Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Properspective

Read Numbers 13:26-33

A little boy picked up a pebble, held it close to his eye and shouted, “Look, Pop, it’s bigger than you.”

“Drop it, son,” said the father. He did. “Now,” he exclaimed, “it’s little!”

There’s only one way to do anything rightly, and there’s only one way to see anything rightly.

When the spies returned from the Promised Land ten saw giants, two saw God; ten saw problems, two saw possibilities; ten put their problems first and were overcome, two put God first and overcame.

Don’t look to God through your circumstances. Look at your circumstances through God. “With God all things are possible.”

Prayer: Inspire us, heavenly Father, to develop spiritually, mentally, socially and bodily. Give us grace for our hearts, strength for our bodies, and wisdom for our minds to do and be the person that will always please Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why Choose Hell

Read Luke 16:19-31

There are close to 60,800 places to live in our nation. Some have interesting names like Acres of Diamond, Florida; Fearnot, Pennsylvania; Happyland, Connecticut.

Some prefer Boring, Maryland; Pitts, Georgia; and Hell, Michigan.

But none are happy in that eternal place of suffering the Bible calls Hell.

One who went there cried, “I am in anguish in these flames.”

And he didn’t want others to go there. He said, “I have five brothers…warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.”

Want to escape it? The Bible says, “Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Prayer: Father, we come to Thee with our worries seeking confidence and courage; with our problems asking for wisdom and light; with our sorrows looking for comfort and strength; and with our sins praying for forgiveness: in Christ. Amen.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last Stand

Read Mark 8:36-37

A father was reading his son’s report card and got angrier by the minute. “That’s awful,” he said. “French, weak. English, poor.”

“But,” cried the boy, “read the last line: health, good.”

You eat three meals a day and sleep seven hours a night. But you’re sickly, because you starve your soul.

It’s important to have a strong body and a serviceable mind. But it’s more important to have a saved soul. The Lord asks, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Don’t spend your life on things that lose your soul. You were made for fellowship with God. Life begins with Christ. Come to Him now.

Prayer: We come to Thee, Lord Jesus; quench the thirst of our hearts and satisfy the longing of our souls. Help us daily to love Thee better and serve Thee faithfully: in Thy name. Amen.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mind Your Mouth

Read Proverbs 18:6-7 TLB
The new pastor said to deacon Jones, “I’m told you played golf instead of coming to church last Sunday.”

“That’s a lie!” he exclaimed. “And I have the fish to prove it!”

His mouth was his undoing.

There’s nothing so revealing as your words. You don’t have to talk long before you reveal if your heart is clean or dirty, kind or evil, obedient or disobedient to the Lord.

When you’re on guard, you’re careful what you say. But when you’re not on guard, when you’re not watching your words, your speech reveals your true character.

The Bible says, “A man’s heart determines his speech.”

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from foolish and frivolous talk. Grant that our conversation shall be gracious and good, and be pleased to give us the right answer for everyone: in Thy name. Amen.
Today's video devotional: "An Out Or An Opportunity"

Monday, December 21, 2009

Suffering For Her Belief

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19

A wife said to her husband, “Our daughter’s suffering for her belief.”

“What belief is that?” he asked.

“She believes that she can wear a size five shoe on a size eight foot,” she answered.

Have you ever suffered from your belief in the Lord? It’s the way of the world to praise dead saints, but to persecute living saints.

But suffering for the Lord isn’t when you’re buffeted for doing wrong. But when you’re good and godly, honest and holy.

Remember, if it’s God’s will, it’s better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong.

So keep on doing what’s right, and trust yourself to God. He’ll never fail you.

Prayer: Father, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts that we may more perfectly trust Thee and more worthily walk in Thy ways. Strengthen our weaknesses and calm our anxieties: through Christ. Amen.

Today's devotional video: "Adversity's Advantages"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I Was Thinking Of Her

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 TLB
A mother said, “Bobby, you ate all that cake without thinking of your little sister.”

“I was thinking of her all the time,” he replied. “I was afraid she would come in before I finished eating it.”

Selfishness – it aims for happiness, but it cheats itself out of it.

You can’t be happy until you forget yourself. You can’t forget yourself until you remember others. And you won’t remember others until the Lord sheds His love in your heart. So, let Him.

The Bible says, “Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish.”

Prayer: Deliver us, heavenly Father, from selfishness and self-righteousness. Save us from cruel words and crude ways. So grant that guided and guarded by Thee we may live love and show Thy love to each one we meet: through Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "Approaching Retirement"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gift Received

Read John 3:16


A pastor received a package. It contained a hundred-dollar bill with this note: “The only way I’ll know if you’ve received this package, is for you to burn a candle in your living room window Saturday night.”

He burned the candle. It bore two messages. One said, “Gift received.” The other said, “Gratitude revealed.”

God has sent you the Gift of gifts – His only begotten Son. Have you received His gift? Good, now reveal your gratitude. How?

The Bible says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank Thee for loving us enough to be our Savior. Give us Thy strength and Thy wisdom so that we might live this day as we ought. Dictate our words and direct our ways so that we will honor Thee: we ask these things in Thy name. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "The Value of Suffering"

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pick 'Em Up

Read James 4:11 TLB
Jealous of the mayor, a young lady spread malicious lies about him. The lies ruined him and the mayor had to resign.

Overcome with remorse, she apologized, asking, “How can I make amends?”

“Take the feathers of a goose,” he said, “go to the square, and throw them into the air.” In doing so, they were whisked away in all directions by the wind.

Returning, she asked, “What next?”

“Gather them up again,” he replied, “if you can.”

Gossip! No innocence is impeccable enough to intimidate it. No purity is pure enough to prevent it.

It has no regard for God or man.

The Bible says, “Don’t speak evil about each other. If you do, you will be fighting against God’s law of loving one another.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, set a watch before my mouth and keep the door of my lips. Grant that my thoughts may be pleasing to Thee and my words may be profitable to others: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Prayer Telegram

Read Matthew 14:30

One morning I saw a man running frantically down the sidewalk.

“Why are you running?” I asked.

“Got a need,” he said. “I’m running to church to pray.”

“It’s great to pray in church,” I replied, “but it’s good to pray right here.”

Peter was drowning. He couldn’t get to a church, and he didn’t have time for a long prayer. So he sent a telegram: “Lord, save me.” And the Lord did.

Whatever your condition or circumstances, your pain or problem, your trouble or temptation, try instant communication with Christ. And you’ll find grace to help in the nick of time.

Why don’t you use the prayer telegram?

Prayer: Help me, heavenly Father, to pray expectantly; to believe confidently; and to live victoriously.Constrain me to pray about everything and to follow Thy leading in all things: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mixed Emotions

Read Psalm 23:1


A girl asked, “Why did you break up with Joe?”

“Because,” answered her friend, “my feelings toward him aren’t the same.”

“Are you returning the ring?” the girl continued.

“Oh, no!” she answered. “My feelings toward the ring haven’t changed one bit.”

As with that friend, so with some followers of our Lord. They’re more interested in the gifts than the Giver.

But not the Psalmist. He wanted the Shepherd, and in having Him he had His supplies.

In Him lies strength for our weakness, hope for our despair, healing for our sickness, and power for our temptations.

The Bible says, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

Is He your Shepherd?

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee that Thou art always guiding us in the ways Thou wouldst have us to go: in Christ. Amen.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Washing Or Writing

Read Titus 2:7

A deacon was seen late one night washing a wall on a busy street. A policeman asked, “What are you doing?”

“Kids will pass this wall tomorrow on the way to school,” he said. “I don’t want their minds to be poisoned by the dirty words someone put here. So I’m washing them off.”

As you go through life you’re a blessing or a blight, a stepping stone or a stumbling block, a pattern or a problem.

The world pays more attention to your conduct than it does to your creed. Just one act of yours may turn the tide of another person’s life.

Wouldn’t you rather be one who cleanses than one who contaminates?

Prayer: Father, take from us all tainted thoughts, all devilish desires, all sinful sentences, and all wicked ways. Cleanse us, and grant that we may do nothing to shame our loved ones or Thee, our Lord: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Honesty Pays

Read Proverbs 11:1 TLB

One of the traits that made Harry S. Truman a great president was his honesty.

When running against Dewey he was short of funds. A man offered to give him what he needed if he’d carry out certain policies.

“Give your money or keep it,” said Truman, “but I’m not making any deals.”

This response electrified his staff. The money came in, and Truman won the election.

Happiness is your heritage when honesty is your persistent practice, self-discipline your tireless teacher and truth your trusted tutor.

The Living Bible says, “The Lord hates cheating and delights in honesty.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I submit myself to Thee. Help me to resist the devil, to say no to every voice which invites me to sin. Constrain me to be honest in all that I do. I now draw near to Thee. Grant me Thy presence, Thy power and Thy purity for victory: through Christ. Amen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

When The Date Stays Too Late

Read Genesis 18:19

“My father,” warned a girl in speaking to a boy, “is an engineer. He takes things apart to see why they won’t go.”

“So what?” asked her date, a wolf in church clothing.

“So,” she said, “you better go.”

Thank God for parents who think positive thoughts and teach positive truths; who show their children which way to go and which way not to go; who don’t confuse their children by giving good counsel with bad conduct.

God said of Abraham, “I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord.”

Can God say that of you?

Prayer: Deliver us, Lord from being poor patterns. Defend us from the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Grant that nothing and no one will lure us from our loyalty to Thee: in Thy name. Amen.

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