Monday, June 24, 2019

Fifi the Poodle & Charlie the Bulldog


Fifi the poodle told Charlie the bulldog, “I can open the door to the big house.” Charlie said, “No, you can’t. You can’t turn the door knob.” Fifi said, “All I know is when I scratch on the door, it opens.” Sometimes we won’t knock on a door because it looks impossible to open. But remember, you’re not opening it from the outside. God opens it from the inside.

Herod arrested Peter and imprisoned him. “So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God” (Acts 12:5). Although we don’t know for sure, they probably prayed, “Lord, send someone with keys to let Peter out. Lord, save the guards and have them free him.” Although they prayed for his release, they were caught off-guard by how God actually did it.

An angel appeared and woke him up, a light shone in the cell, Peter’s chains fell off his hands, the angel led him out of jail, and the iron gate opened by itself. (Acts 12:6-10). Peter went to Mary’s house where people were praying for his release. When Peter knocked on the door of the gate, Rhoda was shocked that he was already out.

She ran back to the prayer group and announced to them that Peter was standing at the gate. They told her, “You are out of your mind!” Like Charlie the bulldog, they couldn’t figure out how it was possible to open the door to the big house! God in His mercy answered their prayers anyway. (If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? p.124, $4.99)

Learn from Fifi the poodle. You don’t need to understand how the door will open. Just scratch and let God open it from His side. www.makinglifecount.net
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Jesus Never Took an Opinion Poll


Jesus never took an opinion poll to see how popular He was in Israel. He never said, “Peter, I’m really worried about what people think of me. Why don’t you take a poll to see how popular I am?” A couple of weeks later Peter returns with the results. “I hate to say this but your approval ratings aren’t good.”

57% say you argue too much with the Pharisees and you need to learn to get along with them;

68% believe you were too hard on the rich young ruler when you told him to sell everything he owned and to give it to the poor;

63% said your sermons about the camel going through the eye of the needle and casting a mountain into the sea were just too hard to believe;

86% say you need to stop talking about hell because it’s scaring everyone;

91% were really disturbed when you told everyone to eat your flesh and drink your blood or they wouldn’t have eternal life. You lost a lot of support over that statement.

Jesus only sought approval from His Father. He said, “I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 5:30). As His followers, we live to please God and it doesn’t really matter what other people think. Your approval rating from God will be the only poll that matters 10,000 years from now. www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Poison in the Coffee Pot


In 2003, sixteen members of a Lutheran Church in Maine became violently ill after a church service. One member died. Doctors initially thought it was food poisoning, but tests revealed all the victims had large doses of arsenic in their blood. Investigators determined someone had put arsenic in the church’s coffee urn. Soon afterward, a church member committed suicide and left behind a note suggesting he was behind the poisoning. Police believe another person in the church may have been an accomplice.

There’s another kind of poison that’s killing off church members, often drunk with coffee cup in hand. It’s the arsenic of gossip. All the enemy needs is for a cooperating individual to add poison to the pot by starting a rumor. An undiscerning person quickly pours a cup of gossip and passes it along to others. Part of the information is left out, while wrong details are often added. As it spreads, it becomes even more inaccurate. 

God not only tells us to not gossip, but to not even associate with a gossiper. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip” (Prov. 20:19). Gossip not only ruins a person’s reputation, but it also infuriates God. Three of the things He hates are involved in gossip. “There are six things which the Lord hates . . . a lying tongue . . . a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Prov. 6:16-19).

Don’t drink coffee with a gossiper, or you’ll be sipping arsenic before you know it. And you might be the next victim.  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

You Can Change the Headlines


Years ago, the television show “Early Edition” was about a man who received an early edition of the Chicago Sun-Times the day before it was actually published. The newspaper’s headlines told the events that would happen the next day, unless he did something to change the future. He spent his day trying to prevent certain tragedies from occurring that he had read about in the newspaper. The stories and headlines in the newspaper would change to reflect the outcome of his actions. 

The prophet Jonah received an early edition from God saying Nineveh would be destroyed in forty days, so he went through the streets preaching that message. The people of Nineveh took his message seriously and repented of their sins, which changed the headlines. God spared the city (Jon. 3:1-10).

You also have received an early edition. You know someone who is going through a difficult time and needs your help today. You know people who need to hear the good news that God loves them. They are lost and need salvation. They’re confused and need guidance. If you’ll go talk to them about Jesus, their lives will be changed, which will alter their future for a better tomorrow.

Don’t just sit there. Go out and change the headlines. www.makinglifecount.net
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