Friday, February 27, 2009

eSeed: The Worth Of The Wind

Read Romans 8:28

Botanists have reported that trees need the winds of March to flex their branches and trunks. The sap is drawn up because of the bluster of the wind, and the budding leaves receive the nourishment that they need.

You and I are like the trees. We need the storms to strengthen us.

A blustery period in our lives is often a prelude to a spring of fruit bearing.

Think of Joseph. Had he not been a prisoner, he wouldn’t have become a prime minister.

Are you going through a storm in your life right now? Trust God. He’ll enable you to turn your trials into triumphs, and the bluster of your life into blessings.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, come into my heart and take over in my life. Anything Thou dost say, I will do. I will follow Thy orders any time, any where and at any cost: in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

eSeed: Snub Not

Read Ephesians 4:32

Don’t shun anyone because his dress is deplorable. Edison arrived in Boston one winter, wearing thin, yellow trousers.

Don’t slight anyone because of his backwoods background. Lincoln’s father grew up without education.

Don’t scorn anyone because he’s not healthy and whole. Beethoven was deaf and Milton was blind.

Don’t spurn anyone because he’s slow of speech. Demosthenes, the world famous orator, overcame a stuttering tongue.

Don’t snub anyone, not just because he may outshine or outstrip you, but because snubbing is spiteful and sinful. The Bible says, “Be kind.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from the evil thought, the critical look, the harsh judgment, and the unkind word. Keep us from riding roughshod over the feelings of others. Make us loving and kind: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Michael Guido Passes Away

On Saturday, February 21, 2009 "The Sower," Dr. Michael Guido, passed away. Surrounded with friends, family and staff who had gathered in the hospital, "The Sower," who was 94, went to be with the Lord at approximately 9 PM. There will be a viewing of Dr. Guido in the Hamstra Worship Center on the campus of Guido Gardens on Saturday, February, 28, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. A service of praise and worship for the countless "Friends of the Sower" is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in a tent that will be erected on the Campus.

Remembering The Sower...

Dr. Guido greets a friend at his 94th Birthday celebration in January 2009.

Millions have been touched by The Sower over the years. If you would like to add a comment or share some memories of how your life was impacted by his ministry, please go to a special page created just for public comments, here: The Legacy of Michael Guido.

Friday, February 20, 2009

eSeed: Where Are You Going

Read Psalm 119:33-40

A gang of boys had converted a vacant lot into a race track for minibikes.

A careless rider rammed the other bikes, and a fellow yelled, “Hey, kid, where are you going?”

One of the greatest tragedies of life is to have no objective. Without direction, man wrecks.

The Lord loves you, and He has taken a personal interest in you. He has a plan for your life, and He has never planned a failure.

But He won’t force His way upon you. He’ll work in you and for you, only as you let Him.

Why don’t you let go and let God have His wonderful way? Your problems will vanish, your night will turn to day, if you let go and let God have His way.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pledge our allegiance to Thee. We are ready for service or sacrifice. Lead us where Thou wilt, do with us as Thou wilt, only make us worthy of Thy Son, our Savior. Amen.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

eSeed: Salary Advance

Read Amos 4:6-12

A man was being interviewed for a job. “I want a careful chauffeur,” he was told. “One who doesn’t take any chances.”

“I’m your man,” he answered. “May I have my salary in advance?” He practiced what he preached, didn’t he?

People won’t take any chances with their salaries, but they will take chances with their souls. They’ll prepare to meet their friends, but not their God.

You may avoid going to church, or reading the Bible, or praying. But you can’t avoid God. Some day you’ll stand before Him and give an account.

So don’t take any chances. The Bible says, “Prepare to meet thy God.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are looking forward to the day when Thou wilt come and take us home to heaven. Inspire us to watch and wait for that day, living holy and happy lives: in Thy precious name. Amen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

eSeed: I Know My Father

Read 1 John 2:1-5 NIV

A boy said to his buddies, “Come on! Let’s play ball in the street.”

“I can’t,” said one.

“Why can’t you?”

“My father won’t let me. There’s a lot of traffic. It’s too dangerous.”

“Ask him. He might change his mind.”

“No use,” he said. “I know my father.”

What was the proof of knowing his father? His observation of him? Oh, no. His obedience to him.

In the same way, should you say you know God, the proof isn’t in your language, it’s in your life.

The Bible says, “We can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commands.”

Do you really and truly know God?

Prayer: Inspire us, Father, to come close to Thee; closer than we have ever been before; and keep us from straying and stumbling. Let nothing come between our souls and our Savior: in His name. Amen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

eSeed: It Didn't Work

Read Psalm 90:17

A girl was getting ready for a date, and her little brother came into the room and asked, “Whatcha’ doin’?”

“Making myself beautiful,” she answered.

After watching her put on a layer of cream and wipe it off, he said, “Sis, it didn’t work, did it?”

But this works!

Say to the Lord, “Here’s my body, live in it. Here’s my face, glow from it. Here’s my heart, love with it.”

Then your body will reveal His beauty, your face will reflect His happiness, and your heart will radiate His love.

That winsomeness will bring you closer to the needs of others and farther along the road of happiness.

Prayer: Take our bodies, Father. Love with our hearts, think with our minds, speak with our tongues, help with our hands, and walk with our feet, doing Thy will daily in us: in the name of Christ. Amen.

Monday, February 16, 2009

eSeed: I Kept Taking Her Picture

Read 1 John 3:17 TLB

A little Chinese girl, tired and hungry, had fallen asleep outside a food store with her face pressed against the glass window.

A tourist took her picture, and showed it many times in the United States. But one night a man asked, “What did you do about the little girl?”

“Nothing,” he answered. “I kept taking her picture.”

There are many people without food, shelter and clothing. What are you doing?

The Bible says, “If someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him – how can God’s love be within him?”

Prayer: Father, give us a deep love for Thy Son; a love that will grudge no gift, refuse no obedience and resent no trial. Help us to show our love for Thee by loving others. Inspire us to live our lives in love, in faithfulness and in service: through Christ, our Lord.

Friday, February 13, 2009

eSeed: The Grumbler

Read 1 John 4:7-10 TLB

A wife wondered, “Doc, what’s wrong with my husband? He’s so irritable.”

“Maybe,” he replied, “it’s strong coffee that makes him ill-humored.”

“But, Doc,” she protested, “you should see how irritable he gets when I serve him weak coffee.”

You and I get irritable not because of something on the outside, but something on the inside. And it’s the soul, not the stomach.

When the Lord’s absent, love’s absent. And life without love is a bird without song, a night without day, a tree without root.

The Living Bible says, “If a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God – for God is love.”

Prayer: Help me, Father, to be patient and kind, never envious or boastful, never selfish or rude. Save me from being irritable or touchy, deliver me from holding grudges, and give me Thy love for my fellow man: in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

eSeed: Send Superman

Read Philippians 4:19

A father and his son were in trouble, and he said, “Son, please pray.”

“O God,” begged the boy, “please help us. And if You can’t, please send Superman.”

It’s just like us to look for something in sight that will help the Lord meet our needs.

But the Lord doesn’t need anyone or anything.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” What did He have on hand to begin with? Nothing.

After He made the earth, what did He hang it on? The Bible says, “He hangeth the earth on nothing.” And it hangs all right, doesn’t it!

If God can make the earth out of nothing, don’t you think He can meet your needs?

Then trust Him, and He’ll see you through triumphantly.

Prayer: Teach us, Father, to always trust Thee. Give us a vivid and victorious sense of Thyself as our Companion and Counselor: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

eSeed: Horns Of A Dilemma

Read James 4:7

A city-dweller said to a farmer, “What a beautiful cow. Why doesn’t it have horns?”

“Some cows don’t have horns until late in life,” he answered, “and on others the horns are removed. But this cow doesn’t have horns because it’s a horse.”

And neither does the devil have horns.

God didn’t create the devil. He created Lucifer, an angel, who turned himself into the devil by his sin.

He was never good or loving, and from the moment of his fall he has labored to destroy the works of God.

The devil’s powerful, but not all-powerful. And the Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Prayer: Save us, Father, from Satan and sin. Deliver us from pride and pretension. Grant unto us a humble and contrite spirit that we might know and do Thy will: through Christ. Amen.

Monday, February 9, 2009

eSeed: Compassion

Read Matthew 4:19

One day Booth gazed upon a crowd in London and cried, “What a city to redeem!” He organized an army of salvationists.

Blucher gazed upon a crowd in London and said, “What a city to rob!” He organized an army of stick up artists.

As you look out upon your city, what do you say?

When our Lord looked out upon the crowd He was moved with compassion.

When you see backslidden believers and Christless creatures, are you moved with compassion?

Our Lord said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Let’s follow Him!

Prayer: Deliver us, heavenly Father, from being cowardly and make us courageous Christians. Help us to fear nothing but sin, to follow no one but the Savior, and to flee from everything that would give us evil thoughts. Hear us in Christ’s name. Amen.

Friday, February 6, 2009

eSeed: Quit Evil Deeds

Read Romans 13:12-14 TLB

Two boys called on a new neighbor, and a dog came running out to greet them. “Don’t be afraid,” said one, “he’s wagging his tail.”

“But he’s growling, too,” said the other. “Which end do we believe?”

So it is with drink. Some say it’s harmless, and others say it’s harmful. Which do we believe?

We should ask ourselves what does the Bible say? More is said in the Bible against the sins of drink and drunkenness than against the sins of adultery and stealing.

The Bible says, “Quit the evil deeds of darkness…Be decent and true in everything you do so that all can approve your behavior. Don’t spend your time in wild parties and getting drunk.”

Prayer: Father, let us see our sins and their sinfulness, and inspire us to look at our Lord and His loveliness. Incline our hearts to fall in love with Him all over again. Lift our affections to things above: through Christ. Amen.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

eSeed: Yes! Yes!

Read Revelation 3:20 NKJ

A young lady received a telegram from her boyfriend saying, “Got my raise. Will you marry me?”

She wired this response back to him, “Yes! Yes! Willingly. Joyously. Lovingly. Immediately. Yes!”

Catch the enthusiasm? That’s a good response to an invitation from the Lord.

He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.”

Won’t you just now say to the Lord, “I will open the door to my heart.”

And wouldn’t it thrill the Lord if you added the words of that girl, “Yes! Yes! Willingly. Joyously. Lovingly. Immediately. Yes!”

Prayer: Father, take over in our lives right now with Thy power. Melt us, mold us, make us the Christians Thou dost want us to be. Inspire us, infill us, instruct us and incline our hearts to serve Thee faithfully: in Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

eSeed: The Little Leaguers

Read Joshua 24:15 NKJ

A baseball coach called in a cantankerous little leaguer and said, “Robbie, we don’t believe in temper tantrums, cursing the umpire, and being a poor loser. Do you understand?”

“Yes, sir,” replied the boy.

“Then,” said the coach, “tell your mother.”

The reason some parents don’t lead their children in the right direction is because they’re not going that way themselves.

Children need a pattern as well as a provider, food for their souls as well as food for their bodies, preparation for heaven in addition to preparation for earth.

Happy is the father who can say with Joshua, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Prayer: Father, give us the blessings of insight and inspiration, that we may live in harmony and happiness in our homes. Make us patterns for our children. Give us Thy love as we strive to serve Thee: in Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

eSeed: Folly Of Favoritism

Read James 2:8-9 NIV

A boy asked a waitress, “How much is a sundae?”

“Fifty cents,” she answered.

He counted his change, and asked, “How much is plain ice cream?”

“Thirty-five cents,” she replied impatiently, anxious to get to other customers.

“I’ll take the plain,” said the boy.

The waitress served the boy, took his money, and hurried to the other customers.

When the boy left, she returned to clean his table. Beside the empty dish was her tip – two nickels and five pennies.

She kept those coins as a reminder to respect all persons.

The Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself…But if you show favoritism, you sin.”

Prayer: Fill our hearts, Father, with Thy love. Enable us to show that we love Thee and all for whom Christ died: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, February 2, 2009

eSeed: Straight Paths

Read Hebrews 12:12-13 TLB

A mountaineer went to Switzerland for a climbing vacation, taking his family with him.

One evening he suggested to his guide that they climb the mountain early the next morning.

The climb began, and suddenly he heard his little boy say, “Look out, dad. I’m coming!” His blood almost froze in his veins.

His steps thus far were safe, but there was no more climbing that day.

Someone younger and weaker than you is following you. How’s the path?

The Living Bible says, “Mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong.”

Prayer: Give us, Father, minds that are wise with wisdom, hearts that are warm with love, lips that are eloquent with truth, lives that are filled with Thy beauty that we might be patterns for others: through Christ. Amen.