Applying God’s Grace

July 29, 2008 by  
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"Rob" had gone to church all his life. He worshipped each week and even attended some Bible studies over the 80 plus years of his life on earth. I imagine he had heard close to 3000 sermons in his life and had been in numerous studies of both the Old and New Testaments. He knew the Bible and the doctrine of the faith and could quote it at people, too, – which he liked to do. This all sounds great, – but most people avoided "Rob," because he was cranky and negative and very self-centered. "Rob" had never really made the "effort to apply" the love and grace of Jesus into his life and into his relationships with others.

What Would You Ask For?

July 28, 2008 by  
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"The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, `Look, the Lamb of God!' When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, `What do you want?' They said, `Rabbi' (which means Teacher), `where are you staying?' `Come,' he replied, `and you will see.' So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him." - John 1:35-39 If Jesus suddenly appeared before you and asked, "What do you want?" how would you respond? Maybe you'd ask for physical healing for yourself or someone you know and love. Perhaps you'd ask for the restoration of a broken relationship. Or maybe you'd think much bigger and ask for peace in our world or the end of poverty.

The Quilt

July 28, 2008 by  
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As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

The Power of Prayer

July 23, 2008 by  
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A young Christian university student was home for the summer. She had gone to visit some friends one evening and the time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk home alone. But she wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away.

The Most Important Body Part

July 22, 2008 by  
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My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body and through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer. When I was younger I thought sound was very important to us as humans so I said my ears mommy. She said "No, many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon."

A Prayer

July 18, 2008 by  
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Dear Lord: Every single evening As I'm lying here in bed This tiny little prayer Keeps running through my head. God bless my mom and dad, And other family. Keep them warm and safe from harm For they're so close to me.

Waiting to be Called

July 17, 2008 by  
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Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator. Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.

The Shoes

July 14, 2008 by  
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My alarm went off -- it was Sunday again; I was tired -- it was my one day to sleep in. But the guilt I'd have felt the rest of the day Would have been too much, so I'd go; I'd pray. I showered and shaved, adjusted suit and tie, Got there and swung into a pew just in time. Bowing my head in humble prayer Before I closed my eyes, I saw that the shoe of the man next to me Was touching my own and I sighed.

The Jars

July 11, 2008 by  
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The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit. He quoted 1 Samuel 16:7 'The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"

To My Child

July 10, 2008 by  
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Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying. Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.

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