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Ten Ways to Love Others

Ten Ways to Love Others

Ten Ways to Love Others

1. Listen without interrupting …..    Proverbs 18:2

2. Speak without accusing ….    James 1:19

3. Give without sparing ….   Proverbs 21:26

4. Pray without ceasing ….   Colossians 1:9

5. Answer without arguing ….   Proverbs 17:11

6. Share without pretending ….   Ephesians 4:15

7. Enjoy without complaining   ….   Philippians 2:14

8. Trust without wavering ….   1 Corinthians 13:7

9. Forgive without punishing ….   Colossians 3:13

10. Promise without forgetting …. Proverbs 13:12

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. – Romans 13:10

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”Luke 10:25-37

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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The Vanities of Life

The Vanities of Life

The Vanities of Life

One Sunday morning, a wealthy man sat on his balcony enjoying the sunshine and his coffee when a little ant caught his eye; carrying a big leaf several times its size from one side of the balcony to the other side.

The man watched it for more than an hour. He saw that the ant faced many impediments during its journey, but it would pause, take a diversion and then continue towards its destination. At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor. It paused for a little while to analyze and then laid the huge leaf over the crack, walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.

The man was captivated by the cleverness of this ant, one of God’s tiniest creatures. The incident left him in awe and made him contemplate the miracle of creation and the greatness of the Creator. Before his very eyes was this tiny creature of God, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyze, contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome. Along with all these capabilities, the man also noted that this tiny creature shared some human shortcomings.

About an hour later he observed that the creature had reached its destination – a tiny hole in the floor, which was the entrance to its underground dwelling. At this point, the ant’s shortcoming was revealed.

How could the ant carry the large leaf it labored to bring into the tiny hole? It simply couldn’t!

So the tiny creature, after all the hard work and exercise of great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left the large leaf behind and went home empty-handed. It had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey, and in the end, the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it. The creature had no option but to leave it behind in order to enter its destination.

The man learned a great lesson that day. Isn’t that the truth about our lives?

We worry about our family; we worry about our job; we worry about how to earn more money; we worry about where we should live – a 5 or 6 bedroom house. What kind of vehicle to buy – a Mercedes or Honda or BMW or Porsche? What kind of dress to wear? All sorts of things, only to abandon all them all when we reach our destination and we realize we cannot enter with all these things.

We don’t realize during our life’s journey that these are just burdens we are carrying with such care and fear of losing them, only to find that in the end, they are useless and we can’t take them with us. The only treasure that lasts forever is our relationship with God, our creator.

You need to ask yourself, “Am I using my whole life to serve Him?

— Author Unknown

Meditation: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?Mark 8:36

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Take Me Back to the Old Paths

Take Me Back to the Old Paths

Take me back to the old Paths

When Moms were at home, dads were at work.

Brothers went into the army.

And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay; Hard work did;

And people knew the difference.

 

Moms could cook; Dads would work; Children would behave.

Husbands were loving; Wives were supportive, and children were polite.

 

Women wore dresses, and Men wore trousers.

Women looked like ladies; Men looked like gentlemen; and children looked decent.

 

People loved the truth, and hated a lie;

They came to church to get IN, not to get OUT!

 

Hymns sounded godly; sermons sounded helpful;

Rejoicing sounded normal; and crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked; drinking was evil, and divorce was unthinkable.

 

We read the Bible in public; prayed in school;

And preached from house to house.

To be called a Christian was worth living for;

To be called a traitor was a shame!

 

Sex was a personal word.

Homosexual was an unheard-of word,

And abortion was an illegal word.

 

Preachers preached because they had a message; and

Christians rejoiced because they had the victory!

 

Preachers preached from the Bible;

Singers sang from the heart;

Sinners turned to the Lord to be saved!

 

A new birth meant a new life; Salvation meant a changed life;

Following Christ led to eternal life.

 

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;

Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;

Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;

And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

 

Laws were based on the Bible;

Homes read the Bible;

And churches taught the Bible.

 

Preachers were more interested in new converts than new clothes and new cars.

 

Church was where you found Christians on the Lord’s day,

rather than in the park, on the creek bank, on the golf course,

or being entertained somewhere else.

 

Give me that old-time religion!

‘Tis good enough for me!

I still like the “Old Paths” best!

Author Unknown

Mediation: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” – Jeremiah 6:16

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A Statement of Fact

A Statement of Fact

A Statement of Fact

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at their church, the Pastor and his 11-year-old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel tracts. This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside as well as pouring down rain. The boy, bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes, said, “Okay Dad, I’m ready.”

His Pastor Dad asked, “Ready for what?”

“Dad, it’s time we gather our tracts together and go out.”

Dad responds, “Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s raining.”

The boy gives his Dad a surprised look, asking, “But Dad, aren’t people still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?”

Dad answers, “Son, I am not going out in this weather.”

Despondently the boy asks, “Dad, can I go — Please?”

His father hesitated for a moment, then said, “Son, you can go. Here’s the tracts; be careful son.”

“Thanks, Dad!” And with that he was off and out into the rain. This 11-year-old boy walked the streets of the town going door-to-door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel tract. After 2-hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his very last tract. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell — but nobody answered. He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited, but still no answer. Finally, this 11-year-old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch. He rang again, and this time the door slowly opened. Standing in the doorway was a very sad looking elderly lady.

She softly asked, “What can I do for you, son?”

With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, “Ma’am, I’m sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU! I came to give you my very last Gospel tract, which will tell you all about Jesus and His great love.” With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave.

She called to him as he departed, “Thank you, son! And God bless you!”

Well, the following Sunday morning in church, Pastor Dad was in the pulpit and as the service began, he asked, “Does anybody have a testimony or want to say anything?”

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet. As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face. “None of you in this church know me. I’ve never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband has passed on, some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart as I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.

“So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck.

“Standing on that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted, I was about to leap off when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, ‘I’ll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.’

“I waited and waited — but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly. I thought to myself again, ‘Who on earth could this be?! Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me!’

“I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes! There on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life! His smile! Oh, I could never describe it to you! And the words that came from his mouth caused my heart, that had long been dead, to leap to life as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, ‘Ma’am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU.’

“Then he gave me this Gospel tract that I now hold in my hand. As the little angel disappeared back out, into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn’t be needing them anymore.

“You see, I am now a happy child of the KING, and since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel tract I have come here to personally say, ‘Thank you to God’s little angel who came just in the nick of time, and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in Hell.'”

There were now no dry eyes in the church. As shouts of praise and honor to the KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated. He took him in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love and honor for his son, except for one: This Father, God, also allowed His Son, Jesus, to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with joy unspeakable, and as all of Heaven shouted praises and honor to the King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named.

There may be someone, reading this, who is also going through a dark, cold and lonely time in your soul. You may be a Christian, for we are not without problems, or you may not yet know the King. Whatever the case, and whatever the problem or situation you find yourself in, and no matter how dark it may seem, I want you to know that I just came to tell you, “JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU!”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:39

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Reasons to be Thankful

Reasons to be Thankful

Reasons to be Thankful

A rich man looked through his window and saw a poor man picking things from his trash bin. He said, “Thank God, I’m not poor.”

The poor man looked around and saw a naked man in lunatic displays on the street. He said, “Thank God, I’m not mad.”

The mad man looked ahead and saw an ambulance carrying a patient. He too said, “Thank God, am not on the sickbed.”

Then a sick person in the hospital saw a trolley taking a dead body to the mortuary. He said, Thank God, I’m not dead.”

Only a dead person cannot thank God. Why don’t you thank God today for all your blessings and for the gift of life? Don’t forget also the gift of another beautiful day.

To appreciate life better, you need to visit three places:

  1. The Hospital
  2. The Prison and
  3. The Cemetery

At the hospital, you will understand that nothing is more beautiful than health. In the prison, you’ll see that freedom is the most precious thing. At the cemetery, you will realize that life is worth nothing. The ground that we walk on today will be our roof tomorrow.

We all come with nothing and we will go with nothing. Let us, therefore, remain humble and be thankful to God, at all times, for everything.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth. The living, the living man, he shall praise You, As I do this day… – Isaiah 38:18-19

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Struggle No More

Struggle No More

Struggle No More

If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A Bumblebee if dropped into an open tumbler will be there until it dies unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat and the bee. They are struggling with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that the answer is right there “above” them.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-3

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