Keeping It Together

Gayle Urban writes about the time she was browsing in a Christian bookstore and discovered a shelf of reduced-price items. Among the gifts was a little figurine of a man and woman, their heads lovingly tilted toward one another. “HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY” read the inscription. It appeared to be in perfect condition, yet its tag indicated “DAMAGED”. Examining it more closely, she found another tag underneath that read: “WIFE IS COMING UNGLUED”.

Whenever it seems like your life is falling apart, remember that Jesus is the one who can hold it all together for you.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”—Matthew 11:28

 

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Resolve to Exercise

With the coming of a new year, many people resolve to improve themselves in some area. A popular resolution is to get more exercise.

I heard about a man who suddenly decided that if he started running he would live longer. He said, “If my wife catches me she will kill me!”

There was another fellow who came up with his own specialized exercise program. He moved his couch to the other side of the living room so that it would be farther away from the refrigerator!

If you decide to get more serious about exercising this year, I hope you fare well with your resolution.

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”—1 Timothy 4:8

 

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Quite a Responsibility!

A mother decided that it was time to talk to her young son about receiving Christ. “Son”, she asked quietly, “would you like to have Jesus living inside you?”

The boy thought for a moment and then replied, “No. I don’t think I want the responsibility!”

You have to appreciate the young man’s honesty!

It truly is a huge responsibility to live for Jesus. Many people only think about the privileges of Christianity—and they are many!—without considering the duties that we accept when we claim to follow him. Many people want Jesus to be their Savior. Fewer want him to be the Lord of their life.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?”—Luke 6:46

 

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Reading that Book

Jana Jones writes that during the day she takes a few moments to unwind by reading the Bible. After seeing her do this for several years, her four-year-old daughter became concerned and asked, “Aren’t you ever going to get finished reading that book?”

Here are a couple of observations about this story:

First, let us never forget that people–especially young people–are observing our actions and we need to make sure that we set a good example for them.

Second, let us never be finished reading the Bible! We need to constantly saturate our hearts and minds with Scripture, drinking in its principles and then applying them to our lives.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”—Psalm 119:105

 

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The Miracle of the Virgin Birth

C.S. Lewis

Here is what C.S. Lewis had to say about having faith in the virgin birth of Jesus:

“The grounds for belief and disbelief are the same today as they were two thousand…years ago. If Joseph had lacked faith to trust God or humility to perceive the holiness of his spouse, he could have disbelieved in the miraculous origin of her Son as easily as any modern man; and any modern man who believes in God can accept the miracle as easily as Joseph did.”

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”—Isaiah 7:14

 

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The Star

Back during World War II a little boy and his father were out for a drive on Christmas Eve. As they drove by houses that were decorated for Christmas the boy noticed that many of the windows had a star. He asked his father, “Daddy, why do some of the people have a star in the window?” His father said that the star meant that the family had a son in the war. As they drove on, suddenly the little boy saw a bright star in the night sky. “Look, Daddy! God must have a son in the war, too! He’s got a star in his window.”

Yes, God has a son who went to war. Jesus came into this world to do battle with sin, and he won the war when he gave his life on the cross and rose on the third day! And everyone who believes in him shares in the victory!

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8

 

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Hang In There!

A few days ago I noticed a small spider on our back porch. He was hanging from a single strand, about eye level, a couple of feet outside our back door. I kept an eye on the spider and noticed that he was there in the exact same place the next day. He was also there the day after that.

You have to admire the spider’s willingness to persevere. Sometimes all we can do is simply hang in there!

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”—James 1:4

 

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Willing to Sacrifice

The prayer offered up before the 2018 Army-Navy football game reminded us of a very important fact—that every player on the field was willing to die for every person watching the game. It was a very inspiring thought.

This reminds us that Jesus was willing to die for all of humanity so that our sins could be taken away and we could be saved.

And the sacrifice of Jesus inspires us to live sacrificial lives as well.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”—1 John 3:16

 

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Musical Variety

I recently found a local radio station that plays an interesting mix of music. You might hear an old, old country song that is followed by a fairly recent pop/rock song. For example, I heard a song by the Bay City Rollers that immediately followed a song by Roger Miller. That, my friends, is variety!

When it comes to music, most people have a certain genre that they prefer. But it seems that God likes a variety of music. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

 

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Don’t Shoot!

On a recent road trip my attention was drawn to a couple of horses in a field. They were wearing bright orange vests. It had been deer season, and apparently the owner of the horses was concerned enough about their well-being that he thought it was necessary to put the vests on them so that no over-zealous hunter would mistake them for a deer! His concern is understandable, but I can’t help but feel more than a bit disappointed that this precaution was deemed necessary.

The New Testament often warns Christians not to hurt each other, and encourages us to treat one another with love and kindness. We would like to think that such exhortations would not be necessary, but when you consider how some Christians behave toward their brothers and sisters in Christ, I guess there is a need for such warnings.

“If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”—Galatians 5:15

 

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