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.