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.