Friday, January 30, 2009

eSeed: Sleeping Spouse

Read Matthew 27:15-26 TLB

There had been a terrible wreck, and the policeman asked the driver, “How did this happen?”

The dazed fellow pointed toward the back seat and said, “My wife fell asleep.”

There was a wife who was wide awake. But her husband was a craven coward. When the Lord Jesus stood before him for trial, his wife said, “Leave that good man alone.” But Pilate asked to have Him killed, and then he took his own life.

It’s too bad he didn’t obey his own conscience and his wife’s advice.

But here’s a question Governor Pilate asked, “What shall I do with Jesus?”

I’ve received Him. Won’t you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we accept Thy government, and crown Thee King of our lives. We here and now give Thee first place in our lives. Help us to live as Thou dost want us to live: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

eSeed: I Love You Anyway

Read Jeremiah 31:3

Cathy and her boyfriend had an argument. She left him without giving him a chance to say anything.

Arriving at home, she found an electric sign flashing his message: “I Iove you anyway.”

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He didn’t turn from them in silent anger. He sought them and showed them His love, just as He does for you.

God’s love never changes. He loves you as much when you’re bad as He does when you’re good. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

Calvary is God’s flashing reminder declaring, “I love you anyway.”

Prayer: How great is Thy love, Father! In this sacred moment may we hear Thy voice which calls us to the life of love, to the power of peace, and to the fortitude of faith. Here may our souls find refreshment and renewal: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

eDeed: Unexpected Acquittal

Read Romans 14:12

A man was arrested and charged with bigamy. There was a court case, and the judge said, “You’ve been acquitted of the charge of bigamy.”

“What does that mean?” asked the man.

“You’re free to go home to your wife,” said the judge.

“Which one?” questioned the man.

You can fool an earthly judge, but not the judge of all the earth.

Your life is lived in His eye and ear. You can no more escape from the Savior that you can from your shadow. There’s no place where you can leave Him behind.

The spiritual says, “He sees all you do, He hears all you say, my God’s a writin’ all the time.”

And the Bible says, “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.”

Prayer: Constrain us, Father, to confess our sins honestly and to turn from our sins wholeheartedly: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

eSeed: This Is A Test

Read James 1:2-12 TLB

Last week I heard a radio announcer say, “This is a test!” Then he told us what to do in case of an emergency.

Yesterday when trials pierced my heart and troubles pained my soul, it seemed that I could hear the heavenly Announcer say, “This is a test.”

Satan tempts us to bring out the worst, but the Savior tests us to bring out the best.

Trials are sent to develop us, not destroy us; to make us grow, not grovel; to help us soar, not sink.

The Living Bible says, “Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love Him.”

Prayer: Oh God, Thou art our Defense and Deliverer. Deliver us, we pray, from the tempter and temptations. Grant that in Thy power we will accept the right and refuse the wrong, and always be overcomers: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Monday, January 26, 2009

eSeed: Spite Spat

Read Colossians 3:18-19 NIV

A fellow took a seat at the bar, and ordered a double. The guy next to him asked, “What’s wrong?”

“I just had words with my wife,” he said, “and she left me.”

“Tell me,” begged the stranger, “what were your words.”

Too many would rather castigate than communicate, desecrate than dedicate, retaliate than reciprocate, terminate than tolerate.

But a true companion forgives freely, assists readily, endures patiently, defends courageously, and loves sacrificially.

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.”

Prayer: Father, constrain us to go all the way to make our marriage heavenly and happy. Fill our hearts with Thy love that we may think love, speak love and live love: in Christ. Amen.

Friday, January 23, 2009

eSeed: The Lock Which Had No Key

Read Psalm 32

There’s a lovely little story about a lock which had no key. It kept going from one person to another, saying, “I’m looking for someone to unlock me.”

That story is a parable. You’re like that lock.

You were made to be led by the Lord, and you’ll never be all that you ought to be until you are.

He has given you talents, and only He can release the abilities that dwell within you.

When you let the Lord come into your heart, He goes to work in your life. He’ll turn your fear into faith, your pessimism into power, your remorse into radiance.

Let Him unlock you, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, because Thou hast redeemed us, we offer our bodies and souls to Thee, to be governed by Thy will. Let it be the joy of our hearts to be under the sway of Thy Spirit, to follow Thy counsels and to be ruled by Thy holy will: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

eSeed: No Night There

Read Revelation 22:5

One dark night a little boy ran to his father, crying, “There are bears in my room!”

Turning on the light, the father said kindly, “There are no bears in your room.”

“But,” said the boy, “the bears I see only come out in the dark!”

There’s something about the darkness of the night that brings panic and pain, fear and foreboding, worry and woe.

That’s why St. John, in describing heaven, says, “There shall be no night there.”

One danger, one fear, one pain, one sin, one tear, one want shall never have lodging there. And the Lord wants you there!

Open your heart to the Lord of heaven, and He’ll open His heaven to you.

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, for the hope of heaven. How thrilled we are that Thou hast reserved for us the priceless gift of eternal life. Make us useable: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

eSeed: Faith's Flight

Read Psalm 33:18-22

There was a devastating flood, and a man was stranded on his rooftop. “Lord,” he cried, “save me.”

A neighbor came by with a rowboat and tried to save him, but he turned away. As the waters continued to rise, the sheriff came along with a motorboat, but the man refused his help.

Suddenly he was thrown into the water and he arrived in heaven. “Lord,” he cried, “I had faith. Why didn’t You save me?”

Back came the reply, “I sent two boats, but you refused My help.”

The Lord has provided you with many opportunities for help and hope. But you’ve refused them. If you’d jump at opportunities as quickly as you jump to conclusions, you’d be a lot healthier and happier, wouldn’t you!

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, that Thou wilt never forget us or forsake us. Help us to live in Thy obedience; die in Thy favor: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, January 19, 2009

eSeed: I Was Talking To God

Read Matthew 6:5-15 NKJ
A little boy was saying his bedtime prayers in a very low voice.

“I can’t hear you,” whispered his mother.

“I wasn’t talking to you,” answered the boy, “I was talking to God.”

Prayer should be addressed to God, for Jesus said, “When you pray, say, ‘Our Father.’”

Because of our heavenly Father’s love, He wants what is best for us. Because of His wisdom, He knows what’s best for us. Because of His power, He does what’s best for us.

What His love dictates, and His wisdom approves, His power can supply.

How good it is to know that we can leave our prayers with God who knows how to give, what to give and when to give.

Prayer: Grant, Oh God, that these minutes which we spend with Thee may send us forth more loyal to Thee, more kind to others, and more honest with ourselves: through Christ. Amen.

Friday, January 16, 2009

eSeed: Sing The Clouds Away

Read Matthew 26:17-30

One day I visited a home and I heard a woman wail, “Poor me.”

“What’s the matter?” I asked.

“My mom had a little trouble,” said her daughter, “and she’s having a pity-party.”

But the true expression of a Christian isn’t a sigh, it’s a song.

Look at our Lord. He was about to be betrayed with a kiss and brutally crucified. And His disciples were about to be scattered and slain. How did they spend that night? Sighing? No, singing. The Savior led them in a song.

Are you facing dark days? Don’t have a pity-party and pout, try praising. Turn care into prayer, and sing the clouds away.

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from our darkness and doubt. Give us the strength to do what we cannot do and to be what we cannot be. Help us to daily love Thee more and happily serve Thee better: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

eSeed: Two-Thirds Married

Read Matthew 11:28-30

A bachelor said to me, “I’m two-thirds married.”

“How’s that?” I asked.

“I’m willing, and you, the preacher, are willing,” he explained.

That being the case, you’re two-thirds saved. God’s willing and I’m willing. But to be two-thirds saved is to be totally lost. For you must be willing.

Your will is yours. You can make it God’s or not. Just as you choose.

God calls you, but He won’t compel you to come to Him through His Son.

No one becomes a Christian from compulsion, only choice.

You don’t have to become a Christian, but I pray you will. Will you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thou didst put my life together and planned it carefully. Today I ask Thee to take over in my life, giving me wisdom for my mind, strength for my body, and grace for my heart: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

eSeed: His Hand Is Bigger Than Mine

Read Psalm 84

A clerk invited a boy to take a handful of candy, but the boy hesitated. “Don’t you like it?” asked the clerk.

“Yes, sir,” answered the boy, “very much.”

“Here,” responded the man, “take this handful.”

Walking home, the father asked, “Son, why did you wait for the man to give you the candy?”

“Because,” explained the boy, “his hand is bigger than mine.”

No one can outdo, or outwit, or outlive God. It’s impossible to outreach His care, to outstrip His mercy, to outrun His grace, or to outlive His love.

If you wait on God, you’ll find that He’ll wait on you; and His hand is bigger.

So, wait on God, won’t you?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art so mighty and yet so merciful. Dispel in me that which would hinder the intimacy I can have with Thee. Come into my heart. Be a part of me as I breathe and live: in Thy name. Amen.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

eSeed: He's So Cool

Read Colossians 3:23-25 TLB

A girl was going with the idol of his family; he had been idle for years. And her father didn’t like it.

“But, dad,” said the girl, “he’s so cool!”

“He ought to be,” he replied. “He has no moving parts to generate heat.”

Everyone admires a worker. Even a mosquito gets a pat on the back when he starts working.

The Bible says, “Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, remembering that it is the Lord who is going to pay you…if you don’t do your best for Him, He will pay you in a way that you won’t like – for He has no special favorites who can get away with shirking.”

Are you working for the Lord?

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from laziness. Make us diligent and dependable workers who honor Thee with our hands and our hearts. Help us to make the most of every hour that we might honor Thee: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, January 12, 2009

eSeed: I Guarantee Wings

Read Luke 16:22
A salesman spent all day trying to persuade a rancher to buy a small plane. But the rancher kept raising objections.

“Suppose,” he said, “I’m up there and the wings fall off.”

“I’ll get you new ones right away,” promised the salesman.

“How can you do that?” asked the rancher.

“My uncle’s the bishop of the diocese,” he answered.

No man can give you wings, but the Lord does send His angels to care for His children. All through their lives, the believers have guardian angels. The last thing they do for a believer is to take him home to heaven.

Isn’t it grand to be a child of God!

Prayer: Thou hast saved me, Father, and made me Thy child. Now I long to grow and glow for Thee. Possess me immediately, fill me completely, and use me consistently: in Christ’s name. Amen.

Friday, January 9, 2009

eSeed: What Causes Wars?

Read James 4:1-2 TLB

A boy asked, “Dad, what causes war?”

Political factors,” he answered.

“You’re wrong,” interrupted the mother, “let me tell you.”

As the argument raged, the boy said, “Never mind. You’ve shown me.”

St. James asked the same question, only he answered it. “What causes…fights among you? Isn’t it because there’s a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don’t have, so you kill to get it…And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”

Peace begins with God. When we desire to please God and not ourselves, we’ll have peace.

What this world needs is a better me.

Prayer: Oh God, we have strayed too far from Thee. As we now come close to Thee we feel Thee coming close to us. Grant us such devotion of heart and strength of will that we may never leave Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

eSeed: The Shell Station

Read Acts 16:31 NKJ

A motorist, picked up unconscious after an accident, opened his eyes as he was being carried into a gas station. He began to struggle fiercely and tried to get away.

Afterwards, a friend asked, “Why did you try to get away?”

“Because,” he said, “the first thing I saw was a big Shell sign, and some weird fellow was standing in front of the letter ‘S’. All I could see was the word hell.”

Death doesn’t end all. You will spend eternity with the Lord or in the lake of fire. Which?

Wouldn’t you rather spend it with the Lord?

Then “believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Prayer: Today, Father, we give ourselves completely and cheerfully to Thee. Think with our minds, speak with our lips, walk with our feet, love with our hearts, and help with our hands. Hear us: in Christ’s name. Amen.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

eSeed: A Simple Question

Read 2 Corinthians 13:5-6 TLB

An old lady attended an exhibition of modern art. The more she studied a certain painting the more puzzled she became.

Finally she asked the artist, “What’s that supposed to represent?”

A mother and child,” he answered.

“Well,” she snapped, “why doesn’t it?”

You’re supposed to be a Christian. Why aren’t you? A Christian shows what he is by what he does and what he says.

The Bible says, “Check up on yourselves. Are you really Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ’s presence and power more and more within you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you aren’t at all?”

Prayer: Father, we want to be better Christians and we pray that Thou wilt enable us to be the people Thou hast planned us to be: honest, humble, and holy; free from sinful habits: in Christ, we pray. Amen.

Monday, January 5, 2009

eSeed: The World On Fire

Read 2 Peter 3:10-13 NIV
A man said to Mark Twain, “I’m worried. The world’s coming to an end.”

“Don’t be worried,” replied the humorist. “We can get along without it.”

There was a time when the trends and direction of men’s lives were only toward evil, and the Lord destroyed the world with a flood.

Once more it seems that the trend of men’s lives is toward evil and the world’s about to be ripe for the destruction by fire.

St. Peter said, “But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”

Since there’ll be a new home of righteousness, let’s make preparation for it.

Noah came into the ark before the flood. Why don’t you come to the Lord before the fire?

Prayer: We need Thee, Lord Jesus, and we need Thee right now. We can’t do without Thee. Come into our hearts right now: in Christ. Amen.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

eSeed: Setbacks To Success

Read Colossians 4:11 NKJ
A little boy was having a terrible time learning how to keep his two-wheeled bike upright. He fell off many times.

“Give up,” said a stranger. “You’re going to hurt yourself.”

“I would hurt myself more if I gave up,” said the boy. “Dad bought the bike for me to learn on, not to give up on.”

Falling down doesn’t make you a failure. Staying down does.

Mark became an attendant of Barnabas and Paul, and he fell. But he didn’t stay down.

He got up, restored and renewed by the Lord. And that disappointing disciple became dependable. Paul said on him, “He is useful to me.”

Fallen? Get up and go on with God. He’ll turn your setbacks into successes.

Prayer: Lift us, Father, from our defeat and despair. Cleanse us from our doubts and denials. Forgive us: in Christ. Amen.