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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Sam Brownback announced today that he has enlisted the support of contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith for his presidential campaign.

Michael W. Smith is a renowned contemporary Christian songwriter and artist. He has produced eighteen albums, ten books, and has won both the Grammy and Dove awards.

Senator Brownback is deeply honored to have earned Michael W. Smith's endorsement. "Michael W. Smith is an exceptional leader who has profoundly impacted the lives of millions of Americans with his positive and hopeful message. No one has done more for Christian music over the past twenty years," Brownback said.

Brownback continued: "Michael will be a key leader in the presidential campaign and will be an outstanding surrogate in promoting my conservative agenda to respect all innocent life, uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman, expand individual liberty, institute a flat tax, and protect our nation against the threat of terrorists and jihadists."
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ATTITUDE OF THE SPIRIT
"Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if
in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also
to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we
have attained." (Philippians 3:15-16, NASB)

Out of all golfers throughout history, whom would you most emulate?

Would it be Bobby Jones? Walter Hagen? Ben Hogan? Sam Snead? Fred
Couples? Jack Nicklaus? Tiger Woods?

Regardless our individual choices, most people would say that they
want to copy the best. And though we may differ about who the "best"
is, we all can agree that we do choose the greats because they inspire
us to develop our talents. Their abilities attract our attention and
motivate us to improve our games.

Now, how many of us can say that we have developed our talents to the
level that we can tell others to emulate us? How many of us have
written our own Golf My Way books?

Probably not many of us. But we do not give up just because we have
not risen to that level. No, we continue the process to become as good
as we can in the amount of time we are given.

Similarly in our Christian life, God calls us to His standard
(perfection), and though we never achieve it He wants this
unattainable attribute to be our focus.

Why? It is because God is glorified when our limitations become His provisions.

In Philippians 3:3-21, Paul painted a picture of the echoes of God's
faithfulness in his life and the "perfection of his spirit" through
the provisions of Christ.

We quickly see that if anyone can boast about their condition it
should be Paul, but yet we see how quickly Paul rebukes anything good
that has come from him and strives for the things that come from God.
Despite his trials, tribulations, miracles and healings, his focus was
on "what lies ahead."

Paul directed our focus to the King in a way that leaves no question
of what God requires: a "perfected attitude." If, as mature believers,
we have this attitude we must keep it. If we do not stand in this
perfection, God will reveal our lack and perfect us in His timing.

Therefore we may rest in God's plan, knowing that our attitude and
motivation will be developed by His inspiration in our lives--for a
mature believer understands that God's plan is ever unfolding.
Just A. Daily Thought Daily Devotional

Ministry of His Word Of Truth



October 16, 2005



New: The Calvary Message Radio Program Click Here

New Message for the week :

Submission and Yielding

Music by Faith Baptist Worship and Praise Team

Special Music Robin Baird Accompanied by Samuel Tandi






Revival Begins October 23-26

Evangelist Dr. Bob Davis

Nightly at 7:00 PM

Heavenly Vision Sunday Night 6:00 PM

Fizgerald Family Monday Night

Joyce Parrish Tuesday Night

Smokey Wilson Wednesday Night
________________________________




Chaplains Page Click here

Go to the Chaplain's page for all links and bible helps





Dear Friends,

Starting in September I am making myself available for revivals, and
family life seminars in churches. God has laid upon my heart to do all
that I can to help see revival come to our nation. This year I will
turn sixty and that means that I am heading into the fourth quarter of
my life. I have experienced thirty years of ministry and by God's
grace I would like to finish out this last quarter with reaching as
many souls for Christ as I can. Would you please keep me in your
prayers as I trust the Lord and follow His direction. I will have to
be at my church on Sunday morning and I will have to limit the number
of meetings to around twenty a year. You can get my press release by
clicking here. PRESS RELEASE

Thank You,

Pastor Dave Smeltz


Important Links for you to check out

Sermon of the Week

Author: Dr. David N. Smeltz

Chaplains Page ( Great Links on bible studies and Veterans Affairs
information)

His Word of Truth Ministry

The Calvary Message and How to become a Christian

Click Here for your Prayer Request

Click Here Prayer List

New Bible Lesson on the Net





From Our Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ,

We have now completed our sixth year on the internet and beginning our
seventh year. In 1998 I was impressed to begin this daily devotion and
now after all these years we are reaching the masses. We began with
fifteen names and now we are linked to hundreds of sights including
military bases and just about every country. Thank you for allowing me
to come into your home or office daily. This year we will begin
another study and I hope that you will find it to be rewarding. We
will start in Genesis and end in Revelation. If you should come across
any illustrations that will help in our study please e-mail them to
me. I really would like for you to participate in this daily devotion.
I will also keep you up to date with what I hear from the front.
Please remember to send your prayer request and then your answers to
prayer.

2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness:

Thank You and God Bless You,

Dr. David N. Smeltz
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Daily Scripture Reading through the Bible in one year



Jeremiah 28:1-29:32

1 Tim. 1:1-20 (KJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our
Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; [2] Unto Timothy,
my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father
and Jesus Christ our Lord.
[3] As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into
Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other
doctrine, [4] Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies,
which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in
faith: so do. [5] Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a
pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: [6] From
which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; [7]
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they
say, nor whereof they affirm. [8] But we know that the law is good, if
a man use it lawfully; [9] Knowing this, that the law is not made for
a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly
and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and
murderers of mothers, for manslayers, [10] For whoremongers, for them
that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for
perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to
sound doctrine; [11] According to the glorious gospel of the blessed
God, which was committed to my trust. [12] And I thank Christ Jesus
our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry; [13] Who was before a blasphemer, and a
persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it
ignorantly in unbelief. [14] And the grace of our Lord was exceeding
abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. [15] This is a
faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came
into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. [16] Howbeit for
this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew
forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter
believe on him to life everlasting. [17] Now unto the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever
and ever. Amen. [18] This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy,
according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by
them mightest war a good warfare; [19] Holding faith, and a good
conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made
shipwreck: [20] Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have
delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.


Psalm 86:1-17 (KJV)
A Prayer of David.
Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy. [2]
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that
trusteth in thee. [3] Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee
daily. [4] Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do
I lift up my soul. [5] For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. [6] Give
ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my
supplications. [7] In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for
thou wilt answer me. [8] Among the gods there is none like unto thee,
O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. [9] All
nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O
Lord; and shall glorify thy name. [10] For thou art great, and doest
wondrous things: thou art God alone. [11] Teach me thy way, O Lord; I
will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. [12] I will
praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy
name for evermore. [13] For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou
hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. [14] O God, the proud are
risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after
my soul; and have not set thee before them. [15] But thou, O Lord, art
a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous
in mercy and truth. [16] O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give
thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
[17] Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and
be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

Proverbs 25:17 (KJV)
Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of
thee, and so hate thee.
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Devotional

SEX AND SANDWICHES
(1 Corinthians. 6:12–20)


He was young. Good-looking. And he ardently challenged Billy Graham in
a question/answer period after the evangelist's televised talk to
college students. Why all this fuss about sex? If a person is hungry,
he eats a ham sandwich, doesn't he? If he feels the urge, why not have
sex and satisfy that hunger?
The question, though I saw the program about 25 years ago, reflects
our society's blatant move toward pagan sexual standards. It also
reflects the attitude of some Christians in Corinth, whom Paul quoted
as he returned in these verses to the question of immorality.
"Everything is permissible for me," Paul himself said of food choices
(v. 12; cf. Rom. 14:14). And "God will destroy" this sinful body and
replace it in the resurrection (1 Cor. 6:13). Why make such a big deal
about what a person does with this meaningless ol' body anyway?
Paul's threefold response answered the question about sex and
sandwiches as well as the Corinthians'. That casual pagan attitude
toward sex fails to see that the body is important. The body is meant
for the LORD, as a tool through which He performs righteous acts (v.
13; cf. Rom. 6:16–18). The body is important enough that God has
determined to resurrect it (1 Cor. 6:13–14). The body is even now
joined to Jesus Christ through our spiritual union with Him. Can we
take Christ to visit a prostitute? (vv. 15–17)
In paganism, sex really is trivial. The casual attitude, the
adolescent snickers, even the heated passion that constantly leers
from movie screen and TV tube, all suggest that sex and sandwiches are
on a par. Only Christianity affirms that life here on earth has more
significance, and that our bodies were created for higher purposes.
Our bodies are temples of God's Spirit. Our bodies are instruments
for His use. Our bodies—all we are and have—were bought with a price.
We Christians are determined to use our bodies only to glorify Him.


Personal Application
Sex isn't trivial, because you and your body are special to the LORD.

Quotable
"Sex has become one of the most discussed subjects of modern times.
The Victorians pretended it did not exist: the moderns pretend nothing
else exists."
Fulton J. Sheen
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Today's Illustration

Your Family Devotions Are Important


Twelve convincing reasons for having family devotions:


It unifies the family and sweetens home life.
It cultivates the Christian graces and relieves tension and
misunderstanding that sometimes threaten the fellowship of the home.
It aids our boys and girls in becoming Christians, and helps them to
develop ideals that guide them in vital Christian living.
It yields spiritual resources for daily tasks and assists us in
cultivating dependence upon God.
It strengthens us in the face of adversities and disappointments and
enables us to trust Christ implicitly in all of life's circumstances.
It makes us conscious during the day of the abiding presence of our
Savior and Frie nd.
It bears a Christian witness to the guests in our home.
It under girds the Christian teaching of the Sunday School and the
ministry of the church.
It affords opportunity for the Christian family to pray for and to
sharpen its concern for non-Christian families.
It helps us to give a right place to spiritual values and saves us
from an undue concern for the temporal things of life.
It encourages us to put Christianity into practice in our homes.
It honors God and provides an excellent outlet for the expression of
our gratitude for the abundance of daily mercies and blessings which
come from Him.



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THIS ONE IS FABULOUS!!! It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny
Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it for his third grade
homework assignment, to "explain God". I wonder if any of us could
have done as well?



EXPLANATION OF GOD:


"One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace
the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of
things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think
because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have
to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can
just leave that to mothers and fathers."

"God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful
lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things,
pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the
radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must
be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way
to turn it off."

"God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which
keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going
over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you
couldn't have." "Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I
don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any
who come to our church."

"Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking
on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who
didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him
preaching to them and they crucified him But he was good and kind,
like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what
they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K."

"His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his
hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road
anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad
out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for
God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without
having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important."

"You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because
they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time." "You
should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and
if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!

Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like
going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come
out at the beach until noon anyway."

"If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be
very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like
to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're
scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into
real deep water by big kids."

"But.. you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I
figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And...that's why I believe in God."

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Pastor Faith Baptist Church Rustburg, Virginia

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Chaplain Rolling Thunder Chapter 4 Lynchburg, Virginia

Member of National Conference of Viet Nam Veteran Ministers

Virginia Brigade Commander: American Chaplains Corp.
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Daily Affirmations


October 16, 2005


Affirmations for the fullness of life:

God within me is the wellspring of life.

I experience the fullness of life, as I allow God's glory to shine through me.

The love of God fills my heart and attracts to me every needed good.

As I turn within, I am awakening to my gifts from God.

I feel the joy of being alive.

Today's Quote:

There is the old question about the glass of water being half-full or half-empty. For a truth student, once the glass is created, it is destined to someday be full.

Brad Jensen
*Just A. Daily Thought Daily Devotional*

*Ministry of His Word Of Truth*

October 14, 2005

*New: The Calvary Message Radio Program Click
Here

*

New Message for the week :

*Submission and Yielding *

*Music by Faith Baptist Worship and Praise Team*

*Special Music Robin Baird Accompanied by Samuel Tandi*

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*Revival Begins October 23-26*

*Evangelist Dr. Bob Davis*

*Nightly at **7:00 PM*

*Heavenly Vision Sunday Night **6:00 PM*

*Fizgerald Family Monday Night*

*Joyce Parrish Tuesday Night*

*Smokey **Wilson** Wednesday Night*
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Chaplains Page Click
Here


*Go to the Chaplain's page for all links and bible helps*

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Dear Friends,

Starting in September I am making myself available for revivals, and family
life seminars in churches. God has laid upon my heart to do all that I can
to help see revival come to our nation. This year I will turn sixty and that
means that I am heading into the fourth quarter of my life. I have
experienced thirty years of ministry and by God's grace I would like to
finish out this last quarter with reaching as many souls for Christ as I
can. Would you please keep me in your prayers as I trust the Lord and follow
His direction. I will have to be at my church on Sunday morning and I will
have to limit the number of meetings to around twenty a year. You can get my
press release by clicking here. *
Press Release
*

Thank You,

Pastor Dave Smeltz
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*Important Links for you to check out*

*Sermon of the Week* http://www.hiswordoftruth.com/sermon_of_the_week.htm

* http://www.hiswordoftruth.com/sermon_of_the_week.htm Author: Dr. David N.
Smeltz http://www.drdavidsmeltz.com*

* Chaplains Page http://www.hiswordoftruth.com/Page%2011%20Chaplain.htm ** (
Great Links on bible studies and Veterans Affairs information)*

* His Word of Truth Ministry http://www.hiswordoftruth.com

The Calvary Message and How to become a Christian
http://../../../../My%20Documents/My%20Webs/His%20word%20page%202.htm *

*Click Here for your Prayer
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*From Our Pastor*

*Dear Friends in Christ,*

*We have now completed our sixth year on the internet and beginning our
seventh year. In 1998 I was impressed to begin this daily devotion and now
after all these years we are reaching the masses. We began with fifteen
names and now we are linked to hundreds of sights including military bases
and just about every country. Thank you for allowing me to come into your
home or office daily. This year we will begin another study and I hope that
you will find it to be rewarding. We will start in Genesis and end in
Revelation. If you should come across any illustrations that will help in
our study please e-mail them to me. I really would like for you to
participate in this daily devotion. I will also keep you up to date with
what I hear from the front. Please remember to send your prayer request and
then your answers to prayer. *

*2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
*

*Thank You and God Bless You,*

*Dr. David N. Smeltz*
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*Daily Scripture Reading through the Bible in one year*

*Jeremiah 23:23-25:28*

*2 Thes.** 2:1-17 (KJV)
*Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind,
or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as
that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and
that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so
that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
[6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
[7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of the way. [8] And then shall that Wicked
be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [9] Even him, whose coming
is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
[11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie: [12] That they all might be damned who believed not
the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
[13] But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved
of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: [14]
Whereuntohe called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of
our Lord Jesus
Christ. [15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which
ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. [16] Now our Lord
Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and
hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, [17]
Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

*Psalm 84:1-12 (KJV)
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
*How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! [2] My soul longeth, yea,
even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out
for the living God. [3] Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the
swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars,
O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. [4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy
house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. [5] Blessed is the man whose
strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. [6] Who passing
through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
[7] They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth
before God. [8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of
Jacob. Selah. [9] Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine
anointed. [10] For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had
rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of
wickedness. [11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give
grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk
uprightly. [12] O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


*Proverbs 25:15 (KJV)
*By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the
bone.
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*Devotional *

Facing Problems

(1 CORINTHIANS. 1:4–17)

Shakespeare portrays Lady Mac Beth, a conspirator in the murder of her king,
compulsively washing her hands again and again. She feels that a spot of the
king's blood has been splashed on her hand, and it rivets her attention.
Often we Christians respond a little like Lady Mac Beth when we discover
problems in our church or home. We almost compulsively focus on the problem,
talking about it constantly, going over each detail again and again. Like
the dear lady, we feel deep frustration, and the more we talk, the more
serious the problem appears.
I'm not suggesting that you or I should avoid facing problems. Not at
all.We should look honestly at things that need to be corrected, in
our personal
lives, in our families, and in our churches. But we should look at them
positively. We should look at them confidently, in the full assurance that
we can resolve them successfully.
In his Letter to the Corinthians Paul expressed confidence before he even
mentioned the first problem.

►The Corinthians had been enriched by God's grace (vv. 4–6).

►They had been enabled with a full complement of spiritual gifts (v. 7).

►They had been strengthened by fellowship with Jesus Christ (vv. 8–9).

Because of these matchless resources Paul was sure that the Corinthians
could face and overcome their many problems.
Think about it.

►Only after the Corinthians had been reminded of their resources in Christ
(vv. 4–9),

► Did Paul go on to discuss the problem (vv. 10–17).


What a pattern for us to follow. Let's count up our spiritual assets in
Christ. Then let's face our problems honestly, in the complete confidence
that together we can resolve them in His strength.

*Personal Application
*Looking to Jesus first gives perspective on our problems.

*Quotable
*"It is called the community of the saints because they have fellowship in
holy things, yea, in those things whereby they are sanctified, that is in
the Father and the Son, who Himself sanctified them with all that He had
given them. Thus everything serveth to the betterment and building up of
one's neighbor and to the praise and glory of God the Father."
*Menno Simmons*
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*Today's Illustration*

*What Is Faithfulness?
*A shepherd once came to the city of Edinburgh from the country. He had his
small obedient dog with him. While there, the man died and was buried. That
little dog lay upon its master's grave-not for a day, a week, or a month,
but for 12 years. Every day at one o'clock a gun was fired in the castle of
Edinburgh. When the gun was fired the dog would run to the local baker who
gave it food and water. Then back to the grave it would go. This continued
till the dog died 12 years later. That was faithfulness!
A man threw a goose, which had been run over and crushed by a car, into an
oil drum. For seven years the gander, that goose's mate, never went more
than ten feet away from that oil drum. That was faithfulness!
George Mueller prayed for 52 years for a certain man to come to Christ. A
pastor visited an elderly man 21 times before being admitted, but then he
befriended the man and led him to Christ. That was faithfulness!
A Welsh postman had the British Empire Medal conferred upon him by Queen
Elizabeth; he had not missed a day's service in 43 years. Paul Dhrlick, the
chemist, performed 605 unsuccessful experiments; the 606th was a success!
Thomas Edison made 18,000 experiments before he perfected the arc light.
After experiencing 50 failures on another project he said, "I have found 50
ways it cannot be done!" That was faithfulness!
During the Korean War a man buried himself in the muck and mud of a pig sty
(except for his nose and mouth so he could breathe) for eight days and
nights rather than betray his buddies and surrender to the enemy. That was
faithfulness!
Are you not glad that Jesus was faithful in dying for us and that He now
lives and is faithful to care for us? God grant us grace to be faithful!

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*Children Born out of wedlock*

*The Norm or the New Morality*

*By Dr. Dave Smeltz*

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*Marital status:*

[image: bullet graphic]The pregnancy rate for married women declined 12
percent from 1990 through 1996-97, but has increased slightly since then;

[image: bullet graphic]The pregnancy rate for unmarried women has
continuously declined through the 1990s;

[image: bullet graphic]The abortion rate dropped by about 25 percent for
both married and unmarried women through the 1990s;

[image: bullet graphic]*The birth rate for unmarried women is about half the
rate of married women;*

[image: bullet graphic]The abortion rate for unmarried women is over four
times higher than that of married women;

[image: bullet graphic]Looking at pregnancies among married women, three out
of four ended in a live birth in 1999, and 7 percent ended in abortion;

[image: bullet graphic]Among unmarried women about half the pregnancies
ended in a live birth while about 40 percent ended in abortion. In 1990
pregnancies among unmarried women were more likely to end in abortion than
in a live birth.

Women are having fewer children, yet many children are being born outside of
marriage. In 2000 that amounted to 1,345,000 children. The number of
children under 18 years of age living with two parents has decreased from 88
percent in 1960 to 68 percent in 1997, and child poverty rates have risen.
By 2000, some 20 percent of children were living in poverty. In 1997, 24
percent of all children lived with their mothers only. This is substantially
higher than the 8 percent who did in 1960, and reflects both the increases
in single motherhood and the rising divorce rate. Because working women
still earn substantially less than their male counterparts, and are less
likely to be promoted, a rise in female-headed households means that more
children are being raised in poverty. A minority of children lived with
their fathers only, but again this rate has substantially increased. In
1960, 1 percent of children lived with their fathers only, 37 years later
this quadrupled to 4 percent. Another 4 percent lived elsewhere, either with
grandparents or other relatives. Large numbers of American children,
815,000, lived with non-relatives in 1997, mostly in foster care. In 2000,
83 percent of children living with a single parent lived with their mothers
and 17 percent with their fathers. While the majority of children live with
two parents, that percentage has been shrinking.

The above facts I found on the internet under vital statistics. Are we in
America becoming an amoral society? I am afraid we are following the
footsteps of Rome before its fall. Even in the Bible in the book of Ezekiel
we find that Israel continued in its sin until God responded with allowing
the ruthless Babylon to almost destroy the nation. Could it be that the many
acts of nature that we are seeing is God's response to a world that has lost
its respect for Him? America has always set the example for Godliness with
its Christian witness. Now this light that once was bright is becoming
dimmer as we fall further into sin and separate ourselves from the
Judo-Christians ethics we find in the Word of God. Abortion, homosexuality,
loose living, giving in marriage-family values have been declining and
statistics are showing that the values that we once stood for are becoming
the past and a new morality is being established. The new generation that is
promoted by Hollywood is now not a thing of tomorrow but is of today. What
we once watched on the television twenty years ago was considered future is
now here. As a pastor, I am dealing with more people living together and
having children out of wedlock than in all of the thirty plus years I have
been in the ministry. It is hard to believe that young girls and boys are
having pre-marital sex as young as ten and eleven years old. It seems to be
the goal of the young person to have sex. The use of condoms distributed by
Planned Parenthood and parents giving birth control to their daughters has
helped to decrease the number of pregnancies with teenagers but it has not
helped with the venereal disease that is overwhelming among the youth. Where
you have both parents working you find children are making major decisions
at an early age. The youth of today are very outspoken and demanding because
they lack the leadership of parents who are too busy working trying to
provide for the family. The local educator hands are tied by the ACLU and
limits on discipline. Families are afraid to discipline there child for fear
of Social Service will intervene and place the child in foster care. As a
pastor, and educator I am seeing more unruly children today than at any
other time in my life. Parents have come to me and asked, "Pastor what can I
do, I am afraid my child is going to get into trouble and I cannot control
them." With the cost of living going up and new regulations and a new
morality I fear where we will be in ten years. I remember when I was about
twelve years old I went to see a movie that I believe was called "In the
year 2010". The movie portrayed a generation of people who were left over
after a horrendous war that destroyed two-thirds of the earth. These people
were totally out of control. What is so interesting is that the vast
majority were tattooed over the majority of their bodies and they were
killing one another to survive. What parents and grandparents once thought
was so wrong has today become the now and is accepted by society. The
generation that I grew up in was known as the Love Child generation, a
generation of rebellion due to the Vietnam War and a generation of free love
and lack of respect for God and family values. Could it be that we have
produced a generation of children so rebellious and so opinionated that they
will destroy themselves among themselves? Could it be that as Christians we
are seeing the end of times and the ushering in of the Second Coming of
Christ.* 2Ti 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times
shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of
pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof: from such turn away. *

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*The information contained in this document is an compilation of materials
and points gathered by the writer. *
12th-Oct-2005 09:55 am - Devotions: 10/12/05
Today's Verse


If we live, we live to the Lord: and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
--Romans 4:8

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
One of the incredible realizations we can have as Christians
is that our relationship with the Lord can be eternal. As long
as we seek after him, he is always there and no one can
separate us from his love. Even when we die, we go to be with
the Lord. When we sleep in death, we are still "in the Lord."
Everything we have on earth is temporary except our love for
the Lord Jesus and those with whom we share that love!

MY PRAYER...
Almighty God, thank you so much for binding yourself to our
world in Jesus and binding me close to you through his Lordship
in my life. I look forward to the day when the Lord who I
kneel to worship today will be recognized by all the living and
the dead as the One True Lord. I pledge to you Father, that I
will live this day to honor him and by honoring him, honor you.
In his name I pray. Amen.

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3rd-Oct-2005 08:21 am - Devotions: 10/3/05
Your belief system should be something you are willing to defend.
Read: Isaiah 51:1

What is the basis for what you believe? If you say the way your were raised or what you were taught in school then your belief system could be faulty. God needs to be the basis for the principles you hold dear. His word is a sure guide through the difficult circumstances of life. In fact, God prepares you to face the future as you read and study His Word.
When you are tuned into the Word of God, you are tapping into the infinite mind of Christ. The temptation to think that God is not personal or interested in what you are facing quickly fades. God's Word teaches us that He is actively involved in every aspect of our lives.
Knowing that God eternally cares for you is a good place to start as you seek to build a strong spiritual foundation. Pastors and clergymen can teach you about the Lord and how to worship Him, but it is the Holy Spirit living within you that illuminates the truth of God to your heart.
When we understand the principles of God's Word and begin to apply them to our lives, our vision changes. We see things from God's perspective and are more willing to trust Him with the entirety of our lives.
Some say the Bible is difficult to understand. However, if you will begin to read through its contents, God will help you understand His truth and principles.
--Charles Stanley
1st-Oct-2005 07:33 am - Devotions: 10/1/05
Spoken by Jesus: "...whoever wants to save his life will lose
it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
--Matthew 16:25


THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
The key to life is letting go of ourselves and receiving
Jesus. Please don't forget to relinquish your life to the one
who gave up his own life. When we lose our life to him, we can
have it back forever with him.

MY PRAYER...
Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, my Savior and
King. I long for your life to be made visible in me. To your
glory I pray. Amen.
29th-Sep-2005 10:58 am - Devotions: 9/29/05
"Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for
thou art my strength."
- Psalm 31:4


Our spiritual foes are of the serpent's brood, and seek to
ensnare us by subtlety. The prayer before us supposes the
possibility of the believer being caught like a bird. So deftly
does the fowler do his work, that simple ones are soon surrounded
by the net.

The text asks that even out of Satan's meshes the captive one may
be delivered; this is a proper petition, and one which can be
granted: from between the jaws of the lion, and out of the belly
of hell, can eternal love rescue the saint. It may need a sharp
pull to save a soul from the net of temptations, and a mighty
pull to extricate a man from the snares of malicious cunning, but
the Lord is equal to every emergency, and the most skilfully
placed nets of the hunter shall never be able to hold his chosen
ones. Woe unto those who are so clever at net laying; they who
tempt others shall be destroyed themselves.



"For thou art my strength." What an inexpressible sweetness is to
be found in these few words! How joyfully may we encounter toils,
and how cheerfully may we endure sufferings, when we can lay hold
upon celestial strength. Divine power will rend asunder all the
toils of our enemies, confound their politics, and frustrate
their knavish tricks; he is a happy man who has such matchless
might engaged upon his side.

Our own strength would be of little service when embarrassed in
the nets of base cunning, but the Lord's strength is ever
available; we have but to invoke it, and we shall find it near at
hand. If by faith we are depending alone upon the strength of the
mighty God of Israel, we may use our holy reliance as a plea in
supplication.

"Lord, evermore thy face we seek:
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak;
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek.
Let us not fall. Let us not fall."
27th-Sep-2005 05:58 am - Devotions: 9/27/05
Discipline Is God's Training

Read: Ephesians 6:4

Being a Christian does not mean being perfect. We all make mistakes, and God gave us the ultimate reprieve when He sent His Son to die for our every sin. Parents often try to smooth over their own perceived failures by living vicariously through their children. They want a better life for their children so badly that they place unrealistic expectations on them.
The parent no doubt loves the child, but the parent still is violating, probably unintentionally, God's command for fathers (and all parents) not to provoke their child to anger. Often we think of anger only in its most visible manifestations. Yet the most prevalent anger in many children is a hidden, seething discontent caused by demanding, unrealistic parents.
A child who can never please a parent will think, "I don't measure up." If the father is the instigator, the child almost certainly will develop a warped perception of God. The child will think she can never please God -- Someone greater than even her father -- so why try?
Whether or not you have been an overbearing parent, ask God to help you love your children just as they are and as unconditionally as God loved you in sacrificing Jesus. Instead of planning your children's lives, remind them that God has a plan for them. (Jer. 29:11) Strive to lead them so that it is Christ, and not you, who is living through them.
---Charles Stanley

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24th-Sep-2005 08:02 am - Devotions 9:24

The TEACHINGS of JESUS


-- selected studies -- from the Gospel of Matthew I am willing: be healed (8:1-17)

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing: be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (vs 2-3) One subject which stirs up controversy almost as much as "tongues" is "healing." The "gifts" of healing. There are those who claim that it's God's will for "all people" to be healthy and wealthy. And at the opposite end of the pendulum are those that don't believe God heals today. Both extremes are in error. There are some interesting things we can come to understand from this passage. This series is the "teachings" of Jesus. If we understand the concept "let us not love in WORD or in TONGUE, but in DEED and in TRUTH" (1 John 3:18) ...that speaking "words" is not the only method of imparting truth, that showing "by example" is often more effective, we find ourselves looking at what Jesus "did" as well as "spoke," to learn His teachings. He has just spent "three chapters" speaking on the mount. Now He is coming off the mountain, demonstrating that which He has been speaking. Being a "doer of the word."(James1:22) First of all, when God heals, He does so "willingly." Jesus answers the leper, "I am willing." When the centurion came to him about his servant, he comes, explaining the plight. And before he even gets to the part where he would say, "Will you please heal him?" Jesus is already volunteering, "I will come and heal him."(vs7) As if to say, "OK, let's go..lead the way." When He enters Peter's house where his mother-in-law is sick, He doesn't wait for a request, He simply "touched her hand, and the fever left her."(vs15) He saw the need, and acted. "It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear." (Isa65:24) Later in the evening He was casting out demons "with a word." And He healed "all" the sick people who came to Him.(vs16) Jesus had come, not only to "[bear] our sins in His own body on the tree"(1Pt2:24) but also to bear the burden of the "symptoms" of sin, "our griefs and..our sorrows" as it is "by His stripes we are healed"(Is53:4-5) of our sin as well as the results of sin. As we perhaps recall the studies in James 5, that the prayer for a "sick" person results in that person's "salvation" and cleansing from sin. People in Jesus' day understood well the relationship between sin and sickness. As He would say to a sick person, "your sins are forgiven."(Mt9:2) As they asked, "who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?"(John9:2) If we understand the passage that He is "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance"(2Pt3:9) we would also understand that it is not His will (or "desire") for anybody to be sick, either. But then, we equally understand that sickness is one of the results of sin, as begun in Genesis 3. And if a person continues to rebel against God, they cannot expect God's healing upon them. And here we come to "attitude." When the leper came to Jesus, he did not come "naming and claiming." He "came and worshiped."(vs2) "Worship" is not the act of standing up, wiggling around to sensuous music and raising ones hands. Rather, when one worships the Lord, he comes and "bow[s] down" and "kneel[s] before the LORD our Maker."(Psalms 95:6) In these cultures when a person came bowing prostrate, it was with the attitude "that I may find favor in your site, my Lord.."(2Sam 16:4) And so, the leper came, making a "request." Not a demand, as we usually see in (so-called) "healing" services. Jesus said, "if you ask..in My name."(John 14:13) And John clarified, "according to His will."(1 John 5:14) In the leper's request was an "unspoken understanding." Quite possibly he had sinned and incurred his illness..? (see: Numbers 12:10, 2Kg5:27, 15:5) And he had had a while to consider the consequences of his sin. No doubt, realizing his "unworthiness" to receive cleansing. Hardly "daring" to even be in the "presence" of one such as Jesus! When he was healed, Jesus instructs him to go make the appropriate sacrifices.(vs 4) The whole sacrificial system was in anticipation of Jesus' Own death which would ultimately pay for "sin."(1Pt 2:24) And He tells the man, "see that you tell no one.." This is not something to boast of. There was sin. The sin has been cleansed away. Now, go make the appropriate offering... for sin. And then, we come to the "faith to be healed" (Acts 14:9) concept. Jesus has offered to "go to" the Centurion's house to heal the servant. And immediately the commander humbly illustrates his own "unworthiness" to even have Jesus come under the roof of his house.(vs8) Understanding Jesus' "authority" to be able to just have the matter "taken care of" through the "chain of command." He understood that words did not need to be recited, nor special "wands" waved. That, if Jesus could heal, He could do it from "anywhere." Jesus says, "as you have believed, so let it be done for you."(vs13) And people take this sentence, and teach a doctrine that says the sick person must have "enough faith" to be healed. That, if somebody prays "over them" and they remain sick, it was because the sick person didn't have enough faith. But you notice something. Remember..? Jesus is "willing" to heal.(vs3) Jesus was saying to him "let's go..I'll do it" BEFORE there was any indication of "how much" faith he had. Jesus expresses the man's "faith" as an explanation of the conversation which just transpired. Because, even faith, itself, is a "gift of God."(Ephesians 2:8) People who think they must have "enough faith" are not truly believing in God and His ability to heal. Somehow, they must "help God along" with their own faith. But it must be like the man who cried out, "Lord I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mk 9:24) So.. how does healing take place? How does one cast out evil spirits from people? I've seen video's of Bob Larson having these long, extended conversations with demons, "negotiating" with them. Taking hours to finally "convince" the demons to leave a person. What would you guess those demons were absolutely rolling around in laughter over such nonsense? Or; there are those who believe certain rituals and paraphernalia are necessary in order to effect "exorcisms." What did Jesus do? "With a word"(vs 16) "Go." (vs 32) the spirits were gone. How does satan leave? when we say, "Go!" Earlier Jesus had said, "Away with you!"(Mt 4:10) "Be gone!" "Get out of here!" We are told, "resist the devil and he will flee from you."(James 4:7) Any "exorcism" is going to happen in the same manner. But it is with Jesus' "authority." (Acts 19:13-17) And finally, when it was "Jesus" who was doing the healing, you will notice that "all" were healed.(vs 16) And He did it right the first time. "And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak." (Mk 7:37) Mark this well. If someone claims to have the "gift of healing" and they are doing so "in Jesus' name," then "all" those they "heal" had better be truly healed. If they are not, you know it wasn't Jesus who did the "healing." And if it wasn't Jesus, there is only one other source it could have been.(2 Corinthians 11:13-15) And remember that he, too, has the ability to do "signs and wonders" to deceive. (2 Theselonians 2:9, Mt24:24) As we know that even now there are "many Antichrist's." (1 John 2:18) When Jesus ministered healing, He did not amass fortunes at the expense of His followers. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9) And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)
23rd-Sep-2005 12:38 am - Devotions: 9/23/05

Cure For Complainers


Read: Romans 5:1-11
We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance. --Romans 5:3

For years, the nearest I came to glorying in tribulations was to mutter, "Well, praise the Lord anyway!" I felt that my complaining was usually justified. After all, who needs pain and frustration? I certainly didn't, I thought. But God thought differently.

The Lord knew that I needed to change and grow spiritually. In Romans 5:3-4, Paul taught that life's predicaments can produce godly character in us. Our complaining hinders God's work.

Here are some suggestions for overcoming a complaining attitude:

Remember that your troubles did not take God by surprise. He is still in control.

Believe that God has a solution, a provision, or a gift of wisdom to match your difficulty.

Pray, affirming your faith in God and expressing your confidence in His loving purpose for you.

Wait with expectancy and availability, trusting God to work out His perfect will.

Praise Him--even before He acts.
This alternative to complaining gives God an opportunity to work creatively, both in us and in our circumstances. Best of all, even if circumstances don't change, He uses them to change us. I recommend it! --JEY

Little things that fret and try us,
Causing murmur and complaint,
If but borne as He intended,
Are the makings of a saint. --Meadows

Don't complain about thorns among roses; be grateful for roses among thorns.
22nd-Sep-2005 09:32 am - Devotions: 9/22/05
"He shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord."
- Micah 5:4


Christ's reign in his Church is that of a shepherd-king. He has
supremacy, but it is the superiority of a wise and tender
shepherd over his needy and loving flock; he commands and
receives obedience, but it is the willing obedience of the
well-cared-for sheep, rendered joyfully to their beloved
Shepherd, whose voice they know so well. He rules by the force of
love and the energy of goodness.



His reign is practical in its character. It is said, "He shall
stand and feed." The great Head of the Church is actively engaged
in providing for his people.

He does not sit down upon the throne in empty state, or hold a
scepter without wielding it in government. No, he stands and
feeds. The expression "feed," in the original, is like an
analogous one in the Greek, which means to shepherding, to do
everything expected of a shepherd: to guide, to watch, to
preserve, to restore, to tend, as well as to feed.



His reign is continual in its duration. It is said, "He shall
stand and feed"; not "He shall feed now and then, and leave his
position"; not, "He shall one day grant a revival, and then next
day leave his Church to barrenness." His eyes never slumber, and
his hands never rest; his heart never ceases to beat with love,
and his shoulders are never weary of carrying his people's
burdens.



His reign is effectually powerful in its action; "He shall feed
in the strength of Jehovah." Wherever Christ is, there is God;
and whatever Christ does is the act of the Most High. Oh! it is a
joyful truth to consider that he who stands to-day representing
the interests of his people is very God of very God, to whom
every knee shall bow.

Happy are we who belong to such a shepherd, whose humanity
communes with us, and whose divinity protects us. Let us worship
and bow down before him as the people of his pasture.
21st-Sep-2005 09:52 am - Daily Devotion: 9/21/05





"Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for

thou art my strength."
- Psalm 31:4



Our spiritual foes are of the serpent's brood, and seek to
ensnare us by subtlety. The prayer before us supposes the
possibility of the believer being caught like a bird. So deftly
does the fowler do his work, that simple ones are soon surrounded
by the net.

The text asks that even out of Satan's meshes the captive one may
be delivered; this is a proper petition, and one which can be
granted: from between the jaws of the lion, and out of the belly
of hell, can eternal love rescue the saint. It may need a sharp
pull to save a soul from the net of temptations, and a mighty
pull to extricate a man from the snares of malicious cunning, but
the Lord is equal to every emergency, and the most skilfully
placed nets of the hunter shall never be able to hold his chosen
ones. Woe unto those who are so clever at net laying; they who
tempt others shall be destroyed themselves.



"For thou art my strength." What an inexpressible sweetness is to
be found in these few words! How joyfully may we encounter toils,
and how cheerfully may we endure sufferings, when we can lay hold
upon celestial strength. Divine power will rend asunder all the
toils of our enemies, confound their politics, and frustrate
their knavish tricks; he is a happy man who has such matchless
might engaged upon his side.

Our own strength would be of little service when embarrassed in
the nets of base cunning, but the Lord's strength is ever
available; we have but to invoke it, and we shall find it near at
hand. If by faith we are depending alone upon the strength of the
mighty God of Israel, we may use our holy reliance as a plea in
supplication.

"Lord, evermore thy face we seek:
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak;
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek.
Let us not fall. Let us not fall."

God's Embroidery



When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. As from the underside, I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side." I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee." This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing." Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, "Father, what are You doing?" He has answered, "I am embroidering your life." I say, "But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can't they all be bright?" The Father seems to tell me, "'My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side."

Heaven's Grocery Store


I was walking down life's highway a long time ago. One day I saw a sign that read "Heaven's Grocery Store". As I got a little closer the door come open wide, and when I came to myself I was standing inside. I saw a host of angels. They were standing everywhere. One handed me a basket and said my child shop with care. Everything a Christian needed was in the Grocery store. And all you couldn't carry, you could come back for more. First I got some Patience, Love was in the same row. Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go. I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of the Holy Spirit for it was all over the place. I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help me run the race, by then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed some Grace. I didn't forget Salvation, for salvation, that was free so, I tried to get enough for that to save both you and me. Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill, fro I thought I has everything to do my Master's will. As I went up th aisle I saw Prayer and I just has to put that in, for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin. Peace and Joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf. Song and Praises were hanging near so I just helped myself. Then, I said to the Angel, now how much do I owe? He just smiled and said, "Just Take Them Everywhere You Go." Again, I smiled at him and said, How Much Do I Really Owe? He smiled again and said, "My Child, Jesus Paid Your Bill A Long Time Ago!"
21st-Sep-2005 09:03 am - Inspirational Poems: Dear God

Dear God:



So far today I have done all right.
I have not gossiped.
I have not lost my temper.
I have not been greedy,
grumpy, nasty, selfish,
proud or overindulgent.
I am very thankful for that....
But in a few minutes, God,
I am going to get out of bed,
then I think I am going to
need a lot more help.
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