Important Landing

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the day mankind landed on the moon. Or landed on a Hollywood movie set, depending on whom you choose to believe!

The overwhelming majority of people don’t believe the idea that the moon landing was an elaborate hoax. They have looked at the body of evidence and believe that people really have achieved the incredible accomplishment of walking on the moon.

There was an even more important landing that happened about 2,000 years ago—when Jesus landed on the Earth. There are a few sceptics who doubt that Jesus ever existed. But the evidence fully supports that fact that Jesus indeed walked the Earth, that he was who he claimed to be, that he accomplished what he set out to do on this planet and that he rules from heaven until the day he returns to take his people home to their eternal dwelling place.

Let us never forget that important landing!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”—John 1:14.

 

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Levels of Love

A 6-year-old girl was invited to have dinner at the home of a friend. The friend’s mother asked their young guest if she liked broccoli, and she replied very politely, “Oh, yes. I love it.”

But later, when the broccoli was passed, she declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved broccoli.” The little girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes ma’am, I do. But not enough to eat it!”

Some people love God, but…you know.

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”—Matthew 22:37.

 

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Taking My Bible

A story is told about a young man who came into town all dressed up, carrying a suitcase in one hand and a Bible in the other. A friend asked where he was going. The fellow answered, “I’m going to Las Vegas. I hear they have a lot of booze, gambling, naughty shows and all kinds of fun things to do.”

“Well, why are you taking your Bible?” the friend asked.

“If it’s as fun as they say it is, I might stay through Sunday!”

It’s not hard to see through the hypocrisy of some people. They go to church on Sunday, but don’t act very Christ-like through the week!

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all…hypocrisy…”—1 Peter 2:1.

 

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Jesus on Finances

Some people think that financial matters and spiritual matters are two separate things. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jesus talks a lot about money. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables are about how to handle money and other possessions. In the gospels, an amazing one out of 10 verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of finances.

The Bible contains about 500 verses on prayer, nearly that many about faith—but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions.

So let’s not think that there is nothing spiritual about how we handle our finances. The attitude you have toward money matters a great deal, and one of the most spiritual things we ever do is to manage our finances with the kingdom of God in mind.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”—Matthew 6:21.

 

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It Takes Both of Us

A lady was enjoying her time at a teachers’ convention when she suddenly exclaimed to a friend, “Oh, no! It’s trash day back home!”

“Don’t be concerned”, her friend replied. “Your husband is at home. He can surely take out the trash by himself.”

“No, it takes both of us”, the first lady insisted. “I can’t lift it and he can’t remember it!”

We do tend to be forgetful. That’s why Jesus gave us a special way to remember him—the Lord’s Supper.

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’”—Luke 22:19.

 

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Grace and Truth

Firing an employee is one of the toughest jobs a supervisor ever faces. An insurance sales manager was known for his tact and diplomacy. One of his young salesmen was performing so poorly that he had to be terminated. The manager called him in and said, “Son, I don’t know how we’re ever going to get along without you, but starting Monday we’re going to try.”

We all will occasionally find ourselves in a position where we have to say something that might not be well-received, but it must be said anyway. We should always strive to deliver these messages as gracefully as possible.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”—Colossians 4:6.

 

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Really Lazy

An old farmer who was not known for his strong work ethic had an interesting approach to life. When lightning struck an old shed and it burned to the ground, he reasoned that this had saved him the trouble of tearing it down. Rain from the same storm washed the dust off his car, sparing him from that chore also. When someone asked him what he was going to do next, the farmer replied, “I am waiting for an earthquake to shake my potatoes out of the ground!”

I think most of us agree that we need to show a bit more initiative than that!

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”—Proverbs 10:4.

 

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The Hereafter

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the hereafter. Almost every day I walk into a room and stop and ask myself, “What am I here after?”

C. S. Lewis said, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

If we want to make a difference in this life, we have to have a mindset that is focused on eternity.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above not on earthly things.”—Colossians 3:1-2.

 

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Sermon Hits Home

A preacher once delivered a powerful sermon against the evils of betting, only to find out later that one of the men in his church was a serious gambler. The preacher called the man and explained that his sermon was not meant to be a personal attack against him. The man replied, “Don’t worry about it. It’s a pretty poor sermon that doesn’t hit me somewhere.”

Most sermons do hit someone somewhere.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:12.

 

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Value

Years ago, Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” showed the differences of the value of a piece of iron based on what it had been shaped into. A plain bar of iron was worth $5. The same bar of iron, if made into horse shoes would be worth $50. If it were made into needles, it would be worth $5,000. If it were made into balance springs for fine Swiss watches, it would be worth $500,000. The raw material is not as important as how it’s developed.

God says we have spiritual gifts, but their worth to Him will be dependent on how we develop them.

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…”—2 Timothy 1:6.

 

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