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Bite-size requests

Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. – Mark 11:24


Lots of things are easier to do when they’re bite-size. If you have a major task to get done, for example, it helps to divide it into smaller units and tackle them one at a time. This is true whether you are redecorating the house, packing for a vacation, or directing a church project.

April 29, 2003 - 12:00am
Something far better

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. – James 4:3


A man who lived far out in the country bought his clothing from a mail-order catalog. At the bottom of the printed order form he noticed this statement: "If we do not have the article you ordered in the stock, may we substitute?"

April 28, 2003 - 12:00am
Grumblers

A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart. – Proverbs 18:2


Mrs. Grumpty complained bitterly because her friends seemed to avoid her, and she just couldn’t understand why. If only she could have heard a recording of her own voice, she would have known the reason for her unpopularity. She always talked about her complaints, weaknesses, aches and pains, and insisted on relating in wearying detail her stay in the hospital.

April 27, 2003 - 12:00am
A good word

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. – Proverbs 12:25


A man was invited to the home of some friends for dinner. The food was superb —- except for the apple pie. Even so, he found something good to say about the pie.

April 26, 2003 - 12:00am
Don’t be fooled

Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. – Hebrews 13:9


People don’t like to be fooled, but it happens so often that it might seem as if they do.


Far too many people fall for crooked schemes that cost them money, endanger their health, or waste their time.

April 25, 2003 - 12:00am
End of construction

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6


One day Billy and Ruth Graham were driving through a long stretch of road construction. They had numerous slowdowns, detours, and stops along the way. Finally they reached the end of all that difficulty, and smooth pavement stretched out before them. This sign caught Ruth’s attention: "End of construction. Thanks for your patience." She commented that those words would be a fitting inscription on her tombstone someday.

April 24, 2003 - 12:00am
Hearers and heeders

They hear your words, but they do not do them. – Ezekiel 33:32


He was a churchgoing man who loved to hear good preaching and discuss Bible truths. He and his family faithfully attended services twice every Sunday. But in his home this man was a tyrant. On one occasion he even struck his wife.


When his pastor learned this, he tried to counsel him. He warned him that if he continued his violent behavior he would one day be a lonely, unloved man. But the warning went unheeded.

April 23, 2003 - 12:00am
The limits of sight

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. – John 20:29


"Seeing is believing," according to the old saying. But if we believe only what we can see, we will never know God or experience His presence.

April 22, 2003 - 12:00am
One day at a time

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. – Matthew 6:34


A frail, elderly woman fell and broke her hip. The doctor set the bones as best he could, but he knew that she would have a long and uncomfortable recovery.


The next day when he visited her in the hospital, he found her in great anxiety. "Oh, Doctor," she asked, "how long am I going to have to stay in bed?"


With wisdom and kindness he gently replied, "Only one day – one day at a time!"

April 21, 2003 - 12:00am
Sad or glad?

They mourned and wept. – Mark 16:10


Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. – John 20:20


The first Resurrection Day began with gloom and despair for the disciples of our Lord. Three days earlier, their Master had been crucified and buried. We can imagine them huddled together behind closed doors as "they mourned and wept" (Mark 16:10).

April 20, 2003 - 12:00am
Kill the spider!

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. – Matthew 5:29


We sometimes have mixed feelings about our sins. We are afraid of being hurt by them, and we want to be forgiven. But we aren’t sure we want to be rid of them right now.

April 17, 2003 - 12:00am
Tough love

No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful. – Hebrews 12:11


In our city’s largest public school district, any student who gets caught with a weapon or drugs on campus faces mandatory expulsion. The director of discipline can expel a student immediately. But he also frequently takes the offender through an intense 90-minute session designed to force the student to come to grips with his destructive behavior. Many young adults, looking back, have said that without the director’s confrontation they would have ended up in jail.

April 16, 2003 - 12:00am
Generous receivers

How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman? – John 4:9


In John 4:1-15, we read that Jesus was weary, hungry, and thirsty. As the Son of God, He could have met all His own physical needs. He could have gotten His own food to eat and water to drink. But Jesus did not insist on doing everything for Himself.

April 15, 2003 - 12:00am
Little acts of love

You yourselves are taught by God to love one another. – 1 Thessalonians 4:9


When I was a young boy, I knew that my father was extremely fond of black walnuts. We didn’t often get them, so the day I found one on the ground I was delighted! My first thought was to have my mother crack it so I could eat it myself, but then my love for my father took over. I saved it for him.

April 14, 2003 - 12:00am
The butterfly

It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. – 1 Corinthians 15:43


Outside my study window a beautiful monarch butterfly rested on a flower bossom. It fanned its wings slowly with exquisite grace. That stately monarch was once a repulsive green worm, feeding on milkweed leaves. Then it built a coffin for itself and hung from a twig. In time it emerged, transformed into a beautiful creature – that butterfly outside my study window.

April 13, 2003 - 12:00am
Meaning and purpose

If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, wher is My reverence? – Malachi 1:6


When our daughter was 3 years old, my wife and I introduced her to the "fine art" of dishwashing. It amuses me that many preschoolers want to wash dishes but parents refuse to let them. Then, when they become teenagers and no longer desire to clean plates, parents insist that they do.

April 12, 2003 - 12:00am
In Disguise

I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve…, so your minds may be corrupted. – 2 Corinthians 11:3


It’s often difficult to understand why people give in to certain temptations. From our vantage point, their problem should be easy to handle.


We may even wonder how Adam and Eve could have been so foolish as to have thrown aside all that God had given them in the dawn of their existence. We wouldn’t have fallen so easily – or would we?

April 11, 2003 - 12:00am

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