Monthly Archives: January 2011

An antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers

 The following ads are reported to have been taken from actual newspapers:

1) Free puppies: ½ cocker spaniel, ½ sneaky neighbor dog

2) Snow blower for sale … only used on snowy days

3) For sale: an antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.

4) 2 wire mesh butchering gloves: 1 five-finger, 1 three-finger, pair $15

5) Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.

6) Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children

7) Nordic Track $300. Hardly used. Call Chubbie.

8) Found: Dirty white dog. Looks like rat. Been out awhile. Better be reward.

9) Hummels — largest selection ever. “If it’s in stock, we have it!”

10) Georgia Peaches, California grown — 89 cents/lb.

11) Nice parachute: never opened — used once, slightly stained

12) Tired of working for only $9.75 per hour? We offer profit sharing and flexible hours. Starting pay — $7-9 per hour

13) For sale by owner — complete set of Encyclopedia Brittanica. 45 volumes. Excellent condition. $1,000 obo. No longer needed. Got married last weekend. Wife knows everything.

14) LOST: One-eyed, three-legged male dog. Answers to the name “Lucky.”

 I’m going to share with you one of my “pet peeves.” I don’t like the word “lucky.” And, no, it has nothing to do with the ad above. I enjoy many good things in life. I have a lot of wonderful things happen to me. And there are times that I am tempted to say, “You know, I’ve been pretty lucky.” But then I recall that my good fortune is due not to luck or happenchance, but to the hand of Almighty God. I’m not lucky; I’m blessed! God has richly provided for me in ways far beyond what I expect or deserve.

 Can you picture Esther saying, “Wasn’t it lucky that the king was willing to hear my plea?”? Can you picture Paul saying, “Wasn’t it lucky that we weren’t killed in that shipwreck?”? Can you picture Daniel saying, “Wasn’t it lucky that the lions didn’t eat me?”?

 Then why would I dare speak of how “lucky” I’ve been in my life? It’s not luck — it’s the providential care of a loving God!

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…..” (James 1:17). Thank you, Father, for blessing my life so richly!

Alan Smith

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A man who paid for sin

Tonight a man told me he was going to “make a confession” and this is precisely what he did.  He spoke of how he had spent time with and money on women like Rahab (Jas. 2:25).

The bluntness of this man’s confession reminded me of 1 John 1:9:  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  This passage, of course, was written to Christians and it contains an important truth.  God tells His people to confess their wrongs.  Rather than hint about what we have done, overlook what we have done, or just “summarize things,” God says confess

God already knows what we have and have not done, but He still requires His people to acknowledge their wrongs.  This act encourages us to avoid the things we have done wrong and it is an on-going reminder of God’s grace.

Are we someone who truly confesses our sins to God?

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I found an error in the Bible

Within the last year i-pads, smart phones,  and e-book readers have become immensely popular.  These devices are so commonplace many Christians now read the Bible in an electronic format. 

If you use any electronic device to read the Bible, please bear in mind this warning:  You may find a mistake.  Over the last few years I have found at least three errors in the electronic version of the Bible I use and the latest one popped up today. 

The ASV of 1901 is supposed to say:  “and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.”  An electronic version of this passage says:  “and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of them and women.”

While “e-errors” may be relatively rare in our electronic forms of the Bible, they are there!

Brad Price
www.abiblecommentary.com

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Any idiot can face a crisis…

How has your life been going this week? Have you been facing any struggles, problems or difficulties? If you have as someone said, “Situation Normal”.

I ran across a really interesting quote this week that helps us put things into perspective. Anton Chekhov wrote, “Any idiot can face a crisis, it’s the day to day living that wears you out.” If you think about it, that is very much just common sense! It does not take a college degree to understand that concept, because that is what REAL life is like.

Our world seems to put a lot of emphasis on things being “perfect”. We want the perfect mate, perfect children, a perfect job, a perfect family or in short, a “perfect life”. I don’t know where our society has come up with their definition of what “perfect” is in any of those categories, but I dare say that none of us is approaching perfection in any of them.

Perfection in earthly things is a man made (or perhaps woman made also) concept. You may or may not have seen the movie “the Stepford wives”. The idea behind it is that the wives of the men in the town of Stepford were altered to become “the men’s” idea of perfection. They behaved in a certain way and talked in a certain way because they literally were programmed to do so.

The point is that none of us live what might be called “perfect” lives here on this earth. We all face struggles, most of the time on a daily basis and most of the time they are known only to us. My life might look perfect to you, because I don’t share my inner struggles or turmoil with you, you see only the crisis times that can’t be hidden. The problem is that as mister Chekhov said, “Any idiot can face a crisis, it’s the day to day living that wears you out.”

So how do we do it, how do we survive our day to day life? I know it seems almost too simple to many people, but the apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.”

In 1932 Charles Frederick wrote the words of a hymn (No one ever cared for me like Jesus), that describes our relationship with God. Notice those words:

“I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true. I would tell you how He changed my life completely; He did something no other friend could do. No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There’s no other friend so kind as He. No one else could take the sin and darkness from me; O how much He cared for me”

Who do you trust to keep you safe and lift you up from the day to day attacks by Satan? Solomon wrote in Proverbs 28:26, “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe”.

Are you walking daily in the wisdom that comes through a deep relationship with the Lord? If not, then you are probably struggling more than you need. I’m not saying that all of your problems will disappear, but it will help you put them in perspective! You see, this life is only temporary and eventually we are going to get to live forever with our Lord! No more worries, no more problems! So hang in there and hold fast to the Lord Jesus!

Russ Lawson

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A 30-day indulgence in sin

Yesterday a man told me of how he has gone through several difficulties in his life.  Because his past circumstances have been so hard, he decided to indulge in some heavy drinking to ease his pain.  He told himself he would only drink for one month.  This 30-day indulgence turned into four years of drinking and he sometimes drank a half gallon of liquor a day.

Now, after getting involved with the Indiana court system because of his drinking, he openly acknowledges the truth found in Prov. 20:1:  “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.”

A new year has come.  Make smart, wise, and Biblical choices. 

Brad, www.abiblecommentary.com

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Congratulations On Your New Location

A man opened a new business and his best friend sent him a floral arrangement. The friend dropped by a few days later and was sorry to see the flowers had a card that read, “Rest In Peace.” He called the florist to complain, and the florist said, “It could be worse. Somewhere in this city is an arrangement in a cemetery that reads, “Congratulations On Your New Location.” Spiritually speaking, the same message could be sent to those who have died to sin and been buried with Christ in baptism. Romans 6:3-4 reminds us that baptism plays a vital role in changing our spiritual location! That passage reads, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” A simple and unbiased reading of this passage makes clear that baptism is a burial that blesses!

Baptism blesses first of all because it is “into Jesus Christ.” Spiritually speaking, there are and always will be only two spheres of spiritual existence: either “in Christ” or “in the world.” The difference in these two spiritual locations in writing is a matter of only a few letters, but the difference in reality is incalculable. Salvation is “in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:10); eternal life is “in His (God’s) Son” (I John 5:11); every spiritual blessing is located “in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3); and for those who are “in Christ” there is now “no condemnation” (Romans 8:1). The list could go on and on, but those who are “in Christ” are in a sphere of comprehensive and superlative spiritual provisions! Contrast that to those who are not in Christ: “without Christ …. having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

Baptism blesses again because it is “into His (Christ’s) death.” That is, baptism gives us access to the benefits of Christ’s death! A bank may have millions of dollars in its vault. But all that money helps an individual not one bit unless he/she can access it. Baptism buries us into Christ’s death, thereby giving us access to all the things Jesus died to accomplish for us (forgiveness, salvation, sanctification, etc.).

Baptism blesses yet again because after burial into Christ’s death we are raised to walk in “newness of life.” Baptism is a tomb where we bury the old man of sin. But it is also a womb from which God raises us to “newness of life.” While debates about baptism continue among believers in Christ, the Bible clearly portrays baptism as a burial that blesses!

Dan Gulley

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