,” challenged the other, larger fellow, “what will you do?”

“Um, give you more time?” he timidly suggested.

And this is what the Lord does.

What happened when the Lord took Noah out of the world? It was destroyed. What’s keeping the Lord from destroying the world today? The presence of Christians.

But the Bible says that one day the Christians will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. And what’s keeping Him from coming? The Bible says, “He is giving more time for sinners to repent.”

Be grateful. Be careful. Repent now, won’t you?

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from all our sins. We need Thy companionship and counsel that we might live as Christians should live: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

eSeed: The Naked Truth

Read Colossians 3:9

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the phrase, “the naked truth?”

It’s because of an old fable. The mythical character Falsehood, who embodied the essence of all lies, so it says, stole the character Truth’s clothes. Truth, unwilling to dress in Falsehood’s garments, chose to go naked. Thereafter the character of Truth, when portrayed in classical paintings and other art, was unclothed.

Dare to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. No one needs Falsehood’s gift of gab or garb.

There’s a lie of speech. It’s easy to make up a story when making an excuse for not doing, or for not having done, something.

There’s a lie of silence. Some furnish approval of sin or fail to apprise of sin by silence.

But the Bible says, “Lie not.”

Prayer: Father, take from my life all dishonest and dishonorable things, take from my mind all untrue and ugly thoughts, take from my lips all deceitful and damaging words: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

eSeed: You Can Be Better

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB

Luther Burbank, the horticulturist, was asked, “What is your greatest contribution?”

He answered, “It is the proof that a plant, born a weed, or a plant degenerated by the conditions of nature, doesn’t have to remain a degenerate.”

What’s true of a plant is true of a person.

You don’t have to remain the way you are. Sinners can become saints. Victims can become victors. Your character can be changed.

The Lord can take a common person, and make you uncommonly beautiful.

The Living Bible says, “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same any more. A new life has begun!”

Prayer: Do for us, Lord Jesus, that which we can’t do for ourselves. Make us cheerful Christians who overcome sin. We accept Thee as our Savior and acknowledge Thee as our Lord: in Thy name. Amen

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

eSeed: No Funds

Read Psalm 66:17-19 TLB

A young lady complained, “Dad, the bank that you recommended is in a mess.”

“How’s that?” he asked.

“It returned my check today for $100 marked ‘No Funds.’”

No, the trouble wasn’t with the bank, but with the one doing the banking.

In like manner, oftentimes we pray for funds, but the Lord doesn’t grant them. We say He has a lack of supplies. But He says we have a lot of sin.

Sometimes we pray for strength for our work and our warfare. But we’re as weak as a wet macaroni. We say He’s strengthless, but He says we’re sinful.

Sin short-circuits prayer. The Living Bible says, “I cried to Him for help. He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins. But He listened!”

Prayer: Cleanse us, Father, so that there will be no sin between our soul and our Savior. Fill us with Thy Holy Spirit: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

eSeed: School Daze

Read Psalms 19:7-11 TLB

Eight-year-old Luke was more interested in rummaging than reading and writing.

Searching under the steps of a mobile classroom, he found a bag filled with gems, gold and jewelry worth $75,000.

Luke returned the stolen merchandise and was given a generous reward.

But the Psalmist found something of far greater value. Not gems, but God’s word.

He testified, “God’s laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light. God’s laws are pure, eternal, just. They are more desirable than gold. They warn us away from harm and give success to those who obey them.”

Have you discovered the Bible?

Prayer: Help us, Father, to translate the Bible into our daily lives. Give us a vital and visible faith so that by lip and by life we will draw our loved ones to Thee. Make us wholly Thine that our homes might be heavenly: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, May 15, 2009

eSeed: Prospects Everywhere

Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

A man rushed out of a sales meeting and jumped into a cab. “Where to?” asked the driver.

“Anywhere,” he answered. “I have prospects everywhere.”

That’s the way it was with our Lord. Every one was a gold mine of possibilities.

Peter? A cursing coward? He became the most valuable apostle.

Mary Magdalene? A prostitute? But she became a clean Christian.

Matthew? Rich, but a thief? “Once a thief, always a thief?” No, he was changed and he wrote the gospel according to Matthew.

Every one’s life is changed for the better when Christ comes in.

Let Him into your life. He’s looking for you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to Thee just as I am. Cleanse me, melt me, mold me, and make me an overcoming Christian. Lead me to do Thy will at all times and at any cost: in Thy name. Amen.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

eSeed: Loud 'N Lousy

Read Proverbs 21:23

The Bose® Corporation has developed an anti-noise headset that cancels loud noises. It’s needed, not only around big machinery, but big mouths!

Haven’t you wished for that headset around some modern-day music, both sacred and secular?

And around some modern-day messengers? It was Pope who said, “It’s with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles. The less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.”

Haven’t you wished for it around motor-mouths who spend their time criticizing and cursing?

The wise man said, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

Prayer: Father, grant us all through today, complete control over our tongues, that we may speak no hurtful or hasty word. Grant that we may help everyone and harm no one: in Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

eSeed: By Their Fruits

Read Luke 6:44 TLB

A man had been brought before the judge and charged with public drunkeness. The judge asked the policeman, “How do you know this man was drunk?”

“Your honor, “ he said, “when I came up to him he had just dropped a penny in the mail box, and he was looking up at the church clock, muttering, ‘Gee, I’ve lost 11 pounds.’”

You advertise what you are by where you go, what you do, and what you say.

What others say of you matters little. But what you say and do matters much.

Long ago our Lord said, “a tree is identified by the kind of fruit it produces.”

“What kind of fruit are you producing?”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be, in everything I do and say, a good example to others; constrain me never to do anything which would make it easier for someone else to go wrong: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, May 8, 2009

eSeed: A Blessing In Disguise?

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE?
Read Exodus 4:11-13 NIV

Year's ago, a pastor’s wife gave birth to a child with Down syndrome. Everyone wondered how she’d take it, especially the telephone operator on the party line.

When she phoned her parents, the operator heard her say, “Mother, the Lord has blessed us with a child with Down syndrome. We don’t know the nature of the blessing, but we know it’s a blessing.”

Startled, the operator reported the conversation to all the nurses.

On Sunday the pastor was surprised to see the operator and 70 nurses. When he gave the invitation, 30 professed conversion.

One child with Down Syndrome was responsible for 30 conversions. The mother was right. The child was a blessing, wasn’t he?

Prayer: Help us, Father, to prove with our lives what we profess with our lips. Inspire us to show others by our labors for Thee that we love Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

eSeed: Take A Walk

TAKE A WALK
Read Psalm 1:1

It was a pleasant summer evening, and the young man had been parked on the girl’s front porch for hours. Finally she asked, “Would you like to take a walk?”

“I’d love to,” he answered.

“Well,” she replied with a yawn, “don’t let me stop you.”

Like that young man, we have many church members who are sitting on the premises instead of standing on the promises; they’re waiting for an impression when they ought to be walking as an expression; they’re hoping to be fed when they ought to be hopping to be sped.

So step on it. Stay in step with the Savior, and sidestep sin. Step steadily, straightly and strongly!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, make us holy in our worship, honest in our work, and happy in our walk. Save us from a faint heart, a lazy spirit, a weak will, and a careless walk. Grant us the power to faithfully do Thy will: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

eSeed: Shine!

SHINE!
Read Matthew 5:16 NKJ

A tourist was walking down a street in London, enjoying the sights. Suddenly a boy with a box asked, “May I shine your shoes?”

“Please,” he answered, and he put his foot on the box.

Looking at the little fellow, he asked, “Son, what’s the best word in the English language?”

“Shine,” he answered.

Our Lord had a liking for that word too. He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The word “good” means to be charming as well as correct, pleasant as well as precise.

Is there a winsomeness in your goodness?

Prayer: We long, Father, to reveal Thy love and likeness by our lips and our lives. Grant that the thoughts of our minds and the meditations of our hearts may be shaped by Thy Scriptures and guided by Thy grace: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

eSeed: Fore!

FORE!
Read Philippians 3:13-14 TLB
Charlie loved golf. He could hit the ball, but he couldn’t see where it went.

When he’d yell, “Fore!” you didn’t know if he was telling people to get out of the way or predicting how many he’d hit.

One day he teamed up with a man who had eyes like a hawk. Charlie hit a long drive. He asked, “Did you see where it went?” “Yes,” said Tom, “but I forgot.”

It’s good to forget past achievements and forge ahead on future accomplishments.

St. Paul said, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, Lord Jesus, for loving us and laying down Thy life to save us. We present ourselves to Thee. Possess our hearts that they may be warm with love for Thee and Thy word: in Thy name. Amen.

Monday, May 4, 2009

eSeed: Filled Full

FILLED FULL
Read Ephesians 3:19 TLB

A neighbor asked a little girl, “Why are you working so hard?”

“Mom’s having a prayer meeting in our home,” she answered.

Later on he asked, “How was the prayer meeting?”

“Great!” she said. “Our house was full. And we’re expecting more tonight.”

“You’re teasing,” he replied. “How can you seat more?”

“I’m taking out some of my junk,” she explained.

You can never have more of the Lord. But He can have more of you. Let Him cleanse your heart and cast out everything that displeases Him.

It’s His desire to have more and more of your heart. The more of your heart He has, the more of His holiness you’ll have.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to resist the temptations to waste our time, our talents and our treasures. Reign supreme within our hearts: in Christ. Amen.

Friday, May 1, 2009

eSeed: People Pushers

PEOPLE PUSHERS
Read Revelation 22:17

Winter is the best time to get a job in Tokyo, if you’re a people pusher.

The people wear bulky clothing during the winter. The bulky clothing takes up more space. So railroads hire extra employees to stuff passengers into trains.

While you can push people into trains, you can’t push people into heaven.

The Lord forces no one to be saved. He will plead, but He won’t push. He will offer, but He won’t order.

He invites, “Whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” You must decide. Either you say, “I won’t,” or “I will.”

What’s your answer?

Prayer: Come into my life, Lord Jesus, and give Thy abundant, Thy everlasting, Thy overcoming life. Help me to walk and talk with Thee all through the day and night: I pray in Thy precious name. Amen.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

eSeed: My Family's A Republic

MY FAMILY’S A REPUBLIC
Read Colossians 3:18-20 NIV

A man said, "My family’s a republic. My wife’s the Minister of Religion, my mother-in-law’s the Secretary of War, my son’s the Secretary of Transportation, and I’m the Secretary of Labor."

But in the happy home the husband’s the king, the wife’s the queen, each daughter is a princess, and each son a prince.

They love loyally, forgive freely, speak sweetly, pray passionately, search the Scriptures steadily, and come to church consistently.

The Bible says, "Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything."

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from the sins that divide and destroy our families. Inspire us to give and forgive, to speak love and to show love. Fill us with gentleness and goodness, and compassion and courtesy. Guide us to obey Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

eSeed: Loyalty

LOYALTY
Read Luke 9:57-62

One day a fellow said to me, “I want to give my dog away.”

“Why?” I asked. “He’s a beautiful dog.”

“Yes,” he replied. “But he follows everybody, and a dog that follows everybody isn’t good to anybody.”

Like that man, our Lord wants loyalty. That’s why He said, “Follow Me.”

When you follow Him, you’ll do more than exist, you’ll live. You’ll do more than touch, you’ll feel. You’ll do more than hear, you’ll obey. You’ll do more than take, you’ll give. You’ll do more than worship, you’ll work.

It costs nothing to become a friend of Christ.

But it costs everything to be a follower. Dare you pay the price?

Prayer: Just now, Father, we deny ourselves, and we take up our cross to follow Thee faithfully. Enable us and embolden us to follow Thee to the hilt and right to the end: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

eSeed: Without A Cause

WITHOUT A CAUSE
Read Ezekiel 14:23 NIV
A bus was wrecked, and kids were killed. A tornado struck and lives were lost.

Some friends asked, "Why did God allow this to happen?"

I replied by quoting Ezekiel 14:23, "I have done nothing in it without a cause, declares the Sovereign Lord."

Suffering produces something. Athletes and pregnant women are willing to suffer because of what it will produce. And one becomes a better person because of suffering and sorrow.

All things are under God’s control. And He desires our good, nothing but our good.

Not all things are good, but God makes them work for our good. So trust Him, and you’ll triumph.

Prayer: Inspire us, Father, with a courageous and confident approach to all our problems. Deliver us from gloom, and give us gladness. Save us from being a defeatist, and make us daringly victorious: through our almighty Savior. Amen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

eSeed: Treasure Within A Treasure

TREASURE WITHIN A TREASURE
Read Psalm 119:71-72 TLB

Centuries ago a Saxon prince gave a silver egg to his lover. She touched a spring, the egg opened and revealed a golden yolk.

She touched the yolk, and a chicken appeared.

She touched the chicken. It opened its mouth and presented her with a diamond ring.

How like the word of the Lord. The Psalmist said, "Your laws are more valuable to me than millions in silver and gold."
So keep the Bible as a treasure. Keep it in your heart, as a panacea for sorrow; in your soul, as a preservative from sin; in your mind, as a plan for success; and in your affection, as power for security.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for Thy wonderful word. Constrain us to be constant in reading it, eager to study it, retentive to remember it, and resolute to obey it at all times and at any cost: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, April 20, 2009

eSeed: Unlimited Understanding

UNLIMITED UNDERSTANDING
Read Psalm 147:5 TLB

A professor said to a student, "Your work should be written so the most ignorant can understand it."

"Yes," admitted the collegian. "Which part can’t you understand?"

You’ll be misunderstood by man, never by the Lord. His understanding is unlimited.

He understands your condition. He knows all about your failure, and He can bring victory out of defeat.

He understands your care. He knows the "why" and "what" of it. He can solve your problem.

He understands your capacity. He knows what you can and can’t do. He’ll guide you to the place that’s profitable.

Be assured that as He understands so He undertakes.

Prayer: Father, Thou dost know the things that are trembling on our lips. Come into our hearts, giving us Thy cleansing and Thy companionship, making us completely Thine: in Thy name. Amen.

Friday, April 17, 2009

eSeed: Disadvantage to An Advantage

DISADVANTAGE TO AN ADVANTAGE
Read Romans 8:28-39

Toscanini was very nearsighted. To play his cello, he had to bury his face in his music. So he memorized his part, and the part for every instrument.

One night the conductor became ill, and nineteen-year-old Toscanini was called to direct the orchestra. He was so good that he was chosen to be the permanent conductor.

Toscanini turned his stumbling block into a stepping stone, and became the greatest of all conductors.

Got a difficulty? It’s not to destroy you, but to develop you. Trust God. He’ll give you the power to turn your disadvantage into an advantage, and your grief will become your glory.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to walk today with hope and happiness. Help us never to give in to doubt and despair, never to flirt with temptation, and never to let our eyes linger or our thoughts dwell on sin: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

eSeed: Sir Isaac Newton

SIR ISAAC NEWTON
Read Philippians 4:13

When Isaac Newton was born, the midwife said, "He’ll not live through the day."

He was so frail, he had to wear a leather collar to support his head. And he did so poorly at school, he was at the bottom of his class.

But at nineteen he went to Cambridge, and became a Christian. Then he determined to glorify God and minister to man. He believed every discovery he made was given to him by God.

The boy who had been so frail lived to be 85, and who had been a dud in grade school became one of the world’s greatest scientists.

Frailty doesn’t mean failure and handicaps don’t have to hinder. With the Lord in your life and His strength in your soul, like Newton, you can go on to victory.

Prayer: Help us today, Father, and every day to live under Thy counsel and control. Grant that today we may improve ourselves, help others, and please Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

eSeed: Outlived My Enemies

OUTLIVED MY ENEMIES
Read Matthew 5:43-48

A reporter asked a man, “How old are you?”

“Ninety,” the man replied, “and I don’t have an enemy in the world.”

“Beautiful,” said the reporter. “What’s your secret?”

“I outlived them all,” he explained.

But it’s not a matter of outliving your enemies; it’s outloving them. The Bible says, “Love your enemies.”

No matter what a person may do to you, don’t allow yourself to desire anything but his highest good. Is he cruel to you? Be kind to him. Does he hate you? Love him.

This love isn’t something of the head but of the heart. When you become a Christian, the Lord fills your heart with His love.

Give in to the Lord, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, constrain us to love Thee and others as Thou dost love us – willingly and wholeheartedly: in Thy name. Amen.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

eSeed: Living as Kings Or Kinks

LIVING AS KINGS OR KINKS
Read John 8:25-36

A prisoner said to me, “My life’s a mess. I go from problem to problem, from kink to kink.”

“Why live as a kink,” I asked, “when you can live as a king?”

“What do you mean?” he cried.

I answered, “The Living Bible says, ‘All who will take God’s gift of forgiveness are kings of life.’”

Have you ever had a kink in a chain? A knot? When your life is tied up in knots, it’s kinky. And our life becomes tied up in knots by playing with sin. You can play with sin, but sin won’t play with you.

The Lord wants to forgive you, and with His forgiveness comes His freedom.

Why live as a kink when you can live as a king? Take His gift, won’t you?

Prayer: We have sinned, Father, forgive us and free us from the guilt, the grip and the grief of sin. Sustain and strengthen us, and bring us to the evening hour undefeated by sin: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Friday, April 3, 2009

eSeed: Live The Truth

LIVE THE TRUTH
Read Ephesians 4:15-16 TLB

A couple argued loudly in public, and the husband said, “You promised to love, honor, and obey me when we married.”
“I did,” admitted the wife. “But I didn’t want to make a scene.”

Too many of us promise things that are untruthful, we profess things that are unreal, and we promote things that are undependable. We lie, not only by lip but also by life.

It’s tragic. For a home without truth is a night without day. A business without truth is a tree without root. A religion without truth is a bloom without fruit.

The Living Bible says, “Lovingly follow the truth … – speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from living a lie and from speaking a lie. Grant that we may be honest with Thee, with others, and with ourselves. Show us how we may honor Thee and help others: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

eSeed: Nothin' Happenin'

NOTHIN’ HAPPENIN’
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21

A young priest was hearing confessions during a Nebraska-Missouri football game. When a fellow had finished confession, the priest said, “Since you’re painting the church, will you come back in now and then and keep me posted on the Nebraska team?”

“Yes,” he promised.

Later, the priest slid open the confessional grille, and heard, “Father, my last confession was ten minutes ago. Since then I ain’t done nothin’, and neither has Nebraska.”

We may have gone a few minutes without doing anything wrong, but Jesus was perfect in thought, word, and deed.

A Jesus born in sin or guilty of sin couldn’t have atoned for our sins. Behold Him and believe on Him, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, I surrender myself to Thee. Take me, change me, turn me in Thy will and way, and never let me go back again: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

eSeed: Blustery Bickering

BLUSTERY BICKERING
Read John 3:7

Three monks, residing in a Trappist monastery, asked the Abbot for permission to speak.

“Very well,” he said. “The oldest will speak first, a year later the next, another year the youngest will speak.”

After breakfast, the oldest said, “I hate oatmeal.”

A year later the second said, “I love oatmeal.”

Another year passed, and the youngest said, “I’m tired of this bickering!”

There’s been a lot of bickering over how to make a new man. “Cultivate,” says one. “Educate,” says another. “Legislate,” says still another.

But the Bible says, “Regenerate!” Our Lord said, “Ye must be born again.”

Prayer: God of all grace, we come to Thee now for Thy saving and sustaining grace. Give us the sureness of salvation and success in becoming a soul winner. Inspire us to glow with Thy grace and go with Thy gospel: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

eSeed: Little Ones

LITTLE ONES
Read Matthew 19:13-15 TLB
A lion, they say, became enmeshed in a net on the edge of the jungle. Hearing of his plight, an elephant appeared, followed by a hippopotamus and a rhinoceros.

They paraded and pondered, but left the lion in a lurch.

Just then a little mouse began to gnaw on the rope. He finally loosed it and freed the king of the jungle.

The moral? Don’t despise the little ones.

When our Lord fed the five thousand, He used a lad and his lunch. When He taught His disciples a lesson on humility, He used a child.

He said, “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t prevent them. For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from pride and pretense. Save us from haughtiness and hypocrisy. Help us to humble ourselves and to be holy, happy Christians: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, March 30, 2009

eSeed: I Decided To Please Myself

I DECIDED TO PLEASE MYSELF
Read Psalm 32
A minister said to a man who was having trouble with drink, “The last time I saw you, you pleased me by being sober.”
“Yea,” he admitted, “but today I decided to please myself by being drunk.” But he added, “I’m not pleased with myself.”

Sin not only makes you a shame to yourself, but ashamed of yourself.

But don’t try to deal with your sin alone. You’ll lose. Come to Christ, let Him deal with your sin and you’ll win.

He doesn’t make an allowance for sin, He makes an atonement. He doesn’t tolerate it, He takes it away. Sin is strong, but the Savior is stronger.

Why don’t you let Him take away your sin?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, wrap Thy arms round about us. We have been overcome by sin, make us overcomers. Cleanse our lives; purge our minds; purify our hearts; and use us: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, March 27, 2009

eSeed: I've Come To Surrender

I’VE COME TO SURRENDER
Read Romans 12:1-2

A man in Washington asked, “Is this the headquarters for the war against poverty?”

“Yes, sir,” answered a secretary.

“Good,” he said, “I’ve come to surrender.”

That’s what the Lord wants you to do – come to Him to surrender. For He said, “He who isn’t with Me, is against Me.”

When you go against Him, you set yourself on a road that leads to dissatisfaction and despair.

You become less and less the man the Lord intended you to be, more and more a slave to sin. But you were made to be free, and when you surrender to the Lord you become a master of yourself and your sins.

Wouldn’t you rather surrender to the Lord?

Prayer: Father, take possession of our hearts, giving us victory over our temptations and trials. Weave into the texture of our hearts and minds the virtues of faith and fidelity that we may live honorably and happily for Thee: in Christ. Amen.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

eSeed: Missing Person

MISSING PERSON
Read Ephesians 2:12

A wife hurried to the Bureau of Missing Persons to report the disappearance of her husband.

“Describe him,” said the clerk.

“He’s short and thin,” said the wife. “He has no hair and no teeth. As a matter of fact, most of him was missing before he was.”

Do you know what’s missing in most homes and hearts? The Lord.

Without Him, you have no Companion to counsel, no Deliverer to liberate, no Guide to direct, no Nourishment to sustain, no Refuge to shelter, no Strength to empower, and no Way to God.

But He’s just outside the door of your heart. Open it, and let Him come in, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, Thou art standing at the door of our hearts waiting to be welcomed and trusted. Make us sensitive and responsive to the prompting of Thy Spirit that we may yield ourselves to Thee: in Thy name. Amen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

eSeed: Make Me Good, But Not Real Good

MAKE ME GOOD, BUT NOT REAL GOOD
Read 1 John 2:1-6
One night a mother was shocked to hear her boy pray, “O God, make me good, but not real good; just good enough to keep from being spanked.”

There are some church members who want to become Christians, but not Christlike. They want to go to heaven, but they don’t want to do anything to bring others with them.

But if you’re going to become a Christian, be Christlike. If you’re going to give Christ anything, give Him everything. If you’re going to worship Him, work for Him.

If it’s false, Christianity is of no importance. If it’s true, it’s of infinite importance. It can’t be of moderate importance.

What is it for you?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I have so much to thank Thee for. I thank Thee for making me a Christian, now make me Christlike. I thank Thee for preparing for me a place in heaven. Help me bring others with me: through Christ. Amen.