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Prepare to Live

 

 

In 1931, Jane Whyte felt she was nearing the end of her life. Her husband Alexander, the famous Scottish preacher, had died 10 years earlier. As she looked at the world around her, she was depressed by the moral and political chaos. There seemed to be no reason for her to go on, nothing for her o do.

At dinner one evening, she sat next to a man who sensed her dejection. “What is your greatest concern?” he asked. “I’m preparing to die,” said Mrs. Whyte. “Why not prepare to live?” he suggested.

That was the question Mrs. Whyte needed to hear to break the deadlock in her life. She began to see that God wanted her to live and to touch others for Him. Her attitude changed and within a year she led a Christian outreach team in a mission to Geneva, Switzerland. That trip profoundly affected the lives of many people.

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Life can seem overwhelming at times, but God offers us hope. Paul wrote, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit “.

Regardless of your age or circumstances, don’ despair and prepare to die.” Believers in Christ can prepare to live filled with hope, joy and peace. —-DCM

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Tom Wright outlines the present confusion about future hope in both church and world. Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. This book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life not only after death but before it.

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Family Feud

A Sicilian man wasn’t criminal, but he asked police to arrest and jail him. When local authorities refused, he entered a nearby store and swiped a pack of gum. Then he threatened the store clerk and waited for the cops to show up! His motives? He was trying to avoid spending time with his relatives on New Year;s Eve.

Some of us can relate to this guy– we’re willing to do almost anything to evade certain family members. But avoidance rarely offers lasting peace.

Fed up with his father-in-law, Jacob packed up his family and vanished without leaving a forwarding address. When Laban finally caught up with them, he scolded Jacob for leaving so suddenly, Then “Jacob became very angry, and he challenged Laban”(Genesis 31:36). Since his attempt to tiptoe away had failed, Jacob realized there was no way around an honest discussion of past offenses with the father of his wives.

Rehashing wrongs only intensifies our urge to escape, unless forgiveness is involved. Jacob had to forgive Laban for manipulating him relationally and in business matters. And Laban had to forget about his missing idols and the farewell party he never got to host. With their issues in the open, the two men promise not to harm each other. Instead of distancing himself, Jacob had taken a step closer to Laban, agreeing to leave his grievance in God’s hands. Laban reciprocated and asked God to be their judge.

In the end, Laban kissed his kin and blessed them. While not every family feud has a tidy resolution, there is a better chance for harmony when we stop avoiding our family issues, face the hard work of forgiveness, and call a truce with the relatives we’d rather renounce.

     Jennifer Benson Schuldt (Our Daily Journey)

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Ken Cooper’s kitten

In 1983, Ken Cooper’s 3-year career as an armed felon ended when he was sentenced to 99 years in Florida’s infamous prison—The Rock. With just five guards controlling 900 inmates, The Rock was a hell hole of knifings, beating, murders, and rape. But while there, Ken Cooper heard the gospel through a brave prison chaplain and became a follower of Jesus. Soon some of Ken’s cellmates did too, and their lives began to change.

     One day Ken and his friends adopted a kitten that they named Magoo. Magoo’s back had been broken and his eyes had been blinded by acid–cruel acts committed by other inmates. But Ken and the other kind inmates held Magoo each day, took turns feeding him, and even prayed for his sight to return. Magoo was lavished with love. And his sight did return!

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     The justice system could punish Ken and his cellmates, but it couldn’t change their hearts. The kindness shown to Magoo revealed the transformation taking place inside them.

     The apostle Paul once  lamented that many of his fellow Jews rejected Jesu for the Old Testament law. Paul’s response was that while that law was good, it could only condemn when we broke it. Like the civil law that judged Ken Cooper, the law exposes our bad deeds and sentences us.

    In contrast, Jesus, by His Spirit, offers inner transformation. He enters our lives and starts restoring our souls to make us “more and more like Hi. as we are changed into His glorious image. We are freed and changes.

     For Paul, the good-but-condemning law was no match for the good and transforming Spirit. Ken Cooper would concur, for God’s grace turned hardened criminals into kitten-loving gentlemen—–Sheridan Voysey

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A Graduation Wish

 

The high school commencement speaker was the president of a large corporation. He was chosen for the occasion because of his success. Yet his speech came with a most unusual wish for the graduates.

The speaker told the students sitting before him in their graduation gowns. “If I could have one hope for you as you go out into the world, it would be this : I hope you fail. I hope that you fail at something that is important to you. ” He went on to say how his own early life had been one failure after one another  until he learned to see failure as an effective teacher.

Many of the songs of Israel were born in season of failure. Out of desperation came the cry, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”.

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Sometimes we are not ready to see the wonder of God’s wisdom and strength until we are gasping for breath in the exhaustion of our strength.

A recurring story of the Bible is that mountains of faith rise from the valleys of failure. Before discovering the high ground we are looking for, we may need to see the failure of the dreams we hold in our hearts and trust instead in the love, wisdom, and guidance of our God —-Mart De haan

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A Clear Conscience

In 1971 he killed a man. Even though he was the prime suspect in the murder, no one could prove it and the case was abandoned. Som he got away with it. Or did he?

Nearly three decades later, in failing health and living in a nursing home, he confessed to the crime. A detective who headed the original investigation said, ” He was looking over his shoulder for the last 26 years, not only for the law, but for his Maker. I think he wants to clear his Maker. I think he was wants to clear his conscience before he meets his Maker — or try to at least. ”

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     How’s your conscience today? Clear or clouded? What would it take to be ready to meet your Maker? How can you be made clean?

It may seem strange to speak of blood as a cleansing agent, but that’s how the Bible connects the death of Jesus on the cross to our standing before God. Christ shed His blood so that we might be forgiven and made clean inside. Because of what He has done. we can have a clear conscience and draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.”

No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus Christ can give you a clear conscience. Why not confess your sin and make things right with you Maker. —-DCM

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A Wall Of Words

 

People often hide their feelings behind a wall of words. They use a kind of double-talk in which words and feelings do not agree. A communications consultant who holds workshops on this subject says that many people are afraid that honesty in speech will cost them friendships, love or respect. So they either keep their lips zipped or say something other than what they mean.

Other factors that may impede straight talk are shyness, lack of confidence, fear of displaying ignorance, trying to avoid criticism, and not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings.

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Believers in Christ are not exempt from this problem. Trying to be both loving and truthful can be difficult, but the Bible tells us how to deal with this dilemma. The book of James teaches us that we need the wisdom that comes from God above. The Lord will enable us By His Holy Spirit to speak effectively and honestly. His wisdom is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willingly to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

Let’s govern our speech with these qualities from God’s Word. Then we will not have to hide behind a wall of words. —MRD II

Better than Words

 

When we are with people who are grieving or suffering, we may feel a need to fill the awkwardness of the occasion with words. Not to say something, we fear is to let them down. We may even find ourselves avoiding the bereaved because we’re afraid we won’t know what to say.

     Author Joe Bayly, who lost three sons through death, described two examples of comfort he had received during his deepest grief; “Someone came and talked to me of God’s dealings of why it happened. of hope beyond the grave. He talked constantly and said things I knew were true. I was unmoved, except to wish he’d go away. He finally did.

     “Another came and sat beside me. He didn’t talk. He didn’t ask leading questions. He just sat beside me for an hour and more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply and left. I was moved. I was comforted, I hated to see him go.”

     Job experienced similar emotions. In his grief, he too had craved silent support from his friends. He cried out, “Oh, that you would be silent , and it would be your wisdom!’. Instead, he was worn down by their many words.

     The next time you’re with people who are grieving, allow you presence to be their comfort.

JEY

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