Thursday, February 25, 2010

+DEV+ Be Alert!

Date: February 25, 2010 10:03 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Be Alert!

Be Alert!

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 5:5-10

Air travel may be safer than driving, but if terrorists had their way, it wouldn’t be. So we must be vigilant. “Be aware of your surroundings, and report anything suspicious to airport police,” Homeland Security advises us. I’m sure you keep a watchful eye on your luggage so no one can slip something dangerous into it. Also, you watch anyone whose behavior is erratic or whose demeanor is peculiar.

The devil is a terrorist. He has always tried to destroy God’s people, using a variety of strategies to ruin lives. He has lured careless believers into financial misconduct, moral failure, and other wayward behavior. They might have thought they would never fall into the devil’s trap, but he is never too busy to set a snare for the self-confident.

We never reach a point when we are immune to temptation. Paul warns us, “If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). The best defense against the devil is a good offense.

Insight: The devil cannot trip us up if our feet are planted firmly on the Rock of Ages and we maintain constant vigilance.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

+DEV+ Don’t Forget to Call Home

Date: January 18, 2010 2:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Don’t Forget to Call Home

Don’t Forget to Call Home

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Scripture Focus: Philippians 4:4-9

Technology has made it easy for travelers to call home. Cell phones bounce our messages off satellites, and it is possible to communicate “face to face” by computer. Even airplanes have phones attached to the backs of passenger seats. We have virtually no excuse not to call home.

Christians have an open prayer line to heaven, our final home. Our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us, and He is always available to take our calls. He isn’t like those who record, “Your call is very important to me, so please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible,” but never respond. God promised, “Call to me and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Are you worried about current troubles or an uncertain future? If so, call Home and talk to your Heavenly Father. He is only a prayer away. Paul had a long history of trials and persecution. But he possessed God’s peace at all times because he called “Home.” We can follow his example and experience the same peace he enjoyed.

Insight: Wherever we are we can call Home to our Heavenly Father and leave our worries behind. He will listen and answer.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

+DEV+ When Trouble Occurs

Date: February 23, 2010 10:15 PM
Topic: +DEV+ When Trouble Occurs

When Trouble Occurs

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)
Scripture Focus: James 1:1-8

Many new cars carry extensive warranties, including bumper-to-bumper protection. However, no warranty guarantees a car will not get a flat tire, run out of gas, or break down. Such incidents occur at the most inconvenient places.

A broken fan belt left me stranded along the interstate in eastern Arizona. Traffic was about as scarce as trees in the wide-open, vast expanse of desert, and the sun beat down on us like a blast furnace. Soon, however, two bikers came to our assistance. After reaching the next town, they dispatched a tow truck to rescue us. A few hours later we were on the road again.

The Bible assures us that we will encounter troubles and trials in this life. Such incidents may occur at the most unexpected times, but they are not disasters. They are divinely designed events. They are God’s tools to refine us and draw us closer to Him. James explained that trials test our faith and develop perseverance. Knowing this, we can joyfully welcome trials.

Insight: We encounter trials on life’s highway because our loving Heavenly Father wants to make our lives better and stronger. It’s always for our good.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

+DEV+ Obey the Laws of the Road

Date: February 22, 2010 8:45 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Obey the Laws of the Road

Obey the Laws of the Road

“Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” (John 15:9-10)
Scripture Focus: John 15:9-17

If the speed limit is 20 mph in a school zone, any motorist who drives 21 mph or faster is breaking the law. But when I drive 20 mph in a school zone, there are often reckless drivers who whiz past me.

I am annoyed too by erratic highway driving. Drivers who zoom by and zigzag from lane to lane endanger the lives of fellow motorists. It’s especially annoying to see such a driver in a car with a fish symbol or a bumper sticker with a Christian message on it.

Leading a Christian life involves far more than merely professing to love Jesus. If we truly love Him, we will obey Him. We will keep His commands and follow the guidelines laid down in His written Word.

Romans 13:1 links civil authority and divine authority. If we truly love Christ, we will obey the laws of the land. The effectiveness of our Christian testimony is often determined by how well we demonstrate good citizenship. Even our driving habits speak loudly about our devotion to Christ.

Insight: How we drive says a whole lot about what drives us. How we live demonstrates who we’re living for.

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The Dinner Roll

The Dinner Roll

Once upon a time I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There's nothing that the government can do to me if I haven't broken any laws. My wealth was earned honestly and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor.

I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room. We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the China . Uniformed staff served our dinner.

The meal was served and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.

"Sorry about that," said the President. "Andrew is very hungry."

Being upset, I began: "I don't appreciate........." but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. After all, it was just a dinner roll.

"Of course," I concluded and reached for my glass..

However, before I could take a hold of the glass another waiter took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.

"And his brother, Eric, is very thirsty." said the President.

I didn't say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought.. I withheld my comments and decided to play along. I don't want to seem unkind..

My plate was whisked away before I had time to lift my fork.

And, the President said; "Eric's children are also quite hungry."

With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me.
I stood, brushing myself off angrily and watched as my chair was carried from the room.

"And their grandmother can't stand for long", said the President.

I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game. I reached for my coat to find it

too had been taken.

I turned back to the President as he said, "Their grandfather doesn't like the cold."

I wanted to shout, "that was my coat! " But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled.

Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. It wasn't long before I learned my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in.

The President hadn't moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him.

"Andrew's whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven't planned for retirement and they need a house.. They recently defaulted on a sub prime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do."

My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor.

The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak, and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small gray circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.

"By the way," he added, "I have just signed an executive order nationalizing your factories. I'm firing you as head of your business. I'll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There's a whole bunch of Eric's and Andrews out there and they can't come to you for jobs groveling like beggars."

I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his creme brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared the President leaned back in his chair and stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if it were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss. I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived, the life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle.

Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us.

What had I done wrong?

As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine and bared his million dollar smile chuckling wryly as he folded his hand and saying;

"You should have stopped me at the dinner roll," he said.

~Author Unknown~


Sunday, February 21, 2010

+DEV+ Drink Adequate Water

Date: February 21, 2010 11:02 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Drink Adequate Water

Drink Adequate Water

“Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
Scripture Focus: John 4:1-14

How much water should the average person drink in a day? According to a nutritional newsletter, you can estimate the amount by dividing your body weight in half. Calculate one ounce of water for each pound. If you weigh 120 pounds, you need 60 ounces of water a day. When you travel on an airplane, a good rule of thumb is to drink eight ounces of water for every hour in flight. These figures may change, depending on how much you exercise and what kind of food you eat.

Drinking bottled water has become commonplace, perhaps even a fad. But isn’t it overpriced? Often, it is simply purified tap water. I heard that one brand of bottled water fetches $55!

On one of His travels, Jesus offered a spiritually bereft woman water that would quench her thirst forever and well up into eternal life. He was referring to salvation, which He alone can give. He still offers living water to life’s weary travelers. It’s available without cost today, as it was 2000 years ago. Don’t travel through life without it!

Insight: Nothing can quench a person’s thirst for eternal life except the water of life Jesus gives freely to all who believe on Him.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

+DEV+ Travel Light

Date: February 18, 2010 11:54 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Travel Light

Travel Light

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up...treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-20)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 6:19-25

My friend lost a house to an underground stream that flowed down a hill. He battled the intruder for four months before running up the white flag and leaving. He lost carpeting, drapes, appliances, and more, but gained a valuable lesson. Material goods are temporal, whereas spiritual values are eternal.

Hurricane Katrina demonstrated forcefully that houses, cars, and cherished possessions can pass from us in an instant. We’ve all seen post-tornado images of bewildered family members staring at the utter destruction they once called home.

Loss from floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters may never strike you, but we all know we can’t carry even a dollar bill or a china cup to the grave. Someone wisely observed, “You never see a hearse tow a U-Haul.”

Jesus said to travel light through life and store up treasures in heaven. Love for Him should top our list of priorities; money and possessions should not even make the list.

Insight: We can’t take any treasures with us when we die, but we can send true treasure on ahead.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

+DEV+ Buckle Up!

Date: February 17, 2010 8:26 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Buckle Up!

Buckle Up!

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist...and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:14-15)
Scripture Focus: Ephesians 6:10-18

Buckle up! It’s the law!” and “Click it or ticket!” are safety reminders you may have seen. Buckled seat belts save lives. How often have you heard of a driver or passenger who survived a bad wreck because of wearing a seat belt? How often have you heard about traffic deaths that might have been averted if the driver and passengers had been wearing seat belts? It takes only a moment to buckle up before starting the car’s engine, but it may be the most valuable moment of your trip.

The apostle Paul advised the Christians at Ephesus to buckle up. He was concerned about their spiritual safety. Their enemy, the devil, wanted to destroy their relationship with Christ and make their Christian witness ineffective.

The devil’s attacks are vicious, but subtle. We must know our enemy and use the resources God has made available. Knowing God’s truth helps protect us from the devil’s lies. Buckling up with “the belt of truth” can keep us from becoming casualties along life’s highway.

Insight: The Bible is the best safety device of all time. It is completely trust-worthy because it is the Word of God.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

+DEV+ Leaving Lofty Heights

Date: February 16, 2010 8:28 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Leaving Lofty Heights

Leaving Lofty Heights

“While he was still sleeping, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.’” (Matthew 17:5)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 17:1-9

The road from Colorado Springs to New Castle, Colorado, includes three high mountain passes—Wilkerson, Hoosier, and Vail. Hoosier Pass presents the greatest driving challenge. Its steep grades and boomerang curves (no guardrails at some curves) carry motorists to the 1539 ft. summit. The road may jangle nerves, but the view delights the eyes with scenes of rugged mountain peaks and verdant valleys far below. But what goes up must come down, so motorists must leave mountaintops for life below.

Jesus revealed His glory to three disciples in a mountaintop experience. The disciples saw Him speak with Elijah and Moses and heard God’s voice. Down below human needs existed, so Jesus led them off the mountain to minister to the needy.

Spiritual exhilaration may occur as we read Scripture, listen to a heartwarming sermon, or sing a joyful hymn or chorus. But we can’t linger forever in lofty places. Human needs abound on lower plateaus of daily living.

Insight: Some Christians are so earthly minded they are no heavenly good, while others are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

+DEV+ Walking with God

Date: February 15, 2010 8:31 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Walking with God

Walking with God

“Enoch walked with God 300 years....Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:22-24)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 5:21-24

Genesis 5 announces obituaries and births belonging to a period of history that stretched from Adam to Noah’s three sons. If you read this chapter you will discover two recurring statements: “He became the father of” (birth announcement) and “Then he died” (obituary.) However, one notable exception to this pattern occurs with the mention of Enoch. Those statements do not appear concerning him.

Enoch’s journey through life was one of walking with God. Even the responsibilities of parenting did not interrupt that walk. He and God must have enjoyed such close, enjoyable conversation that God must have decided to continue it in heaven. He transported Enoch to heaven instantly. Enoch “was no more, because God took him away.”

The Bible predicts that someday Jesus will snatch Christians away from the earth to be with Him forever. We can’t set the date of this event, but we can hope it happens in our lifetime. In the meantime, we can walk with God every day.

Insight: The habit of taking a daily walk is good for the heart. The habit of walking with God every day is even better for the heart.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

+DEV+ Eat Properly Along the Way

Date: February 14, 2010 11:31 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Eat Properly Along the Way

Eat Properly Along the Way

“‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:3-4)
Scripture Focus: Psalm 119:97-104

One day back in the late 70’s I received a call from a nearby hospital requesting my help. A German-speaking Canadian family had been diagnosed with food poisoning. Someone at the hospital knew I spoke German and might act as an interpreter. I went to the hospital.

“Ask if they have health insurance,” an attendant instructed me.

“Find out what they ate that might have made them sick,” voiced another attendant.

I learned that the patients had health insurance. Earlier in the day they had eaten ham sandwiches at a diner. Apparently, the ham had gone bad.

Health care experts advise travelers to avoid stomach troubles by eating high-fiber, low-fat, low-calorie meals while on the road.

In Psalm 119:103, the writer described God’s Word as tasting sweeter than honey. Jesus compared God’s words to bread. A daily regimen of feasting on Scripture will keep the toxins of wrong thinking and wrongdoing at bay. It will also sweeten life’s journey and create a productive life.

Insight: We can fill our minds with “junk food” or with God’s words. The former weakens us; the latter builds character and spiritual vitality.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

+DEV+ Don’t Get Distracted

Date: February 10, 2010 9:23 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Don’t Get Distracted

Don’t Get Distracted

“Others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word.” (Mark 4:18-19)
Scripture Focus: Mark 4:13-20

Distracted drivers are a hazard not only to other drivers but also to themselves. Yet, every day we see examples of careless driving from them.

Some drivers use one hand to steer and the other to operate their cell phone. Other drivers seem to have a brief attention span for the road, riveting their interest instead on people and objects off the road. They look left; they look right; but they drive wrong. Additional distractions include turning one’s head to argue with kids in the back seat, fiddling with the radio or CD player, reading, and applying makeup. I have never seen a man apply makeup, but I have seen more than one shave while driving. Too bad the face he sees in the rear-view mirror is his rather than a cop’s.

On our journey through life we must not allow ourselves to get distracted from the “straight and narrow” road. Jesus warned that “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things” are injurious to our spiritual progress.

Insight: Moving forward consistently in the direction God has set for us is a matter of staying focused on His Word.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

+DEV+ Crossing Bridges

Date: February 9, 2010 8:31 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Crossing Bridges

Crossing Bridges

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

The I-35W bridge that crossed the Mississippi River in Minneapolis came crashing down on August 1, 2007, dropping some cars 65 feet. Many plunged into the river. Others were crushed under concrete and steel.

What happened in Minneapolis must have caused millions of drivers throughout the world to question the safety of the bridges they cross. I wonder how many drivers feel queasy when they drive onto a bridge, then breathe a sigh of relief when they complete the crossing.

In his first letter to Timothy the apostle Paul identified a “bridge” that merits our utmost confidence. It spans the distance between God and us, and it will never deteriorate, crumble, or collapse. Jesus is the bridge. He said, “I am the way....No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). If we want to enjoy a friendly relationship with God and enter heaven someday, we must trust Jesus to connect us to God.

Insight: On the cross, Jesus’ arms were stretched in opposite directions. It seems He was reaching out to us and to God, bridging the distance between us.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

+DEV+ Trust Your Pilot

Date: January 18, 2010 1:50 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Trust Your Pilot

Trust Your Pilot

“When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.’” (Matthew 28:17-18)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 28:16-20

Boarding a commercial airplane could be a scary experience, especially if you spot a fellow passenger who is acting strangely and fits your preconceived image of a terrorist. An equally frightening experience would be seeing a pilot

who doesn’t fit your image of a trustworthy pilot. You want a pilot who inspires confidence. Deep inside I know it doesn’t matter what the pilot looks like if he knows what the instruments look like and how to use them. All that really matters is his ability to have everything under control from takeoff to landing.

I don’t know what God looks like, but I do know He is always in control. He holds all authority in heaven and on earth. Nothing escapes His gaze. Nothing slips from His grasp. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing thwarts His purposes. He protects all who trust in Him, and He will land us safely in heaven some day. We can put our complete confidence in Him, knowing He does all things perfectly.

Insight: You don’t have to fear even the most ominous circumstances if Jesus is your pilot. He knows exactly what He is doing.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

+DEV+ Security Issues

Date: February 7, 2010 8:13 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Security Issues

Security Issues

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28)
Scripture Focus: John 10:22-30

Checking in at an airport can be inconvenient and frustrating. Security lines can be long and slow. Nevertheless, the security screening is absolutely necessary to keep us safe in the skies.

It was a random luggage search that led to my being escorted to a small room at an airport. A security employee opened my suitcase and carefully inspected every item in it. She even took my Bible out and flipped through its pages before returning it. Then she closed the suitcase and told me I would see it again at my destination. I didn’t resent the extra time or inconvenience of the search.

Unfortunately, even the most thorough security screening can’t guarantee our safety, but it seems security personnel are committed to protecting us. They deserve our cooperation and thanks.

Jesus’ words in John 10:27-28 form a lifelong guarantee of spiritual security. Neither human being nor demonic power can wrest us from His almighty hand. We are safe today, tomorrow, and forever.

Insight: Jesus gives believers the ironclad, no loopholes, unbreakable promise that He will keep us in His grip. This promise helps us face life confidently.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

One of the BEST ideas yet!

One of the BEST ideas yet!

US Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress Boldwill no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

+DEV+ Time Flies, Having Fun or Not

Date: February 4, 2010 11:00 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Time Flies, Having Fun or Not

Time Flies, Having Fun or Not

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
Scripture Focus: James 4:13-17

Where have the years gone? This was the question many former classmates were asking at our 30th class reunion at Salem High School reunion. Many of us had not seen one another since graduation, and we were aware of the changes 30 years had inflicted on us. Some formerly thin classmates had gained more than a little weight. In many cases hair had turned to gray or white. For most of us, our gait was a bit slower and our hearing a bit duller, but sweet memories of class activities, school life, and early friendships.

Whether you are in your twenties, forties, or eighties, you know that time flies. Taking our first driving test for a license is just a blip on life’s radar screen. And wasn’t it just yesterday that we started our first job?

We cannot recover the past, but if we spend today and each succeeding day doing God’s will, we will have no regrets at the end of life’s journey. Now is always the best time to serve Him.

Insight: It isn’t so important how many years you put in here on earth. What is really important is what you put into the years.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

+DEV+ This World Is Not My Home

Date: February 3, 2010 11:57 PM
Topic: +DEV+ This World Is Not My Home

This World Is Not My Home

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised....They admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13-14)
Scripture Focus: Hebrews 11:13-16

The United States admits between 600,000 and one million legal aliens each year. They receive permanent resident status and may apply for U.S. citizenship after an allotted number of years. An alien may speak the language of his adopted country and try to conform to its culture, but he never feels he truly belongs until he becomes a citizen. As long as he is an alien he cannot vote. He cannot say, “I am an American,” with firm conviction.

Christians claim citizenship in various countries throughout the world, but we are aliens too. We live in the world, but we are just passing through. Our eternal citizenship is in heaven where our risen Savior resides. We appreciate our national citizenship and take the responsibilities seriously, but we know we do not “fit in” perfectly. Our values and lifestyle often conflict with those of the culture. Someday, though, we will finally feel at home. We will enter Heaven and enjoy all the privileges and joys of citizenship awaiting us there.

Insight: If you don’t feel at home in a world that has little or no room for God, look forward to living in Heaven, where God has made room for you.

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Pray for Obama

"Pray for Obama -- Psalm 109:8"

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

+DEV+ Choose the Right Destination

Date: February 2, 2010 8:41 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Choose the Right Destination

Choose the Right Destination

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
Scripture Focus: John 14:1-6

What destination would you choose if you could travel anywhere in the world? The Holy Land? Hawaii? Alaska? Mexico? Italy? Japan? Australia? The Caribbean? Somewhere else?

Here’s a much more important question. What destination would you choose if you could travel out of this world, far beyond the most remote reaches of space?

The question may seem preposterous, but it isn’t. When life ends, each of us will journey out of this world to an eternal destination. Jesus promised He would prepare a place for His followers in Heaven, which He called His “Father’s house.” This highly descriptive term for Heaven connotes comfort, protection, security, peace, provision, and a family atmosphere.

There is only one way to get to the Father’s house. Each of us must choose to go there by trusting in Jesus. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Insight: Where you will spend next year’s vacation is not nearly as important as where you will spend eternity. Be sure to choose your destination wisely.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

+DEV+ Life Is a Journey

Date: February 1, 2010 9:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Life Is a Journey

Life Is a Journey

“He brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the desert. He guided them safely, so they were unafraid.” (Psalm 78:52-53)
Scripture Focus: Psalm 78:51-55

Traveling in the family car or van has taken a dramatic turn for the better in recent years. Gone are the days of crisscrossing the country on narrow, winding roads. On interstates we can drive swiftly on mostly straight roads. Air conditioning and efficient heaters keep us comfortable and the kids stay happy with DVD players, headsets, and hand-held video games. Thanks to GPS and Internet maps, we don’t even have to stop to ask for directions.

Of course, long-distance, over-the-road travel isn’t perfect. But in spite of the risks and inconveniences, we take to the open road.

Psalm 78 describes the Israelites’ long journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. They encountered obstacles and fierce opposition along the way, but the Lord guided and protected them. He still guides and protects His people in their journey through life. If we follow Him closely, we can surmount every obstacle, subdue every fear, and even enjoy the trip.

Insight: GPS is available for our journey through life. (GPS: God is our Protector and Shepherd) Let’s trust Him to lead us wherever He chooses.

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