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Words To Live By
1.) Feed your faith and your doubts
will starve to death
2.) Don’t be afraid of pressure. Remember that pressure
is what turns a lump of coal into a diamond.
3.) We make a living by what we earn. We make a life by
what we give.
4.) Whoever gossips to you, will be a gossip of you.
Explanation Of GOD
By an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in
Chula Vista , CA . Third grade homework assignment,
"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.
"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
Who Is this Jesus?
In chemistry, He turned water to wine. In biology, He
was born without the normal conception; In physics, He
disapproved the law of gravity when He ascended into
heaven; In economics, He disapproved the law of
diminishing return by feeding 5,000 men with two fishes
& 5 loaves of bread; In medicine, He cured the sick and
the blind without administering a single dose of drugs;
In history, He is the beginning and the end; In
government, He said that he shall be called Wonderful
Counselor, Prince of Peace; In religion, He said no one
comes to the Father except through him; So? Who is He?
He is Jesus! The Greatest Man in History Jesus had no
servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet
they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they
called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him.
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was
buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
Holding Life with an Open Hand
Place a small rock in the open palm of your hand. Now
clench your fist around that rock, holding it tightly,
keeping your muscles rigid and tense. How long can you
hold this position comfortable? Notice how quickly your
hand tires. Now open your hand again, allowing the rock
to lie comfortably in the center of your open palm. Do
you think you could hold the rock more comfortably for a
longer period of time in this open position?
Our bodies illustrate spiritual lessons. How often have
you clutched your life in a clenched fist, fighting the
natural forces, trying to control and confine life
within the small boundaries of your fears and
expectations? It is as uncomfortable for the human heart
to be clenched and closed as it is for the human hand.
We were meant for openness, movement, and freedom.
The apostle Paul had to learn a new way of relating to
life after he encountered the risen Christ on the road
to Damascus. He spent fourteen years in obscurity
learning the lessons that would free him to fulfill his
highest calling. He had to overcome a negative
law-oriented religion to discover that freedom in Christ
is the goal of the law he had been taught. He had to let
go of the legalism of his upbringing, and argument,
replacing them with the fruit of the Spirit-gentleness,
patience, love. He learned to allow God to lead him down
roads he had never dreamed of taking, discovering the
freedom of grace in the process.
Grace is a gift that God gives to an open hand. If your
hand is closed, you have no room to receive the surprise
packages of life and love that God offers. Unclench your
fist. Instead of trying to second-guess, judge, and
control life, allow God to surprise you with new insight
and unexpected gifts. Let go of rigid opinions and
limited expectations. Open your heart and hand to
receive God’s gifts of grace and freedom and delight
Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my
expectation is from him.”
Are you in the center of God's
word? The very center of the Bible reminds us to trust
in God over trusting in ourselves or other people.
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to
put confidence in man.”
* The middle chapter of the Bible is Psalm 118.
* The longest Chapter of the Bible is Psalm 119.
* The shortest chapter of the Bible is Psalm 117.
If God brings you to it, He will bring
you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
Psalm 100:2 “Serve the LORD with
gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
God loves to hear His people sing. He
created us to sing and when we sing His praises we
connect heaven and earth with a song. Music can be a
wonderful expression of our faith and trust in the Lord.
There is great power in the hymns and chorus sung in a
Church service. To stand in the congregation, joining
your voice with others, offers praise to God that also
speaks to your spirit. When you are alone, there is
great sweetness in singing a little song to God. Do not
worry whether you are off key or what your voice sounds
like. Give the gift of your small song to God, and He
will be well pleased. God loves to hear the song of the
crow as well as the nightingale. If you are shy about
making music, read aloud a psalm of praise. Let your
voice express your joy.
You don’t have to be a singer or musician to make melody
in your heart to the Lord. God is also serenading you.
Hear the birds sing outside your window in the morning.
Take time to listen to your favorite music. Enjoy the
music of nature, from a babbling brook to the wind in
Music is also one of the ways God can heal, reaching
past intellectual objections and speaking straight to
the heart. God conducts the symphony of your life. You
can sing a new song to the Lord with your voice. You can
hear a new song in the sounds of your day. And you can
feel a new song of gratitude grow in your heart.
Nothing on earth is so well suited to make the sad
merry, the merry sad, to give courage to the despairing,
to make the proud humble, to lessen envy, and hate, as
music. —Martin Luther As blended voices fill the air,
The soul could soar to worlds more fair, Escape from
prison bonds. — Margaret Dryburgh
Life Lessons From the Game of Golf
GET A GRIP
You cannot play without a proper grip, it is the
foundation of the golf swing just as God’s grip is the
foundation for your life. 1 Cor 3:11 "For other
foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is
ALIGN WITH THE TARGET
If you do not know where you are heading,
you’ll end up where you don’t want to be. Align your
club face, feet, and shoulders with the target.
Philippians 3:14 "I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
USE THE POWER OF CENTRIFUGAL FORCE
The power of the golf swing comes form centrifugal force. This force is
created by the arc of the club head as it follows a flat
plane, from the take away, to the top, through the ball,
and to the finish. Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive
power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:"
SEE IT, FEEL IT, AND TRUST IT
Sports psychologist Dr. David Cook says, “See the shot
in your mind, feel it happen in your body, and then
trust your ability to make it happen. Visualize the path
of your life. Begin with where you are now, and end with
a strong finish with the Father in heaven. 2 Timothy 4:7
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith:"
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What To Know
1. Know God. "Be still, and know that I am God: I will
be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the
earth. " Psalm 46:10
There are so many things we are taught to know in
school. Some of them are useful in life and others maybe
not so much. Sometimes things we never think we'll need
do come to the surface and we're glad we grasped the
concept way back when. There are different things worth
"knowing" and here are a few of them found in the Bible.
2. Know That Christ Lives. "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon
the earth." Job 19:25
3. Know The Love of Christ. "And to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled
with all the fulness of God." Ephesians 3:19
4. Know Who You Believe In. "For the which cause I also
suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is
able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day." 2 Timothy 1:12
5. Know The Greatness of God. "I know that thou canst do
every thing, and that no thought can be with holden from
thee." Job 42:2 "For I know that the LORD is great, and
that our Lord is above all gods." Psalm 135:5
6. Know That You Have Eternal Life. "These things have I
written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and
that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1
7. Know God Is In Control. "And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose." Romans
8. Know That Christ Is Coming Back. "Beloved, now are we
the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we
shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we
shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John
PRAYER IS TO THE SOUL, AS FOOD IS
TO THE BODY
Prayer is like exercise, you need to commit to it, and
plan to do it. Just like in any exercise program, you
may not see the results right away. You get the best
results from regular training versus the weekend warrior
approach to exercise. The same is true of prayer. Once
someone has established a pattern of exercise and has
experienced the benefits, it is easier to look forward
to the time of exertion. This is also true of prayer
practices. In orcer to see results, make a prayer list,
and then journal His answers. It will amaze you what God
does. Nothing is impossible with God!
DON'T LIMIT YOUR THINKING - LOOK UP!
THE BUZZARD: If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6' x
8' and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite
of its 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 10-12'.
Without space to run, as is its habit, it 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
remarkably 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
painfully until it
reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw
itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a
THE BUMBLEBEE: A bumblebee, if dropped into an open
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.
PEOPLE: In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat
and the bumblebee.
We struggle about with all our problems and
frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is
look up. God has all the answers! Look to Jesus Christ
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WANT TO BE A PUMPKIN?
A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be
The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin. God
picks you from
the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of
you. Then he
cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He
seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves
you a new smiling
face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all
the world to see."
PUMPKINS & JESUS
P is for the People that Jesus came to save
U is for the Unconditional love to each one He gave
M is for the Message that we should all be sharing
P is for the Priceless gift God above showed he is
K is for the King of Kings
I is for the Insight He brings
N is for the Nails in His hands
S is for our Savior who gave His life so that we could
So when you see a pumpkin don't think about some guy
Instead remember Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords, who is one
day coming back.
-- Author Unknown
The Lord's Baseball Team
caught up in the spirit where he and the Lord stood by
to observe a baseball game. The Lord's team was playing
Satan's team. The Lord's team was at bat, the score was
tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th
inning with 2 outs. They continued to watch as a big,
burly batter, Love, stepped up to the plate. Love swung
at the first pitch and hit a single. That was great Bob
said. "Yes" answered the Lord, " Love never fails." The
next batter, a strong lad called Faith, got up to bat
and slapped a single into right field. "Wonderful" Bob
said. "Yes" answered the Lord, "Faith and Love work
together well." The next batter up was Godly Wisdom.
Satan wound up and threw the fist pitch. Godly Wisdom
looked it over and let it pass. "Looked good to me,"
said Bob, a little confused. The Lord shook his head.
"It wasn't", and Godly Wisdom is never fooled by Satan's
pitches." Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom
walked. The bases were loaded. The Lord then turned to
Bob and told him He was going to bring in His star
player. Up to the plate stepped Grace, a scrawny,
gentle-looking player. "He doesn't look like much" Bob
said. Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw
Grace. Cat-calls and jeering hoots filled the air.
Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired
his first pitch. To Bob's amazement, Grace hit the ball
high into the stars. But Satan was not worried; his
center fielder, the Prince of the Power of the Air, let
very few get by. He shot up for the ball, bit it went
right through his glove, spun him around, and sent him
crashing to the ground. The ball continued flying
through space, giving the Lord's team a winning home
run! Bob gave the Lord a puzzled look. "Why couldn't
Love, Faith, Godly Wisdom hit a homer like that?" The
Lord replied, "Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom are great
players, but only Grace can get you home."
Trust & Commit
Ourselves To Him
didn't always answer the Whys. There were times when
Jesus explained mysteries and answered questions for the
disciples, but there were other times when He gave no
explanation. We could cite question after question that
comes to our minds. We all have times when we are
overwhelmed with what seems to us a mystery of God's
providence. God may be trusting you with the
unexplained. The important thing is to receive the
person or circumstance with that heart of response,
"Yes, Lord, Your are the Blessed Controller. I may not
be able to understand why this has happened, but I can
trust Your heart of love." No God didn't promise an
explanation for every trial. He gives us something
better: The assurance that HE will be with us and bring
us through the trials as we trust Him and commit
ourselves to HIM.
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The Gift - author unknown
The other day, a young person
asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback,
for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my
reaction, he was immediately embarrassed, but I
explained that it was an interesting question, and I
would ponder it, and let him know. Growing older, I
decided, is a gift. I am now, probably for the first
time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be.
Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body... the
wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the cellulite. And often I
am taken aback by that old person that lives in my
mirror, bit I don't agonize over those things for long.
I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful
life, my loving family for less gray hair. As I've aged,
I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of
myself. I don't chide myself for eating that extra
cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that
silly cement gecko that I didn't need on my patio.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart
not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child
suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car?
But broken hearts are what give us strength and
understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is
pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of
I am so blessed to have lived long
enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my
youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on
my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have
died before their hair could turn silver. As you get
older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about
what other people think. I don't question myself
anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to
answer your question, I like being older. It has set me
free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to
live forever, but while I am still here, I will not
waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying
about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single
day...(if I want).
Today, I wish you a day of ordinary
miracles. Love simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
LIVE WELL - LAUGH OFTEN - LOVE MUCH
The Actions of God in our lives
Take a piece of wax, a morsel of
meat, a pinch of clay, and some wood shavings, and
put them on a fire. The wax melts; the clay hardens; and
the wood shavings blaze. Although they are subjected to
the same fire, each of the objects react in a different
way. This is a drastic reminder of how individuals also
react differently to the same circumstances. Subjected
to hardship and despair, one person grows stronger,
while others weaken or wither away. The same sun that
melts the snow, hardens the clay. One person hears the
Word of God and is better. Others hear the same message
and grow angry and rebellious. Let us take heed how we
respond to the actions of God in our lives. Malachi
3:3 "And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of
silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge
them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the
Lord an offering in righteousness.
ABC'S of Encouragement
Although things are not
perfect; Because of trials or pain; Continue
in thanksgiving; Do not begin to blame; Even
when the times are hard; Fierce winds are bound
to blow; God is forever able; Hold on to
what you know; Imagine life without His love;
Joy would cease to be; Keep thanking Him for
all the things; Love imparts to thee; Move
out of "Camp Complaining"; No weapon that is
known; On earth can yield the power; Praise
can do alone; Quit looking at the future; Redeem
the time at hand; Start every day with worship;
To "thank" is a command; Until we see Him
coming; Victorious in the sky; We'll run
the race with gratitude; eXalting God most high;
Yes, there'll be good times & yes some
will be bad,
but...Zion waits in glory...where no one is ever sad
"We are Too blessed to be
stressed" The shortest distance between a problem and a
solution is the distance between your knees and the
floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to
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