Monday, July 27, 2009

Where's that smell coming from?

A boy sneaked into his grandfather's bedroom while he was sleeping and put some Limburger cheese in his mustache. After grandpa awoke, he muttered, "This bedroom stinks." He walked into the living room and commented, "This living room stinks." Trying to get away from the smell, he rushed into the kitchen. "Good grief. This kitchen stinks too." Finally he ran outside, sniffed, and yelled, "This whole world stinks!"

Some people have Limburger cheese in their attitude, so everywhere they go, it stinks. Their job stinks. Their marriage stinks. Their church stinks. Everything stinks. And they can't seem to figure out that the problem isn't with everyone else, but their own stinking attitude.

Air freshener won't take away the smell. A negative, critical spirit comes from an ungrateful heart, so to change the atmosphere around us we must start being thankful. Psalm 105 says, "Oh give thanks to the Lord . . . Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad" (v.1,3). So today, instead of complaining about your boss, spouse, or kids, look for reasons to thank God for them. You'll be amazed how that will clear the air.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Overboard in the Atlantic Ocean

In 2002, a crew member on a Norway cruise ship fell overboard one evening into the Atlantic Ocean. She couldn't swim. The crew discovered she was missing 4 hours later when she failed to show up for a late roll call. The ship captain had a tough decision to make. With over 1,000 passengers who paid to go to St. Martin Island in the Caribbean, should he take them to their destination, or should he go back and search for the body? He decided to turn the ship around, ignoring the hostile protests from upset passengers.

After back-tracking over 4 hours, by now the sun had come up. Even though it's nearly impossible to spot someone in the high seas due to waves and whitecaps, passengers gathered on deck to help look for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Suddenly a passenger shouted, "There she is!" Unbelievably, she wasn't floating face down. She had been treading water for 10 hours, not knowing the ship would return!

Now, change perspectives and see it through this woman's eyes. Imagine how she felt after plunging into the water, watching the lights of the cruise ship disappear into the night. Can you see her frantically splashing in the water, teaching herself to dog paddle, just keeping her head barely above water? Think of her fear of being eaten by sharks in the ditch dark.

The chances of surviving were a million to one. Her only option was to tread water throughout the night and pray for a miracle. Now imagine her excitement when she sees the ship appear on the horizon, heading her way, and soon to rescue her! This was one of the most amazing incidents of survival at sea in recent memory.

This incredible rescue is what it's like to be saved by God's grace. We are all in a situation much more desperate than this woman's, drowning in a sea of sin. We're treading water during our time on earth. If we go under, we will descend into hell forever. We have no hope of being saved!

Yet, God does the impossible and comes looking for us. Jesus said, "What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in open pasture, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?" (Luke 15:4). He has come looking for you! We can't save ourselves any more than that woman lost at sea could save herself. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Eph. 2:8) All we can do is cry out in desperation. "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved." (Rom. 10:13)

If you want to be saved, simply pray, "Jesus, please save me! Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I believe you rose from the dead. I give you my life." If you prayed to be saved, please contact me through
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Monday, July 6, 2009

The Story on Your Face

In the 1800's, a couple of gold prospectors discovered a large vein of gold. They wanted to keep their discovery a secret so others wouldn't find out. When they went back into town to buy supplies, neither of them said a word to anyone.

However, as they started back to the mountains, everyone in town was following them with picks and shovels. Although they didn't say anything, the story of their gold discovery was written all over their faces!

Proverbs 15:13 says, "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face." Whatever is in our hearts will show up on our face, whether it's anger, depression, worry, or joy. Our faces tell a story of what's taking place inside our souls. The good news is we get to decide the headlines people will read. What's your story today?
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