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eSeed: Do It Again

November 05, 2008
DO IT AGAIN
Read Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV

A country church was having a homecoming service, and all former members were invited.

One had become a millionaire, and he testified, “I was just a poor boy. All I had was a silver dollar. When a need for money was presented, I gave it to God. The reason God has richly blessed me is that as a boy I gave Him everything I had.”

“Do it again,” shouted a little boy.

You can’t out give God! The lad who gave the Lord his lunch didn’t go hungry. He had all he wanted, and more.

The Bible says, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”

It’s strange, but very true; giving to God just enriches you!

Prayer: Forgive us, Father, for giving Thee and others watered-down gifts. Deliver us from our greediness and make us gracious in our attitude, our expressions and our service: in Christ. Amen.
TURN BLIGHTS INTO BLESSINGS
Read Romans 8:28

Just before Richard Byrd was graduated from Annapolis, he broke a bone in his foot. It was discovered that his foot hadn’t healed while on his first trip as a naval officer, and he was retired from the Navy.

He appealed to Washington, applying for active duty as a flyer, and was accepted. He fought bravely in the war, flew to the North Pole, hopped the Atlantic and flew to the South Pole.

But his greatest achievement was turning his affliction into an advantage.

Refuse to be hampered by handicaps. By faith in God turn your setbacks into successes.

As you trust Him, He’ll make “all things work together for good.”

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, that Thou art our everlasting Friend and our ever-present Help. Inspire us to trust Thee with our lives and loved ones. Help us not to be hindered by any obstacles we encounter: through Christ. Amen.

eSeed: A Malicious Look

October 31, 2008
A MALICIOUS LOOK
Read Psalm 90:17

A wife was bragging to her new maid. “My husband,” she declared, “is the head of our State Militia!”

“I might have guessed it,” said the maid. “He’s got a malicious look.”

What kind of a look do you have?

If you have the Lord within, His loveliness will be seen without.

Your face will reflect blessedness, not bitterness. Your eyes will radiate faith, not fear. Your expression will register affection, not aggression. Your features will reveal kindness, not cruelty.

Let’s pray with the Psalmist, “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.”

Prayer: Father, grant that Thy beauty will be seen in our lives and Thy blessedness be spoken by our lips. May our lives and our love be a leading influence on our companions, children and all those that we meet: through Christ. Amen.
TURN MY BACK TO THE WIND
Read Psalm 29:7-11

A tramp was asked, “When you wake up in the morning, how do you shape your course?”

“I always turn my back to the wind,” he replied.

Where he went made no difference. He refused to buck the wind. He took the path of least resistance.

But following the line of least resistance leads to confusion, crookedness and collapse. Following the Lord leads to a clear conscience, a clean character and the comforts of the celestial city.

The Psalmist prayed, “Teach me, O Lord, the way.”

To know and go in the Lord’s way – nothing more, nothing less, nothing else – brings joy here and hereafter.

Prayer: We thank Thee, Father, that in coming to Thee we have happiness here and heaven hereafter. We acknowledge that the manifestations of Thy grace and goodness are more than we deserve: in Christ. Amen.


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FROM PROBLEM TO PROFIT
Read James 1:5 TLB
About a hundred years ago there was a candlestick-maker who often stopped at a market on his way home and bought fish for his evening meal.

It was wrapped in ordinary paper which became soggy, and the passengers on the street car always complained about the odor.

One morning he dipped some paper in molten wax. That day he wrapped his fish in the treated paper. It didn’t become soggy, and there was no odor.

That’s how wax paper was born.

Got a problem? Don’t curse it. Look for a cure.

The Bible says, God “is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art so gracious and so good to me. I thank Thee for the talents that Thou hast given me. Inspire me to discover and to develop each one so that daily I will honor Thee and I will help others: through Christ. Amen.
FROM PROBLEM TO PROFIT
Read James 1:5 TLB

About a hundred years ago there was a candlestick-maker who often stopped at a market on his way home and bought fish for his evening meal.

It was wrapped in ordinary paper which became soggy, and the passengers on the street car always complained about the odor.

One morning he dipped some paper in molten wax. That day he wrapped his fish in the treated paper. It didn’t become soggy, and there was no odor.

That’s how wax paper was born.

Got a problem? Don’t curse it. Look for a cure.

The Bible says, God “is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art so gracious and so good to me. I thank Thee for the talents that Thou hast given me. Inspire me to discover and to develop each one so that daily I will honor Thee and I will help others: through Christ. Amen.

eSeed: A Good Yarn

October 22, 2008
A GOOD YARN
Read Proverbs 3:3 TLB

Wanting to buy a sweater, but looking at the price tag, a man asked, “Isn’t two hundred dollars high for a sweater?”

“No, sir,” said the clerk. “It’s all wool. And it’s shorn from a special breed of sheep. It’s quite a yarn.”

“You’re right,” said the man, “and you tell it well.”

That’s the trouble. A falsehood is so easy. Truth is so difficult.

But truthfulness makes us conduits of courage. It adds fragrance to our friendships, harmony to our homes, and benefits to our businesses.

The Bible says, “Never forget to be truthful and kind. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart.”

Prayer: Father, take control of our tongues. Guard our lips from telling lies. Turn us away from evil places, pleasures and people, and lead us into right paths. Help us to speak the truth in love: in Christ’s name. Amen.


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GET OUT OF THE DIRT
Read 1 John 2:15-17
A little girl was helping her mother work in her flower garden. Watering a beautiful plant, she cried, “Mom, I know why flowers grow.”

“Why?” she asked.

“Because,” she answered, “they want to get out of the dirt.”

A Christian has his roots on this earth, but he has his heart set on things above. He gets his cues of behavior from the word, not the world.

He values the Bible above books, character above convenience, God above gold, loyalty above license, self-control above self-indulgence.

The best way to live in this world is to live above it. Be like the flowers – grow to get out of the dirt.

Prayer: Help us, heavenly Father, to wait on Thee, that Thou mayest strengthen and sustain us, cleanse and control us, mold us and make us Christlike Christians. Constrain us to keep our eyes on Thee: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

GREAT MEN MAKE MISTAKES
Read 1 John 1:1-9

On his last visit to Philadelphia, President John F. Kennedy gave a man his pencil. On one end was an eraser that showed signs of much use. A friend asked him, “What do you cherish most about that pencil?”

“The eraser,” he answered. “When I look at it I’m reminded that great men also make mistakes.”

“Yes,” says the Living Bible, “all have sinned. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is right, not one.”

Where’s the Divine eraser that can remove our sins? The Bible answers, “The blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin.”

Made mistakes? Want them erased? Go to the Lord. He’ll cleanse you.

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from committing the same sins over again. Inspire us to willingly and whole heartedly obey Thee. Grant that we may only do Thy will and always delight in Thy word, pleasing Thee in everything: in Christ. Amen.

HAIR-SPRAY-CAN RELIGION
Read John 10:27-30

“I wish,” said a preacher, “that we could package religion in spray cans. It would be more popular.”

Maybe, for some prefer their religion in “short bursts.” They’re a little too bad to be good, so they’d like a “shot” every now and then just to be respectable, but not too religious.

There are many who’d like to make use of their religion only when they’re “under pressure.” They turn to God in their pain, but they turn from Him in their pleasure.

Many pastors would like a “hair-spray-can religion” for the “hard-to-hold” members so they’d “keep their religion in place all day.”

But the Lord will do that for you, if you’ll turn your life over to Him.

Why don’t you do it now?

Prayer: Father, I offer myself to Thee. Take me. Be Thou my Master. I will be Thy slave. I want to be a slave to all that is right, holy and good. Use me for Thy purposes: through Christ. Amen.

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