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Seize the Moment

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to ….not something on your SHOULD DO list.

 

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” -1 Corinthians 15:52

I have a friend who lives by a three-word philosophy: Seize the moment.  Just possibly she may be the wisest woman on this planet. She is always ready for fun.  Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

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I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

 

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?

Does the word “refrigeration” mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched Days of our Lifes or Generations!  On television?

I cannot count the times I called another friend and said, “How about going to lunch in a half hour?” She would gasp and stammer, “I can’t.” Check one:

     “I have clothes on the line.”

     “My hair is dirty.”

     “I wish I had known yesterday,”

     “I had a late breakfast”.

     “It looks like rain”.

     And my personal favorite: “It’s Monday”.

 

She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because everyone cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect:

 

We’ll go back and visit the Grandparents when we get Stevie toilet trained. We’ll entertain, when we replace the living room carpet.  We’ll go on a second honeymoon, when we get two more kids out of college. Life has a way of accelerating, as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to”, “I plan on” and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”

 

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

Some womens lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my hips with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process.

 

The other day, I stopped the car and bought a double-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Forgive Your Pastor

Dear former church member,

 

 “I’m sorry… I was wrong… Please forgive me, if you and I were close enough for me to hold your hand, I would be holding it now.  If I could look you in the eyes, that’s where I’d be staring.  On behalf of every pastor who has ever hurt you, I want to repent.

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When it comes to convincing you of just how bad I feel for what I’ve done, I don’t know where to start.  I feel like a blind man searching for a starting block.

 

So much needs to be said.  So much needs to be forgiven.  I was your pastor, and I hurt you.  You trusted me, and I injured you.  You saw me as a hero, and I disappointed you.

 

You thought I should be like Paul and Peter, and you were right.  I should have been – but I wasn’t.  Forgive me for trying to somehow win the lost while I was whipping the saved.

 

God has been talking with me about my lack of a shepherd’s heart and the absence of concern on my behalf.  For the first time, I’m feeling grief over the loss of you from the church.

 

If this is you, by God’s amazing grace, allow me to stand as a pastor in the place of the pastor who hurt you and say these words to you; forgive me, I was wrong.”

 

Now let me help you understand where I went wrong.  Leading a church is filled with tremendous pressures.  When God called me into the ministry I saw only the souls that I would one day preach to.

 

I never saw in any vision the stacks of phone messages that seem to scream for my return call each day.  I never saw the building-committee hassles.  I never saw the mortgage-debt headaches.  And I certainly never saw the staff disloyalties I would have to face.  If I had, I probably would have rejected God’s call.

 

I feel at times so much like Moses.  God revealed to him His wondrous plan on a mountain.  But while “on the way” to Egypt to deliver Israel, God told him that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart.  You see, like you, my life and ministry have been tougher than I planned.

 

And for that reason, I falsely began to feel I had a license to behave selfishly toward you.  Forgive me.  There were many days I let the fatigue of ministry rule my life as I placed servanthood at the bottom of my priorities.  It seemed to be always on those days that we found ourselves interacting.  Forgive me.

 

The power of pride, not the power of the Holy Spirit, has ruled many of my relationships.  I was insecure and frustrated so I carried an air of superiority toward you.  I can even remember trying to manipulate you from the pulpit with a power glare.  How utterly wrong for a shepherd to have behaved that way.

 

As preachers, we are good with our words – it’s our life.  I learned early on that I could control people with my words.  I now realize this created a wall between us.  On several occasions you tried to call me, and I avoided you because I was too prideful to hear what you had to say.  You wrote me a letter, but I didn’t give it the time of day.

 

You would see me with my golf clubs and wonder how I had the time to play but not the time to respond to you.  I knew exactly what you were thinking, but regretfully, I arrogantly chose to ignore it.  Forgive me.

I also feel sorrow because I’ve created a new dilemma for you.  The ball is now in your court.  I’ve asked you for forgiveness, and you must decide if God is big enough to span years of hurt.  A wound is actually a temptation – a painful apple offered by Satan to further appease his destructive intent for your life.  Don’t give him a chance!

 

 

Yours pastor.

 

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” – John 10:11

The Time Is Now

The time is now

The Time Is Now

If you are ever going to love

Love me now while I can know

The sweet and tender feelings

Which from true affection flow

Love me now while I am living

Do not wait until I am gone

And then have it chiseled in marble

Sweet words on ice cold stone

If you have tender thoughts of me

Please tell me them now

If you wait until I am sleeping

Death will be between us

And I won’t hear you then

So if you love me, even a little bit

Let me know while I am living

So that I can treasure it

 

 

Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” – Deuteronomy 5:16

A Tribute To The Bible

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“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19

The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish or a book that will work wonders by its very presence. It is a book that will work wonders in every life, here and hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and sincerity. It is God’s inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things, written in the simplest human language possible so that the most unlearned can understand and obey its teachings. It is self-interpreting and covers every subject of human knowledge and need now and forever.


As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made. It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and others no larger than a tract. These books include various forms of literature – history, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns, letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, drama, and others. They embrace all manner of literary styles in human expression.

 

It is the book that reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of Salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are Holy, its precepts binding, its histories true, and its decisions immutable.

 

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. The Bible contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christians charter. Here heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject; our good is its design, and the Glory of God its end. It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet in true righteousness and true holiness.

Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly, devotionally, and study it constantly, 

perseveringly, and industriously. Read it through and through until it becomes a part of your being and generates faith that will move mountains.

The Bible is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of pleasure. It is given to you in this life, will be opened at the judgment, and will stand forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the least to the greatest of labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

The Resume of Jesus Christ

This is a great way to teach the word of God with a modern twist.

 

Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible.
Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus

 

Objective
My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I’ve sent you my resume because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.

 

Qualifications
I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

 

Occupational Background
I’ve only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ).
I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)

 

Skills Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).
I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ).
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

 

Educational Background
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

 

Major Accomplishments
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26 ).
I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ).
I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15 ).
I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

 

References
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.

 

In Summation
Now that you’ve read my resume, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).

 

Diary Of A Bible

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JANUARY: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided to read me through this year. They kept me busy for the first two weeks, but they have forgotten me now.

 

FEBRUARY: Clean-up time. I was dusted yesterday and put in my place. My owner did use me for a few minutes last week. He had been in an argument and was looking up some references to prove he was right.

 

MARCH: Had a busy day first of the month. My owner was elected president of the PTA & used me to prepare a speech.

 

APRIL: Grandpa visited us this month. He kept me on his lap for an hour reading from 1 Peter 5:5-7. He seems to think more of me than do some people in my own household.

 

MAY: I have a few green stains on my pages. Some spring flowers were pressed in my pages.

 

JUNE: I look like a scrapbook. They have stuffed me full of newspaper clippings – one of the girls got married.

 

JULY: They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are off on vacation. I wish I could stay home; I know I’ll be closed up in this thing for at least two weeks.

 

AUGUST: Still in the suitcase.

 

SEPTEMBER: Back home at last and in my old familiar place. I have a lot of company. Two women’s magazines and four comic books are stacked on top of me. I wish I could be read as much as they are.

 

OCTOBER: They read me a little bit today. One of them is very sick. Right now I am sitting in the center of the coffee table. I think the Pastor is coming by for a visit.

 

NOVEMBER: Back in my old place. Somebody asked today if I were a scrapbook.

 

DECEMBER: The family is busy getting ready for the holidays. I guess I’ll be covered up under wrapping paper & packages again…just as I am every Christmas.

 

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8