Thursday, April 30, 2009

eSeed: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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.