Monday, November 28, 2011
Whenever Gipper walked near the property line, the collar chirped, which warned him to back away. If he ignored the warning and started crossing the boundary, he received a shock from the invisible fence, which taught him to stay inside the area. After a few chirps and shocks, his dog started figuring out where he could and couldn't go. If Gipper wandered near the road, he would hear a chirp. He didn't want to get shocked again, so he would move back into the yard.
God has put an "invisible fence" inside everyone called a conscience, which warns us when we're about to do something wrong. Romans 2:15 says, "The law (is) written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them."
If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit will warn you, like sending out a chirp, to keep you from going to the wrong places. Are you listening to Him? If you ignore the warnings, you may be heading for the shock of your life. That doesn't have to happen. Do what's right and follow the Holy Spirit. God will always bless you when you do the right thing.
[Note: Joe Hamlet has written a book about his dog called "The Gospel According to Gipper." To read a sample chapter, go to www.joehamlet.org ]
Monday, November 21, 2011
Because Mrs. Smith liked the pie so much, Carol decided the next week to bake another one. When she took it over, Mrs. Smith opened the door and said, "Thank you so much. You are so kind!"
She took another pie over the following week, and Mrs. Smith simply replied, "Thanks."
Carol took another pie over the next week and Mrs. Smith responded, "You are a day late with that pie."
The following week she baked her another pie. This time her neighbor said, "Try using a little more sugar and don't bake it quite as long. The crust has been a little bit hard lately. And next time, I want cherry filling. Did it ever occur to you that I might be getting tired of apple?"
The next week Carol was so busy, she wasn’t able to cook for her neighbor. When Carol passed walked her house on the way to the store, Mrs. Smith stuck her head out the window, yelled, "Where's MY PIE?!"
It's easy to take our blessings for granted, isn't it? When God keeps sending blessings to us, we start thinking that we deserve them. Instead of being thankful, we start complaining. The process happens so slowly we don't realize that it's happening to us.
My question to you is, "Are you thankful for what God has done for you?" You will probably say, "Yes." My next question is, "How many times did you thank God yesterday?" Twenty times? Thirty times? None? True thankfulness is always expressed through words, deeds, and gifts. Using those three things, let God know how thankful you are, starting right now. God loves to be thanked!
Monday, November 14, 2011
The first day on the job, Roy climbed out of the sewer holding a 2-carat topaz ring that he had found. But that's not all. Parrino has found gold necklaces, bracelets, and even diamond rings while working in the sewer. When Roy goes down into the sewer, he starts looking for diamonds!