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Memory of our sins

Do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves. – Genesis 45:5

The memory of our sins can rob us of the joy of our salvation. Perhaps we have said, or heard others say, "If only I could forgive myself for what I have done!" Some people become obsessed with guilt for their past sins.

June 30, 2003 - 12:00am
Too nice

Why do you think evil in your hearts?

– Matthew 9:4

Sometimes we tend to be too nice.

When people are doing wrong, we are afraid to confront their behavior, and we choose just to be nice. When a friend is slipping into an illicit relationship or a relative is becoming an alcoholic, we ignore the situations and do not confront them. When an unsaved friend is trusting in good works for eternal life, we remain silent about Christ and His death on the cross. But believers should not compromise obedience to God’s Word just to be nice.

June 29, 2003 - 12:00am
‘Vengeance is mine’

Repay no one evil for evil. – Romans 12:17

The infamous 19th-century feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys started with a fight over a razorback hog. It turned into a vendetta that continued unabated for several decades. Members of both clans committed brutal murders, and their fighting brought heartache to every family in the valley of the Tug Fork River, along the border of Kentucky and West Virginia.

June 28, 2003 - 12:00am
I’m ready

Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. – Luke 12:40

A friend of mine who has lived all her life in California goes to sleep every night with her shoes and a flashlight under the bed. When she was a child, her father required every family member to be ready to leave the house if an earthquake were to come during the night.

June 27, 2003 - 12:00am
Seeing God

He who has seen Me has seen the Father. – John 14:9

Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). Yet the apostle Paul spoke of God as One "whom no man has seen or can see" (1 Timothy 6:15-16). I have often thought about this seeming contradiction. How can we reconcile our Lord’s statement with the words of Paul?

June 26, 2003 - 12:00am
A lasting legacy Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ

– 1 Corinthians 11:1

My middle-aged friend, who was a medical doctor, knew that he was suffering from a disease that would gradually cripple him and eventually kill him. What an emotional struggle he experienced in coming to accept his condition! He had expected to be helping sick children for many years. He had also hoped that he would provide a comfortable life for his family and the best possible education for his children. But how could he do that now? What could he leave as an inheritance to his children?

June 25, 2003 - 12:00am
Majestic sounds

I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia!’– Revelation 19:1

A little boy named Philip was walking down the street of a small Pennsylvania town when he heard a sound that had never before reached his ears. It was that of a piano. Ten-year-old Philip Bliss was so enchanted by its sound that he walked right into the house from which it came.

June 23, 2003 - 12:00am
Listen patiently

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21

A bumper sticker asks, "Have you hugged your child today?" It’s a reminder to parents to communicate their love in tangible ways. Important as hugging is, though, another important question needs to be asked: "Have you listened to your child today?" The answer we give has the power to affirm or to frustrate our children.

June 22, 2003 - 12:00am
Never alone

You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. – Psalm 139:3

In today’s world of inexpensive, high-tech spying devices, total privacy has become a rare and precious thing. A special agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says, "Don’t assume that you are alone, not ever."

Cameras are used to monitor people in public places like banks and shopping malls. In addition, tiny wireless video cameras that sell for less than $100 are being used by ordinary people for less than honorable purposes.

June 21, 2003 - 12:00am
Small stuff

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

The tree-cutting was going well when one of the workers broke his borrowed ax, and the iron head fell into the river (2 Kings 6:4-5).

"Where did it fall?" the prophet Elisha asked (v.h). When the man showed him the place, Elisha threw a stick into the water and "made the iron float" (v.6). "Pick it up for yourself," he said. So the man "reached out his hand and took it" (v.7).

June 20, 2003 - 12:00am

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. – 1 John 2:15

A crane was wading in a stream and looking for snails to eat when a beautiful swan landed nearby. The crane had never seen a swan before, so he asked, "What are you?"

"I’m a swan," came the reply.

"And where did you come from?" the crane inquired.

"Heaven," the swan answered, and he eagerly spoke of a city of pure gold with jasper walls and pearly gates.

June 19, 2003 - 12:00am
Would I lie to you?

Do not lie to one another. – Colossians 3:9

Lying seems to be a way of life for many people. Several years ago a survey found that 91 percent of those queried lie routinely about matters they consider trivial; 36 percent lie about important matters; 86 percent lie regularly to their parents; 75 percent lie to their friends; 73 percent lie to their siblings; 69 percent lie to their spouses.

June 18, 2003 - 12:00am
Leader who serves

I did not do so, because of the fear of God.

– Nehemiah 5:15

A youth pastor was leading a group of young people on a short-term mission trip to a poor community in Peru. The only comfortable room available was assigned to the pastor, but he refused it.

June 17, 2003 - 12:00am
Smart Dad

Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice. – Proverbs 29:3

A hard-working single dad named William Jackson Smart was the inspiration for the creation of Father’s Day. His wife died in 1898 while giving birth to their sixth child, and the Civil War veteran was left to raise the children alone in rural Washington.

June 16, 2003 - 12:00am
Nothing like a Dad

Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

In Hemispheres magazine, family counselor John Rosemond wrote that a father plays a unique and crucial role in the lives of his children. It’s not enough just to be present. Dad must be "actively involved" and "a vigorously interested participant in the child-rearing process".

Rosemond offers six ways to become more involved with your child:

June 15, 2003 - 12:00am
Compliments for an enemy

Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives. – 2 Samuel 1:23

Why did David say that Saul and Jonathan were "beloved and pleasant in their lives"? (2 Samuel 1:23). We can understand why he would say this of Jonathan, his good friend. But why say this of King Saul, who had brought him so much sorrow?

June 14, 2003 - 12:00am
Dying with certainty

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. – Romans 8:16

Over a period of a few months, I visited two dying people – a man of 82 and a woman of 52. Neither wanted to die. Both were greatly loved by their families. Each had many reasons for wanting to keep on living. Along with many others, I prayed earnestly for their healing, but God had other plans.

June 13, 2003 - 12:00am
All generations

Old men who had seen the first temple wept with a loud voice. – Ezra 3:12

I’m trying. I really am. I’m trying to enjoy my teenage son’s musical tastes. Steve’s preferred style of worship music is different from what I would choose, but our goal is the same. Even though our two generations have different musical pre-ferences at home and in church, we both share the goal of using music to praise the Lord.

June 12, 2003 - 12:00am
How are you today?

Even though our outward man is pe-rishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16

Wilfred Yoder is one of the most enthusiastic Christians I know, even though he has suffered with the pain of arthritis for many years. When people greet him and inquire, "How are you today?" he cheerfully answers, "Just fine!"

June 11, 2003 - 12:00am
Sharing the wealth

Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you. – James 5:3

June 10, 2003 - 12:00am
From servant to Savior

He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even to the death of the cross. – Philippians 2:8

Some Bible scholars believe that Philippians 2:6-11 may have been part of an early Christian hymn. Believers praised the Son of God because He "made Himself of no reputation" (v. 7) and chose to put aside His own rights and privileges to become a man. Not just any man, but a lowly servant. As a man, Jesus gave Himself to be murdered as a criminal on a Roman execution rack. How high He was, and how low He came!

June 9, 2003 - 12:00am
Growing old with God

When I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation. – Psalm 71:18

Our senior years can be viewed as a pleasantly useless era when we qualify for retirement benefits, senior discounts, and have a lot of free time to do nothing. Or we can see them as a time of great opportunity to be used for God. There’s so much left to do.

June 8, 2003 - 12:00am
Our heavenly Father

As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. – Psalm 103:13

In a moment of exasperation, a father told me that if his son continued in his rebellious ways he was going to disinherit him and try to forget him. But I knew that father well. Although he was angry, hurt, and disappointed, I was sure he would never quit loving his son and longing for his conversion.

June 7, 2003 - 12:00am
Losing to win

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. – Psalm 37:6

While James E. Rogan was a US Representative from a district in California, he was faced with a crucial decision. He had been elected by the slimmest of margins in an area that usually voted for the other party. An extremely important public issue with immense moral implications was being considered. If he followed his conscience, it would cost him re-election. If he followed political expediency, he could be certain of another term.

June 6, 2003 - 12:00am
Kind criticism

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. – Galatians 6:1

June 5, 2003 - 12:00am
Young teachers

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise. – Matthew 21:16

Children seem to be more comfortable using computers than their parents are. Because of this, a manufacturer trying to increase sales to adults advertised a certain computer with the slogan: "So easy, even an adult can operate it!" (And if they still have problems, they can ask their children.)

June 4, 2003 - 12:00am
Square melons?

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2

Farmers in Zentsuji, Japan, are preparing full-grown melons for shipment – only these are no ordinary melons, they’re square! They were placed in tempered-glass cubes while they were still growing. Why would anyone want a square melon? They’re much easier to store in a refrigerator!

June 3, 2003 - 12:00am
Shut the door!

When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father. – Matthew 6:6

Years ago, a man who was visiting the United States wanted to make a telephone call. He entered a phone booth but found it to be different from those in his own country. It was beginning to get dark, so he had difficulty finding the number in the directory. He saw a light in the ceiling but didn’t know how to turn it on.

June 2, 2003 - 12:00am
Dead giveaway

By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. – Matthew 12:37

Lucy had never gone fishing, but she wanted to spend time with Willie so she told him she loved to fish. He was delighted to find a girl who could share his love for fishing.

One day they went out to Willie’s favorite fishing spot. The fish weren’t biting, but Lucy didn’t care. The sun was shining and the water lapped gently at the sides of the boat. Just being with Willie was all that mattered.

June 1, 2003 - 12:00am
What’s in a smile?

You have put gladness in my heart. – Psalm 4:7

According to an article in The New York Times, the act of smiling can promote good feelings. Writer Daniel Goleman cites experiments in which researchers found that saying the word cheese caused a person to smile, which in turn created pleasant feelings. On the other hand, saying the word few created a different facial expression, which resulted in negative emotions.

May 31, 2003 - 12:00am